Posts Tagged ‘store’

Bad News for Amazon Whole Foods: “Court rules that ‘corrective education’ scheme is extortion – Herrera wins on two key issues in case”

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

(So IDK. I thought that this exact kind of “corrective education” was “offered” to alleged shoplifters at the Whole Foodses of San Francisco, but I don’t know that this Corrective Education Company was the one involved.)

Anyway, I saw this scene at one of my rare visits to the Haight Street WF…

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…and then posted this and this.

And now here comes this, just released:

“Court rules that ‘corrective education’ scheme is extortion – ‘This is textbook extortion,’ court finds. Herrera wins on two key issues in case.

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 15, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today hailed a key victory against Corrective Education Company after a court ruled that the private, profit-driven business was engaging in extortion and false imprisonment in its “diversion program” scheme.

“We should all be concerned about privatizing our justice system, especially when a business like Corrective Education Company uses the threat of criminal prosecution to intimidate and extort people,” Herrera said. “This ruling goes to the heart of their predatory business model, which is predicated on threats, deception and falsehoods. CEC is enriching itself on the backs of others, and many of the people they prey upon have limited means and are just barely getting by.”

Herrera sued the company in November 2015 over its “corrective education” scheme, asserting that the company’s practices amount to extortion and false imprisonment. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of the People of the State of California.

Corrective Education Company contracts with major retailers, and when someone is suspected of shoplifting, they are taken to an isolated room and threatened with arrest and criminal prosecution unless they agree to watch a video created by CEC. In that video, CEC threatens to have suspects criminally prosecuted unless they sign a confession, agree to pay CEC up to $500, and undergo a six-hour “cognitive restructuring” and “behavioral modification” program. Faced with this Hobson’s “choice” between criminal prosecution and participating in CEC’s program, 90 percent of CEC’s victims — upwards of 13,000 Californians — “consent” to enroll in CEC’s program. After obtaining the forced confessions, CEC follows up with phone calls to the victims, again threatening them with criminal prosecution unless they pay CEC hundreds of dollars. CEC has also sent over 2,000 debt-collection letters in which it cloaks itself with prosecutorial authority in further efforts to enrich itself.

CEC operates in more than 25 states across the country.

In a ruling issued Monday afternoon, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn found Corrective Education Company engaged in extortion and false imprisonment.

“The undisputed facts … establish that CEC’s diversion program runs afoul of California’s extortion laws,” Judge Kahn wrote in his ruling granting summary adjudication on the two central issues in the case. “This is textbook extortion under California law, and has been so declared for at least 125 years.”

Numerous jurisdictions in California, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, offer legitimate, pretrial diversion programs that are overseen by district attorney’s offices. CEC operates entirely outside of the criminal justice system and without the approval of local prosecutors.

In his ruling, Kahn ruled that each iteration of CEC’s diversion program in California constitutes extortion and false imprisonment and that Herrera was entitled to an injunction halting the unlawful practices. CEC’s clients have included Walmart, Bloomingdale’s, Ralph’s, Abercrombie and Fitch, Burlington Coat Factory, and Kroger’s.

In the ruling, Kahn wrote: “By the quid pro quo of asking for money in exchange for forbearance in calling police, the retailer and CEC are acting in concert and are jointly liable for the extortionate conduct.”

The specifics of the injunction are still to be fleshed out, as is restitution and monetary civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation.

The case is: People of the State of California v. Corrective Education Company, San Francisco Superior Court Case No. CGC-15-549094 filed Nov. 23, 2015.

SoMA Costco Update: When Your Comfort Animal Needs Its Own Comfort Animal

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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North of Panhandle Update: Small Coffee Shop Shut Down Over a Huge Rent Increase to $15K/Mo Reopens as … a Coffee Shop?

Monday, April 17th, 2017

(This is about the area actually north of the Panhandle, as opposed to the Divisadero Corridor’s NOPA, which is only sort of north of the Panhandle.)

Not much has been happening at the corner of Hayes and Ashbury lately, not since this incident reported by Hoodline. But lately we’ve had signs of life, and now look at this, a new soy delivery…

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…and a Now Hiring notice in the window:

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So who knows what happened here…

If You Need to See Me, I’ll be in the Library – The GUN LIBRARY, that is – As Seen in Reno, NV

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

The Cabela’s sporting goods chain is not afraid to spend money on store infrastructure, that’s for sure.

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A visit has been on my bucket list for a while, but now it’s crossed off. That is all.

Judgment Day for the Former Bread and Butter Cafe in the 94117

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Not much happening at the corner of Hayes and Ashbury lately, not since this incident reported by Hoodline.

But now it’s being cleaned out, with detritus propped up on the sidewalk.

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I says to myself, I says, “Man, that neon Heineken sign won’t last long, and that Sierra Nevada sign as well.”

And they were the first to go.

But the rest is still out there – have a look see, why not.

