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Feeding the Homeless Could Land Men in Jail

This is one of those stories that requires two and three readings. In a story for NBC News (November 5, 2014) by writer Elizabeth Chuck, we learn that two church pastors and a 90-year-old man were charged for feeding homeless people in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. To make the story even stranger, despite the citations and threat of jail, the trio plan to feed the homeless at least once more before their court date.

Arnold AbbottMs. Chuck writes:

“Homeless activist Arnold Abbott, 90, and Christian ministers Dwayne Black of the Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale and Mark Sims of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs were handing out meals in a park on Sunday, two days after Fort Lauderdale’s ordinance took effect, when police approached them with their sirens flashing, Black said. The three were issued citations and face a $500 fine or 60 days in jail.”

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Ethical Behavior, Morals, Political Ethics, Working in America, You Gotta Be Kidding and tagged , , , , ,

The Next New Hotel Fee: How Much for the Face Towel?

My life often involves a great deal of travel. In that travel, I have stayed in magnificent first class hotels and in places that make the word “dump” seem classy.

MarriottFor the most part, those of us who travel for business stay in pretty predictable places. We can all collectively close our eyes and imagine those rooms as I write this. Those of us who are into travel-related hotel stuff, know the quilt should not to be touched by the human hand, the television remote, doorknobs and telephone will be microscopically filthy and that one should never look under the beds, behind the dresser and always pray that someone, in recent memory, has thoroughly cleaned the bathroom surfaces.

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The Anatomy of a Ponzi Scheme – Commentary by Fraud Prevention Expert Chuck Gallagher

“I have an inside track on a great investment.  You’ll get better than a 12% per year return.  But, there are only a limited number of folks that I can get in on this offering.  You interested?

STEP ONE – make a promise that seems ‘special’ or ‘better’ than what anyone else can get on their investment funds!

“Wow…this is great.  I just got our statement in the mail and you know that investment I made in that private fund that Joe recommended…well its done better than he projected.  The market has been down, but this has returned over 16% thus far.  Man…I’m glad we got in on this deal!”

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Bernie Madoff, business ethics, Choices and Consequences, Financial Fraud, fraud, Gordon Grigg, J. V. Huffman, Madoff, New Website, ponzi scheme, Working in America and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Business Ethics Training – “The Office” – What Not To Do!

Business ethics training!  Across the nation I can hear people saying, “Yea, those people on Wall Street and in Washington need a good dose of that.”  Or, more than likely, in many companies, I hear a big “yawn.”

People, especially now, are sensitive to the need for ethical action.  However, ethical belief and action does not generally mean a commitment to teaching ethics.  In fact, in a national survey, most companies (there are notable exceptions) do very little to teach and promote ethics.  So often, as a business ethics speaker, I hear people recite the statement, “There is no such thing as business ethics, only ethical people.”   Well, that statement is all fine and good, but the reality is – businesses do have a culture and if ethics are not a core value, then unethical behavior is likely.

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