Thursday, June 10, 2010
Will U-Haul and Janelle Briseno Survive The School of Hard Knocks.
Just why can't a consumer get a deal anymore on a rental? Perhaps U-Haul has known the answer all along. The federal Trade Commission is accusing U-Haul of attempting to collude with Budget to fix prices. Together, these two giants dominate 70% of the self moving business. If true, that may explain why it's so hard to get a decent deal on the rental of a truck or small trailer. One does not have to graduate from law school to know that price fixing is not only wrong, it is not legal. For U-Haul's sake, lets hope the allegations are not true.
Speaking of hard knocks, in the past we have done a story on making balls more safe so that blows from batted balls are less traumatic: LINK. In another batted ball injury case, some good news has surfaced. Janelle Briseno, the 3-year-old girl whose skull was fractured by a a line drive during an Los Angeles Dodgers batting practice, has a good prognosis. She underwent surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and should be released by the end of the week. She was hit by a batted ball while in the stands at Dodger Stadium, near third base. The line drive hit by Russell Martin knocked her unconscious and fractured her skull. WTOP-TV. Maybe some day, baseballs and softballs will be made with a less dense core. In the meantime, we will likely keep reading about such tragic accidents.