This UPS Driver Saved A Wandering Alzheimer’s Patient

What can brown do for you? Well, track down and monitor a wandering Alzheimer’s patient, for starters.

Raleigh police were looking for an elderly man with Alzheimer’s, but it was a delivery man who ultimately found him. We talked with the UPS driver who found the old gentleman and kept him company until police showed up to take him home.

Lifelong Raleigh, N.C. resident and 25-year UPS veteran Kenneth Donleycott was driving his route a few weeks ago when a police officer pulled up and asked him if he’d seen an elderly man walking a white dog. The man had been reported missing from his home.

In a smooth North Carolina twang, Donleycott — who, in addition to driving a delivery truck, also serves as the co-chair of the safety committee at UPS’s Raleigh office — related his story.

“I hadn’t seen him, but on my way out, I saw a lot of police canvassing the neighborhood. Not too much later, I saw an older guy walking his dog and figured it was him.The first thing I noticed that wasn’t right was that he had a bunch of rocks stuffed into both of his pockets. I asked him where he was going and he pointed in a direction that was different than the direction he was going.So I asked him what he did for a living and he said he was a retired marine. I told him my father-in-law was a retired marine and he started talking. What he said was kind of garbled and he seemed confused. So I called 911.”

Donleycott said that the police arrived within 15 minutes of his call, and that the man, who they said has Alzheimer’s and a propensity toward heat stroke, had wandered pretty far from home.

“It was really hot outside. The dog looked pretty worn out, but the man looked fine to me. He was in good shape and dressed real sharp — I’d expected someone much older, but he looked to be in his early 60s. He’d covered a lot more ground than even the police thought.”

Raleigh police had considered calling a “silver alert” — the code for a lost elderly person — when Donleycott called in to report that he had found the man. They called Donleycott later in the day to confirm that the man had been reunited with his family.

UPS wasted no time posting Donleycott’s picture and a synopsis of the story on the company’s Facebook page, quickly racking up 5,490 comments, 6,616 shares, and 217,680 likes. Most of the comments are positive, but Donleycott said that a few accused UPS of staging a publicity stunt.

“There were too many comments for me to respond to a lot of them, but this was real, not a publicity stunt. It really did happen. But I think credit should go to the officer who told me [the man was lost]. If he hadn’t told me, I would have driven right past the guy.”


Bring Jobs Home Act fails. Remember in November.

These are the U.S. Senators who voted today against a bill that would eliminate tax breaks for sending U.S. jobs overseas:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Dan Coats (R-IN), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), James Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kyl (R-AZ), Mike Lee (R-UT), Richard Lugar (R-IN), John McCain (R-AZ), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), James Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), John Thune (R-SD), Pat Toomey (R-PA), David Vitter (R-LA), Roger Wicker (R-MS).

The bill failed in the Senate. Taxpayers will continue to subsidize corporations that move American jobs to China.

Remember in November.

Republicans need to get on board

                                      Senate GOP again block campaign disclosure bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second straight day Republicans have stopped the Senate from taking up legislation that would require outside groups spending hundreds of millions on campaign ads to reveal how much they spend and who their big donors are.

With Republicans united in opposition, Democrats had no chance of getting the 60 votes needed to advance the bill. But it gave Democrats an opportunity to press their case against the flood of mostly negative political ads financed by independent groups backed by wealthy benefactors.

The bill would have required groups spending more than $10,000 during an election cycle to file a report within 24 hours and identify those donating more than $10,000.

Republicans said the bill would lead to intimidation of donors and was tilted to favor union political spending.

FedEx Fights UPS to Keep $1B Postal Deal

FedEx Corp. (FDX) (FDX) will have to fend off competition from United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) (UPS) to keep a contract valued at more than $1 billion with its largest customer, the money-losing U.S. Postal Service.

The agreement generates more than 3 percent (FDX) of FedEx’s sales, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, and covers shipping of first class, priority and express mail. UPS“definitely wants to bid” for that work when the Postal Service seeks proposals after the contract’s expiration in September 2013, said Norman Black, a company spokesman.

UPS, which already has a $100 million contract with the Postal Service, is the “most logical competitor,” said Ben Hartford, a Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst in Milwaukee. The agency is seeking new bids as it closes mail-processing plants and cuts its work force to save cash after a $3.2 billion loss in the quarter through March 31.

Just being the incumbent, FedEx is “the most likely to get the business going forward, but it would likely be under different terms,” Hartford said in a telephone interview.

During an 11-year relationship, FedEx has “raised the service levels and reliability of the Postal Service product,”Jess Bunn, a FedEx spokesman, said in a telephone interview.“That record of success will be an important consideration.”

FedEx warned in a regulatory filing this week that it may lose the contract or be able to negotiate less favorable terms for renewing it. Postal Service work generated about $1.4 billion for the Memphis, Tennessee-based company in its fiscal year through May 2012, Helane Becker, a Dahlman Rose & Co. analyst in New York, said in a note to clients.

The loss would “negatively impact FedEx and would cause a bump in the road as the company restructures its Express business,” she said.

FedEx fell 1 percent to $91.03 at 12:25 p.m. in New York trading, after previous gains of 10 percent so far this year. UPS climbed less than 1 percent to $79.11.

FedEx last month predicted profit (FDX) of $6.90 to $7.40 a share in the fiscal year through May, compared an average estimate of $7.33 from analysts and $6.41 last year.

The FedEx Express unit also has around 5,000 drop boxes at Postal Service locations that will be removed under an agreement that expired in June, the company said in the filing.
Bloomberg Businessweek