And to top it all off, when workers do get hurt while working too quickly on dangerous machines they aren't properly trained to use, Ashley regularly blames them for their own injuries. After all, they should know better than to do the job the company pays them for.
Lumber Liquidators Is Allegedly Helping To Snuff Out The Siberian Tiger
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Much like businesses with any concern for the environment, there aren't many Siberian tigers found in the wild, which makes it an extremely endangered species. In fact, less than 450 of these tigers remain in their natural habitats, and a key part of their survival is the Mongolian oak tree. The acorns of this tree attract the tiger's favorite prey, so naturally the fewer of the trees there are, the harder and harder it becomes for the tigers to find food. For loggers, the oaks are off-limits. But that doesn't stop all of them. Including some that are allegedly selling to Lumber Liquidators.
Lumber Liquidators makes their profits importing wood from mills and manufacturers in other countries. The could've-been-paper trail of lumber leads from LL in the U.S. to Chinese floor manufacturers, onto harvesters in Myanmar and Eastern Siberia. It's highly likely that the wood used was illegally harvested, due to the corruption in these local industries. As we said, Mongolian oaks are illegal to cut because of their importance to the Siberian tiger habitat. For loggers, though, that's not as important as getting cheap flooring for human habitats.
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"Fuck the tigers -- time to embrace your true destiny, as somebody's underwear drawer."
A Washington nonprofit, the Environmental Investigation Agency, has spent the past three years looking into connections between protected forest logging and Lumber Liquidators. Posing as illegal buyers, the group went undercover to the Russia-China border to see what noise a tree made when it was knocked down by illegal loggers. The trees were cut down in the middle of the night, and then taken to saw mills to be mixed with legal wood.
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"Shit, our bad. If you just point out your tree we'll give it right back."
The loggers then turned smugglers, transferring the product to Russian and Chinese buyers, who in turn sold it to United States companies. It is alleged that Lumber Liquidators is one of these. They might not be bothered about Siberian Tigers, but the government has claws that they can't ignore.
Though the occasional round of tiger claw to the dick certainly wouldn't hurt.
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