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Labor Department tells Arkansas
businesswoman she can´t have volunteers

Washington Examiner, by Sean Higgins

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Posted By:MissMolly, 1/9/2014 6:06:46 AM

Ladies and gentlemen, be careful who you volunteer for — you could be doing them a lot more harm than good. The federal government sometimes takes dim view of such generosity. Just ask Rhea Lana Riner. She owns a small Arkansas-based business that organizes consignment sales. Since August, the Labor Department has been threatening her with stiff financial penalties, saying her business practices are illegal. It has even been contacting donors to her events and encouraging them to instigate legal action against her. Why? Well, the department says Riner cannot legally allow the people who provide items for sale to also volunteer at

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/9/2014 6:14:29 AM     (No. 9685432)

It is difficult to bilk union dues out of volunteers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/9/2014 6:21:48 AM     (No. 9685435)

My question would be about a neighborhood garage sale. If "donors" also work the sale, is that a problem?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 1/9/2014 6:27:36 AM     (No. 9685440)

Another Department that should be the target of deep cuts!

Say, 90% of their budget...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 1/9/2014 6:40:58 AM     (No. 9685455)

Arkansas is an employment at will (non-union) state, #1. It must be something else.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 1/9/2014 6:43:49 AM     (No. 9685460)

Lemonade stands and yard sales and illegality.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 1/9/2014 6:51:39 AM     (No. 9685468)

She must have said something over her cellphone that NSA didn´t like.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: chicken thief, 1/9/2014 7:11:25 AM     (No. 9685497)

I´m sorry but we´re too busy to look into those 20 million illegal aliens. After all, these volunteer are destroying our economy!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Elvira, 1/9/2014 8:05:38 AM     (No. 9685557)

The government is so busy putting their nose up our butts to see what we´ve eaten, they don´t seem to have t time for or care about the really important things. Got to keep the serfs preoccupied so they don´t see what´s really going on.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pacman333, 1/9/2014 8:26:48 AM     (No. 9685582)

FTA: "People who donate clothing or other items get 70 percent of the profits from the sales of their items as well as first crack at the other merchandise."

It seems to me that the donors are effectively being paid. Case closed.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 1/9/2014 9:22:07 AM     (No. 9685655)

I believe one solution could be physical pain. It is a great equalizer.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: craige, 1/9/2014 10:41:10 AM     (No. 9685739)

Like a politician, a successful government enforcer must be a sociopath or psychopath. They must be immune to the pain they cause others. Without such immunity, they could not do their jobs.

I believe this is why so many in law enforcement have problems. They can feel the pain they cause others.

My grandfather and uncle were both health inspectors (enforcers). They both became alcoholics, to deaden the guilt for the pain they caused others.

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