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A Texas woman tried to purchase a one-year-old boy for $500,000 from his mother as she queued in a Walmart self-checkout line, authorities say.

Rebecca Lanette Taylor, 49, from Crockett, allegedly told the mother who was waiting with her baby and infant son that she liked her the boy’s “blonde hair and blue eyes” and inquired how much she could buy him for. The mother tried to laugh the comment off, thinking Ms Taylor was joking. Ms Taylor then told her she was prepared to pay $250,000 and had the cash in her car, and that she had been waiting to purchase a child “for a long time”.

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The mother responded that “no amount of money would do”, and told her to get away from her child.

At this point a second unidentified woman appeared and began asking what the boy’s name was, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by Crocket Police Department lieutenant Ahleea Price.

Even though the mother refused to tell them, Ms Taylor and the other woman somehow learned the boy’s name and began calling out to him. Police say she waited for the two women to leave the store, but after exiting she was accosted again while trying to reach her car.

“Once in the parking lot Taylor began screaming at (the mum), saying if she wouldn’t take $250,000 for him, then she would give her $500,000 because she wanted him and she was going to take him,” the affidavit stated. As the mother locked herself and her children in her car, Ms Taylor stood behind a black SUV parked next to hers and repeatedly told her she she wanted to purchase the child for $500,000. Taylor eventually left in the SUV.

Lieutenant Price reviewed Walmart’s CCTV footage and found it supported the mother’s claims, and went to Ms Taylor’s home to speak to her. According to the affidavit, Ms Taylor told the officer she “she doesn’t like thieves”. “Then she stated I could speak with her attorney and to get off her ‘precipice.’ She slammed the door shut.” Police obtained an arrest warrant and Ms Taylor was taken into custody on 18 January and charged with the third-degree felony of the sale or purchase of a child.

https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2022/01/21/stranger-in-walmart-checkout-line-arrested-after-allegedly-offering-mother-500k-to-purchase-her-baby/

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27 minutes ago, ilqx hermolia xpli said:

its really sad that the legitimate issue of the mass surveillance state and the huge extent that 5G helps assist with it is being hijacked by absolute dumbells

capital outsmarts the working class in so many ways.  directing and forming countercultural movements such as this is a way for them to convert legitimate qualms of the working class into nothing but circus freak shows to laugh at and draw cultural differences between groups of people.  they do NOT want a genuine working class movement with genuine critiques and legitimate theoretical frameworks linking these disparate issues together, along with a game plan for moving forward and defeating our class enemies.  for those types of movements, they will stop at nothing, even concentrated and distributed violence, to oppress us into submission.  we saw a sneak peak in the US during the BLM protests.  we will see more around the world as climate change gets worse and heightens the consequences of the contradictions of capital and class conflict.

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7 hours ago, ignatius said:

i guess ya can't find a better job in wisconsin w/o consent of your employer

 

 

 

I have mixed feelings about this. on the one hand the employer was irresponsible and self-entitled for not doing what was well within its power to do to retain and maintain a happy workforce. on the other hand, a mass of people leaving like that can jeopardise care for people who might desperately need it. if this were some other profession where lives weren't at stake then it'd be more clearcut and less of an issue, but I think in spite of the employer's shittiness, there could be reasonable grounds for temporarily stopping people from leaving if it directly risks patient lives. without knowing more specific details it's hard to say for sure.

also I have an inherent distrust of the online antiwork/Great Resignation crowd purely because it's a mass of unaccountable anonymous posters and bandwagoners. antiwork in particular stinks to me, it's full of people rushing to post their little huffy emails and text exchanges with their bosses for attention and karma. this is in spite of being strongly pro-labour, personally.

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16 minutes ago, usagi said:

I have mixed feelings about this. on the one hand the employer was irresponsible and self-entitled for not doing what was well within its power to do to retain and maintain a happy workforce. on the other hand, a mass of people leaving like that can jeopardise care for people who might desperately need it. if this were some other profession where lives weren't at stake then it'd be more clearcut and less of an issue, but I think in spite of the employer's shittiness, there could be reasonable grounds for temporarily stopping people from leaving if it directly risks patient lives. without knowing more specific details it's hard to say for sure.

also I have an inherent distrust of the online antiwork/Great Resignation crowd purely because it's a mass of unaccountable anonymous posters and bandwagoners. antiwork in particular stinks to me, it's full of people rushing to post their little huffy emails and text exchanges with their bosses for attention and karma. this is in spite of being strongly pro-labour, personally.

