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Pep Boys fires manager for being called up by the Navy,
Tucson Citizen ^ | March 15, 2003 | Oscar Abeyta and Irwin M. Goldberg

Posted on 03/16/2003 10:50:23 AM PST by Vindibudd

Edited on 05/07/2004 5:37:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

A federal lawsuit alleges Pep Boys fired a store manager because of his military obligation.

Automotive supply chain Pep Boys fired a Tucson store manager because his military Reserve duties took him away from work, according to a federal lawsuit filed here.


(Excerpt) Read more at tucsoncitizen.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: erikbalodis; iraq; navy; pepboys; reserves; tucsoncitizen
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Apparently selling oil filters is more important than protecting the country.
1 posted on 03/16/2003 10:50:23 AM PST by Vindibudd
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To: Vindibudd; SAMWolf; AntiJen
Pinging foxholers and canteeners...
2 posted on 03/16/2003 10:53:50 AM PST by ProudEagle
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To: Vindibudd
Hey Pep Boys! Do you see what is happening to The Dixie Chicks? Learn a lesson from it.
3 posted on 03/16/2003 10:54:24 AM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Vindibudd
Alright, who's got Pep sissies link. Let's get them French style.
4 posted on 03/16/2003 10:54:55 AM PST by Bulldogs22
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To: Vindibudd
Pep Boys went on to explain they prefer to hire Somali and Egyptian immigrants anyhow, "They're very unlikely to be involved with this U.S. military nonsense, and only take time off to celebrate cultural holidays like September 11 and slash-your-son's-forehead day."
5 posted on 03/16/2003 10:56:09 AM PST by dagnabbit
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To: Vindibudd
I emailed this story to Rush Limbaugh. Let's see if he talks about this on Monday.
6 posted on 03/16/2003 11:02:50 AM PST by Paleo Conservative (This space left intentionally blank.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska; radu; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; southerngrit; Bethbg79; bentfeather; tomkow6; ...
Canteen PING!

Looks like I won't shop at Pep Boys anymore!

7 posted on 03/16/2003 11:03:42 AM PST by bkwells (Deployed on USS TARAWA (LHA-1))
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To: ProudEagle; MistyCA; AntiJen; Victoria Delsoul; SassyMom; bentfeather; GatorGirl; radu; souris; ...
Thanks for the ping. I don't shop at Pep Boys but no I won't for sure. If the charges turn out to be true, I hope they get taken to the cleaners over this one.
8 posted on 03/16/2003 11:06:30 AM PST by SAMWolf (I have a dog I trained to kill on command. The command I used is, "Is he friendly?")
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To: bkwells
Got that right Brian!

Thanks for the ping.
9 posted on 03/16/2003 11:06:44 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: dagnabbit
Are Puke Boys aware of the infamous and month-long Rama-lama-ding-dong?
10 posted on 03/16/2003 11:09:02 AM PST by BradyLS
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To: bkwells
Bump! Did you see the speech from the Azores. I'll send a transcript as soon as it's ready.
11 posted on 03/16/2003 11:12:15 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Pray for our Troops)
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To: bentfeather

Store Support Center

Pep Boys' Main Number

Telephone Contact

Phone: (215) 430-9000


12 posted on 03/16/2003 11:15:43 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (chIRAQ & sadDAM are bedfellows & clinton is a raping traitor!)
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To: Vindibudd
Apparently selling oil filters is more important than protecting the country.

Well, if you're in the oil-filter-selling business it is! Why should Pep Boys provide a place for the government to stash its soldiers when they're not immediately needed? This business of calling up reservists for a year or so every few years isn't fair to the reservists or their employers. We need bigger standing forces and an end to this cut-rate staffing of the military with 'temps'.

13 posted on 03/16/2003 11:18:28 AM PST by Grut
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To: Vindibudd
No blood for oil filters?
14 posted on 03/16/2003 11:19:37 AM PST by Slainte
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
http://www.pepboys.com/about/contact/cust_relations.html
15 posted on 03/16/2003 11:20:28 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (chIRAQ & sadDAM are bedfellows & clinton is a raping traitor!)
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To: ProudEagle
The ironic thing is that Pep Boys probably hired the guy in part because of his military experience.
16 posted on 03/16/2003 11:25:51 AM PST by USNBandit (Stop complaining about jet noise. It's the sound of freedom.)
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To: RepublicanHippy
Bump
17 posted on 03/16/2003 11:28:39 AM PST by photogirl (bring it on!!)
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To: Vindibudd
I've emailed them and as a pissed off vet, I can tell you I won't buy one GD thing from them!
18 posted on 03/16/2003 11:31:14 AM PST by Beck_isright (Does Chirac own all of the Vichy Chicks CDs??)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
I am going to fill out their internet form with my name as American Citizen with the White House phone number, as soon as I can look up the phone number.

