Posted Monday, July 27, 2009 11:41 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Gold Coast theme park patrons are being forced to eat lunch in the carpark after a controversial new ban on food brought from home. The Warner Village Theme Park Group, which owns Sea World and Movie World, has just introduced the ban on packed lunches. Eskies have been banned and security guards have begun searching patrons' bags for sandwiches and snacks.
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Gonch, I disagree with you on that. Greed is the excessive desire to accumulate things-- I'll widen the definition by adding that it's also the desire to hoard or hold onto what one has accumulated. The things I mentioned before that you call sleazy things some companies have done I would argue are the actions resulting from that desire. Not only accumulating more and more, but holding on tightly to what has been accumulated.
I guess given your definition that anything goes in the name of making a profit, you wouldn't say Microsoft was greedy given the way they bulldozed over many smaller tech companies during the 90's and early 00's that actually came up with some gizmo that they hadn't thought of in Seattle. And I guess the mob is just trying to make a living too. Perhaps you should spend a few months in the former Soviet republics. You might see for yourself how companies can be greedy, especially when there is no code of law in place like we have here.
What you describe sounds like saving to me. God knows we could all do more of that.
And let's not demonize Microsoft. They were accused of being a monopolist in one specific area, and beyond that most of what they've done was good for consumers in terms of standardization. When Windows began to really suck, they finally began to lose market share and the free markets have done what they're supposed to do. Regardless, their actions had nothing to do with greed. Bill Gates gives away more money than most companies ever make.
I'm not saying those things are right. (in fact, you noted that I called them sleazy in my last post), I'm just saying that's not greed.
Everything you listed is questionable or flat out wrong in terms of legality, morality and just plain douchiness. Those are things assholes and asshole companies do that make them criminals and shun them from public favor. Stuff, that arguably, no one should do.
But none of it is greed. By your own definition, one could be greedy and do none of those things.
Is it the result of greed? Could be, except that a company trying to profit is not greed - it's the point of any credible company's existence...to create profit.
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