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Posted: 9/5/2010 8:24:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 8:24:42 AM EDT by Troubl3shooter]

Feds Fine Oregon Company $30K Over 3-letter Word



(AP)
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A three-letter word may cost one of the nation's oldest air ambulance operators a $30,000 fine.

The word is "our" - a possessive personal pronoun meaning it belongs to us.

But the U.S. Department of Transportation says that was the wrong word for Mercy Flights of Oregon to use to describe a helicopter technically owned by another company.

The Mail Tribune reports that the helicopter was purchased for Mercy Flights' exclusive use, but a separate company was formed for the deal, and it has ownership on paper.

The DOT says Mercy Flights broke laws prohibiting unfair and deceptive practices in the sales of air transportation by saying it is "our helicopter."

The nonprofit was fined $30,000 but it will only have to pay half if it avoids other pronoun violations for a year.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:30:13 AM EDT
our country is going insane
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:32:11 AM EDT
Freaking grammar nazis have actual punitive powers now!

Gene5, if you are reading this, don't write anything!
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:33:12 AM EDT
I kind of see where the Fed gets the nerve but how much of MY tax money was used to prosecute this?
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:35:33 AM EDT
A $30,000 fine for a non-profit that does air evac of critical medical patients? WTF.

Where does the DOT think that money is going to come from? It's going to cost someone some money and it isn't going to be coming from the profits from some fat cat businessman because there are no fucking profits.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:36:46 AM EDT
So..........................................we now have Pronoun Posses?


Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:40:42 AM EDT
Thank goodness the DOT is keeping a sharp eye out and accomplishing things for the general welfare that no individual state or private entity could hope to accomplish. Just another example of one of our fine bureaucracies at work keeping the nation running like a well-oiled machine and protecting her citizens from fraud and deceit.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:44:15 AM EDT
I love OUR AR15.com!
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:47:55 AM EDT
wow
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:50:39 AM EDT
when is enough enough...
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:51:12 AM EDT


When do we get to fine politicians for money lost due to deceptive campaigning?




Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:53:06 AM EDT
I'd prefer if they paid their fine in lead.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:53:37 AM EDT
Can. Not. Fathom.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:55:05 AM EDT
Get your "Preban" our qoutes in asap!
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:55:26 AM EDT
How much for "aint"..........frigging stupid
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:05:53 AM EDT
We often say, "Our state, our city, our street, our school, our... " and the Fed's are going to fine over a common usage of a common word?

And in what way were any citizens harmed by the use of "our".

Sheesh!
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:08:59 AM EDT
Im fairly convinced that almost all aircraft are owned by shell compaines.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:09:21 AM EDT
In before someone shows up to tell it's it's reasonable for the feds to behave this way.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:10:51 AM EDT
Now do you understand why big companies have dozens of attorneys on payroll doing contract law?
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:11:10 AM EDT
This country is fucked unless we see some radical changes in the next few years.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:12:02 AM EDT
Did someone complain to DOT? How did this attract their attention? Did they give them the chance to remove "our" before fining them? Assholes.

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Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:13:06 AM EDT
Where did the money go?
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:15:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NoStockBikes:
Where did the money go?

legal fees
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:15:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 9:16:04 AM EDT by NoStockBikes]

Originally Posted By sixnine:
Did someone complain to DOT? How did this attract their attention? Did they give them the chance to remove "our" before fining them? Assholes.

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Check this out... So I'm at the state fair, and all of the hot dog stands have, in small letters, "about a" next to the "Foot Long Hot Dog" sign. Some asshole bought a foot long hot dog, measured it, found out it was only 11 3/4, and threw a fucking hissy fit of such proportions that all of the hot dog vendors had to change their signs. That person, whoever they are, deserves to be curb-stomped in front of their wife and children.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:18:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:


When do we get to fine politicians for money lost due to deceptive campaigning?






Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:24:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Bugalaman:
our country is going insane

Fixt it.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:25:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:


When do we get to fine politicians for money lost due to deceptive campaigning?






They appear to be the one group of people who get a pass on this.

If Ford, Proctor & Gamble, or Microsoft made all kinds of promises in advertising for a product, and said product delivered NONE of those promises when purchased, there would be legal hell to pay for the company.

However, the democrats can lie all day long in political ads and promise all kinds of "hope and change", then be in power for two years and have delivered nothing but failure, but nothing gets said about it.

It would be interesting, indeed, if candidates and/or political parties could be held financially liable for any campaign promise they made if they failed to deliver it.

