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Old 11-17-2008, 05:40 PM
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Lightbulb What's German for "kickback"? Daimler workers broke Mercedes' for profit

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A master mechanic and two clerks, among others, are being investigated for intentionally sabotaging Mercedes cars being built at the Sindelfingen factory. Allegedly, repair shops in the area that weren't part of the Daimler corporation were bribing workers with gifts, trips, and cash to alter the cars so that the repair shops could get the contracts to fix them.

The sabotage included scratching the cars, loosening clamps and bolts, as well as -- incredibly -- putting foreign liquids into brake lines. According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, the cars affected were C-, E-, and S-Class. The Stuttgart prosecutor's office estimates the costs to Mercedes in the many of millions, but the greatest irony is this: the workers under investigation were part of the quality control department.

[Source: Suddeutsche Zeitung via Benz Insider]What's German for "kickback"? Daimler workers broke Mercedes' for profit originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 17 Nov 2008 16:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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I consider myself a heavy conspiracy theorist; this does not surprise me. But I am shocked to see it reported.

Who'da thunk you could be a Benz factory monkey and be treated like an American aristocrat by your very own lobbyists? It must have been worthwhile to organize and fund such an undertaking. Amazing that MB still retains its image.
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AND they've been working at Sindelfingen for XX years. (?20?)

Ah Ha!
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seriously. I wouldn't be surprised either if Corporate MB had inclinations as to the conduct but turned the other cheek.

Planned obsolesence and consistent failure rates are lucrative...?? As long as you can pull off the latter without recourse. What army of consumers is giong to unite against a car maker :"you tricked us! We thought your cars were superior due to clever marketing and past generations of flawless design, you bastards!"

Doesn't the blame always fall on the consumer for educated spending practices? I dont think I will ever buy a new car from a dealership, purely on principle.
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:46 PM
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Hey....maybe they are the a-holes responsible for the lousy wiring harnesses?
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Or the W210 spring perch issue!
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The word you're looking for is "schmierung". It means "lubrication".
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Another issue is, why did the bribery influence these workers? Are there unsatisfactory conditions and mistreatment behind the Benz curtain, or simply lower class workers feeling they deserve more after years of labor?

I though Germany and most European nations took much better care of their working classes than the US. (despite the bountiful amenities that US supplies)

Even more compelling is that these workers were persuaded to defame their own work. No pride? And potentially put lives at risk by their hand.
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Another issue is, why did the bribery influence these workers? Are there unsatisfactory conditions and mistreatment behind the Benz curtain, or simply lower class workers feeling they deserve more after years of labor?

I though Germany and most European nations took much better care of their working classes than the US. (despite the bountiful amenities that US supplies)

Even more compelling is that these workers were persuaded to defame their own work. No pride? And potentially put lives at risk by their hand.
I think if people think they can get away with it then they will do it. They could have the best job in the world, but if they can get away with making it better than they will.
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word.

Like high profile CEOs do daily.
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