Petition Home Depot: Do Right by Farmer Bubba
GLOB Content Editor Lynn Dirk writes Table Scraps, an annual (so far) column, featuring compostable food for thought, scrap mettle for possible salvage, and crisp pieces of rendered thoughts, USUALLY related to restaurants and food.
My family makes fun of me whenever I get all “corporationy,” which I think is a term from South Park and I think it refers to people who rant about the evil of corporations. All I can say is, when it comes to the perfect model of corporations at their worst, think tobacco. Every person in this country--no, make that the world!--should see the movie The Insider. Also, might I add that British Petroleum (BP) is an excellent example of a corporation that certainly could vie for least socially responsible.
I admit that corporations can do good, however. In fact there is a whole new type of corporation called the B-Corps that uses “the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.” I am going to be using this website a lot to decide where to shop and/or invest.
Another example of a corporation doing good is Home Depot, a more typical every day corporation, which did a good thing recently by standing up for social equality.
Unfortunately, I have a little problem with Home Depot right now because the GLOB’s own Farmer Bubba got a serious hit on the head at a Home Depot store recently and has been practically harassed by Home Depot’s insurer Sedgwick. Ironically, Bubba never even made a complaint himself, he just started getting calls from Sedgewick and the second call was when they told him the accident was his fault. Bubba is 100% sure it is not his fault, so that really bothered him – and it really bothers me. Actually a friend of mine commented that even if he did accidentally brush against a heavy pipe, it should not have been able to fall and hurt anyone. Good point.
Bubba is so hard working and such a good guy that I decided I wanted to try and help him. His hit on the head has been very difficult for him. He has had vision, memory, and headache problems that have caused him to lose days of work that he really cannot afford, plus his doctor recently told him he needs a skull Xray and a brain scan. That costs a whole lot more than an un-insured self-employed small farmer has on hand.
SO, there is this really neat website, change.org, that, via petitions signed on the web, enables groups of people to put pressure on large organizations like corporations to make changes. I created a petition that tells Bubba's story. If enough people sign, maybe Home Depot will make its insurer, first, stop blaming Bubba for the accident and, second, do what insurance companies are supposed to do -- cover some of his health care costs. Check out the petition for Bubba and sign if you can. At the same time check out change.org and see what a neat website it is.
I’ve included the petition below so you can read it before you go to the website. I hope I did a good enough job of telling the story to make you want to sign the petition. If so, go to the Petition for Farmer Bubba on the change.org website to sign the petition.
If you decide to sign, please also share the story and the website with as many friends as you can. Thanks so much just for reading this far. Here's the petition:
To: Brad Shaw, Home Depot Vice Pres, Corp Communications& External Affairs
Elizabeth Francy Demaret, Chief Customer Relationship Officer, Sedgwick
RE: Sedgwick’s handling of Claim 20130374664
I just signed a petition calling on Home Depot to review Sedgwick’s Home Depot Claim 20130374664. It appears that this 3rd party insurance manager may be attempting to deny coverage by unfairly accusing a long-time and loyal customer, Bubba Scott, of causing an accident that injured him in the store.
Bubba Scott, a self-employed home improvement professional and small farmer, experienced a serious head injury while at Home Depot on March 5th. He was hit hard on the head by a heavy pipe. At that time, Bubba did not even ask for compensation or complain to the Home Depot staff. Bubba did not see a doctor right away because he did not realize the gravity of a serious head injury or the effects that would occur in the following weeks.
After the accident Bubba began to have bad headaches and problems with memory, vision, and lost appetite. Bubba then realized he needed to see his doctor. The doctor told him he needs a brain scan to determine if the injury may lead to serious complications, but Bubba cannot afford the $6000.
Bubba later learned that the Home Depot store manager had filed a report. About 3 weeks after the accident, Bubba received a call from Home Depot’s 3rd party insurance management company, Sedgwick in reference to Home Depot claim 20130374664. The Sedgwick representative called to ask Bubba what happened and how he was doing, which Bubba described. Two weeks later, the representative called Bubba again and told him the accident was his fault and offered him a $100 Home Depot gift certificate. Bubba asked to see the claim report but was told he could not see it.
As much as Bubba might needs a brain scan, he is even more concerned by the demeaning and accusatory way the Sedgwick employee informed him that the accident was his fault and then refused to provide evidence of that, even though it is very likely that the accident was captured on a security camera.
As a home improvement professional who is also a certified electrician, Bubba knows how important it is to be careful around equipment. Also, Bubba has been a loyal customer of Home Depot for many years. In fact, when he was relocating to a new city, staff of the Home Depot in the city he was leaving gave him a Home Depot employee apron with his name on it as a going away present.
Please tell Home Depot to review Claim 20130374664 to assure Sedgwick is not unfairly blaming Bubba Scott or other customers for accidents without proof and is not making money for themselves or Home Depot at the expense of Home Depot customers.