Monday, December 06, 2010

The Ultimate Brush-Off?

I spent a weekend in Lost Hills, CA near the end of my cross-country bike trip in 2002. Actually, I was in what might be called "East Lost Hills," a collection of gas, food, and lodging establishments located at an interchange with Interstate 5. The "real" town of Lost Hills, populated almost entirely by Hispanic farm workers, is a couple miles further west.

I just finished reading "Meet the Billionaire Couple Who Took Over California's Water Supply," the only article I've ever seen that says anything about Lost Hills. Writer John Gibler describes what may be the ultimate brush-off:
Years earlier, while working on another investigation, I also called Roll International to request an interview. That time the receptionist told me straight: “We don’t give information to the public.” When I asked her to whom I should address my research questions she responded, “I suggest you don’t research us.” Then she hung up.
I guess privately held agribusiness corporations aren't keen on public relations!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

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David Johnsen said...

All of my ads are served by Google, which seems to be serving the majority of online ads these days. If a particular ad is causing problems, I assume they will take care of it. But thanks for mentioning it.

Anonymous said...

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