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has significantly gone down due to the waged war on terrorism, gasoline prices, and overall a sluggish economy. The purpose is to persuade the American people, to understand that the United States is moving forward to a prosperous country with enough jobs, economic expansion, and profitability. Unfortunately, the price of gasoline has skyrocketed since the events of hurricanes throughout the United States. Whenever there is an action, there is a reaction.

The higher cost of gasoline can affect the products and services society purchases that will make a significant impact to his or her finances. According to the (Lavelle, 2006) “Goldstein believes this is a temporary calm and that world capacity to produce and refine oil is so tight that any geopolitical or industry event could pull up prices again.” Therefore, analysts may conclude that this is a “manipulation” to increase the Bush administration ratings before the elections. In a different theory, the production of mixtures to gasoline products, have also made an impact to the reduction of refineries in the market.

Moreover, individuals can conclude assumptions, theories, or false notions that the Republican party has strategically make believe the American people who are doing something to soften the high gasoline prices. In addition, nobody is certain that the gasoline prices would skyrocket again after the elections but it certainly would not be a surprise. In conclusion, people must first understand the concepts of why the gasoline prices have gone up or what any type of consumer index that may rise, due to circumstances. The event of hurricane Katrina that made a catastrophic effects in New Orleans, should obviously make an impact to the refineries without question.

But if gasoline prices go down for a reason, it is because there are other energy resources available to the public, such as ethanol, that allows consumers to run their vehicles more efficiently. The consumer acknowledges the options available to him or her, so competition factors are elements that play into the market as well. Cleared of Murder But Out of a Job DaimlerChrysler found themselves in a difficult situation when they fired a long time employee Sharon Spangler. The dilemma was if should businesses accommodate workers who are unable to adhere to it policies and procedures. DaimlerChrysler fired Sharon Spangler while she was in jail.

Now she is suing. Sharon was an engineering supervisor earning $110,000 yearly. Sharon Spangler killed her husband after enduring years of abuse. While Sharon Spangler was sitting in jail she was fired for failing to show up to an evaluation required to continue her leave of absence. This issue raises important questions as to weather a company is to show a special privileges for an employee can cause quite a problem in the long run. When special considerations are made for one employee it is hard to justify not offering the same consideration to another employee.

Some attorneys felt that Daimler Chrysler should have waited until the judgments. Chrysler did what many companies feel they need to do. The wiser thing for Chrysler to do would have been to be patient and let the facts play out. Should a company make exceptions for Sharon because she was victimized? The murder occurred a week into Sharon’s medical leave, at the time of the murder Sharon was on medical leave. Sharon was required to report to her job to have her medical leave extended. Sharon was in jail during this time. A spokes man for Chrysler said companies usually are permitted to fire an employee is incarcerated.

Sharon was suing Chrysler and was also alleging gender discrimination. Spangler’s attorney states,” Chrysler’s officials was notified of Sharon’s abuse shortly after her arrest. Sharon was released on bond after being in jail for a year and a half. Sharon was told to focus on her upcoming trial when she asked for her job back. Sharon called again to Chrysler when she was acquitted. Sharon was referred to human recourses and instructed to call the auto makers lawyers. Sharon filed a law suit for discrimination and states she was leniency was grated to male employees who has comparable situations. In the mean time Sharon began volunteering at a local shelter for battered women.

A coalition to Impact Shoplifting In an article published in the New York Times earlier this year reports that Wal-Mart has introduced a new prosecution policy. This new policy states that people under the age 0f eighteen and over the age of sixty-five would not be prosecuted if the value is under twenty-five dollars. In the article “A coalition to impact shoplifting” from Loss Prevention: The Magazine for LP Professionals, the company AOL, conducted a survey in which “78 percent of the public of 62,998 who responded agreed that the new policy would encourage even more theft” (, My Turn L.P Magazine Sept-Oct 2006).

The article list social indicators of the survey and current statistics about the consumer’s position retail theft. Some of the statistics listed “are 50 percent fewer parents talk to their kids about why shoplifting is wrong. 89 percent of kids who shoplift know other kids who shoplift and 66 percent hang out with those kids. One in four youth admit to already having shoplifted beginning between the ages of 12 and 16.92 percent of these same youth say they are satisfied with their ethics and character. 60 percent of adult shoplifters know others who shoplift, up from 10 percent in 1979” (, My Turn L.P Magazine Sept-Oct 2006).

Employees don’t seem to be afraid of the consequences; they can probably get another retail job the same day. Companies are relying more and more on part-time and temporary employees who really don’t have a long-term commitment to retail as a profession or as a career. This makes it hard to get associates commit to understand retailing and to understand the implications of these losses in a very short period of weeks. It’s frustrating because employees are the people we have the most control over. We hire them, train them, and hopefully convince them not to steal, but they bite the hand that feeds them.

People are stealing billions of dollars worth of merchandise and not being punished for their actions. In the article it explains many consumers view of retail theft are contradictory and vague. People need to understand that shoplifting and employee theft are the two largest forms of larceny in United States, and probably always have been and always will be. But people seem to minimize these as “pretty crimes”. Shoplifting is on the rise, and companies are hit with high losses yearly. The article recommends three points for future declines of shoplifting.

“A level of understanding by the community about why shoplifting is an important economic and social issue, and an understanding of what their role is in prevention efforts, as well as a level of support and response between stakeholders” (, My Turn L.P Magazine Sept-Oct 2006). The article mentions many coalitions which retailers can join to help prevent shoplifting; one group mentioned is the (NSPC) National Shoplifting Prevention Coalition. This and many others are focused on an effective drive to expose shoplifting as a major issue in society today. Now with the post Wal-Mart world changed.

Margins have dropped and mass merchandising has taken over. Who would have believed that today, retail giants like Sears and Kmart a mainline department store and a discount merchandiser could become the same corporation. But this has happened, and this type of corporation has changed the nature of the retail industry and made loss prevention that much more important. In China, Children of the rich learn class, minus the struggle The events in the article show that the richer parents in China are changing from their norm to meet the demand of a global international society. Parents are giving their children head starts from the early age of 4 years old.

These children are been enrolled in program such as golf lesson, horse riding, ice-skating, skiing, polo and private music lessons. There are also after school private classes known as the junior M.B.A. program. “The intense interest in lifestyle training speaks not just to parents’ concern for their children’s futures but also to a general sense of social insecurity among China’s newly rich.”

These parents came to realized that even though they are rich, they are not enjoying their life and can not spend time with their families due to long working hours; therefore, it is very important to break the cycle for their children and change the norm of just being successful in life, but to be at the top of the pyramid so they will take the best jobs in the world and be able to better compete with the rest of the world, and make enough money so they did not have to work long hours and rob their family of precious time.

The Chinese parents have develop a new culture, and take steps to make changes for their chiildren’s future, by taking them for extending stays in competing cities such as London and New York, they learned the way of life in these societies, here they also broadened their quest for respectability by enlisting their children in charity activities. This they found to be much more fulfilling as society’s elite.

People in the western culture are more respectful to people who came from nothing and made something of themselves, they have high regards for rich people. The opposite is true in the Chinese culture; people do not respect rich people, and they see the rich as having no class and are lacking in ethics.