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    Re: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf

    Even if it's an accurate translation, I don't think it's really a big deal. I think this is the thought going through his head:

    Critic: "You don't care about the little people, just the fat cats!"
    Him: "We do care about the little people"

    Seems pretty reasonable to me.
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    Re: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    A side note. I don't know if it is the photo, but those suits look awfully cheap. You would think that the heads of BP could afford better.
    Despite both having joined BP from university after doing scientific degrees and both taking the top job after heading BP's core exploration and production unit, Hayward and Browne would seem to have little else in common.

    Browne was an opera and art lover, while Hayward, whose thick brown hair helps give him an appearance younger than his 52 years, prefers soccer and rugby.

    Browne wore tailored suits, handmade shoes and ties with a perfect dimple below the knot; Hayward's suits are off the peg, he often dispenses with a tie and when he wears one it doesn't look like he spent much time agonising over the knot.

    Hayward wears a big watch and cufflinks with sporting motifs that Browne, one senses, might have found gauche.
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    Re: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    The Associated Press: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf
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    So what do you think? Was it a slip in translation (since this guy is obviously not a native english speaker) or was it condescension?
    Personally, I think it was a little bit of both.
    Man people need to get a life and a thicker skin. Here BP makes it clear they want to help the small people who are getting hurt first, and not the big corporations and politically back companies. What is so wrong with that?
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    Re: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf

    I haven't seen any outrage. He was talking about the, "little man". You know, the one that the Dems are taking care of by killing what's left of our economy. Yeah, him.

    All things considered, BP has done a helluva lot better job taking care of the, "small people", than the government has.
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    Re: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    A side note. I don't know if it is the photo, but those suits look awfully cheap. You would think that the heads of BP could afford better.
    I was thinking the same thing. Minerva McGonagall looks good, though.

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    Re: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf

    Bad translation, I'm guessing. And even if not, not something I'm going to get overly concerned about.

    As long as they keep forking out the necessary funds to clean up the mess their rig made, I really don't give a **** WHAT they say.

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    Re: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I haven't seen any outrage. He was talking about the, "little man". You know, the one that the Dems are taking care of by killing what's left of our economy. Yeah, him.

    All things considered, BP has done a helluva lot better job taking care of the, "small people", than the government has.
    You haven't seen any outrage? Must not have been looking. But then, you work in the oil industry, don't you?

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    It's not just BP's words at this point. They are attempting to dictate how the cleanup will occur, and the feds are backing them in doing so. BP hasn't done a particularly good job to this point in time, so forgive me if folks in my neck of the woods don't trust them to handle things anymore.
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    Re: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf

    How silly, people don't get upset when someone says Democrats look out for the little guy. But if a Brit from BP says we care about the small people, they are insulted.
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    Yes, I do work in the oilfield and I was referring to outrage about the, "small people" comment, which is what the thread is about; not about outrage over the spill itself.

    It's not just BP's words at this point. They are attempting to dictate how the cleanup will occur, and the feds are backing them in doing so. BP hasn't done a particularly good job to this point in time, so forgive me if folks in my neck of the woods don't trust them to handle things anymore.

    I'm with you 98% on that. My peoples are pissed, too. They all see how the government has screwed the pooch on containment of the spill. BP is definitely at fault for the blowout, but the cluster **** response by the government is very apparent to most folks that I know.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: BP 'small people' comment causes anger along Gulf

    It's easy to see it this way from a distance. However, if you were actually here, and you saw the arrogant, high-handed way that BP and the feds have treated this situation (in Florida, at least) then you might understand that "the small people" understand that BP is a big metanational corporation that has no legal right to be dictating ANY goddamn thing down here, and yet, they are attempting to control it all to their own advantage, while massively FUBARing our beaches, wildlife, fishing industries, and tourism.

    I'm seriously starting to hate those ****ers. Don't buy the hype. They very much believe that we're "the small people" and that their interests are more important than anyone else's.

    This is exactly what we get in a country where corporate interests trump those of citizens.

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