No-Sunday stance has not slowed success of Costco builder

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  • Stenar Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    This is an old story. Why is it posted here again like it's a new one?

  • HotGlobe SAN RAFAEL, CA
    May 13, 2012 3:51 a.m.

    Why do some people think it is ok to control others' personal lives? Random drug tests? Imposing your values on your employees? Where does Firoz get the idea that this sort of thing is ok in America? Aren't we supposed to be about freedom? This is what atheists don't like about religion, especially the invasive religions; they foster a mind set that leads to abusive control, even beyond the church doors.

  • Jake2010 bountiful, ut
    May 11, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    To those that say stop pushing your religion down my throat I respond very peacefully, quit shoving your lack of one down mine! :) Great story Lee!

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 10, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    Wow, a newspaper owned by the LDS Church heralding a guy who adheres to their strict Sunday/Sabbath policy! It makes one wonder why the Deseret News and KSL television work on Sundays. Interesting.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 9, 2012 1:09 p.m.

    Re: LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    "I believe companies not willing to serve on Sundays will, in the long run, be out competed by those who will"

    This story is about a man who chose to be obedient to a higher power. Mr. Husein would tell you that he was blessed for it, and his workers would tell you they appreciate their employment in his company.

    People who place material wealth ahead of principles are seldom happy. If only the leaders of our country would follow his example we'd be better for it.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    May 9, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    I give props to this guy to sticking to his guns. Everyone should stick to their guns. Truth is companies like his will be outshined by those willing to work 7 days a week in the long run. I wonder how many of his men are willing to work on Sundays and would gladly take the overtime pay?

    Regardless to each his own and I give the guy respect.

    I believe companies not willing to serve on Sundays will, in the long run, be out competed by those who will. But once again you have to respect others beliefs and that they stand their ground, in spite of what they may miss out on.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    May 9, 2012 3:40 a.m.

    Since I really had little control over working on Sunday, I always told my employers I was willing in emergencies but it would cost them quadruple overtime. Those who needed me to work on Sunday had thought about how important the tasks were and my Sunday work was rare. Other employees also were required less on Sunday because of the consideration to me; my employers were more thoughtful in general about work scheduling. When working in an environment of union contracts I was unable to make this position work.

    I also try hard not to purchase on Sunday, or do anything else that requires anyone to be working. I even try to avoid Sunday travel so I don't have to buy gas, food, or hotels on Sunday. I think it is remarkable that the Sunday work is a leading idea for this story, but it is just part of the success of this man and his company.

    May 8, 2012 9:14 p.m.

    BH Photo is one of the biggest dealers of Photo Equipment in America. They close every Friday at sunset and do not open until Saturday at sunset. This is their internet web site. It shuts down and you cannot buy anything on it during the Jewish Sabbath.

    It is not a Sunday thing but rather a commitment thing. These are people that stand by their beliefs. Be it Sunday or Saturday - they do what they think is right. Good for them.

    In the end does anyone on their death bed say "I wish I had not done the right thing?" I don't think so.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 8, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    Hobbyist, he's the boss and can force his views on anyone he likes that works for him. My boss does the same to me. If I want a job, I have to conform. Duh.

  • Article-Reader Spanish Fork, UT
    May 8, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    @Hutterite Although it is widely believed that our Saturday is the former Sabbath for Ancient Israel, you have to remember that the ancient Israelites had 8 day weeks. This meant that each week the Sabbath fell on a different day. Saturday is no more the original Sabbath than Tuesday is. True, the Ten Commandments say to honor the Sabbath, and God rested on the 7th day, and made it holy. I have yet to see them specifically say "Saturday". Also, the term "Sabbath" means "Holy day" or "Sanctified day". Truly, if you worship and partake of sacraments on Sunday, that can be your "Sabbath".

    Don't even get me started on "The Day of The Lord".

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    May 8, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    Gosh there are a lot of blessings right there.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    May 8, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    Call it Sabbath or not. Celebrate it on Sunday, Saturday or Wednesday...whatever. I truly believe we all need a day to recharge; worship, or not, as we want to; spend quality time with our families.

    I admire this gentleman's ethics. Wish there were more people like him.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    May 8, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    re:hobbyist. You so miss what makes America great. It allows people to do things their own way. We can be creative rather than controlled, we can choose and not be forced, and best of all we can life our lives and pursue happiness according to the dictates of our own conscience, not yours.