It will never happen though. You would need to write new laws to do that, and laws get written by, well...politicians of course.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:26:21 AM EDT
*Jeff Spicolli* "The way I see it, this is OUR time".
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:30:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 9:34:29 AM EDT by RECONSIX]
Originally Posted By Bugalaman:
our country is going insane



Well, there just went 30k out the window, it isn't "our" country anymore.



Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:32:52 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MP0117:
In before _A certain someone shows up to tell it's it's reasonable for the feds to behave this way.


Fixt



Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:40:16 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Bugalaman:
our country is going insane



Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:44:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By omega62:
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:


When do we get to fine politicians for money lost due to deceptive campaigning?






They appear to be the one group of people who get a pass on this.

If Ford, Proctor & Gamble, or Microsoft made all kinds of promises in advertising for a product, and said product delivered NONE of those promises when purchased, there would be legal hell to pay for the company.

However, the democrats can lie all day long in political ads and promise all kinds of "hope and change", then be in power for two years and have delivered nothing but failure, but nothing gets said about it.

It would be interesting, indeed, if candidates and/or political parties could be held financially liable for any campaign promise they made if they failed to deliver it.

It will never happen though. You would need to write new laws to do that, and laws get written by, well...politicians of course.



Yep.

And the statist-line is that "well you can choose to vote them out next election if you're not satisfied with their election claims". Which is no different than someone saying "well you can choose to buy a different product if you're not satisfied with their advertising claims".

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 9:53:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Aloxite:
A $30,000 fine for a non-profit that does air evac of critical medical patients? WTF.

Where does the DOT think that money is going to come from? It's going to cost someone some money and it isn't going to be coming from the profits from some fat cat businessman because there are no fucking profits.

Amazing, the thought processes behind this one.

Someone ought be fired.

Any ideas how we could direct a firemission on this?
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 10:03:47 AM EDT


Your tax dollars hard at work.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 10:06:47 AM EDT


Jesus Fuck-Me Christ!
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 10:13:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 10:14:46 AM EDT by Northwind]
Originally Posted By flyfishnepa:
Originally Posted By Bugalaman:
our country is going insane



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFUabzkAjBQ


Clever subtlety. I see used it here.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 10:25:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By retgarr:
Freaking grammar nazis have actual punitive powers now!

Gene5, if you are reading this, don't write anything!

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 10:27:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By retgarr:
Freaking grammar nazis have actual punitive powers now!

Gene5, if you are reading this, don't write anything!


I was thinking of poor old Calgunner when I read this.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 10:28:03 AM EDT
WHAT NEXT?
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 10:29:08 AM EDT
EPA
DOT
BATFE
IRS
OSHA
FCC

They're all fund raising departments now.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 10:34:32 AM EDT
That's like suing over the number 17....
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 11:25:38 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:11:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gone_Shootin:
That's like suing over the number 17....


Intel tried that with the i586 chip. They lost, that is why it is called the Pentium.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:14:18 PM EDT
They fined a NON-PROFIT organization that gives SICK PEOPLE rides on a helicopter for that???


It's like the Federal government has rabies but no one has the heart to put it to sleep.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:14:55 PM EDT
Make a guy want to go Galt
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:17:31 PM EDT
Awesome.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:18:46 PM EDT
People in the Air charter business understand that this is a big deal right now. The Feds probably went after the wrong people, but they are nothing if not clumsy and incompetent.

The FAA has Zero accountability, and that is the problem.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:19:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Aloxite:
A $30,000 fine for a non-profit that does air evac of critical medical patients? WTF.

Where does the DOT think that money is going to come from? It's going to cost someone some money and it isn't going to be coming from the profits from some fat cat businessman because there are no fucking profits.


Those d-bags don't care where it comes from, as long as they get it.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:21:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 2:21:24 PM EDT by The_Macallan]

Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
Awesome.



Don't you feel so much safer already?

I know I do!





Link Posted: 9/5/2010 2:27:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By The_Macallan:

Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
Awesome.



Don't you feel so much safer already?

I know I do!





Absolutely. This one thing was all that was keeping America from being a complete Utopian society. Today, the air was fresher, the water more sparking, the grass greener than ever before. God Bless America!!!



This is precisely what brave young men and women are fighting and dying for on foreign soil.

I understand that DoJ is engaged in vigorous prosecution of Best Western motels, as they are neither the best or exclusively western. They seek up to $46.23 in damages. The suit has been going on for 19 years, at an estimated cost of $36,984,650,000. It's worth it though. Those scoff-laws need to be taken down!
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