#1 Beatrice wrote on January 12, 2005:
But George Michael was a good little girl!
#2 demikaz wrote on September 27, 2005:
Sanitary Napkins! Great scene!
Baa Baa Bluth Company
A six-month investigation found shocking violations of workers’ rights at a local company.
Employees treated like sheep.
The workers’ union filed a grievance with the labor board after an incident in mid-March that occurred while employees were forced to work one weekend. Employees were given only one short two-minute restroom break, which was insufficient time for everyone in line to relieve themselves. To add further insult, employees were told they would be treated to lunch at a local restaurant, but instead, they were herded like sheep onto a company bus.
The incident was just the latest in a string of alleged wrongdoings at the Balboa-based Bluth Company, which has seen its disgraced founder, George Bluth, Sr., imprisoned awaiting treason charges. While the government builds its case against the Bluth Company and its alleged ties to the government of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein, The O.P. has uncovered disturbing evidence that suggests a systemic abuse of employee rights. With the help of government investigators, The O.P. found deplorable working conditions that haven’t been seen in this country since the brutal agrarian business practices of the 18th century.
The troubling evidence begins at the corporate headquarters, where company officials would spend lavishly on wine-and-cheese fundraisers while disregarding the crumbling conditions of the office building. After years of failing to perform routine maintenance, electrical fixtures would routinely fail. Some fell off the wall, almost hitting employees. The failed lights weren’t be replaced, and as a result, many employees were forced to work using nothing but natural light.
Company officials reportedly fostered an atmosphere of fear, where employees were urged to blow the whistle on their fellow employees. Similar to the tactics of the Communist secret police, the whistle-blowing policies instilled a sense of paranoia and backstabbing in employees. Anonymous notes would be used to teach a lesson to those employees who failed to follow company line. One ex-employee compared working at the Bluth Company to the town in Footloose, where even dancing was prohibited.
Employee forced to assemble bicycle.
The company’s accounting books also provide a glimpse at other potential violations at the Bluth Company. Although company accountant Ira Gilligan has reputedly fled the country, investigators were able to piece together some important details. While outwardly asking employees to make sacrifices, the company continued to pay the salary of top Bluth Company officials, many of who were members of the extended Bluth family and often didn’t even show up for work. The company also paid employees who performed services for family members—one employee was paid to assemble a bicycle for the president’s son.
Company official engages in horseplay.
Perhaps most alarmingly, company officials created what some current and former employees characterize as a "frat-house environment," which made many female employees uncomfortable. Senior Bluth executives engaged in dangerous horseplay using bulldozers at a active construction site. Then, in one particularly egregious incident, officials screened an installment from the Girls with Low Self-Esteem video series in a meeting room, and subsequently forced a female employee to repeatedly reveal her breasts. A company official also allegedly engaged in sexual activities with an office secretary behind the closed doors of the darkened copy room. (A company spokesman later characterized the encounter a work-related "information gathering" session.) Finally, the company allowed young male children to participate in Bring Your Daughter To Work Day which could confuse young impressionable children, resulting in gender identification issues later in life, and encouraging deviant sexual behaviors.
Company officials refused repeated requests for comments.