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Forbes Lists Top Corporate Hate Web Sites

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the forbesucks dept.

Businesses 456

windowpain writes "You've seen them. Maybe you've made one, like Walmart-blows.com or Paypalsucks.com. Now Forbes.com has a 'Special Report' devoted to what it considers the best of them. 'The following nine sites--there were ten, but one went unexpectedly dark during the editing of this story--are the crème de la crème of online rage. Note that we substantially cleaned up some of the posts, editing out odd capitulation schemes, iffy grammar and plain incoherence. Apparently blinding anger does not go hand in hand with dotting your i's and crossing your t's.' Maybe this will become an annual thing like the Forbes 400 and the Fortune 500." (I wonder what a capitulation scheme is.)

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Well... (5, Funny)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894690)

I wonder what a capitulation scheme is.

They probably meant "odd capitalization scheme." YoU THiNk, hUh?

Actually, at first I read it as "odd copulation schemes," which makes a lot more sense, doesn't it? * fp

Re:Well... (1)

Tongo (644233) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894746)

Actually, at first I read it as "odd copulation schemes,"

Your're not the only one. I figured they were talking about where the company in question could stick various objects or with whom (themselves) they could copulate with.

Re:Well... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894965)

I'm thinking that a capitulation scheme is the plan of how to entice or coerce the company in question to change their objectionable behavior to one which is less objectionable... as in the company will capitulate to the demands of the web site.

Re:Well... (3, Funny)

mog007 (677810) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894977)

I'm suprised sco.com isn't on the list.

What? Oh you mean hate site, not HATED site. Gotcha.

Re:Well... (3, Funny)

hawk (1151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895055)

I found that odd. Normally, slashdot doesn't need to find stories that *already* have grammar erros . . .


Capitulation... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894698)

That's what that last site that went dark did..

Why Slashdot didn't make the cut (5, Funny)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894699)

It's really a multi purpose hate site, hating so many things/companies. This list was more directed to sites that hated a single thing/company.

Re:Why Slashdot didn't make the cut (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894810)

Yeah. I prefer sites that stick to hating one thing [adequacy.org].

Re:Why Slashdot didn't make the cut (1)

DianeOfTheMoon (863143) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895050)

Oh,I'm sorry, I must be in the wrong place. I thought this was a MiCRo$oFT SuCKz site. My mistake.

hmm... (4, Funny)

eobanb (823187) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894709)

I didn't notice an SBCsucks or an SBCblows. That's weird, because SBC really really sucks. Well, at least they did until one of their technicians accidently cut power to my high school. I love you, SBC! *Goes to register ilovesbc.com*

Re:hmm... (1)

Ark42 (522144) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894748)

SBC that bad, Really? SBC offered 6.0/608 ADSL for $44/month over a year ago. I've had it for over a year now, virtually no down time, free modem/router/wireless thing, free install. I've got people on the 1.5/384 plan when it was 26.95/month and its down to 19.95/month now, with no long distance required. Just a basic phone line (which sucks, but hey, cable requires basic TV around here, which is the $40/month package, not the $13/month locals-only cable packet).

Re:hmm... (1)

Suppafly (179830) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894786)

26.95/month and its down to 19.95/month now, with no long distance required.

They changed it this year, you now how to have their all-distance plan or have them pic'd as your ld carrier.

Re:hmm... (1)

Gates82 (706573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895081)

You have obviously never had to deal with SBC's customer service. Their technical people know nothing. I have called several times, usually resolving the issues on my own. Only once have I had a tech willing to stay on the line and find out if my switch was down and actually pinpoint the issue.

I could not complain about the line speed or the reliability until recently. For approximately a year I had the 3.0/384 and was receiving closer to 5.5/512 at a constant pace. Lately the line will be stable and then all-over the palce (like cable) with horible upload. DSL reports clocked the upload at 5K (WOW).

So who is hotter? Ali or Ali's sister?

Re:hmm... (1)

painandgreed (692585) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894995)

I didn't notice an SBCsucks or an SBCblows. That's weird, because SBC really really sucks.

What do you have against Seattle's Best Coffee. Sure, they were bought out by Starbuck's but their coffee is still a step above Starbuck's normal line of coffees. It's not a small independant coffee stand but it'll still get you going in the morning.

Where does one get a job like this ? (5, Funny)

jephthah (681398) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894712)

To honor these quixotic champions, we spent hours trawling the Web looking for the very best corporate hate sites.

Best Buy (4, Interesting)

kidgenius (704962) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894713)

I'm surprised Best Buy Sux [bestbuysux.org] didn't make the list

Re:Best Buy (0)

tkavanaugh (863507) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894753)

I was thinking the same thing, as an ex-employee i made a rather lengthy contribution to bestbuysuxs.org a few years ago, still like to go browse through it, ahh the memories

Re:Best Buy (4, Interesting)

loraksus (171574) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895084)

Agreed. I'm surprised that their "forced illegal door search" policy hasn't resulted in a shooting, or at least a firearm being drawn.