    Americans call that Freedom.

  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    May 7, 2012 2:16 p.m.

    Rifleman. The view that you can force people of faith to work on their Sabbath because you need to sell something or build something is what is sick and wrong. Not the other way around. In America you have both Freedom of and Freedom from Religion and a person should be entitled by Law to obey their Sabbath without being hassled.

    It is proven that is the Parents don't go to Church on Sunday because of Work then most likely the kids won't go either, and will be lost to the process. Mormons do not Run The Jesus Bus and kids need parents supervision anyway even if there is a jr. church geared at the youth. Church programs such as this are very expensive and the Insurance Liability is huge.

    Nothing worse then a half drunk parent rushing around looking for their missing kid.

    In America we have for the most part decided that Sunday is a Retail Day and that forces Christians to work on their Sabbath or not have jobs.. I am not talking essential services here such as Police, Fire, Hospital, Care Home, and some parts of a Prison. Just Retail and Construction.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 7, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Re: Hobbyist Sandy, UT
    "This is why people don't like a particular view of religion forced on them."

    No one is forcing a particular view of religion here in America on anyone. An employer has every right to set the hours of his/her business and prospective employees have every right in the world to chose those terms. That even applies to people with exceptionally thin skin. Good grief!!

  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    May 7, 2012 1:24 a.m.

    Some Employees do not ask for Sunday Off or Honor the Sabbath because they are scared of either not being hired or promoted or both or just plain intimidated by Management even if the main company's policy allows them to have Sunday or their Faith Groups Sabbath Day Off.

    For others "having to work on Sunday" is the built in excuse needed to Not Go To Church even if they are off. For me it would not be so much saying you need to go to Church and then Not going as it would be the lying about it, thats where the trust issue comes in.

    In the early 70's I worked for several months in a Warehouse that had Church on Monday Morning to ensure everyone got off to a good start. I would have stayed there forever is the pay had not been min wage with Ten Hour Days that prevented me from studying the G.I. Bill as a 2nd job.

  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    May 7, 2012 1:13 a.m.

    I love this Story. When I had my business I had a sign that said Proudly Closed on Sunday. I did it that way because I was not in the least bit sorry that I was closed on Sunday.

    That said he builds stuff for people who are Open on Sunday and force there people to work on Sunday. Sunday in Hawaii is one of the biggest Retail Days of the week. It has not been thought in the Churches that it is not Okay to Shop On Sunday. There is no reason to due anything Retail on Sunday.

    It is not forcing your Religious Beliefs on someone to Not Have Work On Sunday. If anything its the other way around. If Saturday is your Faith Groups Sabbath then you need that off also. now if I was in a Mall and had to be Open on Sunday then I would hire people for the Sunday Work who's Sabbath was on Saturday. Or I would close and let them sue me. I would get in the most trouble for Not Hiring people who where not active in a Religion. As I consider that a Moral and Trust Issue.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    May 6, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    Truly one of the most outstanding men I have ever met or known.

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    May 6, 2012 10:27 p.m.

    As a BYU Civil Engineering graduate, I have always heard the great stories of King Hussein. I have benefitted from his generosity toward the Civil Engineering Department.

    A great men, with great business ethics and acumen. We need more men like him in the world too.

  • LeAnn Saint George, UT
    May 6, 2012 9:58 p.m.

    And he's probably rich and no one should mind that, he does a lot of good because of his wealth, his drive, his desire to do good. Wealth can be a blessing to many even though one man may be the one you think is making it all happen. He gets there with the help of many and many are helped along the way. They are able to work and make a good living. This is a wonderful story.

  • Idahofisherman SHELLEY, ID
    May 6, 2012 9:13 p.m.

    I really liked this story. I started a catering business two years ago and do not work on Sundays. I have had to turn some people down put for the most part my phone does not ring on Sundays. My business is growning even in a tough economy. Your are blessed when you keep the Sabath holy.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 6, 2012 7:56 p.m.

    This isn't too surprising that a builder not willing to work on Sunday still has success. People and organizations need to rest and re-charge their batteries.

  • mytymouse09 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 6, 2012 7:00 p.m.

