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June 14, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Ford's "anniversary packages"


The Detroit News asks, "is Ford's parting gift to ex-workers 'cruel joke'?"

"So it was with some surprise that Stawasz unwrapped a package he received from Ford earlier this month. Inside he found a certificate recognizing his 30 years of service to Ford and a letter from Chairman and CEO Bill Ford Jr."

Unfortunately, Stawasz had just been fired...

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picture is too blurry to read, and link is broken. I think This is Broken is broken!

Posted by: Dylan at June 14, 2006 12:10 AM

A quick search off of the 404 page for "ford anniversary" finds the proper article. Here is a link that might work.

Posted by: bex at June 14, 2006 01:22 AM

[Ahh the beauty of hitting submit quickly ...]

I would be interested in hearing what led to this being selected as a "This is broken". This strikes me as more of a political/societal commentary item than a busted commentary.

Posted by: bex at June 14, 2006 01:24 AM

Getting a "Congratulations on your 30 year anniversary with Ford!" package in the mail now, when they actually fired you 9 months ago just so they wouldn't have to pay you the pension you would have been eligible for if they kept you until that anniversary, is the epitome of broken.

Posted by: Amber at June 14, 2006 10:14 AM

It's not "broken" in the sense of "it's impossible to put this toothpaste cap back on because the plastic ring breaks" broken.

Personally, I think it's nice of Ford to give him the anniversary gift *despite* him being laid off... they didn't have to buy him a ring and gift. Given, they could have included some kind of explanitory letter with it.

Posted by: James Schend at June 14, 2006 12:03 PM

Nice of them to do that...

Posted by: Fuzzy at June 14, 2006 01:55 PM

Not broken. Business working as designed.

Posted by: Steve at June 14, 2006 02:36 PM

He should sue the a-holes for full pension and take the certificate to court with him to prove that he had the required years of service.

Posted by: Pat at June 14, 2006 03:14 PM

Hey, I resent the bad publicity for Ford Motors. I've been a hard and faithfull worker there for over 29 years myself, and I just love it. Don't know what I'll do when I retire next year, but I'll think of something....O- hold on, I just got a call from HR. They need me down there right away. Wonder what they want. Ok, gotta go. Peace out!

Posted by: Old Man at June 14, 2006 03:26 PM


Ford really should be careful, word (not the one made by M$) spreads like wildfire (not the new Sonic game) on the net. (not the tool in AC:WW) Tehir PR castle just got pwn'd!

Posted by: Ducky at June 14, 2006 04:35 PM

"It's not "broken" in the sense of "it's impossible to put this toothpaste cap back on because the plastic ring breaks" broken."

WT_ does that mean?

Posted by: Not on Drugs at June 15, 2006 12:06 PM

I'd like my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane, with all the other rich people, and I want him brought right here with a big ribbon on his head. And, I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no good, rotten, floor-flushing,

low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed, sack of monkey shit he is!

Hallelujah! Holly Shit! Where's the Tylenol?

Posted by: Clark W. Griswold at June 15, 2006 03:57 PM

" "It's not "broken" in the sense of "it's impossible to put this toothpaste cap back on because the plastic ring breaks" broken."

WT_ does that mean?"

It means that it's not PHYSICALLY broken. However, it IS quite ETHICALLY broken....

Posted by: Me at June 16, 2006 06:16 PM

well they probably mailed it when you were still working for them. the postal service is so slow.


my mom's boss's daughter wanted to get a certan belt for a picture (professional,scheduled) but none of the stores carried it anymore. so her mom ordered it by phone)\ and they sent it "next day usps". 1 WEEK LATER IT NEVER CAME!!!!!. she recalled and hade it re-sent next-day ups. the next tay the ups truck came with the belt. after the picture was taken, the usps-sent belt had still never came.

moral: USPS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jeff at June 24, 2006 09:29 PM

You can argue about whether sending this "gift" out from Ford was broken, but its clear that Ford Motor Company is broken in many ways today. They have been steadily losing market share over recent years while Toyota continues grow in the same market. A Ford spokesman recently said that "the business model that we've been using for decades is no longer working." That business model is to keep building unreliable, oversized, inefficient vehicles and let the marketing department worry about getting them sold. Idiots!

Posted by: carnivore at September 19, 2006 11:14 AM

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