Bad driver arrested for shoplifting
A man with 22 traffic warrants and 25 suspensions on his driver’s license was arrested for shoplifting at a Lowe’s home improvement store in Michigan, according to an article in the Livingston Daily.
Sheriff deputies were called to a Lowe’s store in Genoa Township on March 8 after a 50-year-old male filled his shopping cart with three vacuums, six backpack blowers and four chain saws. The suspect, who was not named, then disabled an alarm and destroyed the handles on an emergency exit door, according to police. He allegedly left the store with the merchandise, which was valued at approximately $4,600.
Authorities apprehended the suspect, who faces charges in Detroit for 22 traffic warrants. His license has expired with 25 suspensions, police said.
The man is believed to have also stolen from the Woodhaven Lowe’s store, according to authorities.
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Williams-Sonoma reports earnings growth
Williams-Sonoma announced that net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 9.7% to $1.2 billion from $1.09 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009, including Internet net revenue growth of 27.2% and a comparable-store sales increase of 5.2%.
Williams-Sonoma reported that net revenues for the 2010 fiscal year increased 12.9% to $3.5 billion from $3.1 billion in 2009, including Internet net revenue growth of 26.9% and a comparable-store sales increase of 9.8%.
Laura Alber, president and CEO, said: “Fiscal 2010 was a record earnings year for Williams-Sonoma. Each of our brands is stronger today than a year ago, and we made substantial progress on our longer-term growth and profitability initiatives. We are particularly pleased with the progress we made in merchandising, marketing, customer acquisition and customer service, as it is these competitive advantages that allowed us to attract new customers to our brands and gain profitable market share all year, including Internet revenue growth of 27%.”
Going forward, Alber said she expects growth in the company’s e-commerce business.
"In fiscal 2011, we expect e-commerce to once again be our most profitable and fastest growing channel. As such, our direct-to-customer segment is expected to reach 43% of total company revenues in fiscal 2011 versus 41% in fiscal 2010."
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Readers Respond: Sitting down on the job
An article about recent court cases in California that have given employees the right to sue their employers for "suitable seating" led to several reader responses:
“People stand all day in factories and in retail stores doing their job. Giving good customer service demands that clerks walk the store looking to help people. If we give them chairs, customer service is gone. What are they going to do, sit there expecting people to look for them? We are in a very competitive retail environment today, and to stay in business it means [standing up] and working.”
— Don Boulter
Battels Hardware & Tool Co.
“We have store locations throughout the United States, including California. The state of California, and its laws, result in more lawsuits and legal fees for us than all others state combined. Prop. 65, VOC regulations, ZIP code class actions suits related to California Credit Card Act, and on and on.
“We are no longer adding stores in the state as a result of the added costs of doing business in California. The litigious state of California has not only crossed the point of overreaching parenting, but has set into motion a future business climate that will push companies to do as little as possible within the state. For a state that is all but bankrupt, they seem to be oblivious to the values that made this country great.”
“I think this is carrying it a bit too far. If you want to sit down somewhere, you will find a place — what’s next — make sure you feed me, and cloth me?”
— Chris from Indiana
I think it's only fair that
I think it's only fair that someone else should be responsible for me. I also think companies in CA should be forced by the government to provide funding for haircuts (it grows on the job) and guarantee enough pay to cover the level of lifestyle I choose to enjoy- including enough to pay my mortgage, car payments, and all my credit card debt. [disclaimer- this in a personal response and in no way is intended to represent the position of ProBuild or any of its employees]
This again shows the lunacy,
This again shows the lunacy, not in just California, but in the fedral government and judicial arena as well. This was probably started by yet another blood sucking parasitic "Trial Attorney" looking for a massive payday through a Class Action suit. He'll extort hundreds of millions in fees and the claimants will get a $ 10 OFF Coupon at "Chairs R Us". No wonder King Henry declared "Kill all of the lawyers".