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General Mills — the giant food conglomerate behind Cheerios, Chex, and Wheaties, as well as Betty Crocker, Macaroni Grill, Yoplait, and Nature Valley — has changed the legal terms on its website,The New York Times noticed. As the Week.com reports,
Now, if you interact with any of those brands online — download coupons, "like" or "join" it on Facebook, or enter a sweepstakes, for example — you give up all rights to sue the company and instead have to settle your grievances through arbitration.
Since its new policy has come under scrutiny from the press, "in language added on Tuesday after The New York Times contacted it about the changes, General Mills seemed to go even further, suggesting that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms," reports Stephanie Strom.
Any ramifications for nonprofits, in your opinion? Is it a policy they should copy for staff, volunteers and clients? Or is it a super bad idea we should all steer clear of?
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
My first thought is that crap like this should not be legal. If it is, can't we do the same thing? If you send me postal mail, you agree to pay a service charge of $25 for each mail item delivered to my address.
If you display your advertising on my TV set, you agree that I should be compensated $1.25 per incident for my time and attention.
By selling me your product, you agree to take responsibility for the quality and safety of that product. If I am harmed by your product you agree to compensate me for damages plus any legal fees needed to squeeze the money out of you.
Many science fiction writers have projected a future world that is run by corporations and not governments. I don't think we can afford to let that happen.
My question is this: If you agree to arbitration, what exactly are you agreeing to? Is the arbitration by an independent 3rd party or a GM shill?
I am guessing that attempts like these fall under the "ridiculous to the point of being unenforceable" category.
Tim ClaremontSystems AdministratorRochester, NY
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