Friday, December 12, 2008

Employees and Products

This is the Marietta Coca-Cola Bottling Company years ago before my time.
After it outgrew itself it moved to Roswell Road on a hill overlooking downtown Marietta. My uncle-in-law-to-be Bill Mc, after his Army hitch got a job at the Coca-Cola company.

One of the benefits of the job was that employees were welcome to drink Cokes all day long, free. It turned my uncle into a diabetic. He had to shoot himself with insulin the rest of his life.

He changed jobs to W.T. Anderson Chevrolet dealer in the parts department. There, if he chose to own a vehicle, it had to be a General Motors product.

That doesn’t seem right does it? – for your employer to have the right to dictate what you do with your money.

Which doesn’t not fit my image of W.T. Anderson, who I always thought was fair and just….. but it does fit the image a of a business man, which he was a very successful one.

I wonder if today’s auto-worker has to purchase a vehicle made by the company he worked for? If so, it might help, to bail one out from within… pull one’s feet up by their own bootstraps, so to speak.

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Blogger kenju said...

It does sound like a good plan....LOL

When I first saw the photo, my thought was...'Boy, they are an exciting lot, aren't they?"

10:20 PM  
Blogger ET said...

Maybe all that Coke syrup made them hyper.

2:52 AM  
Blogger Si's blog said...

One of our daughters works for a banking and investment enterprise. She is not allowed to do any banking or investment business except through the one she works for. Allegedly for security reasons but ....

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the summer of 1965 after graduation from MHS, I rode shotgun on a Coke delivery truck(summer job)from the Roswell Street location. Our route was Hwy. 92 to Acworth and Hwy. 5 to South Canton, Lake Allatoona, etc.

What an experience picking up bottles for deposit and delivering replacement cases. In that area there were some real "countryfied" little stores and filling stations.


2:22 PM  
Blogger ET said...

Yes they were plenty of little stores of a back -road influence up in that area. We used to make many trips to Victoria Landing between 1957 and 1962 and ran into some interesting characters - which a good portion of them were probably my distant Tyson relatives... they infested that area from Acworth to Woodstock.
You didn't ride the Coke truck with a Mr. Davenport did you?

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, it was a young guy and I don't remember his name. One day he left his money pouch out in the locker room and someone swiped it.

Since he did not make a lot of money delivering Coke, it was a financial drain when he had to pay it back.

I also worked after school at the Dr. Pepper Warehouse on Hwy. 41. Cut my teeth on driving a forklift there.


6:03 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Two siblings, boy and girl, named Davenport, went to MHS - their father drove a Coke truck. I guess he route was south of Atlanta, one time I saw him loading up a store in Forest Park
Dr. Pepper on the 41? That rings a bell but I can't quiet place it. Where on the 41?

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Heading North on 41, I think Dr. Pepper was on the left side just north of Allgood intersection. Seems like there was a small "no-tell motel" to the right of it.

They did not bottle there. Just stored 7up, DP, etc. which we loaded on trucks each evening.


7:31 AM  
Blogger ET said...

I remember those no-tells. Not from changing money or anything with them but they were there... I think one was the Blue Top Motel and one Trio-something, which tried to make a comeback in the past several years as a good home-cooking place.
And one of those motels became sort of a half-way house.

7:44 AM  

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