- Last Updated: 11:26 PM, June 16, 2012
- Posted: 11:26 PM, June 16, 2012
DEAR JOHN...THE ANSWER MAN
Dear John: Why does Coke use the term “premium” — in bold letters — on its Minute Maid orange juice when the words “From Concentrate” appear just below in small print?
Does the Food & Drug Administration put a premium on the term? What the hell does it mean anymore? Oh, I get it, its concentrate is the premium concentrate among concentrates.
As far as I know, Minute Maid is the only OJ producer to do this, and it is not something that just started. They have been doing this for years.
This large family hasn’t bought an ounce of Minute Maid OJ because of it. S.J.
Dear S.J. You seem a little overwrought by this. Take a couple of deep breaths. And the next time you go to the store, do this: Look at the prices of various OJs, pick the cheapest, put it into your cart, and take it home.
And if anyone in your family disapproves, tell them to move out — or, at the very least, shop for their own food with their own money.
OK, I did ask Minute Maid to answer this question, and after one response that I considered evasive, I got this statement: “We call it premium because it is — Minute Maid Premium orange juice is always produced using the highest quality oranges. We buy the finest oranges available anywhere, carefully blended to create the best tasting . . . blah, blah, blah.”
Those blah, blah, blahs are my additon. The company really didn’t say that.
So anyway, pretty soon the kids will be out of the house, and you can start drinking beer for breakfast — even ones brewed with the finest hops, as if anyone could really disprove that. And forget the OJ.
Dear John: I opened a Charles Schwab account in December 2011. Now I’m told they closed my account due to the fact that my credit score is 560. It should be 800 — all bills paid, and I’ve owned three condos and always two houses. I feel I’m losing investment money.
Is this legal?
Is Apple a good stock? M.C.
Dear M.C. Whoa! You want me to answer a question about your Schwab account, and then you ask me about Apple stock. One question to a customer!
Schwab can do anything it wants. If the firm doesn’t think you can cover your trades, why wouldn’t it drop you? Why would it take a chance on you? Why would it want you as a customer?
And if you aren’t doing any trading in this account why would Schwab want to do the paperwork involved in doing business with you?
Maybe you should consider this a blessing. Now you know there is a problem with your credit. Perhaps you should check the credit agencies to see why your score is so low. If you think it should be 800 — and not 560 — there is either a problem with your finances or a problem with their records.
Someone could have swiped your identity and may be running up bills in your name.
That should be what concerns you.
The loss of the Schwab account is nothing compared with that.
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