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Hey, feel like being horrified and utterly despairing of the belief that human decency exists today? Well, tough, ’cause now you’re gonna be.

A new, unbelievably awful report from Oxfam sketches out just how bad labor conditions are in America for poultry workers. Oh, you thought only Southeast Asian seafood workers had it bad? Not so much! It turns out what happens when you reduce worker protections and labor laws in America — or just turn a blind eye and not bother to enforce them — is some truly messed-up shit.

How messed up? Oh, y’know. Not anything major. Just employees being threatened with punishment for taking too many bathroom breaks/taking too long to pee. Two workers at Tyson plants reported incidents of supervisors telling them to eat and drink less so they wouldn’t have to use the bathroom so often, and many workers wearing diapers on the line. This makes sense, since there are recorded incidents of poultry workers being forced to wait so long they actually messed themselves. They weren’t allowed to go change afterwards, of course; that would be inefficient. Instead, they had to then work in 40-degree temperatures while covered in piss.

There’s also an EEOC lawsuit against Koch Foods in Mississippi (not those Kochs, though, we checked — the company is owned by Joseph Grendys, which is ABSOLUTELY a supervillain name) for actually charging workers to use the restroom. Oh, also the company routinely allowed one supervisor to sexually harass and sexually assault female Hispanic workers, and to physically assault male Hispanic workers. But tell us again how Mexicans are the violent rapists, Donald Trump.

All of this is happening in America in 2016, by the way.

We talk a lot about the problems inherent in the factory farming industry — antibiotic resistance, animal cruelty, etc. But it’s worth remembering there’s a specific human cost to the issue, too, and workers in those industries are subject to the type of mistreatment which might give a 19th century robber baron pause. Here’s to hoping every single person involved in this type of worker mistreatment dies of syphilis-induced madness and gets sent to their own very special level of hell.

[Oxfam / EEOC]

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  • RobKanC

    Obligatory, now if only they worked more hours for less pay, perhaps they won’t be poor. And then they can pee all they want.

    • You make more money by working longer and harder. The Koch brothers each spend 300 hours per day lifting pickup trucks, for example.

      • RobKanC

        Ummm. Not exactly. But they do fuck over everyone in ‘Murica. I imagine that’s plenty of work.

        Edited: cos I am a clumsy human being.

      • MrCanoehead

        I did the math once and estimated that if income es proportional to work, the average CEO would have to consume his weight in martinis every two days.

  • Ryan Denniston

    With votes, of course.

  • Jeez, and I used to only feel terrible for the chickens.

    • Serai 1

      Get hold of a copy of Fast Food Nation. That movie really fucked with my head.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    And to think, some Senators pay extra for that…

    • ManchuCandidate

      The major difference is that Vitter gets pampered while these guys get screwed.

  • Ryan Denniston

    I ain’t going to Eat Moar Chikin, nosir.

  • beatbort

    Are you sure this isn’t just a wild overreaction against transgenders being allowed to use the restrooms? No rest room breaks will simply spare you the horror of having to pee in the same place where transgenders pee.

  • John Smith

    Don’t worry, Trump will fix all this. He really hates those corporate big-wigs.

  • Skwerl King

    Remember: these are the “Good, honest, American” jobs that are being “stolen” by immigration — or sometimes good old fashioned slavery.

  • nmmagyar

    Remember when students read The Jungle as a precautionary tale? Now it’s an instructional manual for MBA students..

  • ManchuCandidate

    Each chicken comes with a free side order of guilt/shame not just some coleslaw with green food coloring.

  • beatbort

    OK, at a certain point, the human body simply can’t “hold it in” any longer. So use your imagination where the workers end up pissing and shitting. Right, at their work station.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      the other brown meat…

      • nmmagyar

        I think urine has anti-bacterial properties, so there’s that…

        • Serai 1

          It’s only sterile until it hits the air. Then you really don’t want to mess with it.

