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The New York Times over the weekend reported that Family Dollar "said that it would voluntarily recall nearly 300 over-the-counter drugs and medical devices that were sold in nearly two dozen states … The items, which included cold medicine, pain relievers, lip balm, toothpaste and mouthwash, were stored outside of labeled temperature requirements and inadvertently shipped to stores earlier this year, the agency said.

"The products were sold between June 1 and Oct. 4."

The Times writes that "the announcement comes after a similar episode in the spring, when the company voluntarily recalled seven Advil products after also saying they were stored outside of labeled temperature requirements."

Family Dollar has had its share of issues:  "Last year, the Family Dollar chain temporarily closed more than 400 stores in six states after the discovery of a rodent infestation and other unsanitary conditions at a distribution center in Arkansas sparked a far-reaching recall of food, dietary supplements, cosmetics and other products."

KC's View:

There is "inadvertent."  There is "deliberately indifferent."  And then there is "negligent" because nobody gives a damn about anything other than share price and short-term profits.

You choose which one you think best describes the Family Dollar culture.