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Report: Employee Lawsuit Alleges Company Used Waterboarding to Motivate Workers
FOXNews.com ^ | 2.29.2008

Posted on 02/29/2008 12:33:46 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick

A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Utah allegedly used waterboarding on a member of his sales team to motivate staff, according to a lawsuit filed by an employee, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Chad Hudgens, a former salesman for Prosper, Inc., in Provo, Utah, alleges his manager, Joshua Christopherson, asked him to lie on a hill before he poured water from a gallon jug into Hudgens' mouth and nostrils as other sales staff held him down, the paper reports. "At the conclusion of his abusive demonstration, Christopherson told the team that he wanted them to work as hard on making sales as Chad had worked to breathe while he was being waterboarded," the paper said the suit alleges. The lawsuit was filed in January. Company President Dave Ellis told the Salt Lake Tribune that the allegations were "sensationalized" and uncorroborated by co-workers regarding the May incident. "They just roll their eyes and say, 'This is ridiculous. ... That's not how it went down,'" Ellis told the paper. Hudgens' suit claims the manager "intentionally engaged in physically and emotionally abusive conduct" to punish workers who did not meet company performance goals, the paper said.

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1 posted on 02/29/2008 12:33:47 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Looks like waterboarding provides incentive too... :-)


2 posted on 02/29/2008 12:35:10 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Joshua Christopherson, asked him to lie on a hill before he poured water from a gallon jug into Hudgens' mouth and nostrils as other sales staff held him down, the paper reports. "

Then why didn't he get up and beat the crap out of his manager? No job is worth that much 'abuse' if it really is considered torture.

3 posted on 02/29/2008 12:36:10 PM PST by Centurion2000 (su - | chown -740 us ./base | kill -9 | cd / | rm -r)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I don’t know about this new-fangled torture, I’d rather keep to the ol’ “pull out the fingernails with pliers” routine. Most employees just kinda shrug off the waterboarding anyways.


4 posted on 02/29/2008 12:36:23 PM PST by ladtx ( "Never miss a good chance to shut up." - - Will Rogers)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Howdy!

I am so sending this to our sales manager. (thankfully I don't work in sales)

5 posted on 02/29/2008 12:37:01 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: NYC GOP Chick

And my employees think they are being tortured when they are required to show up at 8:00 am.


6 posted on 02/29/2008 12:38:39 PM PST by keepitreal
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To: NYC GOP Chick

When “team-building” outings go horribly wrong.

I mean, jeez, all we did at our big team-building outing when I was with AT&T was get wasted and cause $1500 damage to the hotel and conference center...

}:-)4


7 posted on 02/29/2008 12:39:32 PM PST by Moose4 (Hey GOP...don't move toward the middle. Move the middle toward us.)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Yeah, that would provide incentive for me...to head for the nearest exit from that company.


8 posted on 02/29/2008 12:40:30 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Centurion2000

Just because a person asks you to do something doesn’t mean you should do it. Shouldn’t people learn that in the 2nd grade?


9 posted on 02/29/2008 12:40:45 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

This title of this motivational technique must be, “How to foment the next mass office killing.”


10 posted on 02/29/2008 12:41:24 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

The waterboarding will continue until morale improves.


11 posted on 02/29/2008 12:42:00 PM PST by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: Constitution Day

Hi! I’ve worked in a place that was far worse, on a daily basis, than some mere waterboarding.


12 posted on 02/29/2008 12:42:36 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Gee, what is the guy complaining about! Our last boss used to blindfold us and use hot water. At least he said it was hot water. Well, it was hot ... and wet


13 posted on 02/29/2008 12:43:55 PM PST by heywoodubuzzoff (:-))
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To: NYC GOP Chick

Waterboarding. Sounds like a sport, you know? Like, you waterboard behind a boat while they tow you along.


14 posted on 02/29/2008 12:44:52 PM PST by Lazamataz (Why isnít this in Breaking News????)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

You think this is bad? I remember those offsite meetings at a place called the Guantanamo Conference Center...


15 posted on 02/29/2008 12:45:02 PM PST by sailor4321
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To: heywoodubuzzoff
Gee, what is the guy complaining about! Our last boss used to blindfold us and use hot water. At least he said it was hot water. Well, it was hot ... and wet.

Sounds kinky.

16 posted on 02/29/2008 12:45:59 PM PST by Lazamataz (Why isnít this in Breaking News????)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

I’ve had some doozies, but not that bad.

I remember meeting you at CPAC some years back, it’s good to see you here again.


17 posted on 02/29/2008 12:46:29 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: NYC GOP Chick

How is this not Scrappleface.


18 posted on 02/29/2008 12:46:51 PM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I’m sure Dick Durbin will now equate all of corporate America with Auschwitz.
19 posted on 02/29/2008 12:47:00 PM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Image hosted by Photobucket.com and the waterboarding will continue until moral er sales improves!
20 posted on 02/29/2008 12:47:20 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist ©ģ)
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