Swinton family still in Hell,
while NYCHA, the NY Post
and Mayor Bloomberg
refuse to accept blame.
Say "Sorry"? NEVER!
Talk about hypocrisy, stubbornness and being blind to justice.
From folks who know the Swinton's well, we're told that since the NY Post printed the false story of Bob Swinton taking excessive smoking breaks during the course of the day (Bob actually took less break-time than he would be allowed), the Swinton's have received an outpouring of sympathy by fellow NYCHA employees, other City politicians and even from a Post reporter.
While the psychological effect of this is a degree of comfort, the two calls they had hoped for were never received.
The Swinton's hoped that:
1) Mayor Bloomberg would call and agree that the NY Post got the story wrong
2) Tino Hernandez would call, apologize to Bob and tell him that NYCHA would appreciate Bob's returning to his duties.
Those calls are still waiting to be made.
We hope this isn't going to result in the usual way that City problems have in the recent past. Things usually follow a path that makes nobody but a small group of attorney's happy.
That scenario plays out thusly:
1) The City realizes it made a mistake and ignores it. (blind to justice)
2) City Hall refuses to do the one thing that can make it look a little more compassionate while it also helps save the taxpayers some big $. Of course, that would take an apology, and City hall would rather throw hundreds-of-thousands of dollars at a lost lawsuit than say "We're sorry, we goofed! (stubbornness)
3) The offended employee sues
4) The employee wins
5) The City pays out the cash
6) At appropriate intervals, the Mayor will bemoan as to the "High cost of lawsuits against the City", and, while blaming the "greedy trial attorneys", he'll try to get legislation that will keep the size of the legal settlements down. (hypocrisy)
What ever happened to
"Damn, that was stupid of me!
Please forgive me for not checking that story out?"
Spotty has grown a lot since we last reported our readership figures. So here's an update and comparison with our last publishing of figures for March 2000 in Issue 55. (Click Here)
November, 1999: 14,002 Hits
March, 2000: 31,923 Hits (in Issue 55)
October, 2002: 147,472 Hits)
That's right, in our second year we had 14,002 hits. In our third year we had 31,923.
In our fifth year, October 2002, we had 147,472 hits!
That is 10 times the Hits we had just 3 years ago!
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