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Most of the subjects are based on reading and study and well as real life experiences (my field is aquarium and pond research and information as well as business)


Dutch Brothers Review; Community Behavior

 

Is Dutch Brothers really the community minded company they have done such a wonderful job marketing themselves as?

As another Grants Pass business and community member who came here to escape a harmful person leaving literally EVERYTHING behind (this included my life savings due to bills that were incurred in the process), I would emphatically say NO!!

It is interesting that while any normal business desires to build a good image, Dutch Bros. seems to work at this almost too much, this includes their actions with the Grants Pass Youth Soccer league in how they came in and walked all over volunteers who have put in many hours prior to DB taking over.
In reality DB is a place run for and by the "beautiful people" who fit their narrow vision of the world. If you fit into this narrow view; GREAT and expect to be treated well and get donations!! If not, sucks to be you!

Dutch-luv, Dutch Brothers Review

Here is an anonymous comment from a friend I consulted as to his thoughts about Dutch Brothers:
"I Personally grew up with Dutch Bros around being that I was born in Grants Pass. My personal feeling is that there's a culture around the business and if you don't fit the mold, you're an outsider. Kinda like high school all over again.
Of late, DB has really been promoting giving back to the community. All about community… From what I've gathered and now seen after-the-fact, is that DB is all about community, but it's their community, not THE community. They feel they can do anything better than the community, because they have finances backing them. They are on a personal mission to make downtown Grants Pass better, what ever that better may be... They should stick to doing what they do best, which is make coffee.

They took the bank building over downtown, only to let everything die outside, because no one could manage to water. They took over the youth soccer league in town, claiming the community had a problem with the league, which was far from true considering they were the largest sports league in Oregon and was used as an example of success.
They wanted to give all these resources to the community, because they were “giving back”, but had to be in FULL CONTROL of the resources given.
They couldn't just donate to the existing league; they basically pushed and paid off anyone who got in their way of a complete take over. They claim it's all for the community, yet wipe out all other community sponsors of league and now they’re the sole sponsor. They take funds that were circulated to local businesses in the community and send them out of the community. They had no concept how the club was ran, only that they could do it better and clearly their mission is to make “winners”, not team players.

They put an image that our kids have to be a certain way, all the while dishing out caffeineated and sugary drinks. All their stands play music that allegedly promote drugs, sex, and violence, because it’s hip.
DB isn't about the community, it's about their community and anyone that goes up against them will just be met with unlimited resources and media love for them (not sure even Jesus could crack into their inner hip circle).
Many drink the kool-aid, so it's a battle that seems unlikely to make a dint in. The "community" company is just like any other large business like Amazon, Google... that push agenda they see best for them. Not the community. Unless you wear your hat backwards and have designer jeans that you pay extra to already have holes in them, good look being apart of the community."

Reference: ktvl.com/news/local/new-youth-soccer-club-opens-in-grants-pass

Back to my post:

Even during our communities "back to the 50s event" the 6th st. Dutch Bros. was playing their music so loud they were drowning out the music on the stage near their location ruining the experience for those trying to enjoy this event and would rather not listen to their obnoxious music.

Look at photos that circulated in social media showing staff praying over someone going through a difficult time in their life. While I will admit I believed this and still have no evidence to prove this is fake, after my own experience with Dutch Bros. I have to question this, since they have been extremely disrespectful to me while trying to financial recover and pay my recent cancer surgery bills (which they clearly showed absolutely ZERO compassion toward).

Dutch Bros review, praying with customer, fake or real

For me, I moved to Grants Pass in late 2002 leaving literally everything behind and using all savings, home sale, etc. to pay off debts incurred for medical bills for my son (who was very sickly for his first year of life) as well as huge losses incurred by a predator who took advantage of my wife & daughter (including rape) during this time making threats of further harm forcing us to literally leave quickly to be near family here.
I slowly rebuilt my business over time, in part by collecting recyclables after work day & night.
Unfortunately due to unchecked actions by Amazon, as well as policies of our Federal government, our profit margin evaporated forcing me once again to use recycling as a well to keep ahead, especially after my recent medical bills including a cancer diagnosis.

Most people are respectful and kind (often giving me their recyclables or simply praying with me). However, there have been some rude people too (sadly usually younger age) who feel I am some sort of less than human person.
This in fact is now three times I have been treaten by staff at Dutch Bros. What is worse is these were not just rogue employees, as Dutch Bros has actually defended their actions.
Corporate has also lied about speaking to staff even according to the disrespectful staff member as she stated there was no such conversation.

