Thursday, March 15, 2007

Let the Banana Chips Fall Where They May

Headline: Chiquita to Pay $25M in Terror Case

Banana company Chiquita Brands International said Wednesday it has agreed to a $25 million fine after admitting it paid terrorists for protection in a volatile farming region of Colombia.

Uh oh, looks like those guys have one foot in the grave and one foot on a banana peel. Unfortunately for their workers, the top bananas were not able to give the Feds the slip any longer. What a cluster they’ve gotten themselves into.

I’m not sure how hard of an investigation it had to be, though. Could anyone really be that surprised guerrillas would be leaning on Chiquita? It seems like that whole idea would be ripe for the picking from the very start.

Even though they were fined 25 million dollars, it is plantain to me the case will remain in the Court of Appeals for a while.

As for the unprotected workers, here’s some food for thought. When you see one of those Colombian military groups pass through town, look for the stickers on their helmets. If they have more than 3, it might be a good time to split.


Blogger JohnB said...

Not too mention, if you seem them coming to US shores, they'll most likely just got off the banana boat.

7:22 AM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger On My Watch said...

does a banana boat really float? i know rootbeer does. ;)

10:58 AM, March 16, 2007  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

as in banana split? God, you're good!

4:35 PM, March 17, 2007  
Blogger X. Dell said...

This story kinda appeals to me. (Thought I'd slip that one in, ripe as it may be.)

Actually, $25 mill isn't that much for a large corporation. They'll probably come to some pro forma agreement that will allow them to keep things status quo.

10:14 PM, March 17, 2007  

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