Only In Marin: An “Oriental Rug House” What’s Been on the Verge of “Closing” Down for Years and Years – EVERYTHING MUST GO

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Vox populi via Yelp:

“I came in one time thinking they were having a sale b/c they were going out of business (there was a large sign posted outside.) When I asked when they were closing, they said they weren’t, and pointed out that the sign had the word “below” printed in small letters on top of the words “going out of business sale prices” (the word “below” was in such small print, it was too hard to see while driving by.) When I commented that I thought the sign was misleading, the owner – or whoever – became extremely hostile and started yelling at me (stuff like “what’s wrong w/ your eyes, can’t you see the word “below” is printed there, what’s misleading about that?”) I mean, it was really, really clear that the sign was intended to give the initial impression that the place is going out of business — anyone could see that.”

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Hey, how far away from here is Bridgeway Gas?

Eight Day Laborers, One Jogger, Kelly-Moore PAINTS, Divisadero, New Year’s Eve, 2016

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

As seen south of NoPA (Northeast of Panhandle Area), aka DivCo, aka the Western Addition:

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Seattle’s HOMEGROWN Sandwich Chain OPENING SOON at Troubled 222 Battery

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

That was the windup, now here’s the pitch.

They look almost ready to open at this star-crossed building what’s been shut down for years and years, IIRC.

Read all about it at Eater SF

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(And the new bay area locations are not to be confused with HOMEGROWN OAKLAND?)

Oh, the Seattle location has surprisingly low Yelp rating, IMO.

Anyway, this was the scene yesterday with the future “Sandwich Partners” getting training inside:

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All the deets:

“Say “Hello!” to Homegrown — Coming to the Bay Area in January 2017!

Here at Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches, we believe that even something as simple as a sandwich can do big things in the world. If you share our team’s passion for the environment, sustainability, healthy living and delicious organic foods, we want to hear from you!

Learn more about what it means to be a Partner at Homegrown: http://www.eathomegrown.com

Are you ready to be a part of something BIG? Apply online today. Training begins soon!
https://my.peoplematter.com/eathomegrown/Hire/Recruiting/Application/Index?as_json=False&sourcecode=SL

About YOU. . .
As a Sandwich Partner, you are the face of Homegrown. You take pride in your work and love being a part of a team who brings smiles to your community with each visit. You are self-motivated and thrive in fast-paced, dynamic, and fun environments. You’re looking for an opportunity to grow with a company who values you and provides real opportunities for advancement. You are an expert at providing exceptional service to our guests, have a passion for great food and strive to make a difference every day. Does this sound like you? Apply today!

Homegrown Benefits:
• A fun, healthy and team-oriented work environment
• Competitive wages and generous tips
• Delicious all-natural organic food — Partners can enjoy a FREE meal during their shift
• Consistent and flexible hours for those looking for a part-time or full-time schedule
• Work-life balance & company sponsored wellness activities throughout the year
• Volunteer opportunities at Homegrown’s local organic farm
• Opportunities to GROW – We love to develop our team and help you to achieve your goals

***Don’t forget to ask about Full-Time Shift Lead opportunities!***”

“LOVESAC Opening March 2017?” – Heh, You Said “Sack”

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

And then you head to the website and it’s all, “As a LoveSac Member…”

As seen on Market somewhere:

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And I’m like, “Heh, you said ‘member.'”

Good times.

Oh, as seen on TV.

Bonus: Happy Fun Slander* via Yelp:

This store and brand is a huuuuge waste of money. The mark-up is ridiculous. It may cost them 50-75 TOPS to make these BEAN BAGS that are made with “Memory Foam” but they sell them for upwards to a thousand bucks. Not to mention the Manager is extremely obnoxious and the associates are purranas. They tell you the couches have a lifetime warranty when in fact each little piece to the couch has about a 2 year warranty and the only thing that’s lifetime is the wood frame… Umm.. that’ll do me a lot of good. Save your money and time and go somewhere else.

*Potentially, you never know. And unless you’re super sure about all the deets, you should always say defamation, as that’s the umbrella term for libel and slander, mas or menos.

Pour Out Your Arnold Palmers on Market Street: GOLFSMITH is Closing

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Here’s the news about this “impossible to get to location” on Market Street:

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And here’s the early reaction from area millionaires:

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All the deets:

Stores closing soon:

092 Brea — 835 E. Birch St., Brea, CA 92821
039 El Segundo — 2041 Rosecrans Ave.,  Ste. 100, El Segundo, CA 90245
090 Irvine — 16181 Lake Forest Dr., Irvine, CA 92618
041 Oxnard — 441 W. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard, CA 93036
030 Upland — 1221 E. 19th St., Upland, CA 91784
032 Woodland Hills — 21494 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
043 Pleasant Hill — 120 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
042 Downtown San Francisco — 735 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Stores remaining open:

34-Pasadena — 3635 East Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA
44-Pleasanton — 4200 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA
45-San Jose — 4070 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA
56-San Diego — 824 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA

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