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  1. Mikey P
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    I've seen first hand at two of thier facilities just how well they take care of their family members.

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    MB is certainly proud and fortunate to be part of it all.

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    1. Bob Pruitt
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      The Hoss is looking better and better...
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      Whatever
    3. dealtimeman
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      Bob let me know if you want a hoss as I have a couple of used ones here.
    4. Mikey P
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      Someone asked if this meant MB was bought by Legends.

      No, we were not.
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      That was me....

      Hope thats OK everybody.... I just had to ask, I'll be honest with you all. :icon_redface:
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      No problem dude.
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      I didn't figure Judson would sell it. :eekk:

      Back in the day, everyone said MB was the Judson board. Hell, Mike was even talking about moving to the Carolina's back then.

      Pre Ponderosa days!
      :biggrin:
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      Mikey;

      As a friend of Noel Frank & Frank Kinmonth
      (top people @ Chemspec),

      I think you should get their take,
      on what happened when Sapphire took over Chemspec.

      Here is a MB quote from Bill Yeadon :

      "Very sad to see Noel Frank in the list of people slashed. Truly one of the nicest and most caring people in our industry."
      - - - - -

      I would also add that he was a top educator.
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      Less told me that Mike had bought a lot there.
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      Nobody has ever acquired a company to leave it the same.
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      Its a sad fact of mergers and acquisitions. Delete duplications starting with the heavy hitters on the salary list. A common corporate tale.
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      Not what heard about he prochem/sapphire deal as of now he plans are. It to axe anyone and I hope this what I heard is correct.

      They are actually working well together com what I have seen at the car days I have been to.
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      When Warren Buffett purchasde the Kirby company to integrate into Berkshire Hathaway he made no changes to the business whatsoever instrad saying

      "Kirby is exactly the kind of business we should be looking for".
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      Criticism of marketing and sales practicesEdit
      The practices of some of Kirby's independent distributors have been subject to criticism. The Kirby is included by Lon L. Fuller and Melvin A. Eisenberg, Professors of Contract Law at Harvard Law School and UC Berkeley School of Law/Columbia Law School, as a textbook example of unconscionability.[11] Kirby has been subject to relentless criticism by consumer protection agencies.[3] As of 1999, of the 22 state consumer protection agencies, 15 had received a total of more than 600 complaints in just a few years.[3] Between 1996 and 1999, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection received 50 complaints regarding Kirby dealers, and concluded from its investigation that Kirby, through its distributors, engaged in a "statewide pattern of trade practices" violation of state consumer-protection laws.[3]

      Many of the complaints involve "older customers who lack the will to stand up to grueling sales pitches."[3] The Wall Street Journal records examples where an elderly couple was unable to remove three Kirby salesmen from their home for over five hours; in another example, a disabled woman who had been living alone in a mobile home on $1000/month in Social Security payments and suffering from Alzheimer's disease was discovered to own two Kirby vacuum cleaners, having paid $1,700 for the second one.[3]In 2002, the Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner obtained $13,000 in refunds for 13 senior citizens.[12]

      According to the Wall Street Journal, the device "costs more than four times what other top-of-the-line vacuum cleaners do."[3] Kirby compares the price difference to that between luxury and economy cars, yet "luxury-car dealers don't make house calls in trailer parks. But Kirby dealers do."[3] The Kirby vacuum cleaner is "marketed exclusively door-to-door — often to people who can ill afford a $1,500 gadget, but succumb to the sales pitch nonetheless."[3]

      In 2001, the West Virginia Attorney General obtained more than $26,000 in refunds and credits for dissatisfied Kirby buyers.[12] In 2002, ABC's Primetime conducted a hidden-camera investigation in response to more than a thousand complaints regarding Kirby's salespeople.[12] In June 2004, the Arizona Attorney General filed suit against Kirby distributors for violations of the Consumer Fraud Act, seeking an injunction against any other home sales.[12] Public authorities flooded with complaints about Kirby vacuum cleaners is not a recent phenomenon; even in the 1960s and 1970s, Kirby had been "cited by various agencies a number of times" and the Detroit Better Business Bureau had received so many complaints that it decided to turn the matter over to the Wayne County prosecutor.[13]

      Kirby attempts to disclaim liability for its sales force, whom it holds out as independent contractors.[3] Its "Distributor Code of Ethics" enumerates 12 principles, including "observe the highest standards of character, honesty and integrity in dealings with my customers, fellow Distributors and other members of the Kirby profession."[3] Kirby also teaches its distributors direct-sales laws, and requires them to resolve complaints within 24 hours under threat of termination.[3]


      LitigationEdit

      Between 1998 and 2001, in Alabama alone, more than 100 lawsuits were filed against Kirby and its affiliates and subsidiaries, resulting in nearly $2 million in judgements and settlements.[14]

      Twelve distributors of Kirby vacuums in Massachusetts were cited for violations of the Commonwealth's wage and hour laws by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office in July 2010. The 12 distributors were cited for a variety of different wage and hour violations including nonpayment of wage, nonpayment of minimum wage, misclassification, child labor, retaliation and record-keeping violations. The distributors were fined a total of $199,300 for the violations and also ordered to pay restitution.[15]

      Sexual assaultEdit
      The Supreme Court of Texas held Kirby liable for a rape committed by one of its door-to-door salesmen, finding that the manufacturer maintained control of its distributors and their salespeople, by requiring its distributors to make sales via in-home visits, and that the risk was foreseeable.[16] In that case, the court found that — had the employee's references been checked — Kirby would have discovered complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior at his previous employer and an arrest and deferred adjudication for indecency with a child.[17]

      The North Dakota Supreme Court also held Kirby liable in a similar rape incident, where the salesman was hired after being convicted of assault and with charges of criminal sexual misconduct in the third degree pending against him.[18][19]

      Fraud and RICOEdit
      A federal class-action lawsuit is pending against Kirby under the civil action provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), for allegedly selling used vacuums as new; the complaint alleges that "Not only is Kirby aware of this practice, it 'participates in the scheme by, among other things, selling to its distributors duplicate or replacement "Original Purchaser's Registration" cards to be given to secondhand purchasers.'"[20] The complaint also alleges that "Kirby commonly sells distributors new empty boxes and packaging material for the obvious purpose of repackaging units that the distributor previously sold to a prior customer."[21] Kirby'smotion to dismiss was rejected.[20] After Kirby refused discovery requests for its sales contracts and other documents, Judge Clay D. Land compelled Kirby to disclose the requested documents.[22]

      A class-action lawsuit was also filed against Kirby in Bullock County Court in Alabama over its sales practices, specifically its use of credit cards issued expressly to fund Kirby purchases, under Truth in Lending laws.[3] Kirby succeeded in persuading a trial judge to recuse himself.[23]
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      Seen too many scumbags shove a $2000.00 vacuum on people. Most people don't need or want a vacuum that expensive.
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      I feel ya.

      Used is the way to go.
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      Filter Queen was just as bad. I never sold them but took the training. Best prospects were the elderly and people on welfare because of the payment plans. Easiest people to get to buy were from Alabama.
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      Who would survive at Cobb Enterprises if bought?

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