Skip to comments.'Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone' (Says Georgia Trucking Company)
Posted on 11/26/2011 6:54:25 AM PST by dennisw
WACO, Ga. -- A west Georgia business owner is stirring up controversy with signs he posted on his company's trucks, for all to see as the trucks roll up and down roads, highways and interstates:
"New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone.
"Can't afford it," explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening. "I've got people that I want to hire now, but I just can't afford it. And I don't foresee that I'll be able to afford it unless some things change in D.C."
Looman did receive some unexpected attention not long after he put up his signs and Facebook photos. He said someone, and he thinks he knows who it was, reported him to the FBI as a threat to national security. He said the accusation filtered its way through the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and finally the Secret Service. Agents interviewed him.
"The Secret Service left here, they were in a good mood and laughing," Looman said. "I got the feeling they thought it was kind of ridiculous, and a waste of their time."
Looman's company is U.S. Cranes, LLC. He said he put up the signs, and first posted pictures of the signs on his personal Facebook page, six months ago, and he said he received mostly positive reaction from people, "about 20-to-one positive."
But for some reason, one of the photos went viral on the Internet on Monday.
And the reaction has been so intense, pro and con, he's had to have his phones disconnected because of the non-stop calls, and he's had to temporarily shut down his company's website because of all the traffic crashing the system.
Looman made it clear, talking with 11Alive's Jon Shirek, that he is not refusing to hire to make some political point; it's that he doesn't believe he can hire anyone, because of the economy. And he blames the Obama administration.
"The way the economy's running, and the way my business has been hampered by the economy, and the policies of the people in power, I felt that it was necessary to voice my opinion, and predict that I wouldn't be able to do any hiring," he said.
My informal count says this has been posted at FR about 3,127 times in the last 2 days alone.
My first thought is that if more businesses joined in and sent out the same message, that would speak volumes.
I am guessing the IRS will be all over this guy - major headaches coming his way. He will be audited into oblivion.
This guy will probably get more death threats from Obama’s savage supporters than he will job applications.
Yeah. He must have reached the not gonna give a damn limit.
It's the first time that I've seen it so I'm happy to see it posted for the 3,127th time.
My guess is that he's close to making his decision to retire, and has decided he can now speak his mind.
Your post confirming the conventional wisdom that 87.35827% of all statistics are pulled out of thin air at the time they are first expressed.
You beat me to it. This is the most dup-posted reference in recent memory.
Right. But in defense of the duplicate posters, I’ve seen various versions this story reported in many different media outlets.
“The Secret Service left here, they were in a good mood and laughing,” Looman said. “I got the feeling they thought it was kind of ridiculous, and a waste of their time.”
But they WERE THERE weren’t they, pal? That’s the operative ting.
Just did a search and my post is the 6th thread on this incident
This is pretty standard for any business owner I know. They are spending the bare minimum and not risking new employees because they don’t know what the Obots will think of next.
They don’t make it public like this guy but maybe they should.
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