New Hotness Evilcorp Tactic: Outsource American Jobs to American Prison Slaves
Also, gotta love the idea of giving my credit card information to a guy in jail. What could possibly go wrong?
A few years I heard of a case in Canada (Québec) where inmates had received the contract for preparing official ID cards for officers of the Quebec Provincial Police, until, for some strange reason, some of those papers found their way on the outside…
Another great reason NOT to ever get a credit card, not that I expect my debit card info is safe….
“UNICOR, which is wholly owned by the U.S. government … ”
Interesting how the real anger is principally directed toward the corporations and not Caesar; i.e, the guy with the gun; the guy whom our votes give the authority to perpetrate such outrages.
This story is another compelling example of the need to drastically reduce the size and influence of government, something that we have in our power to effect.
Unfortunately, to the extent to outrages like this lead to action, that action generally consists of giving Caesar still more power.
American workers get shaft and Evilcorp Gets all the Money.
Mark, you are overlooking the advantage to the consumer. We get a lot of (nearly) useless junk for wicked cheap.
Yeah, but nobody can buy the useless shit cause nobody has a job. Welcome third world america.
Not trusting the inmates is not really my concern. I’m looking at it from this angle:
When more arrests occur because of the advent of the thought police, there will be more cheap labor for big business provided by the government… and most of them will be trustworthy.
What I found funny in the article is the claim that the reason Americans don’t like to speak with Indian offshore call center contractors is because they speak “British English”. How absurd and insulting. Americans can understand British English. I think if you asked anyone (especially those who have to work alongside Indian offshore resources), it’s not because of their “proper” use of English, it’s because their thick accents (that are far from British) are difficult to decipher and/or their “improper” use of British and American English. How dare they blame Americans for not wanting to waste time speaking to someone in a sweat shop in India who can’t even speak properly. That’s like saying consumers didn’t purchase New Coke because they didn’t understand how wonderful it was (rather than just admitting that it had a horrid flavor). How long must people justify offshoring to India?
“it’s not because of their “proper” use of English, it’s because their thick accents (that are far from British) are difficult to decipher and/or their “improper” use of British and American English.”
The next time someone who answers the phone in customer service from Mumbai says “Thank you for calling Dell, this is Steve,” I’m going to reply with “Hi Steve, this is Sanjay, my computer has a virus” or whatever the problem might be.
Seriously– one time I was trying to get help from a guy with an impenetrably thick accent. The only part I understood was the opening claim of “My name is Richard.” Dollars to donuts his name was NOT Richard.
They are not “Third world slaves” – that characterization is slanderous.
Shipping jobs to Chinese sweathouses? Not third world slaves? What does slavery mean in your world?
A job, which can be take up or left at will, clearly does not equal slavery. Why can’t you recognize the difference between coercion and and choice? This kind of hyperbole is too common. You could criticize jobs as low paying or dangerous (no true in this case). Please talking on the phone is like slavery?
Ugh bad typing again “no true” should be “not true” and “Please talking” should be “Please, talking”. I dash these comments off too quickly sometimes.
I agree with you, David, but how can one acquire that high of self-righteous indignation and moral superiority if one can’t lie and exaggerate?
The advent of Indian offshoring has created very high levels of inflation in that country (at one time, you could pedal a bicycle and make enough for a bag of rice that would last your family a month… not anymore). There is very little else that will put food on their tables than getting a job in a call center or in a IT sweatshop. The choice is starvation and poverty or becoming a slave to American corporations.
“take up” should be “taken up” and the repeated word and should appear only once. Need more coffee.
I work with a man (a strongly convicted Evangelical Protestant) who for a time ran a prison-based company (they did some sort of work making logo’ed merchandise). His deal was he had to pay prevailing wages, although the prisoners got far less than that–the rest went to the prison itself, if I remember correctly. He used prison-based labor primarily for the sake of the prisoners. It gave them something with some dignity to do while they were in prison, and gave them preparation for a job once they got out. He did say that they were excellent workers, because the alternative to showing up for work on time and doing their job was being returned to the normal prison routine. I can’t say that his motivation is common among those companies who use prison-based labor (I just don’t know), but I know that he is sincere in his belief that his enterprise was for the good not only of his company but also of the prisoners.
Isn’t this what the warden at Shawshank Prison instituted?
Mark, You don’t understand the credit card biz. Identity theft is just a cost of doing biz. It represents a small percentage and ‘managable’ cost for companies. The fact that the percentage for an unfortunate individual is 100% when fraud hits them and the associated costs, hassles and disruption is high,…..well that’s the customer’s problem isn’t it.
How dare you denigrate Market Forces, which, as you know, are inerrant and infallible.
Shame on you… communist.
I’m sorry, but I can’t get on the “work with a sense of dignity” bandwagon. I’m sure there are worthwhile prison employment programs, there are also many programs like this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-norman/i-aint-gonna-work-on-mart_b_886596.html
No one cares about prisoners which makes them easily exploitable. I know, they did it to themselves except not every prisoner is guilty of the same crime, whike justice is important, using people isn’t acceptable, and not every prisoner is rightfully imprisoned: http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-10-14/news/30293991_1_undercover-cops-drug-busts-brooklyn-south (which is why I’ll never be pro-death penalty)
Pro-death penalty is pro-life.