    How refreshing to read about an employer who actually has standards, and doesn't make the all mighty dollar the bottom line!

    @Hobbyist -- since only about 2% of his employees are LDS, I don't see how he is forcing his religion on them!

  • DVD Taylorsville, 00
    May 6, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    Chick-Fil-A has a similar policy. I can see an issue with 'which Sabbath', but unless the employer is going to only work 4 days a week, only one of them will be able to be the 'official' day off. I understand that giving the organization a day of rest has resulted in positives in the work environment of those that practice it. That's a vague claim, however, as of this writing I haven't looked more deeply into that claim.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    May 6, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    When I worked in Saudi Arabia we had Fridays off as our day of rest. It was nice to get a break from the 115+ heat. No complaints from those who usually had Sundays off, we just adapted.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    May 6, 2012 12:22 a.m.

    Sorry Charlie 91342 - I live in Las Vegas where the retail business R.C. Willey Home Furnishings also chooses to close on Sundays so that honoring the Sabbath Day may occur.

    FYI, owner Bill Child built a company that went from $250,000 in sales in 1954 but in serious debt, to $250 million in sales in 1994 and no debt. Bill sold R.C. Willey to Warren Buffett in 1995 for $175 million in stock.

    Doesn’t appear that the closed-on-Sunday practice created a disservice to anyone. Rather this is what we Latter-Day-Saints refer to as blessings from God for keeping His commandments.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    May 5, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    Does King have Jewish employees? Or Seventh Day Adventists?

    Maybe the policy should be "you shall never have to work on your Sabbath"?

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    May 4, 2012 9:23 p.m.

    I love it. And so far, no one has had to fill their posts with lines and lines of scriptures. It's just a great story of someone who has been successful while setting an example and living their religion.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 4, 2012 6:09 p.m.

    The sabbath is saturday.

  • ? SLC, UT
    May 4, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    I do hope that more businesses and places of employment would recognize the sabbath, whether it be Saturday or Sunday for those who honor it. Those who don't can maybe spend those days doing other things to strengthen their family, rest and regroup for the new week. There just might be happier employees as a result and maybe, just maybe, the economy could turn around. Sometimes it's ok to slow down a little so as to be able to enjoy life a little rather than the constant fast paced life with little time to appreciate some of the things life has to offer.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    May 4, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    Take a breath CHarlie in Sylmar, no one and I mean no one is forcing their religion on you. There are plenty of other places that are open on Sundays, go ahead and shop there, its going to be ok....the only group of people who are forcing any belief on someone else is the "no religion" crowd. The beliefs of the athiests and agnostics are much more powerful than those who believe in religious tenets and want to adhere to them. It is quite scary how secular this nation is becoming, and once it does, the country as we know it is finished.

  • manaen Buena Park, CA
    April 26, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    I enjoyed this article very much and admire people like "King" Firoz and Eli Herring for their no-work-on-Sunday adherence.

    Is it too much to hope that the Deseret News itself would return to this principle after dropping it not so long ago?

  • valleygirl16 St. George, utah
    Nov. 4, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    Thanks Lee Benson for sharing another article about a remarkable human being. I appreciate the stories that you uncover about people, who are usually behind the scenes, making a difference. King is truly a fine example of integrity, in a world that doesn't see a whole lot of that any more.

  • ldmcshane Monterey, CA
    Nov. 3, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    Firoz Husein is my Bishop, and I can attest to the fact that this article only reveals the tip of the iceberg that is his great character and integrity. He is a wonderful example to all who come in contact with him and he is a truly humble person.

  • rltracy Orem, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    I am amazed and grateful for those who are able to stand against corporate disruptions of any kind but especially standing up for the Sabbath because breaking it has become necessity for many just to survive.

    Some occupations cannot stop for the Sabbath such as caring for sick people, feeding animals or watering plants but whenever possible, industry should stop and allow time and space to think, breathe,feel and especially to worship. The world would be a better place with more inspiration and a little less noise and speed.

  • charlie91342 Sylmar, CA
    Nov. 1, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    this "not on Sunday" thing isn't such a big deal. Most employees get a couple of days off a week, unless overtime is needed to get caught up. Whether those days include Sunday or not is irrelevant. Making Sunday off as mandatory is just another way for religion to try to control our lives.

    and Dorothy | 8:56 a.m - those people working on Sunday have other days off. If the store was closed on Sunday, there would be less jobs for people. You understand that, right?

