The First Period Really Sets the Tone for the Rest of the Sign…

I dropped some things off at Goodwill yesterday and saw this sign…

I’m aware that first period looks different from the second one, so it may be graffiti or something, but it made me smile. And people on Twitter seem to like it :)

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  • flyb

    Definitely does not look like the same period as the one after Job. But still funny. I did a double-take.

  • allein

    Is it bad that I’m more annoyed by the unnecessary initial caps?

    • HQ

      I Wouldn’t Say its Bad.

      • allein


        • HQ

          Well sugar honey iced tea.

      • CodeMonkeys

        Honestly, people should either use all caps or just normal grammar. This Is Just Weird And Usually Reserved For Titles Not Sentences.

    • JET

      Oh, good. It’s not just me.

    • Matt

      The ol’ initial caps debate. I Waffle on It.

      • allein

        Gah! Now I want waffles.

  • Theory_of_I

    The sign–though probably some taggers idea of a funny–could actually represent a Goodwill employment assistance policy. GW developed a program in which disabled persons were trained ‘on the job’ by means of on site personal training assistance by Goodwill staffers who worked side by side with the job candidates until they could handle the job requirements…at which point they were offered and ‘Got A Job’ with the participating employers.

  • Tom in Raleigh

    Hemant, I don’t know if you realize this, but Goodwill is a for-profit business. The jobs are minimum wage as the owner has gotten rich on people’s donations.

    Though you would want to know. In most towns there are better places to donate old clothes.

    • Theory_of_I

      Fact check–

      Goodwill Industries International is a not-for-profit agency[1] that provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges. Goodwill is funded by a massive network of retail thrift stores which operate as nonprofits as well.

      Goodwill operates as a network of 165 independent, community-based organizations in the U.S., Canada and 14 other countries. In 2011, Goodwills collectively earned more than $4 billion, and used 82 percent of that revenue to provide employment, training and support services to more than 4.2 million individuals. – Wikipedia

      • Ferule Bezel

        A lot of ‘non-profits’ are money making schemes for the people in charge, this includes a lot of thrift stores. The people in charge will pick over the donations for collectibles that they sell themselves, buy a building personally and have the thrift store rent it while having people doing community service for minor crimes manning it for free, pay themselves and their relatives huge salaries and bonuses and a few others I forget at the moment.

        Unfortunately I don’t know an easy way to spot this in a given thrift store.

        • Theory_of_I

          Well, your brush seems a bit broad, unless, of course, you have documented examples of these assertions. Particularly re: the subject GWI

      • kelemi
        • Theory_of_I

          Contrary to what that article claims, Goodwill is a not-for-profit agency,
          Note that the article lead says the statistics are False/Outdated.

          • kelemi
            • Theory_of_I

              That seems like a very black mark alright–Unless there is some value in the sense of usefulness and pride in being able to contribute meaningfully that can be earned by the severely disabled who would otherwise just be unemployable. Who knows what that may be worth except those who experience it?

              • wmdkitty

                That doesn’t justify skimping on wages, man.

                • Theory_of_I

                  You’re right — They should pay at least minimum. They do contribute about 90% of their revenues (2012) in direct support of their social services clients, but all they need to do is cut the number (4.5M, 2012) of people they serve by a million or two to do it, and fair is fair.

                • wmdkitty

                  You just tried to justify ripping off disabled workers — many of whom work harder and are far more dedicated than any able-bodied people. That’s sick.

                • Theory_of_I

                  OK, I’ll take a hit. But you just justified eliminating funding, support and services for more than a million of the most disadvantaged disabled. It won’t work both ways — take your pick.

                • wmdkitty

                  That won’t “eliminate funding, support, and services” at all, and you bloody well know it.

  • gg

    I wish you’d find somewhere else to put your donations other than Goodwill. They pay their workers below minimum wage, and make a lot of money on their donations. Salvation Army is even worse. I am lucky to have some secular options in my area.

    • Pepperboots

      I was under the impression that they are completely secular. They have no official religious affiliation on their website, as far as I know. They are also one of the first companies to have adopted a recycling program as a corporation. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is what I thought I remembered.

      • gg

        I looked them up. Thanks for the correction, I had them confused with another organization. Now I have to figure out who I was confusing them with, and its going to drive me nuts.

        • Feminerd

          Salvation Army, maybe?

      • Rob U

        They are also one of the first companies to have adopted a recycling program

        They’re also one of the few places that do electronic recycling too, at least the one not too far from my house does. Its quite nice, did some “spring cleaning” the other week and I knew I could take all my old electronics there from proper disposal rather than just pitching it to the curb.

    • kelemi

      I was about to say that when I saw your post. Here are salaries of CEOs of some well known charities.

  • Err

    For whatever reason, the image seems to be gone. All I get is an error.

  • GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    Funny how Time magazine’s Joe Klein is notably absent, certainly not dropping off any clothes at all in that photo.

    That selfish jerk!

    • Matt

      Funny how you never see Joe Klein adding meaning-altering periods to signs thus resulting in extreme comedy.

  • wmdkitty

    Sure, they hire disabled workers, but they pay less than half of minimum wage.

    • smrnda

      As a person with a disability myself, the existence of that law and the practice of paying disabled people less absolutely disgusts me, and that’s something which can’t be disputed as being a practice by goodwill. The worst is it gets touted as being some sort of fantastic charity, when in the end it’s just a means of exploiting already vulnerable people.

      Thanks for linking to the petition.

      • wmdkitty

        I’m tired of this thing where us disabled folks are trotted out as a novelty, “look, we hired these people! Aren’t we great?” And then treated like shit when nobody’s looking…

  • Dal Bryn

    That is really funny. I need to show that to our proofreaders.