    • VirginiaLady

      That’s what’s wrong with American workers these days. Not enough bootstraps on bladders to pull up. It’s too easy to use adult pull ups instead. Entitled weaklings!

    • Tansy Geek

      Rumor has it that this was a cause in the closing of mushroom farm near my hometown.
      That and someone really over-estimated the demand for mushrooms in southern New England.

      • Biff52

        And mushrooms grow in poop already!

  • MsAnthropesMr

    As of October 2015, Forbes estimated Joseph Grendys net worth at US$1.74 billion.

    $1.74 Billion.

    He’s a job creator, folks. Nothing to see here.

    • Doug Langley

      Oh, well obviously he couldn’t possibly spend an extra nickel for production or else the whole company would crater.

    • SpaceCaptainWarlock

      14k employees. To put that in perspective, he could give each one of those employees $124k if he were Jesus. Every 30 seconds lost in a pee break costs him a real nice pair of shoes that he doesn’t need at all.

  • Ricky Gay

    oh, so it’s really Chick Fil A Diaper?

    • guppy06

      “My pleasure!”

      –David Vitter

  • Suttree

    And one more reason why I eat less and less meat every year. In a few years I’m only going to eat cheese.

    • nmmagyar

      Have you seen the leaked videos of commercial dairy farms?

      • Suttree

        Shhhhhhh. Please don’t tell me. I mostly eat moldy cheese or cheese from Vermont. I’m sure they are perfectly good.
        ETA: I don’t drink milk either.

        • nmmagyar

          They aren’t QUITE as disgusting as beef or pork. I think the safest option is to buy kosher or halal, if local isn’t available.

          • Tansy Geek

            Are we still talking about brussel sprouts? Should I be saying a little prayer as I snip their heads off the stalk, just in case?

        • When you bite into a Brussel Sprout every Brussel Srout in the world silently screams.

          • nmmagyar

            Good. Torture those fuckers.

          • It’s exactly what you’d expect those Brussel Sprouts to do, amiright?

          • Suttree

            So long as they are silent I don’t give a damn.

          • Serai 1

            So would I. Why would you want to??

      • There’s always cheez.

      • malsperanza

        Alas, milk products = veal. Might as well eat the veal since the calves are being killed anyway,

        I still don’t eat veal. But I can’t stand to give up dairy.

        And though I can buy my meat at the farmer’s market (free-range chickens like the tastiest rubber ever), even organic local milk comes from a general source, not a specific farm.

        Being personally responsible, or vegetarian, is not going to solve this. Legislation, regulation, and regulation.

        • Serai 1

          My family keeps chickens, so the only industry item I consume regularly is dairy. And I am not gonna give up cheese, sorry. Not gonna happen.

    • ryp

      I’m thinking of going the other direction. Eat the rich.

      • Serai 1

        Mmm. One long pork sandwich, comin’ right up!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Is Tyson in the Tofu business yet?

      • Suttree

        I hope not because I have started eating tofu.

        • nmmagyar

          On purpose? I hate that shit with the fire of 10,000 suns. And I used to be vegetarian.

          • AntiDerpomeme

            Soy does really mean things to my digestive system. Too bad, because otherwise I like the “taste” of tofu OK, since it can be marinated and dressed up as a lot of other stuff.

          • nmmagyar

            Seitan is edible, and that is the best I can say for any tofu product. I ate a lot of hummus/chickpeas and all the other legumes. Until I went back to my carnivorous ways.

          • Lambsendbeds

            Seitan is made from wheat gluten, not tofu. It’s somewhat less disgusting than tofu.

          • Suttree

            I’m just starting to try it out as a meat substitute. It seems to make me gassy though. I love veggie burgers though.

          • nmmagyar

            Morningstar and Boca are good. Garden is my least favorite of the three.

          • Suttree

            Morningstar and Boca are awesome!

