Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Fall Guy

There always has to be a fall guy... and now we know who it will be.  Bend over Eyal, it looks like Doron sold you out.

What an amazing man Doron Polus, CEO of The Sliding Door Company is.  

What an fascinating background.  It's hard to tell, by looking at him, that he's a military-trained martial arts expert.  His employees should feel safe around him... what with all that Military Kung-fu background and all... 

OK, so he loses his temper and blows up at people once in a while... but employees should know that just in case somebody like me every drops by, Doron made it clear he would be using his Kung-fu if necessary.  
Employees and Customers can feel SAFE when
Doronatello is near. 

I must have really dodged a bullet when this Kung-fu master was yelling at me at the top of his lungs.  I realize now, it could have gotten much worse.  

The only person in this case who has lost his temper and displayed violent behavior, after all, is Doron!

During his deposition, Doronatello made it a point to glare at me when he talked about hurting people who might visit his showrooms.  I think I was supposed to be terrified by him.  
Who wouldn't be?  I mean - Just LOOK at him!

He also mentioned he might sue me in the future. I guess he realizes I'm going to win my case against him - otherwise why would he bother? 

So, you would think this obviously brave man and courageous Kung-fu warrior would follow through and protect his employees when the chips are down.  You might think that, but then you might be wrong.  Cowards look out for themselves.

Readers of this blog know I was spied on during the time I worked at The Sliding Door Company.  Special spyware was installed on my computer in order to record conversations I was having - even from HOME!  

Who installed the spyware?  That is clear - it was Eyal Salpeter, Doron's son-in-law and their IT manager.  I even warned Eyal not to do this a second time because I felt he would be committing a crime!  Spying/wiretapping on someone engaged in a protected activity is a crime.  Whistle-blowing is a protected activity.  Whoever authorized the spying committed a crime.

Did Doron ask Eyal to spy on me?  He testified under oath that he didn't. So, apparently, Eyal, someone I personally went to extra effort to protect from joining Doron in criminal activity, acted alone - according to Doron.  Is Eyal going to be hung out to dry while the Kung-fu fighter disavows any knowledge or responsibility that spyware was installed on my computer?

I don't want to keep going into the criminal penalties for spying on people and wire-tapping (spying in real time - something I know happened as someone at one point took over my computer screen at work)... but they are serious.  Apparently, they are serious enough that Doron would rather have Eyal face the charges, if they come about than face them himself.

That takes courage... Kung-fu courage.
Naturally, Doron expects his employees to be good soldiers... and take one for the team when necessary.  
I suspect Eyal was following orders but will do whatever he has to in order to keep Doron out of trouble.

Kung-fu cowards make horrible leaders, in my opinion.

But let's not let my incident, or Eyal's throw people off about Doron.  People should absolutely feel safe around him.  Wouldn't you?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Breaking News

Breaking News? Wait, isn't this entire blog about stuff that is "breaking"?  

Well, yes, now that you mention it...

So, what's breaking now?

Well, I heard some great news just yesterday, directly from Doron Polus, CEO of The Sliding Door Company.

  Remember this part?

The issue with this part is that it is an exact knock-off of a Simpson Strong-tie part.  Well, not exact but close enough to fool inspectors who are expecting to see the Simpson part.  

According to Doron Polus, CEO of The Sliding Door Company, the company went to the expense of having this product ACTUALLY tested (finally).  So, now they have engineering data on this part.  And it is as strong or stronger than the original Simpson part.  That's GREAT news, right?  

Well, no.  When you build a house of cards, every card has integrity, but the overall design is what matters.  So what is the overall design?

Engineering, Shmengineering...

TSDC went to the effort of having an engineer review their products.  We've already discussed how the engineer was misled about the materials used with regard to the aluminum.  But Let's look at the design now too.

The picture above is from the engineering calculations document - approved by an engineer.  We're going to have a look at the components that were replaced by the little bracket pictured above.  Below is the email describing which components will be replaced by the little bracket.


OK, so the "Outlet" connectors were replaced as of 2015.  That's the very strong piece that holds the entire system (house of cards) together.  It's Item 3 in the picture above.  Let's have a look at this.

Wow, it's hard to imagine that all this material can be adequately replaced by this.  Well, to be fair, two of these tiny brackets are required to replace the large, sturdy Outlet connector.  

The engineer even called out "stainless steel" for the part.  So the stuff that was supposed to connect to steel, now connects to aluminum.  And not just any aluminum?  "Proprietary Aluminum".  Instead of the screws going into the very strong steel connector piece, they now thread into the thin side wall of the proprietary formula aluminum post.  

