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Beyond that, and even more insidious... (archive)

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Posted by Vidterry on November 11, 2000 at 10:16:28:

In Reply to: Re: I guess I did cause I have no idea what you me posted by Tom M. on November 11, 2000 at 06:57:10:

the report was...there was a national survey on whether 'drivers' liked or disliked the increasing use of Radar and Laser to control (?) speeding and increase safety. Now you might intuitively think that nearly all drivers dislike speed traps, etc, and would expect that survey to be strongly skewed AGAINST.

As it turned out, it was very much the other way. The results were very surprising, to say the least. Investigators wondered...and found that GEICO had ordered all employees, on the clock, to fill out the written surveys, apparently in front of supervisory personnel, actively supporting the Radar issue, and turn them in to be mailed. The report apparently also found that GEICO employees were encouraged to send in additional fictional responses, also favoring the radar use. (I guess 60 Minutes found that a multitude of responses all came from the same return address, etc, and that put them on to the whole thing. Not even very clever.)

Supposedly several employees were terminated for refusing to participate. Initially GEICO management denied this completely, but there were too many internal whistleblowers, and ultimately it was admitted, with traffic safety as the justification.

Another 60 minutes expose, but something to consider, when the insurance company actively campaigns for things that will increase its own revenues, at the expense of its clients.

I don't have Geico insurance, never had it, and won't in the future. Been with the same insurer since 1974, and happy there.


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