At work the other day I took a phone call from a company whose name shall remain anonymous. What they were offering was astounding to me but it was not the first company to offer the company where I work something that would make you complicit in breaking the law. Let me tell you about the call I received the other day and then I will tell you about the call the I received from a different company not too long ago.
The call came in from a company that wanted to talk to the safety person and I spoke with them. They were offering a compilation of 825 meeting minutes to satisfy the CAL-OSHA requirement for meeting minutes of safety meetings. They covered the whole gamut of minutes that would cover the CAL-OSHA requirement.
What the heck kind of business is this? This is a company who feeds on the ignorance of small businesses who do not stay on top of the law! I am reminded of something I have heard over and over. Never trust anyone, and if the deal is too good to be true, it is a scam!
I politely told the fellow that we keep the minutes of our meetings as are required by CAL-OSHA. He then offered me a really good discount on required employment posters. I told him that this discount did not even bring the price down to what we pay on our standing order with the CA Chamber of Commerce.
The next scenario: We heard this from someone in our circle of friends, and we confirmed the story by contacting this company ourselves. Again, name not disclosed as we are just a couple of folks writing about our experience and cannot afford lawyers to defend the claims.
A company who ships alcoholic beverages direct to consumers was contacted by a company who can ship to “all” 50 States here in the U.S. We looked into the shipping laws for alcohol, and there are very strict requirements, and numerous licenses that are required. There are limits on what can be sent in a month, or a year. And, there are excise taxes that need to be paid to States. We also found that there are a number of states that indicate that it is a “FELONY” to send any alcohol to their state. But overall, licensing is required to ship any alcohol to any state without a license to do so.
So, the friends story: The friend got a call from a company, who can ship to all 50 states in the U.S. Yes, even those that are “FELONY” offenses. What this friend was told was that the business should package the alcohol in their own packaging, the shipping company will pick up the packaged alcohol, then take it to their facility, repack it and ship it themselves under the guise of “food.”
When asked about sending alcohol to the State of Utah, one of the felony states, the representative from the pitching company, indicated that they can do this with no repercussion to you! How marvelous is that when you get caught for being complicit.
There are people in the world who will try to circumvent the laws of a city, county, state, country, whatever. Again, if it seems to be too good to be true it is. Walk away as the folks in these two circumstances did!
The rave in this rant goes out to those people within those companies who realize that something doesn’t sound quite right and go with their gut feeling! Be aware and be square!