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          I had you pegged as more of a barbecue/knottyhead type than a stinky cheese/wine guy.

          • Suttree

            I still eat BBQ and all meats. I just don’t eat 4 pork chops with no sides for dinner anymore. I’ll eat headcheese as fast as I eat pate too.

          • OneYieldRegular

            How do you cut the sides off your pork chops?

          • Suttree

            Huh? With a knife.

    • FlownOver

      Any Norwegian Jarlsberger, perchance?

      • Suttree

        Hell yes! I can eat a pound of Jarlsberg in a day for lunch.

      • deadjello

        Don’t forget the Beaver Cheese.

        • Blank Ron

          Venezuelan beaver cheese, as Wanderer said. The domestic stuff just doesn’t have the same tang.

    • The Wanderer

      Venezuelan Beaver Cheese?

      • deadjello

        Argh..I replied before looking downthread…and I didn’t remember the Venezuelan part.

      • Suttree

        Can I eat it while hiking the Appalachian trail?

      • Serai 1

        Wensleydale!

        • HogeyeGrex

          Yes?

          • Serai 1

            Oh, good. I’ll take that, then.

          • MrCanoehead

            Oh! I thought you were talking to me, sir. Mister Wensleydale, that’s my name.

          • Serai 1

            * cold stare *

            Gorgonzola?

    • Biff52

      Eggs and dairy is my goal, and I’m getting there rapidly. I rarely eat beef, and maybe a pound of poultry a week. All the rest of the critters on land and sea are safe from me.

      • Suttree

        I still eat seafood. Just not as much as I did in Louisiana.

        • Biff52

          That was the first one I gave up, due to extreme allergies. If I wanted to live to eat all the others, I had to give up that one. Even freshwater fish can kill me.

      • Serai 1

        Me too. I have a few pounds of chicken and pork in the freezer, and I think I get some out maybe twice a week. Dairy and eggs do fine for my animal consumption, for the most part. I’ve been tapering off meat over the last year, and don’t have much of an appetite for it anymore. Shit like THIS certainly doesn’t help.

        • Biff52

          I have two homes, thus two freezers full of whatever. To me, having grown up poor, the worst sin is food waste. I have to stop buying things for a while and play freezer roulette. That can be interesting.

    • guppy06

      That’s one way to avoid having to poop on the job.

  • Obama should really start holding China to task for these terrible working conditions.

  • VirginiaLady

    Grandma’s chicken soup just got a new meaning. Don’t eat the matzo balls!

    • SkinlessGenderlessMan

      As the Texan said to the counterman in the NYC Jewish deli; “Sir, that’s the best soup I’ve ever tasted….. Tell me, are there any other parts of the matzoh y’all serve?”

  • TheGrandWaz00

    Those workers are chopping the wrong peckers off.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    I’d ask where they find the supervisors willing to enforce these stupid rules, but I’m familiar with the Milgram Experiment.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment

    and the Stanford Prison experiment

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment

  • AntiDerpomeme

    Why can’t we just let the industries police themselves? Nothing to see here, folks, move along. BTW, it’s not just this factory: http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/study-finds-worker-abuse-arkansas-poultry-industry#stream/0 I remember a news story on public radio about 10 years ago detailing the abuses of men with intellectual disabilities, basically making them slaves for a particular poultry factory farm. It’s disgusting. Research where you buy from, folks.

  • I’m starting to reconsider my rejection of the doctrine of the total depravity of mankind.

    • Amy!

      Candidely, I believe that everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.

      • Skadi

        Who are ya gonna believe — Leibniz or your lyin’ eyes?

        • Amy!

          I Kant believe you’d cite Leibniz.

          • Meccalopolis

            Me nietzche

        • Mehmeisterjr

          I have no time for puns on the names of German philosophers at this late schopenhauer.

      • eggsacklywright

        Panglossian!

