ABC Childcare is in big financial trouble, has been for weeks. The crazy thing is childcare is in heavy demand, and there are government subsidies which should make it all very profitable. I guess not if your childcare company gets too ambitious and borrows heavily to expand and then comes up against a worldwide financial crisis.
In March I wrote about Neville and Pat, who sold their centre to ABC. Given it’s now on the list of centres in doubt, maybe they should buy it back now at a bargain price, Packer/Bond-style.
I think phones could do with an address book search-by-number facility. It’d be the easiest way of telling from looking at a phone bill, who you called.
Being a St George customer, I’ve traditionally had less choice of ATMs than back in the days when I was a Comm Bank customer. But the St George/Westpac merger means that from 1st December, people with cards from either can use both banks’ ATMs at no extra cost. Cool. (I still find it hard to believe they’ll keep all the branches open indefinitely though.)
I’ve not shopped at Harvey Norman for years after hearing horror stories about their after-sales service. Gerry Harvey’s comments earlier this week that donating to charity is “just wasted” certainly won’t have me going back any time soon.
PS. Sunday — Gerry Harvey clarified his position in this article.