The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Dallas workers protest a Coca Cola scam

Jun 3, 2002

Dozens of Coca Cola drivers, plant workers and salesmen in Dallas have been marching with bullhorns and getting on talk radio, revealing a scam carried out by Coca Cola Enterprises for years.

Workers who brought back unsold Coke from wealthier areas were ordered to use Windex cleaner to take the expiration date off the bottles and to put the old cans into boxes with new dates. The expired Coca Cola was then sent over to poor neighborhoods, usually predominantly black ones, throughout the North Texas area. Sometimes the Coke was up to 90 days past expiration. Workers who protested were threatened with discharge.

This is a company which has a “real thing” for profits.