Has the King Left the Building?

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Public Domain Burger King logo

 

I did not want to write about this, ever.

As of right now, I guess I’m still living in denial.

But there it was in my mail this morning, the ugly news that was crystal clear.

Burger King is leaving its home state of over 50 years here in Florida and moving everything to Canada to avoid taxes?

Say it isn’t so, I beg you BK.

Whenever we are out running errands and get hungry, BK is usually my first choice because they have one of my favorite fast food combos, an awesome Veggie Burger accompanied by scrumptious sweet potato fries.

But, if this deal, this merger, does, or has already happened, there goes any hope I might have of finding a Veggie Burger on the run.

We have a few Burger Fi’s starting up here now and they have a nearly Organic Veggie Burger, that is out of this world, but the nearest one is nearly 45 miles away in Winter Park.

Not really convenient when you want a quick Veggie Burger, is it?

So Burger King will now have to be scratched off of my personal quick food out list.

According to the story this morning, this merger announcement has really ……… off their loyal customers, big time.

Burger King was never on the List because they are a favorite place to eat and are a very popular, well-managed and run, not bad fast food place here in Florida.

BK originally started in 1953 in Jacksonville and is now headquartered in the Miami area.

This whole merger story is beginning to smell really stinky.

If this merger is consummated and does go through, these two Corporations will become the third largest food chain in the world.

Yikes, that’s a lot of power.

In the meantime, BK’s 34-year-old CEO Daniel Shwartz, earning a reported $700,000 plus bonuses, says not to worry, that their potential merging with Canada’s Tim Horton’s Donuts, will keep the two companies separate.

Not so fast, is what most of their long and loyal customers think about this.

This may or may not, have been a Corporate containment reaction to the recent ugly public responses, that seems to have caught them off guard with the overwhelming public criticism of their proposed merger.

Some of the hundreds of public comments that have been made, are downright vicious.

Our own Florida Senator Bill Nelson is outright livid about this whole idea, knowing exactly how much Florida has to lose if it happens and said that if it does happen, he wants every single one of their restaurants removed from every Military Base in the United States.

Ouch!

Don’t mess with people and their burgers, even if it’s only a Veggie Burger.

So, Burger King, what’s it going to be, have you really left the building?

 

Places to learn more:

Burger King – Wikipedia

Looks Like The ‘Burger King’s’ Subjects Are Royally Pissed Off

Burger King Heads North Of The Border

Here’s Why Warren Buffett Is Investing $3 Billion in the Burger King-Tim Hortons Deal

Burger King’s Tim Hortons Offer Is Part Of A Huge Cost-Cutting Plan

Is Burger King moving to Canada?

Burger King’s Tax Inversion and Canada’s Favorable Corporate Tax Rates

How companies shrink their taxes by leaving U.S.

Burger King-Tim Hortons Cross-Border Merger Much More Than Tax Inversion

Burger King Is Run by Children

 

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Microsoft Massacre

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The misery of Windows 8.
Image:  Public Domain

 

No, this Company was not next on  the List,   but it was all over our local News yesterday, so needed to be addressed now.

Let the bloodbath begin at the place that helped launch a brilliant, innovative group of ” kids ” and their start-up Corporation into the upper stratosphere.

Their new company called Microsoft, would soon devour the Planet and become much of the reason that all of us are able to use a personal computer today.

Since Bill Gates left in 2000 and turned Microsoft over to Ballmer, nothing has been the same.

On a very personal note, may I say how much I HATE Windows 8?

It is a disaster for me and I so do miss any and all of it predecessors.

If our laptops had not all been stolen while we were on vacation last Fall, we would never have, or at least not for years, been forced to suffer this OS misery.

CEO Steve Ballmer handed the reigns to Satya Nadella just a few months ago and a positive turnaround for the Company has already begun.

So, now with this newest strategy, is the Company in better shape?

Microsoft has been fairly flat since 2008 and something drastic really did need to be done and fast.

Fancy, expensive phones have nearly been the death knell for PC’s,  which are mothers milk for Microsoft, so they bought Nokia hoping to change their negative slide,  but that did not happen.

Apple and Google made quite sure of that.

They are the reigning champions in that market and like to stay there.

Natya released a Company wide memo recently with his plan laid out.

The gist of it is, that the 18,000 fired, will primarily be from the Nokia brand they recently purchased.

This deep cut amounts to about 40 % of that company.

To be fair, the Company was troubled when they got it and now ridding themselves of it, may according to some Business analysts, make Microsoft leaner and meaner.

Sadly for the thousands who will soon be out of work, they may have a hard road ahead, trying to feed their families, or pay their bills, even though they will receive a generous departure package.

It has been said by some, that Natya’s sudden radical purging, was most likely just cleaning up Ballmer’s mess.

Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, 18,000 employees will be getting the axe, in this unparalleled Microsoft massacre.

 

Places to learn more:

Microsoft – Wikipedia

Microsoft Invented A Tablet A Decade Before Apple And Totally Blew It

Firing 18,000 people isn’t proof Microsoft is in trouble

Why Microsoft Is Laying Off 18,000 People—During a Tech Boom

Microsoft imposes new rules on contract workers, requiring 6-month break from access

Microsoft to Fire 18,000 Employees Over the Next 12 Months

Microsoft to Eliminate Up to 18K Jobs Over Next Year

Microsoft to Fire 14 Percent of Its Staff

Microsoft Firings Hit Former Nokia Employees Hardest