Skip to comments.100 Nepalese Workers Missing From Alabama Plant
Posted on 01/31/2008 9:54:55 AM PST by Froufrou
About 100 people who came from Nepal to work at a north Alabama factory seemingly vanished from a pair of apartment buildings, along with a lot of furniture and appliances, and can't be located, officials said Tuesday.
Immigration agents are trying to determine what happened to the Nepalese workers, among hundreds brought to the United States to work at a DVD factory operated by Cinram Inc., said Lauren Bethune, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.
"We do not in any way consider it a security threat, but we do think it is important," she said.
A Huntsville television station, WAAY-TV, first reported on the missing workers.
Cinram's human resources director, Peter Hassler, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. But a spokesman for a company that recruited the workers for Cinram said a contact in Nepal believes many of them have returned home.
"Most of the people he was talking to said they came to America, did what they wanted to do and went back home," said Doug Wilson, president of Ambassador Personnel in Thomasville, Ga. "These are people with pretty strong family ties."
Mary and Tim Snopl told the TV station they rented apartments in two buildings last fall to about 240 workers from Nepal. But Mary Snopl said scores of the workers are now missing, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of furniture, televisions and kitchenware.
"I don't know if they're living in Huntsville or somewhere else, I just know they aren't living with us and they aren't working at Cinram," she said.
Wilson said his company was seeking a list of items believed to be missing.
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Yes, it really pays to hire ILLEGALS .... .
Or has the state cracked down on EMPLOYERS hiring ILLEGALS?
Is THAT why they vanished along with the goods?
(Didn’t read the article, suprise me.)
100 people from Nepal in one factory? How many people could a DVD factory in Alabama possibly employ?
That’s strange, the two seven-elevens that are near where I live are run by Nepalese.
I’m waiting for everyone coming in to get a chip implant. That’s the only way we’ll ever be able to keep track of our aliens. Since criminals wear a cuff when they parole or get probation, it’s only a matter of time, I suppose.
Why are workers from Nepal working in a factory here in America in the first place?
Something is wrong with this story.
Therre was a big stink raised about bringing them here in the first place.
My first guess is that if they took refrigerators and sofas and other furniture, they weren’t flying out of Huntsville Intl Airport. Smart money says they didn’t return to Nepal.
They mean that local workers weren't willing to work at $8 an hour and no benefits, more likely.
Somehow I find it hard to believe that these Nepalese took a whole bunch of stolen furniture with them and flew back to Nepal with it.
The problem is they SNEAK IN.
Can’t implant anyone if you can’t get your hands on them.
We’ll wind up getting the implants and they won’t!
It amazes me how little anybody knows in this story.
The landlords have no clue where they went, but know they took the landlord’s property with them. The employer can’t figure it out, it appears. Unsurprisingly, DHS is utterly clueless that these people exist in the first place. And the “reporter” is uncurious about the whole thing.
Damn that sneaky immigration enforcement run off the cheap help.
I’d like to know how they got LARGE ITEMS out with no one noticing? Something stinks here ... .
Thanks for the summary.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION pisses me off.
“Pete, do you have them? I don’t have them.” Doug Wilson, president of Ambassador Personnel
“No, I thought you had them? Where’d they go, Doug?” Cinram’s human resources director, Peter Hassler
“At one point, INS came in and cleared out the factorys illegal mexican contingent. It was funny to hear the multitude of now hiring ads placed on the radio afterwards.”
Did they deport them?
Fine the EMPLOYER?
I swear, I did a search. I think it’s preposterous that ‘nobody knows anything.’
The Dalai Lama teleported them back home.
Cinram is currently valued at over 2 billion dollars.
Many East Europeans come here (Alabama) annually to work in the tourist hotels/resorts, etc.
"It's possible that they had work visas, they expired, and they went home," she said.
Most people have better record-keeping systems for their recipes than these incompetents.
To paraphrase that great American Ron White... They took off! They took off! They took the f**k off!
Workforce, Dec, 2000
How Cinram Hired a Heap of Helpin a Hurry.; Millenium Search Inc. - Cinram Inc. Huntsville, Alabama
Cinram had to hire an extra 500 employees in seven weeks.
>>”Why are workers from Nepal working in a factory here in America in the first place?”
Many East Europeans come here (Alabama) annually to work in the tourist hotels/resorts, etc.<<
Nepal is not located in Eastern Europe. The Himalayss are no where near the Carpathian Mountains.
Some workers are from Jamaica,Nepal,Bolivia,and Ukraine.Mo' Brooks was mad because Cinram was given special tax breaks in order to locate in Hunstville,to provide local jobs.Those tax breaks were $300,000 in 2007.
Yeah, my recipes are strewn all over just one cabinet. But I can find ‘em. I’d like to know why the temp agency is off the hook for this.
I'm very aware of that. My sons girlfriend (UC Davis) works for USAID in Katmandu.
I've sailed completely around the world four times. You?
Until 2006, Nepal, with over eighty percent of its population Hindu, was officially a Hindu state, the only one in the world. On May 18, 2006, Nepal was declared a secular state. On December 28, 2007, the interim parliament passed a bill and declared Nepal to be a federal democratic republic. The current king, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, will be the last king of Nepal if the present ruling parties win the April 2008 elections.
>Mary and Tim Snopl told the TV station they rented apartments in two buildings last fall to about 240 workers from Nepal. But Mary Snopl said scores of the workers are now missing, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of furniture, televisions and kitchenware.<
Since these people were recruited it seems a change in rule has occurred; can they even go home now?
Didn’t they make a movie about some poor sap who had to live in an airport because of a coup in his home country while he was in flight to visit America?
Great, now there’s a shortage of sherpas in Alabama. That will ruin the local mountaineering economy.
"An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there."
“Mary and Tim Snopl told the TV station they rented apartments in two buildings last fall to about 240 workers from Nepal.”
Apartments in TWO buildings for 240 people? My, how cozy.
The company brought in about 800 from some islands. It must be a very large company but I had never heard of it before the controversy about bringing in those workers. People here did not like it one little bit.
I really want to know how 100 people just go ~poof!!~
I thought the Nepalese were nomadic. Wouldn’t that mean they’d be less likely to become homesick?
Yes, that occurred to me, too. Yard sale.
If so, it certainly serves Cinram right for taking a subsidy to come in and employ local workers, and then hire a bunch of foreign workers instead.
I hope they had a very big yard sale and sold ALL of Cinram’s stuff, and also left some big debts at the company store. I’m sure guys like this would have a company store, just like “Sixteen Tons.”
What makes this even more special is that according to the newspaper article with the type of visas these people have they get a SS# after two weeks of work. Great!
Mo' Brooks for President!
Word is that the Nepalese attempted to immigrate to Mexico, but the Mexican Border Patrol turned them back....no passport..
Maybe they are in Alaska. They would be right at home in the -20.
Probably still down in Florida after voting for McCain as independents in the Republican primaries.
You’ve been eating Soylent Nepalease ...