In the most recent interaction, I was on 6th Ave. sidewalk when this young lady shouted across the parking lot and moved quickly to intercept me, and then repeated the disrespectful diatribe, not giving a crap what I had to say or my story.
This made a minor scene and one patron even shook her head as she left the parking lot and said "sorry" to me (not like it was her fault as a patron, I guess she was simply embarrassed by this young ladies actions).
Frankly, I was taught to be respectful to others, especially my elders, but it is obvious this young lady (Danielle) and her employers were not raised with such manners.
Honestly, if I was some hulky 20 something year old instead of a 58 year old who has been fighting health issues (& show it), I guarantee you should would have never addressed me this way

I noted this recent interaction with Dutch Bros corporate (who had earlier lied about stating this was taken care of) and here's their unbelievable and insulting response:
"I have spoken to our regional managers and the management at that location. We have spoken to the staff and believe that they are providing the service that we strive for. We apologize you feel differently. It may be best that you visit a different location."

All I can say is WOW!!
So, having your staff shout across a parking lot then leave customers just to disrespect me is OK? And then to tell me I cannot ride my bike down 6th st., who do they think they are???

Another friend (whom I will also not name) that worked at one time a while back told me she found that while a great place to work, you MUST follow the "Dutch Bros way", which she found was a different world view than hers (she was more conservative Christian) and in the end made for a difficult place to work even though she otherwise fits the beautiful/charismatic people image they generally hire (which by the way I am not complaining about, as this is smart marketing as per the beautiful/charismatic people image).
This is similar to how Google has a similar culture of "thought police". At least to DBs credit, they did not fire her like Google did with their non compliant staff member.
Reference: Truth Is a Hate Crime: Google Fires Employee That Sent Out Email Calling For ‘Viewpoint Diversity’


UPDATE 9/14/17
Stat software shows That DB headquarters read this.
Their response?
Clean up the bank lot that my friend noted in her/his contribution.
This further proves that IMAGE is what Dutch Bros is all about, not respect for individuals as nothing was done to correct this much more serious issue.
What a shame!!


In closing, if you are interested in an organization that is not just smoke & mirrors (similar to Facebook's & Google's marketing & intolerance for differing views), but truly cares about individuals in their community treating them with respect, Dutch Bros. is NOT for you.
At least consider cutting back your visits and making your own coffee once and while instead of constantly giving your hard earned money to this company.

If you could care less, please go ahead and enjoy their excellent beverages, obnoxious music, & get your caffeine/sugar high that DB peddles!


Other Resources:
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eBay Community & Bullying; Dishonesty, Customer Service, Review

 

Updated 12/19/16


UPDATE!!!
Sadly eBay is continuing to act dishonestly.
We are a large high volume seller and I have been a professional in the aquarium/pond maintenance business since 1978 (this includes expertise in filter design, fish disease treatment, chemistry, UV Sterilization, & more).

However eBay chose to usurp this expertise and make libelous statements that we are selling SeaChem Kanaplex and MetroPlex without prescriptions, when in fact these are legal fish medications and have been for decades.
As well in freezing our listing dishonesty, they also did not remove the many other sellers of these products.
If eBay wants to not allow legal products, they need to be consistent and remove all. Instead they chose to make libelous accusations. This is not the first time eBay acted this way, but at least they did not take such extreme actions.

EBay used a to be a great place to buy and sell products, however as of late, both the buying and selling environment has become less safe and more caustic.
Poor customer service that now goes through India leads the way followed by a caustic eBay Community Forum, and some dishonest sellers/buyers. Every contact I make with eBay for my eBay store to handle and issue such as plagiarism of my water-marked/copyrighted pictures results in 45-60 minute circular conversations that go nowhere. Most often I get different statements, actions, advice for the same issue that are never followed through by eBay

Using the plagiarism issue as an example, we reported content in July of 2015 and it took into Sept. 2015 for our copyrighted content to removed from this sellers eBay page. Even then, this seller has simply moved on to user others content, which is clear based of clearly different styles of artwork for their listings.

We have had issues for which a buyer claimed shipping damage, but refused to provide required pictures for proof (required by USPS, UPS, & FedEx). EBay forced us to provide a shipping label back, a full refund, but we could not recover damages since we did not have the required pictures. More importantly we know why he did not provide these pictures is upon receipt of this product back and based on my 3 decades of use of this and similar products professionally, this buyer clearly abused and damaged the intake screen taking it off.