Someone could technically make a citizen's arrest for false imprisonment, assault, battery and possibly kidnapping against store employees.

I believe there was a case not too long ago where Best Buy employees used several vehicles to box in a suspected (and, of course, innocent) customer's vehicle who was attempting to leave the lot. Police were called, charges were filed against the employees.

Fucking moronic, if you ask me, to use your personal vehicle in such a manner, or even considering using force to stop someone stealing from your store if you're not in loss prevention, but hey, if you're working there, you're not the brightest bulb in the tree (or you're desperate for money and are stealing shit left and right)

Citizen's arrest laws violate from state to state (I believe in KY you are permitted to kill fleeing felons, while in some states you can't sue private parties for false arrest)
What I'm trying to say is, that if a shooting should happen, it shouldn't exactly been unexpected. Best Buy has had a history of illegal searches / false imprisonment, and the courts are aware of this. How they don't get bitchslapped by a judge with a nice juicy judgement, I have no idea.
At least the dead employee's family should get a couple bucks after a lawyer buys a new yacht with the legal fees.

Chrysler and Epinions (5, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894730)

A number of years ago I wrote an opinion in Epinions regarding a brand new Dodge truck I had purchased (the new ones in 1994 just after the redesign). The opinion was written after about four years of ownership. One week after writing the opinion I had a lawyer (presumably from Chrysler) call me and threaten libel. I replied all I wrote down were the facts. Nothing more and that I had all documentation to back up my claims. If he would like, I could create a website with all of the documentation. I never heard back, but it was that kind of treatment that unfortunately convinced me to never purchase another product from them again. it's too bad, because they do have some of the most exciting products out there, but they simply cannot build them reliably and their customer service (even at the supposed 5 star dealerships was atrocious).

Re:Chrysler and Epinions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894913)

Wow, I had a Chrysler (a '97 Intrepid, to be specific) for about a year and that's all it took for me to decide not to buy stuff from THAT company any more.

Re:Chrysler and Epinions (1)

mrseigen (518390) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894982)

I had roughly the same experience with their manufacturing quality as you did, except with a 1993 Dodge Caravan. Engine failure, broken switches, peeling paint. Every time it went into the shop, it was another three-hour dissertation with the idiot customer service.

Re:Chrysler and Epinions (1)

Sebby (238625) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895011)

Count Ford out too. With exploding gas tanks and loose tie-rod ends, I would never, EVER buy their crap.

Re:Chrysler and Epinions (1)

Humorously_Inept (777630) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895037)

For what it's worth, I have nothing but wonderful things to say about my Chrysler Cirrus LXi. Except for a few minor quibbles like squeaky brakes and a child lock that will not unlock on the rear passenger side, the car has performed flawlessly since purchase and has not required any service outside of regular maintenance. I'm still riding the original brake pads, tires, battery, timing belt, etc. The stuff just doesn't die... That or it's planning to die all at once.

I 100% agree with you, though, that their five stars are absolutely no guarantee of quality service. I went from dealer to dealer in my town for scheduled maintenance and eventually gave up and started doing it myself. There's no way an oil and filter change takes half a day. Especially when I have to make an appointment a week in advance. The squeaky brakes and child lock that would not disengage? "Fixed" numerous times by various five star service centers.

They didn't get my favourite (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894732)

There's this great anti-Microsoft website [slashdot.org] that I visit, now and then.

Re:They didn't get my favourite (1)

jd (1658) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895019)

Slashdot hates and supports everything with even measure, at the appropriate time. Sometimes repeatedly. As such, it is probably the only website in existance that suffers from multiple personality disorder.

what about slashdot? (4, Funny)

pedantic bore (740196) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894733)

aka the 'SCO haters web site'?

Re:what about slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894811)

and this [scosucks.com]?

Re:what about slashdot? (4, Funny)

eobanb (823187) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894893)

Why did you create this site?

CmdrTaco: If there was any way to make a lot of money by posting the same article several times in the same day, I was going to discover that way.

What would Microsoft/SCO/RIAA/whoever need to do for you to take down this site?

Taco: For one, if they all stopped advertising on here, I'd have no source of revenue now, would I...

Typical Post:

CleverHandle1337 writes, CNET is reporting on a clear case of abuse of patent law, which is not unlike a slashdot story from yesterday. Insert unnecessary flamebait comment from slashdot admin here at end of article.

Capitulation scheme is a French thing (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894739)

Unless you're bred to surrender, you wouldn't understand.

capitulation scheme (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894754)

that would be FrenchArmySucks.com.

Re:capitulation scheme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894852)

that would be FrenchArmySucks.com.

Would this be before or after the French helped your sorry asses defeat the British so you could actually become your own country?

UPS positive attitude (5, Insightful)

snerfu (43580) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894773)

I like the way this was PR handled from UPS for the website UnitedPackageSmashers.com:

Company Says:
"We do know of the site. Because we live in a free society, people have the right to their opinion, and we recognize that people will use the Internet to voice their opinion. We believe that customers can get much more valuable and accurate information from our site."

