Thursday, May 23 2013 11:56 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:56:10 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South community grieves the loss of a seven-year-old girl who was hit a killed by a truck while riding her bike. Neighbor Rosie Donald lives down the street from where it happened in aMore >>
A Mid-South community grieves the loss of a seven-year-old girl who was hit a killed by a truck while riding her bike.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:55:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - In Oklahoma, many residents are still cleaning up and trying to put their lives back together. An EF-5 tornado tore through Moore Monday, ripping apart the strip mall where Jim Fields spendsMore >>
In Oklahoma, many residents are still cleaning up and trying to put their lives back together.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:52:34 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department director said idle threats are uncalled for between his employees. Toney Armstrong discussed the firings of two officers accused of threatening comments to fellowMore >>
The Memphis Police Department director said idle threats are uncalled for between his employees.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:36 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:36:25 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphian Kris Thomas is home adjusting to life away from NBC's "The Voice" stage and constant rehearsals. He took the long flight back to his hometown of Memphis Wednesday, and Thursday he wasMore >>
Memphian Kris Thomas is home adjusting to life away from NBC's "The Voice" stage and constant rehearsals.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:15:03 GMT
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MEMPHIS (WMC TV) - The company's motive is pure: recruit college students to sell quality cutlery and to help them get a head start on their careers.
But when the college students are in charge of Vector Marketing's East Memphis office, 5050 Poplar Ave./Suite 1015, they can make mistakes.
Like the call one of them made to a recruit we'll call 'Heather.' A college student who is also employed full-time, 'Heather' received what she described as a strange call on her cell phone.
"The guy didn't identify himself or the company he represents, but he said I had a job interview," said 'Heather.' "They knew my first name. They didn't know my last. It was almost like he was talking so fast to get in his sales pitch that I didn't even have time to ask questions."
She agreed to attend the interview, but asked The Action News 5 Investigators to tag along under hidden camera.
The scene was like a fraternity-sorority swap. College students with clipboards slipped in and out of offices while rock music blared in the waiting room. A Vector promotional video looped on a television screen.
Even the gentleman designated by a greeter as the "manager" and the person assigned to interview 'Heather' -- was a 19-year-old student from the University of Memphis.
"We only call people we get recommended to through our representatives," said the interviewer, whom Action News 5 has chosen not to identify because there is no evidence he committed a crime, nor did he demonstrate any malicious intent.
At first, he said the representative who recommended 'Heather' works for Vector Marketing:
"('Heather') Does she actually work here?"
"(Interviewer) Mmm, hmm."
"('Heather') OK, because that's weird..."
"(Interviewer, interrupting) ...uh, no, Andrea doesn't actually work here."
He contradicted himself, saying 'Heather's' reference actually doesn't work for Vector Marketing.
"And I was thinking to myself, well, the whole conversation is uncomfortable right now," said 'Heather.'
The interviewer explained that she's interviewing for a sales position, demonstrating and selling Cutco products.
"For each appointment, you get $15, no matter what," he said. "But if you sell something, we have an incentive program to where you can make a lot more."
'Heather' eventually asked to cut the interview short and leave, still without any straight answers about who recommended her to Vector Marketing and how they got her cell phone number.
"I was a bit freaked out by how much they knew about me and how little I knew about what was going on," said 'Heather.'
"Her name was provided by someone who is working for us, but there was some confusion," said Sarah Andrus, Vector Marketing's director of external relations & academic programs. "The confusion was a married couple who is working for us, and their lists were combined. One of them had worked with her previously. That's what I've been told."
Andrus said the East Memphis offices is run by a division manager with lengthy experience, but he was not in attendance the evening of the interview.
"There might have been a more relaxed atmosphere that day," she said.
Andrus added that the 19-year-old interviewer was taken off the interview schedule for additional training.
"We are very proud that we offer young students an opportunity to run their own business, especially in this economic climate," she said. "We really regret that ('Heather') was made uncomfortable, but that doesn't take away the experience we provide college students to get business and management training before they graduate so they can learn from the experience."
Marcus Eaves, a Vector Marketing recruit whom Action News 5 caught up with after his second interview, said he enjoyed his experience with Vector Marketing after it responded to his resume, posted on a job site.
"I believe it was fairly professional," said Eaves, whom the company offered a sales position. "When I came in, I didn't find anything misleading about the interview process or anything like that based on the information that I received from them."
Vector Marketing is by all accounts a good company with a motivation to mentor college students.
But if you get a blind call from any prospective employer, you should be able to get straight answers about what's the job, who referred you and who's the boss.
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:52 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:52:45 GMT
(WMC-TV) - There is a major slowdown in Memphis this Thursday morning, where a tractor trailer has flipped on Interstate 240 Westbound at the Walnut Grove exit. All lanes of Westbound I-240 have beenMore >>
There is a major slowdown in Memphis this Thursday morning, where a tractor trailer has flipped on Interstate 240 Westbound at the Walnut Grove exit.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 1:22 PM EDT2013-05-23 17:22:07 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Bartlett Medal of Honor recipient has died. Vernon McGarity, a U.S. Army Veteran, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during World War II in 1952. Action News 5 spoke with McGarityMore >>
A Bartlett Medal of Honor recipient has died. Vernon McGarity, a U.S. Army Veteran, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during World War II in 1952.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:55:08 GMT
(RNN) - Dozens of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life. Charles Ramsey, the guy who famously stopped eating his Big MacMore >>
More than a dozen of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:00:22 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother defends her teenage son who is charged with murdering someone at a graduation party. Rebecca Miller and her son are anything but strangers to Action News 5. Our station helpedMore >>
A Memphis mother defends her teenage son who is charged with murdering someone at a graduation party.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:40:29 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department issued a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night. Robert McBride II was last seen leaving his residence on foot on Jamaica Avenue. He has a mohawk, andMore >>
The Memphis Police Department canceled a city watch for a 12-year-old boy Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:24:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Memphis skateboard shop was going under until the Grizzlies' big wins, that is when owner Hunter Demster started selling T-shirts. The "Grind City" shirts saved his Midtown business whichMore >>
A Memphis skateboard shop was going under until the Grizzlies' big wins, that is when owner Hunter Demster started selling T-shirts.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:50:12 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The U.S Attorney's office of the Eastern District of Arkansas sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud. Former WestMore >>
District Judge Kristine Baker sentenced a former West Memphis councilman and a West Memphis police officer for a conspiracy to commit election fraud.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:00:20 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mother of four is convinced that one of her sons was murdered. And after spending the past four years trying to prove it, she is turning to the Action News 5 Investigators. FrancesMore >>
A Mid-South mother of four is convinced that one of her sons was murdered. And after spending the past four years trying to prove it, she is turning to the Action News 5 Investigators.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:38:14 GMT
MOORE, OK - The trembling, mud-spattered dog whose photo went viral on Tuesday was not actually standing watch over her owner's body - her name is Susie, her owner is named Curtis Collins, and he's alive.ThanksMore >>
There's a happy ending to the story of the little dog who was found standing guard over a body after the EF-5 tornado that decimated her neighborhood in Moore, OK. Her owner is alive, and they have been reunited thanks to the viral photo. More >>