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The reputation management firm SelectQuote has hired has done quite a job. They created a new site, SelectQouteReviews.com, solely to publicize cherry picked reviews. Content was created, originally by RepMan003, though this name has been changed to something more generic.
SelectQuote Fleeces Kansas Op-Ed: The reputation management firm SelectQuote has hired has done quite a job. They created a new site, SelectQouteReviews.com, solely to publicize cherry picked reviews. Content was created, originally by RepMan003, though this name has been changed to something more generic. They also brought a case against me in the National Arbitration Forum, in the failed attempt to take this domain. I decided I could not risk further legal action or spend more time defending against Select Quote. I took all my content down for a couple of months. During my hiatus, SelectQuote managed to secure tax breaks from Kansas totaling around $5,000,000 just to move 1 mile. We will never know if SelectQuote could have gotten such a sweetheart deal without such a well orchestrated disinformation campaign. If the people of Kansas would have rejected the deal if dissent had not been silenced. What we do know is that singling out a company like SelectQuote to receive special tax treatment does not serve Kansas. While this is but one site in the vast internet, before I took content down for a few months it was reaching people searching for SelectQuote. It only makes sense to do some due diligence on a firm before handing them money. My story ought to give a good starting point for some hard questions. SelectQuote only has to move one mile, putting their new Kansas office right on the state line. While I believe lower taxes lead to increased investment, why only this company, which is headquartered in San Francisco? This is not a man building a company through hard work, it is a rich man bellying up to the trough in a way the little guy can’t. This will not cause more people to relocate to Kansas, and will line coffers in far away San Francisco. What if SelectQuote decides to move back over the state line once the tax breaks end? This would be in character. Recall that I improved answer rate from less than 50% to over 85% after taking over the call center software. I pitched the project to do this to executives, I did the programming, and I ran it once it was in production. That is a fair chunk of change that I got for SelectQuote. What did this get me? When my daughter was threatened, and a co-worker treated it as a joke, I wrote a few strong words. SelectQuote not only called the police to haul me away, they did not cooperate when I gave them the names of witness and other means to verify my story. Doubtless, exposing Michelle Tan as a liar would inconvenience SelectQuote. She was rewarded with more time working from home, and a contract for her spouse following the incident. Would the average Midwesterner allow girls to be hurt just because to stop it would lead to inconvenience? I recall when I was growing up in St. Louis reading a story about someone who was intentionally spreading AIDS to young girls. I don't remember all the details, I think they were under age, but maybe he was too, because nothing was being done. This was before spreading HIV intentionally was a crime. He had an infected an incredible number of girls. What I do remember is that one day he was stopped the major intersection, on a busy street, in broad daylight. Someone walked up and shot him dead. Well, it must have been the Invisible Man. Because it seems to spite the many potential witnesses no one decided to come forward. Either that, or Midwesterners don't find killing girls to be funny. You might think something values would be universal, but I'm telling you that is not the case. I'm not suggesting that we need to abolish trial by jury just yet. Nor am I saying you can just run around shooting people willy-nilly. What I am saying is there are people in SelectQuote who do not share the values of the average Kansan. Not only are there those at SelectQuote who would threaten a little girl, they treated this situation as a joke. There is even indirect evidence that they actually did cause my daughter harm by using their influence with the San Francisco police to have evidence destroyed, and get some false testimony created. That situation was so dirty, it never saw the light of a courtroom, but Abby was affected until my wife and I won. Jong (right) given work at SelectQuote following my objection to Min's threats. After all this SelectQuote then turned around and rewarded this person. So the attitude from top management is very clear. Not only are they fine with hurting children, they glorify it, and encourage others to do the same by bestowing gifts upon the guilty. There are many other companies Kansans could spend their money upon. These other companies could also invest and bring more jobs to Kansas. This 1 mile move will not cause anyone to relocate to Kansas. The company does not hold the sorts of values you would want to import to Kansas. For many reasons offering this deal to SelectQuote is a major mistake.
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