Sky Chef Employees Busted (again) At JFK

 
Old Sep 12, 12, 10:40 am
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Sky Chef Employees Busted (again) At JFK

18 JFK Sky Chf employees arrested today for stealing mini bottles of liquor and reselling them on the black market.

Sources say each man would steal an upward of 500 liquor bottles a day from the aircraft, totaling about 7,500 bottles per day.

This cost American Airlines $20 million a year.

The scheme was going on for 5 years.

Security guards were also paid off to look the other way......
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Old Sep 12, 12, 10:49 am
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Here's a link:

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?se...ork&id=8807786

The math appears to be a bit fuzzy. 7,500 bottles a day would work out to 2,737,500 bottles per year. If that costs AA $20 million a year, that comes to $7.30 each. That's substantially more than mini bottles cost at retail (buying one at a time). If AA is really paying $7.30 each for minis systemwide, that would mean that the liquor spending consumes almost the entire catering budget each year.
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Sky Chef Employees Busted (again) At JFK

Math probably includes what AA would have made selling drinks in coach had the bottles not been stolen.
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Old Sep 12, 12, 11:03 am
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If AA is really paying $7.30 each for minis systemwide, that would mean that the liquor spending consumes almost the entire catering budget each year.
And leads to the obvious "no wonder AA is bankrupt."

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After reading the article a couple of times, it says that the scheme cost AA $20 million, but doesn't say $20 million per year. If the five year theft ring cost AA a total of $20 million, that would be a more-believable $1.46 each for the minis.
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And leads to the obvious "no wonder AA is bankrupt."

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Obviously.
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Obviously.
My thoughts exactly!
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Old Sep 12, 12, 11:22 am
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This scam would be easy to pull on an airline that offers free liquor to all cabins (like BA international flights) as you could quite easily justify 300+ bottles disappearing from each flight as thirsty customers... but how did this go unnoticed at AA when they should have been seeing revenue for all those bottles.... that is an accounting oversight worthy of bankruptcy. No wonder.
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Old Sep 12, 12, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by FWAAA View Post
After reading the article a couple of times, it says that the scheme cost AA $20 million, but doesn't say $20 million per year. If the five year theft ring cost AA a total of $20 million, that would be a more-believable $1.46 each for the minis.
If you're talking about the cost AA buys these at, $1.46 is not a believable estimate. Almost certainly far less than $1 each (I would imagine below $.50) for most of AA's selection
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Old Sep 12, 12, 11:26 am
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And leads to the obvious "no wonder AA is bankrupt."

Cheers.


I'll add my voice to the growing group of "how did this go on for five years - didn't AA notice 2.3 million missing minis each year or the missing revenue?"
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Originally Posted by gegarrenton View Post
Obviously.
Originally Posted by aa767flyer View Post
My thoughts exactly!
Hmmm...either you guys are being sarcastic as well (and I'm missing it) or my sarcasm went over some heads

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Hmmm...either you guys are being sarcastic as well (and I'm missing it) or my sarcasm went over some heads

Cheers.
I think your missing it. Or maybe not.


Hell, I don't know....



















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Old Sep 12, 12, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by gegarrenton View Post
I think your missing it. Or maybe not.


Hell, I don't know....

Some subset of the people here are drinking too many minis. And I'm not excluding myself from consideration...

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Some subset of the people here are drinking too many minis. And I'm not excluding myself from consideration...

Cheers.
<hic...>
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I'll add my voice to the growing group of "how did this go on for five years - didn't AA notice 2.3 million missing minis each year or the missing revenue?"
When your yearly revenue is $23.979 billion, I can maybe see how $4 million a year might be sliding under someone's nose.

But still, that's really inexcusable.
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