the owning class puts the working class into conditions where their only option is to leave.  when patients are harmed as a result of doctors and nurses quitting over horrible working conditions, caused directly by policy decisions made by the owning class, who is to blame? to me, the answer is clear

antiwork is a bunch of liberals they have no teeth and the anarcho-bidenists who run the sub should go fuck themselves for absolutely failing to serve their community of workers in the sub

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30 minutes ago, usagi said:

I have mixed feelings about this. on the one hand the employer was irresponsible and self-entitled for not doing what was well within its power to do to retain and maintain a happy workforce. on the other hand, a mass of people leaving like that can jeopardise care for people who might desperately need it. if this were some other profession where lives weren't at stake then it'd be more clearcut and less of an issue, but I think in spite of the employer's shittiness, there could be reasonable grounds for temporarily stopping people from leaving if it directly risks patient lives. without knowing more specific details it's hard to say for sure.

also I have an inherent distrust of the online antiwork/Great Resignation crowd purely because it's a mass of unaccountable anonymous posters and bandwagoners. antiwork in particular stinks to me, it's full of people rushing to post their little huffy emails and text exchanges with their bosses for attention and karma. this is in spite of being strongly pro-labour, personally.

can't have it both ways.. either the free market is for everyone or no one. even though we all know it's not really a free market is it.. 

7 workers isn't really a "mass of people".  if the hospital can't figure out how to retain its workers it's on them.. they're free to transfer the patients to other hospitals if they can't provide care.  isn't that the free market? 

it's long overdue for power to shift to workers from employers/businesses. 

there's some stuff in the anti work subreddit that is obviously fake though. anyway.. this is how the fight happens and it's a longterm thing and people need to wake up to the idea of work not being everything. what's that saying.. americans live to work and other countries work to live. 

 

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20 minutes ago, ilqx hermolia xpli said:

the anarcho-bidenists who run the sub should go fuck themselves for absolutely failing to serve their community of workers in the sub

Sigh, I know I'm going to regret this, but how do you think the "anarcho-bidenists" who "run" /rantiwork should serve their community of workers in the subreddit?

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12 minutes ago, chenGOD said:

Sigh, I know I'm going to regret this, but how do you think the "anarcho-bidenists" who "run" /rantiwork should serve their community of workers in the subreddit?

anarcho-bidenists is a joke meaning liberals who larp as anarchists.  anyway they should serve their community by actually educating them with proper class consciousness and suggesting solutions more intelligent than this bullshit "antiwork" mentality.  socialism and communism requires work.  life requires work.  life IS work.  we are working machines, working to live. 

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4 minutes ago, ilqx hermolia xpli said:

anarcho-bidenists is a joke meaning liberals who larp as anarchists.  anyway they should serve their community by actually educating them with proper class consciousness and suggesting solutions more intelligent than this bullshit "antiwork" mentality.  socialism and communism requires work.  life requires work.  life IS work.  we are working machines, working to live. 

Isn't that what r/communism, r/Marxism, and r/socialism are for? Given your hilarious joke, why would you expect that particular subreddit to educate people about communism?

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9 minutes ago, ilqx hermolia xpli said:

anarcho-bidenists is a joke meaning liberals who larp as anarchists.  anyway they should serve their community by actually educating them with proper class consciousness and suggesting solutions more intelligent than this bullshit "antiwork" mentality.  socialism and communism requires work.  life requires work.  life IS work.  we are working machines, working to live. 

can't do the work of anarchism if you're busy making sandwiches at subway w/your kid strapped to your chest. 

 

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21 minutes ago, chenGOD said:

Isn't that what r/communism, r/Marxism, and r/socialism are for? Given your hilarious joke, why would you expect that particular subreddit to educate people about communism?

I always oppose non-communist "leftists" from the left when they oppose communism and hence make themselves part of the right.

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9 minutes ago, ilqx hermolia xpli said:

I always oppose non-communist "leftists" from the left when they oppose communism and hence make themselves part of the right.

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18 minutes ago, ilqx hermolia xpli said:

I always oppose non-communist "leftists" from the left when they oppose communism and hence make themselves part of the right.

Yeah what could possibly go wrong from extremist views.

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1 hour ago, ignatius said:

can't have it both ways.. either the free market is for everyone or no one. even though we all know it's not really a free market is it.. 

7 workers isn't really a "mass of people".  if the hospital can't figure out how to retain its workers it's on them.. they're free to transfer the patients to other hospitals if they can't provide care.  isn't that the free market? 

it's long overdue for power to shift to workers from employers/businesses. 

there's some stuff in the anti work subreddit that is obviously fake though. anyway.. this is how the fight happens and it's a longterm thing and people need to wake up to the idea of work not being everything. what's that saying.. americans live to work and other countries work to live. 

