Daily Archives: May 25, 2010

Fired Walmart worker receives outpouring of support — and a couple of shots at a new job

WICHITA — What a difference a day makes.

Monday, Heather Ravenstein filed for unemployment after losing her job as a customer service manager at the Walmart on West Kellogg.

She was fired because she violated company policy by foiling a shoplifter’s attempt to steal a computer.

Tuesday, the single mother received an outpouring of support as more people learned of her situation through The Eagle and other news outlets.

“My phone’s been going off the hook,” Ravenstein says.

Mostly it’s friends and former co-workers who have her number, so others have been trying to track her down by calling her former in-laws and by contacting The Eagle.

So far, there are two Wichita businesses that are interested in interviewing Ravenstein for possible jobs.

Her landlord has given her one month’s free rent.

Some people are offering money, including one politician (who prefers to remain anonymous) who would like to buy her a grocery card and a gas card — not from Walmart or Sam’s Club.

People from across the state are supporting Ravenstein with comments like, “I’ve never heard of anything so un-American.”

“They’re getting a lot of heat from this,” Ravenstein says of Wal-Mart.

And Ravenstein is feeling a lot more confident than she did on Monday.

“I’ve got a lot of people backing me up, so I’m OK.”

You don’t say

“It doesn’t stand for Arkansas Shakespeare Festival.”

AOPA Air Safety Foundation president Bruce Landsberg, speaking to the Wichita Aero Club Tuesday, on what ASF (Air Safety Foundation) stands for

Former Schneider Medical Clinic building to be auctioned Wednesday

WICHITA — Last summer, several potential buyers negotiated for the former Schneider Medical Clinic building in Haysville.

The space had a variety of suitors, including potential medical or office users and restaurateurs, but a deal didn’t happen.

So Wednesday, the building is going up for auction at 4:30 p.m.

Tulsa-based Williams & Williams Real Estate Auction is running the auction.

Stephen and Linda Schneider are on trial this week in federal court.

They are charged with health care fraud, money laundering and unlawfully prescribing controlled substances.

The Schneiders had a Southwestern-style clinic at 7030 S. Broadway, which is where the auction will take place.

When it went on the market after the U.S. Marshals Service seized the property, it was listed for $2.6 million.

The 8,248-square-foot building is on two acres and has 14 exam rooms, four offices, two reception areas and a partial basement.

Poetic Justice Cafe to move to Kellogg and Greenwich area

WICHITA — It seems like anytime in the past year would be a hard time to debut a business, but only seven months after opening, Poetic Justice Cafe is already expanding.

Husband-and-wife owners Ahmin Mouchilison and Victoria Palacios-Mouchilison opened their poetry-themed cafe near Central and Webb in October, but it holds only about 25 people.

Wichita has a lot more poets and poetry lovers than that, Palacios-Mouchilison says.

“They kind of seemed like they were hiding for a while,” she says of the time before the cafe opened.

Now Poetic Justice is moving to 300 S. Greenwich near Kellogg and Greenwich where there will be room for about 80 people.

The cafe will close after business May 31 and reopen in the new space around July 1.

“It’s a good size,” Palacios-Mouchilison says of the space, which currently is vacant.

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