It’s Friday. Hooray! For those of you who have a three day weekend, remember to enjoy your lives away from work. For those who have to work, at least traffic will be light on Monday, right? Right? O.K. Cold comfort, but here’s a quiz to get your mind off of work. Today’s post is a true or false quiz.
I think we need to be reminded from time to time how companies often get away with horrible and reprehensible behavior. To prove how hard it can be knowing how much they can get away with, I present the following seven instances of true or false mindbendingly bad corporate conduct or statements. See how well you can score. Good luck.
1. A major global corporation’s CEO apparently doesn’t think that the public is entitled to free drinking water. T or F.
2. The CEO of Walmart recently said “We think employees should work for free during breaks if there is work to do and we have people in the store. We’ll let them go early if we can, to make up for their lost break pay” T or F.
3. A major American corporation took a look at some bathers in a river in Ecuador and figured- eh- this works- intentionally dumping 18 billion gallons of toxic production water into the rivers where locals continued to bathe. T or F.
4. This company poisoned a populated region in Alabama even though they knew exactly how dangerous the chemicals they used were. An internal document from the company actually stated “We can’t afford to lose one dollar of business.” T or F.
5. In 2007, A memo leaked from The CEO of cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris International, saying “Let’s set our sights on Indonesia- they have no fucking regulations on buying or purchasing cigarettes. We can finally target kids legally. ” T or F.
6. A global wide corporation targeted poor mothers in third world countries, and marketed their baby feeding formula with such misleading information as “so like mother’s milk, that the tiny stomach won’t notice the difference.” T or F.
7. Eli Lilly, a major pharmaceutical manufacturer made a pill intended only to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, but also marketed the drug to people suffering from Alzheimer’s. The chief marketing officer told the press-”It seemed harmless. We needed to recoup costs. Is it really that big a problem? They can’t remember anything anyway.” T or F.
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