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Family Dollar president to appear on “Undercover Boss”

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Dustin Peck - FAMILY DOLLAR
Mike Bloom

An executive at one of the Charlotte area’s biggest companies recently got a taste of the working stiff’s life: Family Dollar President Mike Bloom will appear on the CBS show “Undercover Boss” on Friday night.

The reality show takes high-level executives and disguises them so they can mingle with ordinary employees at their company and see what it’s like.

“Bloom faces his fear of heights when learning to operate a forklift that takes him 35 feet into the air, nearly blows his rock ‘n’ roll disguise when one employee invites him to a jam session and more,” the Matthews-based discount company said in its description of the episode.

A promotional photograph shows Bloom transformed from a suited executive in a tie and glasses to a shaggy-haired worker sporting a ragged goatee and a bright orange Family Dollar shirt. He worked in some of the company’s stores and a distribution center.

The episode is set to air at 8 p.m. Friday on CBS.

Bloom is the second local executive to take a spin undercover with employees for the show. Former Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre also appeared on “Undercover Boss” before the company moved to Charlotte.

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