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Scooter Store's staff on furlough (1,800 jobs)
The San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 9, 2013 | Patrick Danner

Posted on 03/09/2013 3:26:53 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Late Friday afternoon, The Scooter Store's chief executive notified employees that — effective immediately, but “with certain exceptions” — they'd been placed on unpaid furlough.

In an email, CEO Martin “Marty” Landon told employees not to return to work unless they receive notice from the company's human resources department.

The Scooter Store, one of the nation's largest suppliers of power wheelchairs and scooters, had about 1,800 workers as of last month. That's following the announcement in February that it had cut 150 positions.

About 1,200 employees worked out of its New Braunfels headquarters.

The furloughs came a little more than two weeks after federal agents executed a search warrant at the company's headquarters, presumably as part of an investigation into Medicare and Medicaid fraud....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: fraud; layoffs; medicaid; medicare; scooterstore; texas; unemployment
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To: Dysart
They also ripped off my fair city-New Braunfels for MILLIONS. I Hope and Pray the LIGHT shined on these corrupt ba$tards, shines on X SEN. Krueger (yes BJ Clintons buddy) and his equally corrupt wife (Sitting Council member), Kathleen. New Braunfels, TX, the most corrupt city this side of New Orleans.
41 posted on 03/09/2013 5:00:00 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: tomkat

Kitkat likes tomkat’s post #14.

And I’ve been hoping someone would post something about the joy of rapid posting.

42 posted on 03/09/2013 5:01:27 PM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: yldstrk

That’s not being very fair. We don’t know what kind of workers they are. Its the corporate level that was allegedly over billing the government. Being disappointed by losing ones job and not knowing what to do next is only natural to anyone. And yes it sucks when your employer pulls the old well maybe we’ll call you, maybe we won’t. Of course, that is one of the things that is wrong with America today. Businesses only want loyalty from their employees until they don’t and then its only business.

43 posted on 03/09/2013 5:01:37 PM PST by Racer1
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To: sport

Well Sport,Im dividing the cost of the scooter by the millions of taxpayers in the usa.Works out to a little less than 1cent.Thats assuming you dont want to include the 60 years my mother worked,the 60 years my father worked,and the 37 years Ive worked and paid into the coffers.I see that as a small price to pay to improve the final years of an elderly womans life.

44 posted on 03/09/2013 5:04:04 PM PST by Craftmore
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To: kitkat
In recent months, it woulda taken 10min to see your ping, and another ten to get a response to post .. lol

Ain't it Grand !              (seriesly)

45 posted on 03/09/2013 5:04:46 PM PST by tomkat
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To: corbe

The only rational explanation for their long running, blatant plundering of public monies is there were payoffs to the right people. Question I have is, why did the good times stop rolling?

46 posted on 03/09/2013 5:05:06 PM PST by Dysart
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To: DuncanWaring

I already made it clear to you that my mother,father,and myself have worked all our lives and never took governmant assistance.Unless you count the social security that we each paid into.You are the one who should be embarrased.ESAD.

47 posted on 03/09/2013 5:06:59 PM PST by Craftmore
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To: Racer1
I feel for the employees also Racer.

BUT, If you were working for a company that had been FEDERALLY INVESTIGATED 3 times in 4 years wouldn't that given you PAUSE to reconsider working there????

Cannot find any of Top Management contributions to Obummer in 2008 or 2012. I guess that was their first MISTAKE.

48 posted on 03/09/2013 5:10:02 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Scooter Store just exploited a Medicare loophole to steal taxpayer dollars. Without Medicare corruption, they would not exist. Good riddance.

49 posted on 03/09/2013 5:11:55 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: corbe

While I agree with you on that point, sometimes a person doesn’t have much of a choice. If their area is as bad as it is here locally, there are very few options.

50 posted on 03/09/2013 5:15:59 PM PST by Racer1
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To: Dysart
Doug Harrison (founder and former CEO) donated to Romney in 2012, be my guess. As someone pointed out earlier TOP BRASS at Scotter Store were making political contributions in 2010 to GOP, even CRUZ later.

They (Top Management) were corrupt to the CORE. They got away with it so long they thought the Gravy Train would never run OUT!!

51 posted on 03/09/2013 5:15:59 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: Will88
I think most folks would rather be able to walk around normally under their own strength.

I've seen apartments for disabled and elderly where persons use them to go about doing for themselves even as far as going six blocks to the grocery store. For someone with MS, MD, or other neurological disorders it means being able to maintain some form of independence and independent living in many cases. The draw back? I'd say they are likely a pain to take with you anywhere. For my wifes wheelchair it weighs 300 pounds so we have to use a high top conversion van with a hydraulic wheelchair lift.

I'm at the point myself in places like. Wally World I'll hop on a store scooter. Arthritis and bad {distorted bones} feet would have me limping pretty darn fast. Would I ask Medicare/Medicaid for one? Heck no I'm no where near that point yet. Ten years from now I may reach that point. About 5 years ago we went to a Theme Park. I just about didn't make it out of the place. MY legs and hips kept going out. Next time I go if we ever go again I'll be sure to rent a scooter at the gate and be glad to do it.

52 posted on 03/09/2013 5:16:40 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Craftmore

You proudly post that your mother got a free scooter from the taxpayers and at the same time claim nobody in your family ever took government assistance?

What other “free” taxpayer-funded goodies have you and your family collected without calling it “government assistance”?

53 posted on 03/09/2013 5:16:46 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
As I understand the ad.your Doctor had to certify that you were in need of the scooter.If this is the case, perhaps the Medical Profession in on the fraud. I need a scooter, so I went to the Medical Store and bought one called a GoGo scooter, really neat breaks down into 4 components which all fit in out suv, no rack on the back. It is really neat.
54 posted on 03/09/2013 5:18:40 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy,,, other times I just let her sleep.)
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To: corbe

Good guesses. BTW, that Harrison’s a piece of work, ain’t he? (Rhetorical)

55 posted on 03/09/2013 5:19:17 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart
I was always kinda partial to him, he came to New Braunfels the same year I did-1991 and from the same place-New Orleans. Built a little business (Scotter Store) that was so successful (at stealing our money) he had to remove himself as CEO or was gonna be sued out of existence ( Investigation 2 of 4). But hey, obviously he didn't donate to Obummer!!!

PS. The business that I built is barely keeping red beans an rice on my table.

56 posted on 03/09/2013 5:27:06 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: corbe

If they hadn’t jacked up their billing rates to Medicare/Medicaid so much they would still be in business. Ever look at what hospitals charge insurance carriers including Medicare/Medicaid for one aspirin compared to what you can buy them for cash from your local grocery store?

After Texas resolves this issue they need to start looking at all the dental care providers who exist only because of and to make millions off of the State Medicaid program. And then they want to increase the amount of funding to Medicaid!!!!

Too bad about New Braunfels. Things I remember - Wurstfest, floating the Comal, its proximity to Gruene, staying one weekend in the old power plant which has been turned into separate rental units, and the huge flood you all had several years ago. Understand you can’t go tubin’ and take beer with you though any more. Surely that can’t be true.

57 posted on 03/09/2013 5:30:52 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Fido969

in their tv ads they brag how 90% of people who buy one get one for free through medicare/medicaid.

58 posted on 03/09/2013 5:34:30 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Racer1

so what? It’s their company, you ought to go join a union

59 posted on 03/09/2013 5:34:31 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I noticed it was awful desolate looking when I drove by this past week. The good news is that San Antonio, in general, is doing well. I saw many “Now Hiring” signs, all over town.

60 posted on 03/09/2013 5:34:38 PM PST by Jane Long
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