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Of course the people who’s diets consist of nothing but Chicken McNuggets are the same dipshits that want to send all these workers back to Mexico.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      I have my suspicions about some of those chickens,actually. Ever run into a henhouse and yell “La Migre” at the top of your lungs? They go nuts. Tell me that doesn’t mean something.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    I’m so glad the Taft-Hartley Act made it possible for our “laboratories of democracy” to “experiment” with what working conditions should be permitted.

    You know who else experimented with what working conditions should be permitted?

    • MrBlobfish

      Ray Kroc?

    • Suttree

      Henry Ford?

    • AntiDerpomeme

      Mao Zedong?

    • nmmagyar

      Apple?

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Every industry and business in the history of forever with the possible exception of slavery since everything was permitted when you owned your workers?

    • malsperanza

      The Little Tramp?

    • The Wanderer

      Fred Taylor and Frank & Lillian Gilbreth?

    • eggsacklywright

      The Boys from Brazil?

    • theblackdog

      The Triangle Shirtwaist company?

  • MrBlobfish

    Arbeit macht frei.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Arbeit macht fries nuggets.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        You peering into my brain again?

        • Latverian Diplomat

          Jinx, etc.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Arbeit macht fries.

  • Gary Charound

    Poultry workers should be plucky enough to stand up for their rights.

    • beatbort

      Maybe they’re just chicken.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        I cry fowl!

        • beatbort

          It all depends on the pecking order at the plant.

      • Jen_Baker_VA

        ooohhh, that’s a fowl pun!

        • Biff52

          Poultry in motion…

      • Tansy Geek

        One of them could put a capon and become Chickenman.

        • Doug Langley

          He’s everywhere! He’s everywhere!

          • JustDon’tSayDittos

            Holy shit, how old are you two? My age?

          • Doug Langley

            Enhh, could you speak a little louder into my ear trumpet, sonny?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      As it is, they get by on a wing from a layer.

      • eggsacklywright

        Pissin’ on the poulet?

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      But good jobs are harder to find than hen’s teeth.

    • TheGrandWaz00

      Stop egging them on you communist.

    • BigBoppa

      Can’t think of a pun. My brain is scrambled this morning.

      • eggsacklywright

        You poached my idea.

      • Doug Langley

        That’s not going to go over easy.

        • JustDon’tSayDittos

          Amh-a-lette that one go

    • Meanie-meanie, tickle a person

      But if they unionize…think of the featherbedding!

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Management would have to shell out more money, that’s for sure, even if the plants weren’t operating at beak capacity.

        • MrCanoehead

          Typical left-wing pundit.

  • FauxAntocles

    VOTE!!!

  • Jason Freeman

    Unfuckingbelievable! UNION!!!

    • nmmagyar

      It’s hard for undocumented aliens (Pilgrims Pride has been caught many times) to unionize.

      • Jason Freeman

        True enough unfortunately.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        unionization would be the best way to combat illegal immigration. Without the monetary benefit, employers would quit hiring them. And there is no citizenship requirement to join a union- it’s purely a matter of fear of deportation…

    • Serai 1

      Really? You find this unbelievable? I find it inevitable.

  • Thepeoplevs.

    Always wondered how they create a 99ยข chicken sammich…

    • nmmagyar

      Sasdust and tears

  • fawkedifiknow

    When you’re paying $7.25 per hour, you can’t afford to have any pissing around.

  • malsperanza

    Yeah, just keep fucking that … wait, hang on a sec …

  • x111e7thst

    Union!

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    I am listening to my client’s VP of labor relations talk strategy to defeat unionization of their company right now. If any of you people still believe the lies about unions and think they’re unnecessary, or still believe management likes or values you, you’re an idjit who deserves to get fleeced over and over…

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Also too, the thrust of the speech is about the new laws and regs that make it easier to organize and how that makes it tougher for management to fight unionization- all brought about by one Barack Obama. So all you Bernouts who have taken to talking shit about Bamz not doing anything for the middle class or workers can fuck off too…

      • Biff52

        Thanks, Obama.