Others might want to use various names like Uncle Sam, American Patriot, Military Vet, American Military, etc.

Can you image the shock when they attempt to call me only to realize that they are calling the White House.
19 posted on 03/16/2003 11:35:16 AM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (even people with low IQ understand deadly force.)
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To: Vindibudd
Just yesterday I was shopping for new tires for my truck, and I thought about going into Pep Boys to check out their prices. I ended up getting my tires somewhere else. Now I'm glad I did.
20 posted on 03/16/2003 11:39:00 AM PST by CFC__VRWC ("It's good to hate the French.")
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To: SAMWolf
Now I've heard everything! (or at least thought I did)

This is rediculous!

21 posted on 03/16/2003 11:44:58 AM PST by Pippin (God bless and Protect President Bush!)
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To: USNBandit
Yep, makes you wonder.
22 posted on 03/16/2003 11:50:17 AM PST by ProudEagle
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To: Vindibudd
I won't ever set foot in a Pep Boys again.
23 posted on 03/16/2003 11:52:33 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl (Can we paint all the Daisy Cutters and MOAB's kelly green for St. Patrick's Day????)
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To: Grut
"Why should Pep Boys provide a place for the government to stash its soldiers when they're not immediately needed?"

Because they are defending your right to make stupid comments.

24 posted on 03/16/2003 11:53:01 AM PST by kaboom
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To: Vindibudd
Manny, Moe, and Jack can go piss up a rope. I hope this guy takes the Pep Boys to the cleaners.

I won't do business with Pep Boys for a stick of gum now. Looks like NAPA and Autozone are getting my business now.

25 posted on 03/16/2003 11:53:29 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Paleo Conservative; Registered
Okay, FReeper artists: we need some dishrags and kaffiyehs on these PepBoy heads:


26 posted on 03/16/2003 11:53:53 AM PST by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Vindibudd
My reply to Pep Boys:
Posted at http://www.pepboys.com/about/contact/cust_relations.html

I am aghast at your firing of Mr. Erik Balodis for being called in for his Naval Reserve duty. You can spin it all you like, but claiming a man "abandoned" a job after being called to active duty is beyond reproach. As an American, a veteran, and a consumer, please take notice that as of this moment, I will no longer patronize your stores, and will encourage others not to patronize them as well.

Those of us who have served in uniform know that we have done to to maintain, amongst other things, the freedom of Americans to choose. And thus, I choose not to patronize your establishment until Mr. Balodis, and numerous others who have also been terminated for answering their countries call, are made whole of damages inflicted by your thoughtless and unpatriotic policies, a formal policy supporting the Guard and Reserve, and a formal and public apology, not just to Mr. Balodis and the others directly affected, but to every veteran in America.

I will also be posting links to the news article, http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/business/3_15_03reservist.html, which alerted me and others to this situation.

It is my hope that you will do the right thing, and restore those you fired in accordance with Federal Law. I look forward to your reply in this matter. . .

27 posted on 03/16/2003 11:56:59 AM PST by Salgak (don't mind me: the orbital mind control lasers are making me write this. . .)
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To: Vindibudd
Tell these people what you think:

Bill Furtkevic
Director of Marketing Communications, Pep Boys
3111 West Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132
E-mail: mediarelations@pepboys.com

George Babich
Chief Financial Officer, Pep Boys
3111 West Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132
E-mail: investorrelations@pepboys.com

Heather Ward
Assistant Manager of Public Relations, Pep Boys
3111 West Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132
E-mail: mediarelations@pepboys.com

Emily Florin
Account Supervisor, Edelman Worldwide
1500 Broadway
New York, New York 10036
E-mail: emily.florin@edelman.com

Link to Pep Boys contact page HERE.

28 posted on 03/16/2003 12:03:15 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Salgak
Great letter but don`t hold your breath for a reply.
29 posted on 03/16/2003 12:03:56 PM PST by goose1
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
I hope this guy takes the Pep Boys to the cleaners.

Take them to the cleaners? It's quite possible that there could be a felony criminal conviction and prison sentences. And if they do it again after that, they could face criminal and civil racketeering charges, to include triple damages for every penny's expenses incurred by the victims of their crimes, as well as getting to pay for the plaintiff's attorneys at 1.5 times their usual rate, typically $295 per hour for such work- and the award for back pay can be doubled, as well as a fee for interest.

PepBoys is about to learn about the USERRA. And I suspect they'll not enjoy their education.

