Big Greed On Small Street

In the tsunami of news regarding the economic crisis and government bailout, the narrative that has formed largely follows the line of a greedy Wall Street swindling the victims of Main Street. So, it was with great interest that I read a brief opinion item in today’s NYT that focused on small business owners exploiting their employees. At issue is the arrest of two executives at a local grocery store in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, who were recently arrested on felony charges. Their crime: allegedly cheating immigrant workers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay. Although the execs deny the charges, prosecutors contend that they forced baggers to work 11-hour days without wages, earning just about $20 in tips among other allegations.

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