GOOD

Donald Trump’s L.L. Bean Tweet Is Setting Off A Storm Of Controversy

Trump’s endorsement is one the company from Maine would probably like to avoid

President-elect Donald Trump is right where he wants to be: at the center of our thoughts. In this edition of “What Did He Just Do?” we find ourselves taken aback by a tweet thanking L.L. Bean for a donation board member Linda Bean made to a PAC that aided Donald Trump during his campaign. Since the tweet, the company faces boycotts from the Grab Your Wallet group, which advocates cutting off companies that are involved with Mr. Trump or organizations that support him. Here’s the tweet that set this brouhaha in motion.


Business Insider reports that Linda Bean, granddaughter of Leon Leonwood Bean, was thought to have donated approximately $60,000 to the PAC called Make America Great Again LLC. In thanking his benefactor, Mr. Trump set off a storm of controversy around the Maine-based brand, which has actively sought to remain outside of politics since its inception.

His tweet also has people wondering where Mr. Trump will draw the line, since encouraging people to “Buy L.L. Bean” effectively acts as an advertisement for the company. The Office of Government Ethics has strict rules against government officials acting as brand ambassadors. However, the rule does not specifically restrict the president or president-elect, according to The New York Times.

The tweet also brought the political action committee that Ms. Bean donated to under scrutiny. The AP revealed that the PAC was not registered to accept donations over $5,000, according to the Federal Election Committee. The PAC has opened its books to reveal that Linda Bean actually donated $30,000 to the campaign. Further prodding by the FEC resulted in the PAC claiming they would seek to gain super PAC status in order to be able to raise an unlimited amount of cash in the future.

Linda Bean argues that the boycott of L.L. Bean is unfair and “bullying” to her personally. She told Fox, "They want to control how we spend our money, what we buy, where we buy it. That's un-American." L.L. Bean CEO Shawn Gorman has also spoken out about the boycott of the company by Grab Your Wallet, which he calls “misguided.”

"No individual alone speaks on behalf of the business or represents the values of the company that L.L. built. L.L. Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions. Simply put, we stay out of politics. To be included in this boycott campaign is simply misguided, and we respectfully request that Grab Your Wallet reverse its position."

With all the attention, L.L Bean is trying to deflect a lot of the ill will brought on by Trump’s endorsement. But you can add them to the list of companies that Trump’s Twitter pulpit has personally affected since becoming president-elect.

Articles
via David Leavitt / Twitter

Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

Keep Reading
Business

Childbirth is the number one reason American women visit the hospital, and it ain't cheap. In fact, it's getting more and more expensive. A new study published in Health Affairs found that the cost of having a baby with employer-sponsored health insurance increased by almost 50% in the past seven years.

The study evaluated "trends in cost-sharing for maternity care for women with employer-based health insurance plans, before and after the Affordable Care Act," which was signed into law in 2010. The study looked at over 657,061 women enrolled in large employer-sponsored health insurance plans who delivered babies between 2008 and 2015, as these plans tend to cover more than plans purchased by small businesses or individuals.

Keep Reading
Health

A meteorite crashed into Earth nearly 800,000 years ago. The meteor was 1.2 miles wide, and the impact was so big, it covered 10% of the planet with debris. However, scientists haven't been able to find the impact site for over a century. That is, until now. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal believes the crash site has been located.

Tektites, which are essentially rocks that have been liquefied from the heat of the impact and then cooled to form glass, help scientists spot the original impact site of a meteor. Upon impact, melted material is thrown into the atmosphere, then falls back to the ground. Even if the original crater has disappeared due to erosion or is hidden by a shift in tectonic plates, tektites give the spot away. Tektites between 750,000 to 35.5 million years old have been found in every continent except Antarctica.

Keep Reading