-archy-/-

30 posted on 03/16/2003 12:10:09 PM PST by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Vindibudd
Auto-Zone should offer jobs to any one fired by PepBoys because of military obligations, with the jobs to start when they get back. What a PR coup that would be!
31 posted on 03/16/2003 12:12:15 PM PST by Joe Bonforte
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To: kaboom
"Why should Pep Boys provide a place for the government to stash its soldiers when they're not immediately needed?"

Because they are defending your right to make VERY stupid comments.

32 posted on 03/16/2003 12:18:22 PM PST by clamper1797 (Credo Quia Absurdum)
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To: Vindibudd
I wonder if Pep Boys is owned by a French corporation? After all, it came as a great surprise to me last week when I heard that the French own Red Roof Inn motel and Nissan automobiles.
33 posted on 03/16/2003 12:18:25 PM PST by proudofthesouth
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To: Vindibudd
The Boys are within a mile from us. A lot of soldiers from Fort Bliss do business with them. My own son-in-law thinks it's his private club. LOL. Think I'll copy the article and post it somewhere where it can be noticed.
34 posted on 03/16/2003 12:18:34 PM PST by FryingPan101 (I love Rummy!)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
I am going to fill out their internet form with my name as American Citizen with the White House phone number, as soon as I can look up the phone number.

Others might want to use various names like Uncle Sam, American Patriot, Military Vet, American Military, etc.

Can you image the shock when they attempt to call me only to realize that they are calling the White House.

The White House switchboard number is 202-456-1414.

But even better: Give them *this one*: 800-336.4590.

35 posted on 03/16/2003 12:19:03 PM PST by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: Joe Bonforte
Auto-Zone should offer jobs to any one fired by PepBoys because of military obligations, with the jobs to start when they get back. What a PR coup that would be!

I just e-mailed your interesting thought and a link to this thread to a fairly senior executive at AutoZone's corporate headquarters here in Memphis. We'll see if they agree, or if anything comes of it.

-archy-/-

36 posted on 03/16/2003 12:22:41 PM PST by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: clamper1797
That post was directed at Grunt BTW
37 posted on 03/16/2003 12:23:08 PM PST by clamper1797 (Credo Quia Absurdum)
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To: Grut
"Why should Pep Boys provide a place for the government to stash its soldiers when they're not immediately needed?"

Because they are defending your right to make VERY stupid comments.

38 posted on 03/16/2003 12:23:49 PM PST by clamper1797 (Credo Quia Absurdum)
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To: archy
Sounds like Manny, Moe, and Jack are going to be having some bad days ahead.
39 posted on 03/16/2003 12:23:51 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: archy
I told them to take their business to France and that they could change their name to Manny Moe and Chirac.
40 posted on 03/16/2003 12:24:36 PM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (even people with low IQ understand deadly force.)
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To: Vindibudd
Manny , Moe, and Jack.....are now known as Mansour, Mohammad, and Jahid
41 posted on 03/16/2003 12:27:45 PM PST by Osage Orange ( Bill Clintons' moral stature: "He'd have to stand up to look a rattler in the eye.")
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To: Vindibudd
Here's a corporate policy doomed not to last as long as the Iraqi army. Want to bet it's changed by noon tomorrow?
42 posted on 03/16/2003 12:31:46 PM PST by muir_redwoods
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To: archy

43 posted on 03/16/2003 12:51:10 PM PST by King Nothing (seek and destroy)
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To: Vindibudd
....emailed to O'Reilly!
44 posted on 03/16/2003 12:53:58 PM PST by GrandMoM ("Vengeance is Mine , I will repay," says the Lord.)
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To: Grut
Because they are defending your right to make extremely stupid comments.
45 posted on 03/16/2003 1:05:28 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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my crappy photoshop bump
46 posted on 03/16/2003 1:11:41 PM PST by King Nothing (seek and destroy)
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To: Bulldogs22
Freep 'em at http://www.pepboys.com/about/contact/cust_relations.html
47 posted on 03/16/2003 1:28:24 PM PST by Wil H
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To: dagnabbit
Also, "mutilate your 9-year old girl" day.
48 posted on 03/16/2003 1:28:36 PM PST by valkyrieanne
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To: King Nothing
my crappy photochop bump.

Hardly. If far from appearing to be the work of a professional graphic artiste it has the character of a nice down-home grassroots effort, and will likely inspire an interesting variety of imitators in a similar vein.

And I'm sure PoopBoys will just love having the small sticker versions plastered on their store doors and windows.

Great job, and thanks. I'm off to Kinko's!

-archy-/-

49 posted on 03/16/2003 1:41:28 PM PST by archy (Keep in mind that the milk of human kindness comes from a beast that is both cannibal and a vampire.)
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To: valkyrieanne
FGM - don't leave the middle ages without it.
50 posted on 03/16/2003 1:42:53 PM PST by dagnabbit
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