MORE SERIOUSLY YET:
For my daughter, she purchased a phone repair service on eBay for which the seller claims 100% satisfaction guaranteed, but the small print states not guaranteed since eBay does not guarantee services. I would challenge readers to find this small print disclaimer as I did my staff who could not without a little help from myself and control-f.
I know from long ago past experience where I too missed this small print and made a purchase of service via eBay and the download I purchased failed that I could not get a refund- lesson learned.
My daughter however felt frustrated and simply asked for the cost of a SIM card from Verizon which was removed by this eBay seller and they refused without first providing 5 star feedback, which is against eBay rules.
Verizon advised her both before and after that going to eBay was not a good idea for service such as phone repair.

As an interesting side note, after the "piling on" behavior by eBays forum, I asked my staff to see if they could find the small print stating that services such as what my daughter purchased are not covered by eBays money back guarantee. NOT ONE could find it until I helped them with "warmer" and "colder" tips as they scoured the page with their browser. They did have no problem finding the 100% Guarantee by the seller.
So much for the low feedback minions/trolls inhabiting this eBay forum who stated it was in plain sight!!

eBay dishonest seller, technittany


Out of frustration and likely for some sort of condolences she went to the community forum at eBay. There members were openly hostile and kept asking her why she did not remove the SIM Card. She replied that she did not even know how. These members also grilled her as to why she would file a claim for something not covered by the eBay money back guarantee. Simple answer is she simply did not know.
Persons in this forum made her feel very stupid and 2" tall, so being protective of my daughter I went into the forum in her defense. I will also note that she also happens to have Asperger's syndrome which makes her see what might be a mild attack or lack of empathy as a major personal attack on her soul.

There persons or better, forum minions, got even more attacking, inferring both she and I were lying, that I as a high feedback seller did not know the rules, which I clearly stated, and inferring I was a poor father for not better informing her. I shot back that I am not going to "father-hen" her, yet others persisted in their aggressive bullying behavior.
What is interesting is most of these persons lecturing her and me were very low feedback persons with very little experience in eBay, so one has to question why they were there in the first place?

Worse yet was the moderator **_karen that did a very poor and uneven job of moderation and then when my daughter asked for the entire thread to be removed, she both refused to do so and never replied back with any answers as to why not.
I will remind readers that legally a forum operator MUST remove a thread when requested by the OP (original poster), yet multiple long phone calls to eBay resulted in speaking with persons with no understanding of the question and frankly dishonest responses back. We have now filed legal paper work to get this thread removed.

What is even more sad is in a world where where everyone wants to blame guns for the killing in the town (Roseburg) just to the north of our hometown (Grants Pass OR), bullying is still alive and well in places such as eBay forums with nothing done.
I will remind readers that most persons struggling with mental health issues do not harm others (this is EXTREMELY RARE), but rather will harm themselves.
So why do we allow such forums to go on and not have better reporting agencies to deal with such disgusting places as eBay Community Forums?
Time for our politicians and news media to step up to the plate, especially when large companies such as eBay allegedly allow it. Do we have to wait for someone to leave a suicide note that they were emotionally hurt on a forum such as allegedly happens on eBay's community forum before action is taken?

By the time our legal paperwork reaches eBay's legal counsel and any action is completed, someone could have already harmed themselves and this in itself screams for a much better system and better legal recourse against persons such as this **_karen making her or others like legally liable to harm, even if self inflicted, due to aggressive poorly moderated forum posts. I know I will certainly hold this evil person legally liable.

Here is just one example, there are many unfortunately.

eBay Community Forum, dishonest post


Here is what I actually said (in black type)

eBay Community Forum, honest post
And just to show what is tolerated in the rather aggressive forum sponsored by eBay, I only stumbled upon this looking for the email address for eBay corporate and Google took me to this post as the top result where someone is asking for just this and gets a smart ass reply in the forum . So in other ways if you ask Google you are taken in a loop back to this rude forum--- great!!

eBay Community Forum, rude Google comment


What is also worthy of note is that I have gone in circles with eBays email: moderation@ebay.com where they have refused to answer questions or remove the thread as we legally entitled to request as the OP. I have had to re-state questions and multiple times as they play dumb in apparently not reading the emails I have sent.
The person or persons answering in questionable anonymity have shown no desire to address the facts, the law, or even display civil/moral behavior. I can state that all emails are are being saved should legal action arise in a class action lawsuit against eBay.

As a final comment, all really want is to protect my daughter and for eBay to remove this thread in question. Sadly on eBay's Facebook Page they are constantly removing my inquiry and those back me up from tis FB page. So they can remove this but they refuse to follow the law and act morally, but they can remove FB threads questioning this?
WHY, what is eBay trying to hide here?
I certainly do not think eBay is half the company they used to be based on poor customer service, but this has only made me take much of my selling and buying elsewhere, but again, all I am asking is for eBay to act responsibly and remove this thread, I would have never made this blog post other than the tone of their aggressive community forum and frankly this blog post only exists & continues to exist to protect my daughter and warn others!

