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Prim not Proper

Although my humble opinion is that the stadium should somehow be finished, I have reservations about Mr. Prim based on my experience of having been once employed by him [“Lowball to play ball”; by Keith T Barber; June 1, 2009]. His standard hiring practice is to advertise and, in writing, promise a substantial living wage, his interview spiel being (exact words): “If you’re not making money, you’re not happy. If you’re not happy, we’re not happy. We want everybody around here to be happy.” I took the job, but after two weeks, my salary was inexplicably dropped to much less than what I had signed for. Other new hires went through the same thing I had. Never having been much of a pushover, I politely asked about this significant difference in pay (all the while trying to appear happy.) I couldn’t help but wonder how persons with families made ends meet on this paltry sum. My guess is that they don’t. Because of my work schedule and my efforts, I eventually became a top earner with the company, but after several inquiries into my salary “situation,” I was told (with boredom more than annoyance) that I would never be paid as promised, because (in their exact words) I would be, “making too much money.” Not surprisingly, the company had never intended to honor our written agreement. I kept the job, and dropped the issue, chalking it up to another valuable learning experience. But things got worse. At the end of my first 90 days, I had to fax my own health insurance forms to BCBS via Kinko’s, as Prim’s corporate office somehow “lost” them. Another salesperson’s health insurance forms were also “lost” and I watched him go through the same thing, although I do not know if he was as persistent as I was in securing his coverage. It goes without saying, I was definitely not “happy” about this, since there was a nice corporate office that supposedly handled these things for their employees. Whenever I think back on that day, believe me, I get “unhappy.” It was obvious that they wanted me to work, but not have health insurance. I made sure I got it, anyway. I once watched in disbelief as management bullied one of their salespersons out of his Family and Medical Leave Act time. Management said they would fire him if he took a week off, which was an interesting catch-22, as he was their top salesperson at the time. Maybe if he was less successful, he may have been allowed his full FMLA, who knows. The salesman took two days off, I believe, and returned to work on the third day as he was told, noticeably “unhappy.” Unfortunately, whenever I hear Mr. Prim, I am “unhappily” reminded of my time with him — I don’t trust him as far as I could throw a rhino, whatever color it may be. To his credit, he did discharge one of his managers after employees complained of harassment and bullying — I suspect the company feared a lawsuit. Mr. Prim also throws a good Christmas party for his people — I thanked him for it — it was the first time I met him. I was eventually discharged as new management replaced the old, not for job performance, but for appearing, in their words, “unhappy,” which is a fair assessment, since they never had, and never were, going to pay me what they had promised they would. Or is it? I’ve never figured it out, to tell you the truth, although I landed a better job later and learned to never again settle for less. Hopefully, Mr. Prim treats persons involved with the stadium project — which I hear may belong to the taxpayers — better than he treats his employees, who, the last time I checked, have helped him remain noticeably, quite “happy.” Thank you for your time. It’s been an interesting week so far. Alexander Walle, Greensboro

Watered Down

Mr. Brian Clarey, My name is Nicole Dupuis. Last week you published a restaurant review about Ombu wood fired fusion in Winston-Salem [“Ombu serves up delicious variety”; by Lindsay Craven; July 1, 2009]. I served the two young girls who wrote the review. They told me they were doing a review. They came in close to closing so I was the only server option. The article was favorable to the restaurant and the writer mentioned the service was good etc., however she wrote a whole paragraph about how

I spilled water when filling her water glass. I actually dripped water on the floor when filling their glasses because our water pitchers are impossible to pour from. This is a fact that I mentioned when they commented on our pitchers. My point is that the writer used my name in this article several times and without my knowledge or permission. I have already recieved several calls from people who have read it. I am incredibly embarassed by this. Nornally I approach my table and give my name, however now I am too embarassed to do that. I have already contacted my lawyers office about this matter but hope that we can resolve this together. I would like an apology published. Your writer made me look like an idiot, not to mention she could have cost me my job. All the servers drip water ocassionally when filling water glasses, however her article makes a mountain out of molehill. Please take this seriously. I hope this can be resolved without further action on my part. Sincerely, Nicole Dupuis, Winston-Salem Editor replies: Note to Ombu: Please get new water pitchers.

UM, YEAH

Where in the Constitution does it say that the vice president should run the CIA? Oh, that’s right there is nothing about the Central Intelligence Agency in the Constitution. Does that mean that the CIA is unconstitutional? Chuck Mann, Greensboro

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