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Out of the Blue

Sad about Hostess Brands closing, since it seems to be the result of an insoluble labor conflict, and while strikes often result in threats that they will result in the closure of a company, that rarely seems to actually happen as it has in this case. I find it interesting how many people are going all Tallahassee over the pending Twinkie shortage, however, as they are the poster child for crappy junk food, and I don't know anyone who has eaten one in recent memory, much less actually savors them (labor strife aside, I think if everyone saddened by this actually bought Twinkies, Hostess would be fine). In my opinion, Hostess only ever made one really good product, which was their fruit pies, which I have not seen in a store in over a decade if not longer. I assumed they stopped making them, but I see them on eBay at seemingly exorbitant prices, so I'm not sure if that's due to the Hostess closure, or perhaps they are working off old stock, since these babies are half preservatives anyway (I think it's the latter, as the labels all seem to feature Fruit Pie the Magician, and Wikipedia says he was removed from the packaging in 2006).

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29. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 18, 2012, 07:50 Prez
 
The union could have worked for free, and I bet Hostess still would have gone bankrupt eventually.

By the same token, everyone in the boardroom could have taken a 99.9999% pay cut and it seems likely the company would still have gone bankrupt unless something was fundamentally and drastically changed. That doesn't make the cronyism and the obscene self-serving pay increases to the corporate fat cats any less despicable, or the situation of the screwed-yet-again little guy any less sad, but that's how it seems.
 
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