In the end, if I was a major investor in eBay stocks or a corporate head and I knew this were happening, I would be disgusted if just for monetary reasons.
What are decisions by obviously poorly trained forum personnel being allowed to dictate revenue for the company? Since just for me and my daughter, not to mention friends we have already told (including our Church), this is clearly going to result in a loss of revenue since eBay is loosing revenue from all our potential future purchases as well as from our removal of products from our "top seller" eBay store? All over something so easy to fix, REALLY?

For those who have chosen to look the other way:
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
And yes, the root cause of this was evil, regardless of intentions, the potential outcome could be the destruction of another human being.

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Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Anti-Semitic or maybe Nazi?

 

Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer Anti-Semitic or maybe NaziWith the speech by Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu, one Democrat arose from the ashes of distortion and hate, and sadly he is from my home state of Oregon!

There is this by Earl Blumenauer about Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the joint session of congress on March 3 2015:

"I frankly am quite distressed," Blumenauer told host Marc Lamont-Hill on HuffPost Live Monday. "I think Netanyahu has proven to have spectacular bad judgment. Remember, he was cheerleading with [former Vice President] Dick Cheney for the Iraq war, which he thought was such a great idea, leading us into the worst foreign policy disaster in American history and we're still paying the price for it."
Reference: Rep. Earl Blumenauer: Netanyahu Addressing Congress Is 'Outrageous On Several Levels'



Since he feels this was an example of bad judgment, Rep. Earl Blumenauer should be reminded that even Clinton was aware of the issues and possible WMDs at Sadam Hussein's disposal. As well we along with the United Nation had drawn a line in the sand many times while Sadam Hussein stepped right across this line.
Would the anti-semite Blumenauer tell his children no continually and not have any repercussions? Words mean nothing if no action is never taken.
What if these WMDs DID exist in Iraq (some intelligence suggested they were moved to Syria) and he used these against Israel? This is not something you want to be wrong about just as with Iran!!!!

Here is a CBS Face the Nation video where Rep. Earl Blumenauer's accusation of "spectacular bad judgment" is blown apart by Netanyahu himself.



Representative Earl Blumenauer's reason for boycotting the speech by Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that the Constitution “vests the responsibility for foreign affairs in the president.”

Sorry pal, it does not, as issues of foreign affairs are split between the legislative branch and executive branch. This guy needs to stop making things up, but that unfortunately has been my experience with the liberal way, especially in dealing with aquarium keepers from Portland Oregon which he represents.
Reference: Wikipedia; Article Two of the United States Constitution

Hamas'54 Democratic Congressmen

In the above cited reference we have Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer siding with a letter asking Israel open its border with Gaza, which is exactly what Hamas would like to make it easier to make terrorist attacks on Israel.

Clearly Rep. Earl Blumenauer is attempting to hide his real issues, and that is anti-Israel/anti-semitic!!!

In the next reference the author calls Rep. Earl Blumenauer out further, as Nazi! While I do not know this, I have to admit his actions certainly speak to this!!

"Oregon Nazi" Blumenauer Takes Credit for T4 Plan"
In the above cited reference we have Representative Earl Blumenauer introducing the end-of-life counseling provision (Section 1233) into the original ObamaCare health care bill.
Blumenauer is an outspoken proponent of euthanasia, including physician-assisted suicide. He is an active supporter of euthanasia, and has been instrumental in making his home state, Oregon, one of the two in the country which has legalized physician-assisted suicide.

What is comes down to if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then must be a duck! Ditto Rep. Earl Blumenauer's anti-Israel and other positions.

In conclusion, as an Orgonian I find this man deeply offensive that he represents my state in the United States Congress (House of Representatives).
He clearly shows why I can no longer vote as a Democrat as he seems to like to side with evil, as many who were also from the left that nearly destroyed my family by looking the other way when evil was present.

Further Reading:

26 ANTI-JEW DEMOCRATS to Boycott Netanyahu’s Speech on Survival of Israel

Netanyahu's Iran Speech: Real reason Obama White House doesn't want it

Here is my personal Bio (which explains why I have such a low opinion of persons who allegedly side with evil such as Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer:
Carl Strohmeyer Biography

Here is an example of an aquarium forum that is cited by the aquarium keepers in Portanland that is a good example of what I am up against professionally:
Reef Central Review; the Mr. Burns of Aquarium Forums

I might note that when I look up names of those who are rude, use the personal attacks rather than look at the facts, I have found that 85% have Facebook pages, references on Google that show these persons are clearly liberal, hence why I used the above cited example to further explain my frustration with persons of Rep. arl Blumenauer's ilk!

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