Corporate Brutality Monday


Brutality begins at home.

I’ve always wondered about a small dry-cleaning business in South Philadelphia. I must have driven by that place a thousand times since I was a child on the way to Phillies games. It’s their sign that always gets my attention. It’s a character from a Disney movie. And they’re using the name of the movie and beloved character as their business name.

This seems to be a trademark infringement and maybe because the business has been around for so long, the original owners cut a deal with Disney. Or maybe Disney rightly figures it’s not worth the effort – and the media attention – to go after a small business that clearly means nothing to their corporate profitability. If that’s the case, then good for Disney.

Unfortunately, Caterpillar – the giant, $54.7bn, maker of tractors, farm and construction equipment – sees things differently. Executives there don’t seem to have a problem going after others that they see infringing on their brand, even if it’s a small coffee shop in Santa Cruz, California.

The shop is called Cat & Cloud Coffee, and their use of the word Cat caught the attention of Caterpillar. So much so that the industrial giant has filed a cease and desist order.


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8 Responses to Corporate Brutality Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Mrs. Flicker is back with a new nest. Unfortunately, an Eastern Fox Squirrel has moved into the neighborhood, the previous ones presumably eaten. An 8mm black ant carried what looked like the head of another until it reached a stair. It dropped the burden over the edge and then began extensive cleansing of head and antenna; I’m always impressed with how much intelligence there is packed into such a tiny brain.


    • Carol says:

      The ant story, stumbling on seeing something like you did today is such a reward for paying attention to Mother Nature. I’ve stumbled on then studied lots of things on our acre and a half over 40 years. When I go for my walks, I’ll pass by somewhere on the ranch and remember what I saw there once, like an ant war. Maybe it wasn’t a war, all the small ants were the same color but they were in an area the size of a salad plate milling around, they looked like coffee grounds. Bob said it was their annual family reunion. I remember the spots I saw those reunions. Haven’t seen one in awhile, if I do, I’ll mention it here.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Article on BBC about “Overlanding”; always on the move.


  3. Den says:

    85 and humid, two shower day, near 90 tomorrow, still humid. 😦


  4. Den says:

    Nervous Nate:


  5. Micki says:

    Enjoyed Dr. B’s and Carol’s observations. Paying attention to just about anything has its rewards.



  6. Micki says:

    Duh. A Trump-appointed judge…


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