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Old Fashioned Values in Business

Original post made by Geri Spieler, Midtown, on Mar 27, 2008

I want everyone to know about Rick Kaplowitz and an unusal and generous act he performed as a business owner.

One of Rick's employees (all full time) had to leave the area for ten weeks on personal business. It could not be helped. It was going to be a hardship and getting another job would have been extremely difficult for this person.

Rick held the job open for ten weeks and hired temporary people in order to keep the space when his emplyee returned. This act of kindness cost Rick an additional 30% in salary that he normally pays. As a small business owner, this was not an easy thing to do. But he did it anyway as he knew how much it would mean to the man's family to have the security of knowing he would have work.

For Rick, there was no question when the issue came up. It was the right thing to do and he did it. When so many businesses lay people off for any reason, it is refreshing to know that there are still people who will stand by their employees when the "going gets touch."

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 27, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Do you know that Kaplowitz did this out of charity? Perhaps the employee was doing a good job and he wanted to retain him/her as a long-term employee. In this case, it's good business practice and not so unusual.
It was perhaps unusual if he did it for charity. A business that routinely did this could not last.

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Posted by Tom
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Please educate us. What was the business? I'd like to patronize it.

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Posted by Self-serving thread
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Tom, a brief internet surf for Rick/Palo Alto resulted in this website Web Link . It's a kitchen/bath remodel business where Rick is President and the poster is Vice President. She's either publicly appreciating a gesture he made for her or a co-worker, or it's a bit self-serving for her to make this post. Seems like a gray area useage of Town Square.

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