      • Serai 1

        He’s done a lot more than most people give him credit for. Overall, he’s been a really good president.

        And the Bros can fuck off on general principles.

    • MrCanoehead

      Any useful information you can share with the forces of good?

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Specifics? No, that’s a good way to get fired. Trust me, the attitude is fairly common.

  • TheBidenator

    I dunno, given the large number of Republicans in Congress who wear diapers (Louie Gohmert accidentally puts his on his head if no one is there to dress him) it’s going to be difficult finding a sympathetic ear over the crinkling sounds and all the chicken fucking thanks to the free chickens big poultry sends them….

    • guppy06

      Louie Gohmert accidentally puts his on his head if no one is there to dress him

      On a good day he puts on a fresh one.

  • Greg Comlish

    This isn’t even half of half of the horror and disgust of modern animal agriculture. The conditions of these facilities routinely compromise the health and safety of workers and consumers alike. Animal waste ends up in your waterways. Farms create antibiotic resistant pathogens. And animal cruelty is endemic. That’s the price of cheap meat.

    • gogobooty

      Factory farming is why I quit eating meat & poultry 29 years ago. By the time “free range” options became available it was too late to go back. Averting mad cow disease is one of my only personal health triumphs!

    • Hardly Ideal

      I was going to say, NPR’s Marketplace talked about exactly that and dubbed it “The High Price of Cheap.”

  • Belasaurius

    I can’t snark to this….I can fap to it though

    • Belasaurius

      whoops I was wrong

      • guppy06

        Keep fuckin’ that chicken!

    • theblackdog

      But can you clop to this?

  • Jeff Ackerman

    Google Hamlet chicken processing plant fire, it happened in 1991, not much has changed since then. 25 workers killed 55 injured because of a fire made worse by the doors being locked. The working poor, migrant etc need union representation the most, and are the least likely to get it. It is a shame how we as a society treat the least among us…

  • Joshua Norton

    I’m thinking of writing an epic poem in tribute to Koch Foods. What rhymes with “die in a fire”?

    • Belasaurius

      strung up by a wire
      stabbed by Michael Myers
      beaten by the town crier

      • MrCanoehead

        Arrested for priors
        Big fucking liar
        Gimble and gyre
        Conscience for hire

    • eggsacklywright

      Sunk in the mire.

    • mancityfooty .

      encircled by a tire

    • clubseal

      In diapers, retire.

    • enfilmigult

      As stockholders scream
      About profit that’s lost
      On making sure workers
      Can pee without cost
      And you weep at the margins
      As things groweth dire
      My advice to you, Koch:
      Just die in a fire

  • Oblios_Cap

    On the other hand, the industry has a positive attitude towards immigration in order to have Somalis and other groups work in their factories.

    • Well, surely “positive towards immigration” is pretty standard for big capitalists these days, in the sense of “desperate workers willing to work under the table for pittances”.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I toured a few chicken processing plants for trade magazine articles. Worst fucking places to work I’d ever seen. Smelly, uncomfortable and generally horrible.

    • Mahousu

      Which trade? The slave trade? Didn’t know they had magazines.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Wouldn’t surprise me. There is a trade magazine for just about every occupation you can imagine, legal or not.

      • Blank Ron

        Beckett’s What Negro? stopped publication in 1864, but their Central Americans Buyers Guide has recently doubled its circulation.

      • Serai 1

        Magazine are dead! They’ve switched over to infomercials and the internet now.

    • SeeTrain65

      Egg farms. Just as bad.

      • Bitter Scribe

        I toured one of those too, and I couldn’t see any really bad working conditions for the people. (Granted, I only got a very superficial and brief look.)

        The hens, on the other hand…in cages stacked one atop another, with barely enough room to move, above a lagoon of their own shit, with nothing to do but eat and poop out eggs onto a ramp…let’s just say that I wouldn’t wish anything worse for, say, Hitler than to be reincarnated as one of those hens.