Yet, without ANY engineering experience or background, Doron Polus decided that the tiny bracket can adequately replace the large "Outlet" connector... to save money.  Profit first - Engineers be damned...

This bracket also replaced the floor connector on 2x4 posts as well as the connection at the walls.  The bracket it replaced at the walls was twice as thick.  
The structural integrity of the entire system (if it had any to begin with) has been further compromised.  And for what?  To save maybe $5.00 per installation?  Profit first - Customers be damned...

Who's the Boss NOW?

That Doron is reading this blog and reacting to it is AWESOME!  I get to blog about his product failures and he gets to go to the expense of having his products tested for safety, FINALLY.  It's the "win-win" situation I described here.  He should be thanking me for forcing him to improve his products.  I'm sure he will, very soon - I could see it in his eyes.

Fixing the House of Cards

So what's next for The Sliding Door Company?  Well, now that they have been exposed, they're going to need to have the tiny bracket tested IN THE SYSTEM before they can claim an engineer has examined their products.  That means they're going to need to go back to the engineer and ask him to re-engineer their products to take into consideration the far weaker brackets.  I hope they remember to tell him that the aluminum grade they use in their products is unknown.  Good luck with that!

What is really required is that Doron stop playing God.  He's not an engineer by any stretch of the imagination.  Yet he makes engineering and safety decisions willy-nilly without regard to who might be impacted by them.  He seems more intent on reacting to this blog than making actual improvements to his products. 

Why on earth would Doron have testing done on a bracket he can already buy from Home Depot?  A bracket he can't use in his systems without having another set of engineering documents produced?  Did he go to that effort just to prove me wrong about the Simpson bracket?  He has installed this bracket in many installations.  Maybe he's protecting himself from future liability.  I guess we will see when it becomes more Breaking News.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Bigger They Are...

Here is a breaking legal story about a prominent California attorney who is apparently under investigation by the California State Bar and the Washington DC Bar.  From August 7th, 2017:

Prominent Feminist Lawyer Gloria Allred Under Two Investigations for Alleged Malpractice

Prominent women's rights and sex discrimination lawyer Gloria Allred is under two bar investigations for legal malpractice connected to her representation of a male weatherman.
Local Washington, D.C. weatherman Kyle Hunter sued CBS in 2010, alleging that he was passed over for promotions in favor of young, attractive women. Hunter hired Allred to represent him in his suit charging discrimination against the network.
But unbeknownst to Hunter, Allred was also in talks with CBS about producing a legal drama based on her life. Hunter claims this was a major conflict of interest and that Allred intentionally botched his case to prevent the deal from falling through.
Now LawNewz reports that the D.C. Bar has also opened an investigation into Allred's conduct during Hunter's case. 

Gloria Allred Under Investigation by California, D.C. Bars

Civil rights attorney Gloria Allred is under investigation by two attorney licensing agencies, Allred said on Monday.

Allred confirmed in a statement that she is being investigated by both the District of Columbia Bar and the California State Bar based on the same complaint by her former client, Los Angeles weather reporter Kyle Hunter.

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is under TWO bar investigations in DC and California for misconduct involving her handling of TV weatherman's discrimination case
  • Gloria Allred is being investigated in DC for misconduct, it was revealed Monday
  • The celebrity lawyer, 76, is accused of mishandling Kyle Hunter's case in 2012
  • The weatherman sued CBS for being passed up for young, pretty women
  • Hunter filed suit against Allred in June, claiming she had a conflict of interest 
  • Allred is also being investigated for misconduct in California over the same case 
The State Bar of California started an investigation of the high profile attorney for the handling of Hunter's case in March.
Now the 76-year-old is facing her second investigation in Washington DC, for the alleged misconduct of the same case, it was revealed on Monday.
In rebuttal, Allred responded: 'Anyone may file a complaint against any lawyer in any state or jurisdiction in which a lawyer is licensed. 'This complaint which Mr. Hunter filed with the Washington, D.C. bar some time ago is the same complaint that he filed with the California Bar.'
As well as mishandling the case, the lawsuit says, Allred also breached ethical obligations by negotiating a deal with CBS for a TV show based on her life.
'Allred has spent her career more focused on winning press conferences than winning cases,' the suit says.
'In this case, Allred sandbagged her client to serve her personal pecuniary interests, her penchant for public fame, and to protect the malfeasance of her media allies.