And there is this notion that employment laws prevent employers from spilling the beans to the prospective employers. Maybe, but I am thinking that one giving his opinion to another in a private conversation is probably allowed. Plus, the prospective employer is not going to call you and say, “Hey, talk to Jill where you used to work and she says that you are a schmuck and not to hire you, so we decided not to.” You are not going to know where the bad reference came from. All that said, I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice (thank goodness).Brother Freddie isn’t doing any better having dropped from over to about today. What is even worse is the possibility that both may go out of business leaving the shareholders with nothing, zero, zip. Does your pension plan own any of those shares? Ask them and then ask them again why they didn’t sell. They won’t have an intelligent answer.Pick a well-known product such as Coke and have the person sell it to you. Listen for descriptive words that create value and the desire to buy. It may be a little rough but a person that’s used to upselling will be able to pull something pretty decent together on the spur of the moment.