Miami Beach Fiercely Protests Kent Security

It turns out there were fierce protests in Miami Beach in January 2016, and we have obtained excerpts of the comments and concerns during a Miami Beach Commissioners meeting.

Here is the video with highlights. One common theme is concern over the company’s mistreatment of employees. It appears Kent Security was awarded a contract despite the protests, though the contract may have ended.

Kent Security Miami Year in Review 2016

We made a video highlighting the 2016 mega scandals of Kent Security of Miami as well as our campaign to promote worker rights and public safety. These scandals have brought about the creation of many adjectives to describe the indescribable. These scandals have been described as mind-blowing, ground-shaking, earth-shattering, breath-taking, and brain-rattling. Other adjectives that could be used are tectonic plate-shifting, ego-crushing, head-spinning, logic-defying, self-deflating, and idiocracy-promoting. The list of adjectives that try to capture the pinnacle of the inane yet fail is endless.

Here is the video. If you have a better adjective, please share it with us. This is quite a challenge.

Kent Security Services Manipulates Online Reviews

[Note: While it’s possible in theory for someone to create a fake account and impersonate someone else online, this appears to be a genuine posting given that it has been left up for two weeks with no reporting or flagging. It would also make no sense for someone to make a fake account to post a positive review in order to attack that person. Furthermore, as shown in this post, Kent Security Services has an average rating of 1.8 out of 5 stars, showing that the company already has a negative reputation online, in addition to the negative news coverage documented here and elsewhere.]

Kent Security Services, based in North Miami, has been busted posting a fake review nakedly. The CEO of the company, Gil Neuman, violated Google’s TOS by giving his own company a review. It is considered a conflict of interest and is dubbed “astroturfing.” In New York and elsewhere, it is also considered false advertising and is punishable if done repeatedly. Of course, given that the CEO of Kent Security used his own name, the violation was done out of ignorance, but regardless reviewing one’s own company is widely regarded as unethical.

Here is the evidence:

Kent Security Services fake review.

Notice the CEO’s review is surrounded by very negative reviews: out of five possible stars, the company averages 1.8 with a total of 30 reviews. The most likely reason for this desperate move by the CEO is concern about negative reviews by former employees. Instead of nakedly posting a fake review, Mr. Neuman would have been better off trying to figure out why there is so much hostility from employees and former employees towards the company, and thus work on preventing such reviews in the first place. Posting a fake review so nakedly only exposes the company to ridicule and makes the situation worse.

Here is Google’s rule against posting reviews for one’s own company (“astroturfing”):

Conflict of interest Google TOS.

Here are other reviews of Kent Security, including my own which mentions the newsworthy “Wall of Shame” scandal covered by the Miami New Times and Fox 4 of Cape Coral, that has sent shockwaves throughout South Florida:

Kent Security Services bad reviews.

Notably, the company recently settled a complaint to the Labor Board from a former employee in Naples and has been issued another hearing notice from the same agency based on a complaint that appears to originate from Marco Island.

Again, instead of resorting to posting fake reviews, the company may want to look within on why it’s getting so many complaints from people.

Dana Schwartz vs. the Machine

Recently Dana Schwartz, a Jewish writer for the Observer, wrote a sharp critique of Donald Trump’s pandering to White supremacists and anti-Semites, following his gauche tweet featuring an image of Hillary Clinton with a pile of money and the Star of David — a Jewish symbol — superimposed. After being called out by the mass media and Anti-Defamation League (ADL), rather than admit he had made a mistake, Trump went on the offensive claiming his tweet had nothing to do with Jews and that the media was to blame for dishonestly portraying the meaning of the tweet.

According to the New York Times, though, the image first appeared on a White supremacist website. Trump proceeded to delete the original message with the Star of David and replace it with a circle containing the words originally in the offensive image: “Most corrupt candidate ever!”

From the moment Ms. Schwartz saw that message, she began issuing blistering tweets towards Trump, rightly pointing out its offensiveness as well as Trump’s unwillingness to admit wrongdoing or fault. She concluded, based on that and other behavior, that Trump lacked leadership skills and should not be considered a legitimate presidential candidate. Then the nastiness began.

