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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Say Goodbye to your Junk Food Rooms

 Say Goodbye to your Junk Food Rooms

Livermore Lab has signed a contract with with a new vendor to supply the vending machines at the lab.
Apparently this contract was let to a company that has a blind person on staff. A state law is on the books stating that vending machines on federal property operated by blind people shall have a non-compete status. A monopoly if you will.
So all of those entrepreneurial lab employees that have been running their own junk food supply depots (that are less expensive than the vending machines) must now fold their tents and blink out of existence.
So to add to our worries of NIF, TA55, Y12, retirement plans, sequestration and bloated management we now will have to pony up more for our snack fix. 

It's only a nick in the death of a 1000 cuts, but just like any other paper cut, it's annoying.

But on the bright side, perhaps we will bring in more healthy snacks from home for our own individual consumption.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where there is a will, there is a way.

Petraeus

Anonymous said...

This is not new. We go through this every 10 years or so. Somehow we've always managed to carry on.

Anonymous said...

The article in NewsOnline stated "To comply with the requirements of the Act, the Lab must ensure individual snack areas coordinated by employees are not in direct competition with these vending machines." SO if you don't have a vending machine in your building does the Snack Shack stay or does it go away?

Anonymous said...

Isn't a snack shack in direct competition of a vending machine if generally it is in the same building, it is known to the occupants of the building, and it is openly accessible to the occupants?

Anonymous said...

The woman who maintains our snack shack is gorgeous...just sayin

Anonymous said...

Read carefully Parney's post on lab book. He says that if there are snack shacks not visible to the vendors as they resupply the machines then it will be okay. At least that's what it sounded like. So if they are in filing cabinets or out of the way then it should be okay.

Anonymous said...

The first sign of the demise of a U.S. nuclear weapon laboratory is when the top priority becomes what kind of snacks should be placed inside the vending machines.

Anonymous said...

We can't have a snack food gap!

Anonymous said...

"We can't have a snack food gap!"


Best comment ever on this blog! I can hear George C Scott saying it.

Anonymous said...

The snack shacks are not for profit. Someone makes a Costco run on behalf of the group and is reimbursed. I don't see this being in competition with the vending machines. As usual, we will just point our DoD and NNSA guests to the vending machines to give them a little cash flow.

Anonymous said...

You know it's getting bad when the wheelchair mafia can indirectly affect the morale at the lab....

Anonymous said...

Now this is a topic that seems to suit this blog.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. We need to stop talking about things like the deuterium EOS fiasco. We need to help LLNL PR by not discussing "dangerous topics" that threaten to embarass the current regime there.

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