    I can understand construction firms being closed on Sunday, but all retail businesses should be open on Sundays - it is the day when the other weekday workers can shop! you all do a disservice if you are closed on Sunday. if you are closed on Sunday, where will those construction workers shop?

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    Oct. 31, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    Great. Someone who understands what the Sabbath is.
    Hobbyist, not so much.

  • gizmo33 St. George, Utah
    Oct. 31, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Hobbyis if you dont agree with his ethics then dont work for him. I dont work on Saturdays or Sundays or Holidays no one that works for me complains. some employees have paticular religous programs and I make sure that they all get their time off for their activities. I have people of many religeons that work for me and they all get what time they need to be active in their beliefs and I do beleive in - we dont work on Sundays - this mentality that not working sundays is shoving ones religeous views down someones throat is idiotic ! and by the way Im not a member of any religeon so what would be your opinion of me not working my company on sunday's ?

  • CalinCA Fountain Valley, CA
    Oct. 31, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    I agree with Southern California, Hobbyist doesn't have to work for anybody and can go on welfare. It's Husein's business, and how he runs it, as long as he does it ethically and morally, is up to him. He is the boss and makes the rules.

    Like Husein, I had my own business and if somebody didn't like my rules, they could leave. Better yet, if they didn't follow all my rules, they were asked to leave. And we didn't work on Sunday, no smoking (even when it was acceptable) no drinking and no profanity.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Oct. 31, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    @ Hobbyist

    As if religion is forced on his employees. He let's them know how he runs his company. No one is forced to work for him. And I have yet to see anyone in any part of the world (and I've been all around this world a number of times) who ever complains about having Sunday off. It's not like he's requiring they go to church. For those who hold Saturday as their Sabbath, he'd no doubt let them have that day off along with Sunday. How silly can we become while claiming we're to "honor diversity?"

  • Southern California Redondo Beach, CA
    Oct. 31, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    What a great story. Loved it.
    And to "Hobbyist": the boss gets to make the rules. Never heard of that?

  • Hobbyist Sandy, UT
    Oct. 31, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    Why is this a good story? Why doesn't he keep his employees from working on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath? Or, why doesn't he give them Wednesday's off or let his employees choose? This is why people don't like a particular view of religion forced on them. Honor the diversity of people, don't force your opinions on them.

  • azgal Buckeye, AZ
    Oct. 31, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    Yay for Firoz, showing us that we CAN adhere to our principles, and be blessed for it. Thanks for a nice news story!

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Oct. 31, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    King is an example that we could all do well to emulate. In this world where acquiring the most amount money and profits possible has been deemed the most the uppermost focus and goal, it is wonderfully refreshing to hear that self-respect, charity, and pursuit of spiritual values is what truly merits our time and efforts.

    Without a doubt, "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6: 10), and "though I have ... all faith, ... and have not charity, I am nothing.

    Thank you, Firoz "King" Husein, for providing us the model we should all follow, including business executives and especially politicians.

  • Poppa Al Fruit Heights, UT
    Oct. 31, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    What a wonderful story. Kudos to Lee and the Dnews for a story of success and self worth. Very uplifting. Thank you for a great story!

  • Chickenchaser Centralia, WA
    Oct. 31, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    "One stubborn Indian" huh. We avoid shopping on Sunday like a plague. Costco's hours are sufficient for us, and in both retail stores where I was emloyed we NEVER worked on Sunday. Its a day for your children, eachother and the rest of the human race to slow down to soak in the out doors.

  • C. Darwin Sandy, UT
    Oct. 31, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    What a sucess story of immigration and assimilation in a new country. WELL DONE King.

  • Dorothy Provo, UT
    Oct. 31, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    What a great example to so many - Mormons and non-Mormons alike. We are all pushed to the brink being busy with life's demands but he set a standard for himself and his workers that allows for a day of rest. Now if Costco and other stores would close on Sunday, those workers would get a rest too.

  • rford28213 Draper, UT
    Oct. 31, 2010 5:37 a.m.

    The world needs more businessmen like Firoz!! I've never met Firoz but would be honored to do such one day. Keep up the hard work, and remember...never on Sundays!!