Anti-Semites on Twitter began coming out of the woodwork and flooding Ms. Schwartz with anti-Semitic insults, mocking her supposed Jewish nose, the Holocaust, and the Jewish people as a whole (as a matter of opinion, she’s cute and smart, but that’s neither here nor there). The very worst of humanity — or rather sub-humanity — reared itself to engage in collective attacks against this writer simply because she correctly pointed out the anti-Semitic subtext within the tweet, which many of the attackers themselves acknowledged.

Adding to the hurt for Ms. Schwartz is that one of her bosses high up in the chain, Jared Kushner, who owns the New York Observer, happens to be Trump’s son-in-law and Jewish, as well as an adviser of his. She has chided him for his silence on the matter, pointing out that, as an employee of his, her letter could be interpreted as insubordination. However, as a matter of principle and in defense of her people from such blatant and overt attacks, she has defied the corporate status quo and taken a stance that could potentially undermine her career at the Observer.

Ms. Schwartz’s situation is a reminder of her vulnerability, in contrast to the belief of many anti-Semites that she (and those like her) is a master string-puller who, using verbal trickery, manipulates society to control or negatively influence it in concert with other Jews. She is left as the recipient of vicious attacks on Twitter while her boss high up in the chain enjoys the political rise of his father-in-law, who is clearly appealing to these anti-Semites who would, if given the chance, strip Ms. Schwartz and even Mr. Kushner of their titles and cart them off to a place they would rather not be. Mr. Kushner, I assume, believes this to be a very low probability outcome, and seemingly believes he has something to gain from this situation given his family ties to Trump. Mr. Kushner is gambling that Trump will keep the situation under control. I believe we’ve been here before in history, with outcomes that were unexpected to all.

In conclusion, Ms. Schwartz is handling this situation nobly and deserves to be commended for following principle over playing politics with her employer. She is an independent thinker who is much-needed in our nation’s media. We all should therefore support her and make sure she is not retaliated against in any way for simply doing her job and defending herself and her people.

The Labor Board vs. Kent Security of Naples

This post aims to clarify the legal consequences to Kent of Naples d/b/a Kent Security’s unprofessional conduct as reported by the Miami New Times.

Notably, Gil Neuman, the CEO of the family-owned business — I emphasize this because I wonder what would be the outcome if he were the CEO of a business owned by non-relatives and goofed up like this — reportedly described the paddles as a “tasteless joke,” in effect at least partially justifying this misconduct at the gatehouse, refusing to even condemn the behavior.

After months of investigation, the National Labor Relations Board felt that Kent Security behaved unlawfully and had the company agree to post up notices at gatehouses in and around Naples to inform employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Here is the notice so it can remain on the public record:

Kent Security of Naples Notice of NLRA Rights.
Kent Security of Naples Notice of NLRA Rights

I’m posting this notice up to provide the truth to the public and to prevent Kent Security of North Miami (where the company is headquartered) from brushing this embarrassing situation under the carpet. In particular, this provides the public with a glimpse of the conduct of Kent Security’s executives when they are not in the public eye. It’s important for the community of South Florida — and communities in other parts of the country — to see how this company treats employees so that it can make better choices as to which companies it will reward lucrative contracts. The fact of the matter is that the humane and dignified treatment of employees is a bedrock principle from which a happy and prosperous community is built. This is also a basic free-market principle.

I should add, as a matter of opinion, that by justifying the misconduct at the gatehouse and inflaming an already tense situation involving negative press coverage, the CEO Gil Neuman gave a black mark to his family business in a display of wanton recklessness.

Poultry Workers Denied Bathroom Breaks

Poultry workers are being denied bathroom breaks and thus forced to wear diapers, according to a recently released report from Oxfam. Not only is denying employees bathroom breaks a potential safety problem, particularly for pregnant women, but it also shows a pattern of abuse toward unskilled workers that seems to be alarmingly common. Three of the companies accused of abusing employees — Tyson, Perdue and Pilgrim’s — are very large and well-known corporations.

Employee dignity is an issue that deserves more attention, and our campaign aims to accomplish just that.