        The good news is that cage-free eggs are taking hold, as more and more restaurants and grocers declare that those are the only kind they will carry. The bad news is that a lot of big egg producers are gaming the system with “cage free” eggs that involve opening a door to the chicken coop onto a few square yards of dirt.

        • SeeTrain65

          Agreed. But, I had a friend who worked at one not far away, and he was constantly coming home with a cough, because the company he worked for, which was levied with fines and citations after almost every inspection, neglected their duty to provide ample ventilation.

          Of course, as you said, conditions for the birds were even worse. Many of the workers in the barns, most of them brain-dead hicks who seemed to believe there was fun in cruelty, would abuse the animals at regular intervals, kicking them when they escaped the cages and even decapitating them with their hands. My friend was one of them.

          I was supposed to start work there the same day he did. I slept in. Best decision I ever made. And I haven’t seen the friend in about 25 years.

  • Mahousu

    I always wondered about those diaper pads that packaged chicken comes with. Turns out they double as supplies for the workers!

  • Bitter Scribe

    Maybe there needs to be a “humanely treated workers” designation for food alongside the “humanely treated animals” one.

    • clubseal

      Don’t let the meat lobbyists hear you say that, or you’ll be inundated with ads about how much it would cost to put that on the label.

  • Blank Ron

    So not all the chicken shit is on the factory floor.

  • Meccalopolis

    Chickens are people, my friend. People… not so much

    • Serai 1

      Clearly you’ve never met a chicken.

  • Master Contrail Program

    In the days of yore, when grunge was the sensation that was sweeping the nation. The Master Contrail Program lived in Canton, Georgia; where the primary industry was a Tyson Farms
    poultry plant.

    Anyhoo, the MCP was at the local hillbilly pot dealers’ home, waiting on a score. Now hillbilly didn’t begin to describe it. There were, of course, several vehicles in varied states of disrepair in the yard. However, these folks added several other squalor nuances such as, a knotted up rag for a front door knob, a large grate in the living room floor, that everyone threw their cigarette butts and bottle caps into.

    Most significant though, was the matriach was a 300 lb. Mama June prototype everyone actually called, Ma Kettle. One could actually set their watch on Saturdays, by observing how much ‘shine was in her mason jar. Full? It must be 10 am. Shattered on the floor, next to a slumped over Ma? Time to head home, it was way past curfew. So, now that I’ve painted part of this still life for you gentle readers, on with the show.

    Now I got along with the bunch just fine. They were generally decent enough sorts, despite their, umm, eccentricities. Yet, I would stick out like a sore thumb, with my shoulder length hair, flannel shirts, combat boots, and three chin hairs I swore was a goatee (maybe not so much the last one). So the special guest rednecks would sometimes fuck with me.

    On one such occasion, I hear a big whoop emanate from the car garden, “Yeeeha, Terry and Terry are here!”

    “Who are Terry and Terry?” I inquired of Jughead, who had not received his pseudonym from a love of Archie comics, but from a zest for gasoline vapors.

    “Oh, huh-huh-huh, you’ll find out.” He replied sagely.

    The next I knew, there were two somewhat large Def Leppard roadie looking guys glowering over me menacingly, with their hands behind their backs.

    “Hey boy, you ever shake hands with a chicken catcher before?”

    I considered for a moment, “Nope can’t say that I have.” As I stuck my hand out.

    Subsequently the blonde Terry whips out this huge, muscular, gnarled, calloused, mitt and precedes to crush my human-sized one. I swear, it was like when Woody Woodpecker blows into his thumb and makes his hand bigger to slap somebody. Andre the Giant, would be nonplussed by how many beer cans this thing could hold.

