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Competing newspaper racks found in SJ Mercury trash bin

Original post made on Aug 2, 2012

At least 31 newspaper distribution racks were discovered behind the San Jose Mercury News headquarters Wednesday and many, if not all of them, did not belong to the Merc, according to various reports in local media sources and the head of a Mountain View-based company, which owns several of the racks discovered on the San Jose newspaper's property.

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Posted by Competition, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I don't think that the Voice and the Mercury News are really that competitive. Each has its strengths and there's little overlap.

Posted by B Minkin, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 3, 2012 at 8:26 am

"And we were storing the racks in the dumpster to keep them safe for you"

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

Why would one company take another company's racks in the first place? It is not their property to take nor is it their responsibility to do so.

Local papers like the MV Voice are not big dollar operations. Taking their racks is asinine even if the SJ Mercury was "requested" to do so.

Posted by El Viejo, a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I worked in all aspects of newspaper production and circulation for over 15 years and the SJMN story is total [Portion removed due to offensive language]. Their circulation manager had the drivers steal the competitors boxes and then the [Portion removed due to disrespectful term] dumped them in their own trash. That's beyond stupid.
Our rival papers used to take our racks and dump them into the canal. We'd never get them back in usable shape. Soon we were adding case hardened chain to our racks, and I got to weld them in place. Locks can be broken.

Posted by Waldo, a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

The SJMN has been dumping their garbage on my lawn every Sunday (YES advertizer), and several attempts to get them to stop over the past few months have been fruitless. The wheel keeps spinning, but the hamster is dead.

Posted by NoNeckJoe, a resident of Slater
on Aug 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I was inclined to believe the Merc until I read their statement. It smells strongly of BS to me.

"we are unclear what led to the incident earlier this evening"...yeah, right.

Posted by JW, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Busted. I don't know about the SJMN, but I prefer people to leave my things alone rather than store them in the garbage for me.

Posted by sean, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I like "nice racks".