 

yes, you can't have it both ways. as in, you can't rely on the free market argument to amorally justify leaving your position without care for the patients who might suffer as a consequence, while at the same time decrying the free market for how it exploits labour. which is the whole point of this 'movement' or whatever we're calling it. there's a fundamental hole in that argument right there.

either side fully with the free market and don't complain when you get shit wages and shit working conditions as a natural consequence of that unregulated free market, OR demand something better than that which aims to have good pay/working conditions, good employee/employer relations and a healthy/balanced sense of responsibility for one's work (particularly in a healthcare context where people's lives are at stake) all into the bargain. I'm all for fixing the power imbalance in favour of workers but people need to aim higher. these antiwork types are massively reducing all the complex parts of that problem down to just "I don't like my job" or "I don't like working".

also, you know that 7 workers in a squeezed healthcare environment is a huge difference, not inconsequential. I'd like to hear someone make this argument in a clinic hit hard by covid in a poorer quarter of the world.

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this is just like the student debt cancellation argument to me btw. a problem which I want to see fixed at its roots but which I take issue with people's shortsightedness on, and with their dumb online herd-driven fixation on low-hanging fruit which doesn't actually solve anything long-term.

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5 minutes ago, usagi said:

this is just like the student debt cancellation argument to me btw. a problem which I want to see fixed at its roots but which I take issue with people's shortsightedness on, and with their dumb online herd-driven fixation on low-hanging fruit which doesn't actually solve anything long-term.

so basically you want to maintain deeper debt induced wage slavery for workers who want to advance to higher paying jobs or become smarter?  how about solve it short-term and long-term through debt cancellation and universal education, seems kind of simple and obvious

16 minutes ago, chenGOD said:

Yeah what could possibly go wrong from extremist views.

don't know what could go more wrong than almost 1 million people dead from a preventable pandemic being manipulated for economic gains in the US

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1 minute ago, usagi said:

yes, you can't have it both ways. as in, you can't rely on the free market argument to amorally justify leaving your position without care for the patients who might suffer as a consequence, while at the same time decrying the free market for how it exploits labour. which is the whole point of this 'movement' or whatever we're calling it. there's a fundamental hole in that argument right there.

either side fully with the free market and don't complain when you get shit wages and shit working conditions as a natural consequence of that unregulated free market, OR demand something better than which  aims to have good pay/working conditions, good employee/employer relations and a healthy/balanced sense of responsibility for one's work (particularly in a healthcare context where people's lives are at stake) all into the bargain. I'm all for fixing the power imbalance in favour of workers but people need to aim higher. these antiwork types are just massively reducing all the complex parts of that problem down to just "I don't like my job" or "I don't like working".

also, you know that 7 workers in a squeezed healthcare environment is a huge difference, not inconsequential. I'd like to hear someone make this argument in a clinic hit hard by covid in a poorer quarter of the world.

I mean the clinic had the chance to respond by offering the 7 workers the same deal (they knew about the employment offers on December 21) but instead chose profits over patients. Apparently the 7 workers are going to a clinic that offers the same level of care and is about 10km away. So it's not like they're moving to a different state.

That's what these workers did - they asked for better working conditions and all that, and the company refused. Pretty hard to feel sorry for the original clinic.

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17 minutes ago, usagi said:

yes, you can't have it both ways. as in, you can't rely on the free market argument to amorally justify leaving your position without care for the patients who might suffer as a consequence, while at the same time decrying the free market for how it exploits labour. which is the whole point of this 'movement' or whatever we're calling it. there's a fundamental hole in that argument right there.

either side fully with the free market and don't complain when you get shit wages and shit working conditions as a natural consequence of that unregulated free market, OR demand something better than that which aims to have good pay/working conditions, good employee/employer relations and a healthy/balanced sense of responsibility for one's work (particularly in a healthcare context where people's lives are at stake) all into the bargain. I'm all for fixing the power imbalance in favour of workers but people need to aim higher. these antiwork types are massively reducing all the complex parts of that problem down to just "I don't like my job" or "I don't like working".

also, you know that 7 workers in a squeezed healthcare environment is a huge difference, not inconsequential. I'd like to hear someone make this argument in a clinic hit hard by covid in a poorer quarter of the world.

this is exactly how employers get people over a barrel. "think of your patients" 

"think of the customers who need sandwiches!"

"I'm going to need you to work double overtime tonight while i stay home and have dinner with my family"

how far do you want to go w/it? "you have patients.. you can't leave until they recover or die... never mind that we treat you like shit and won't let you form a union and can fire you at anytime we please.. but you can't quit"

split the moral hair fibers all you want. it's bullshit. there's other nurses. if the hospital can't care for X amount of patients because of staff issues then they should go to other hospitals"

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