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View Diary: Darden Restaurants profit drops 37% after backlash against its Obamacare threats (204 comments)

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  •  I think the only thing that can save Darden (4+ / 0-)

    Is a huge public campaign, acknowledging their mistakes, and promising and instituting real changes in how they treat their employees.

    I genuinely like Red Lobster.  But I haven't eaten there, or at any other Darden restaurant, since they shot their mouths off.  And now that I know how they routinely treat their employees, I will continue to avoid their restaurants.  Unless they change their ways.

    332 - 206. Not a mandate, my ass.

    by StonyB on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 03:29:31 PM PST

    •  They backed off on cutting hours. They also didn't (0+ / 0-)

      suffer any apparent backlash since sales were up over last year and exceed expectations for revenue.  

      Romney is George W. Bush without brains.

      by thestructureguy on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 03:47:47 PM PST

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      •  I'm aware they backed off on cutting hours (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm also aware, as per the diarist, that the vast majority of their workers are hired as part time, less than 30 hours a week employees, and therefore don't qualify for health care.  That is something that can easily be remedied by Darden, if they wanted to.

        And while sales might be up overall from last year, they are clearly in a downward trend, otherwise Darden wouldn't have backtracked their "test".

        332 - 206. Not a mandate, my ass.

        by StonyB on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 04:34:07 PM PST

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      •  Just to clarify... (1+ / 0-)
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        Same store sales were down. New store openings is what's keeping revenues growing. Not necessarily a good business position to be in and their aggressive marketing gimmicks show the company is engaging in some damage control.

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