Want to boost your dealership's tire sales?
Don't-we repeat do not-do what a couple guys in Georgia are accused of doing. The two men were charged for their involvement in puncturing car tires during a month-and-a-half spree in order to allegedly help business at the tire store where they worked.
Floyd County Jail reports published in the Rome, Ga., Rome News-Tribune said the pair allegedly did their handiwork with the knowledge of their store's manager. Damage was tabbed at $2,700.
One guy was charged with 20 counts of first-degree criminal damage to property, five counts of interference with government property and one count of theft by taking, according to the newspaper. The second man landed almost identical charges plus a probation hold.
The report didn't say whether they were on a commission.
This 'n that
And you wonder why the cost of biz is so high-A study conducted by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy found that the per-employee cost of complying with federal regulations is highest among America's smallest companies.
Firms with fewer than 20 employees annually spend $7,647 per employee to comply with fed regs compared with the $5,282 spent by companies with 500 workers or more. In manufacturing, compliance costs for small firms are at least double what they are for medium-size and large firms, the study showed.
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Headline of the week-Rapper Snoop Dogg filed a $2 million lawsuit against car dealership Gary Barbera Enterprises.
He claims the line ``Is Bar-BIZZLE The SH-izzle?'' is a trademark infringement on what AutoWeek called his ``unintelligible language.'' The dealership apparently used the line in some ads. Poor Calvin Broadus (that's Snooper's real name, in case you care.)
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All meeting-ed out?-There's a lot of truth in this definition we saw for ``committee.''
It's ``a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.''
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Quotes du jour- Indira Gandhi, India's former prime minister who died in 1984, said, ``My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.''
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Factoid-The Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB), based in Pacific Grove, Calif., said it has distributed nearly 20,000 videos about retreading during the past 15 years. Coming soon to a Blockbuster Video near you?
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Photo op-At a recent press conference, a Bush administration official delivered a proposal rejiggering the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE), which is somewhat aimed at light trucks and gas-guzzling sport-utility vehicles. He then hopped into a waiting Ford Expedition and drove away.
Old-and new again
That old saying, ``Everything that is old is new again'' (including that saying) is getting some mileage via American Collectors Insurance, which specializes in insurance for collector vehicles and collectibles.
The Cherry Hill, N.J.-based firm has announced its Top 10 collector vehicles from the 1980s, based on customers asking for specialized insurance coverage. How many of the following have you owned?
1. Ford Mustang
2. Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Trans Am
3. Buick Grand National
4. Nissan 280Z (photo above)
5. Chevy Corvette
6. Pontiac Fiero
7. Lotus Esprit
8. DeLorean DMC-12
9. Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Edition
10. Ferrari 308
``Certain vehicles came out of the '80s that have become not only staples of pop culture,'' the company said, ``but of history as well. That makes them collectible.''
For more info, check out the firm's Web site: www.AmericanCollectors.com.