    “That’s quite a handshake you have there, G.I. Joe doesn’t have shit on your kung-fu grip!” Which I guess won him over enough to stop maiming me.
    “So, chicken catcher, huh? What’s that like?”

    “Well, we back up a van to the pen, jump out and snatch up chickens by their feet, and break their necks by whip-cracking them.”

    “Damn, they don’t give you gloves?”

    “Of course they do. But you’ve obviously never tried to kill hundreds of agitated chickens before. The gloves only can protect so much.”

    “Yeah. You’ve got me there.”

    So, I don’t know if the chicken slaughtering techniques have changed in subsequent decades. Or if modern day T&T’s are still eatin’ lightning, crappin’ thunder, and getting greasy fast like that.
    I do know I have shaken hands with a chicken catcher, however.

    As the Violent Femmes said:
    “Let me go on, like a blister in the sun.
    Let me go on, big hands I know you’re the one.”

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      Jeezus, MCP, you can paint a picture!

    • mardam422

      So did you ever get the dope? Seems you forgot the most important part.

      • Master Contrail Program

        Indeed, but there were no joints rolled in Mudville, for the next few days.

    • HorseChestnut

      I swear I knew these guys. No, really. That was my neck of the woods around that time. It’s so hard to get people who haven’t seen it to believe the level of poverty in the rural south – dirt floors, no shoes, no teeth. A relative of mine was a social worker, and thanks to the Welfare to Work program under Clinton, her main job was trying to convince illiterate women whose families had been on welfare since the 60’s that working as a chicken catcher was better than welfare. There was this one woman who had tried that, but she was too small, so she LOST A FUCKING EYE BEING MAULED BY CHICKENS.

      She still had to go back to the plant. It was the only available job for miles, and we can’t have tiny illiterate one-eyed hillbillies thinking they deserve to be able to meet their own basic needs just by being a citizen, like some kind of welfare queens.

      Ugh, I’m sad now.

  • Relativicus

    Too many comments to check, but if there hasn’t been an entry dedicated to “Well, if they don’t like it, they should get new jobs,” then I’d like to add that bit of derp at this time.

  • Hardly Ideal

    I knew conditions were bad for chickens and workers (thanks again to John Oliver), but this diaper thing is news to me.

    Who the hell are we, anyway? Bangladesh?

  • theblackdog

    Hey Costco, I like buying your chicken so please tell me you source from better suppliers.

  • ContextIsKey

    Ugh. I saw this mentioned on cbsnews.com. I knew as soon as I clicked on the article I knew that NC was going to be implicated, and as sure as shit, it was. Case Farms, one of the worst offenders, is in Morganton, NC. At least the article has a link to an online petition protesting the treatment of the workers. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/denied-bathroom-breaks-these-workers-must-resort-to-diapers/?google_editors_picks=true

  • jviscont1

    trickle down economics in the workplace in action.

  • HazooToo

    Has anyone else mentioned the Bones episode where they investigated the death of a floor manager at a chicken farming factory called Cluckson’s? He had this weird-ass disorder that was actually slowly making him LOOK like a fucking chicken. The factory smelled so damn bad that people were getting sick. They were being protested. Bones and Booth got blood thrown on them. Spoilers, it was the security guard who did it. Because his wife got sick and she was pregnant, so he moved her out of town, and she got better. All he wanted was a gas allowance so his wife could live out of chicken-fume range, and he could still work for them. But he didn’t get it, so he shoved the guy’s face into a chicken plucker and it snapped his neck. Farming factories are nasty little hellholes, and not just for the animals.

  • Julia

    This is why I don’t oppose either unions or checks on unions. Whenever any group on one side gets too big, it abuses its power. The struggle between opposing sides is the closest thing we’ve got to being fair. Sure, some unions get ridiculous, but every time someone bitches about this union or that (the UAW and various entertainment guilds come to mind), I think of the Triangle Shirt Co., and things like this. Companies care about money, and if you don’t watch them, they’ll kill their employees to make it.

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