Thats much better than a legal notice claiming a violation of some act, and gives them a leg up in my book. On a side note I wonder how forbes has/would handle something like forbessucks.com.

Re:UPS positive attitude (2, Interesting)

kidgenius (704962) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894808)

What I found rather shocking was verizon's very unprofessional reply. They resorted to calling the website "patheric" and "lame". Hmm...I wonder if VerizonPathetic struck a nerve of some kind.

Re:UPS positive attitude (1)

stinkyfingers (588428) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894826)

I like the PR for Verizon's reaction to their hate site. Calling the site "pathetic" and "lame" gives the proper level of we-don't-care you want in your reaction. Maybe I have a future at the corporate level after all.

"What's really pathetic is not Verizon but this sort of lame Web site. In this day and age, anyone with a gripe can put up a Web site and make outrageous claims as the authors of this one did."

Re:UPS positive attitude (1)

Facekhan (445017) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894911)

Seriously UPS does play football with the packages. They are inferior to Fedex in almost every way except price where they are usually just a tiny bit cheaper. UPS package pick up locations are staffed by the most idiotic and rude people I have ever had to deal with especially when compared to Fedex staff. For very small non-fragile items and large non-fragile non-time-sensitive items you are safe with UPS but anything fragile and lighter than 50 pounds will be used for sport. I have been outright told this by UPS employees.

Re:UPS positive attitude (5, Informative)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894934)

On a side note I wonder how forbes has/would handle something like forbessucks.com.

They have/would have bought it [whois.sc].

Forbes, Inc.
60 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011 US

Domain Name: forbessucks.com

Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com
Registrar Whois: whois.markmonitor.com
Registrar Homepage: http://www.markmonitor.com

Administrative Contact:
Filipe Carreira
Forbes, Inc.
60 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011 US

How do they decide? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894781)

Whether to go with 'sucks' or 'blows.' Are there corporate entities so bad they simultaneously suck and blow? Perhaps we need a new ascii value for not hearting something.

Re:How do they decide? (5, Funny)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894848)

Whether to go with 'sucks' or 'blows.'

Depends on the product, I guess. Saying that a vacuum sucks would be a compliment. So it blows. For a similar reason, a badly broken hairdryer sucks...

If Microsoft ever made a product that wouldn't suck, it would be a vacuum cleaner!

If Windows(TM) sucked... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894946)

If Windows(TM) sucked at least it would be good for something.

Adams Garden of Eatin, RIP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894795)

Setting up a web site wth ones factual experiences with the appropriate keywords often does the trick.

Adam's RIP.
ATT sinking fast.
Moe's at Ansley struggling.

But the biggest suckass of them all is Dunn and Bradstreet and their legalized 'extortion'.

"you can't do business without Dunn and Bradstreet" says the little bitch who shows up without an appointment as she is sent on her way to harass their next 'victim'

They forgot... (4, Funny)

IgD (232964) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894799)


The site is outrageous. Apparenly a bunch of -1 posters got together and set it up. I think it's meant to be funny more than an attempt at serious criticism.

Re:They forgot... (4, Funny)

XFilesFMDS1013 (830724) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894926)

We are in jihad against the editors of slashdot. We will not stop until our demands our met. Until that time, we will conduct civil disobedience on slashdot by constantly pointing out the editors' transgressions and discrediting slashdot as a news site.

Yes...news site, one that reports everyone else's news. Plus, "editors' transgressions"? WTF? Like posting dupes? I mean, come on, that's never happened. And if it did, I'm sure at least one person would post about it.

And under demands, The editors show journalistic integrity in the production of slashdot.


Forbes Features an anti-microsoft site (1)

jephthah (681398) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894820)

heres the quote Forbes pulls from the (representative?) Anti-microsoft website site

What drug am I "on" you must be wondering? I am on the ecstasy that my laptop is mine, the toxin of Open Source. --- Oh yes, Baby! ---Sweet, sweet, sweet like candy after staying with a diabetic, sweet Linux.

When Forbes confronted Microsoft about this, their reply was

No Comment

Where's Dell? (4, Interesting)

Hollins (83264) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894823)

I'm surprised an anti-Dell site is not on the list.

The experiences I have had lately from Dell in getting hardware repairs made under service contract are some of the worst experiences I have ever had dealing with any company. And I've talked to a number of folks who have had similar experiences.

Ten years ago, Dell was one of my favorite companies.

How so? (1)

glrotate (300695) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894943)

We've got 1000's of Dell PCs. AFAIK when a drive crashes or a MB fails one is overnighted without much grief. I believe Dell is highly regarded for their excellent Tech Support. We don't use their servers, so I can't comment on that side of things.

Re:How so? (1)

stinkwinkerton (609110) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895012)

Their TS has gone to the crapper in the last three years. Especially on systems that you don't pay for their "Gold" support on. However, if you have "thousands" of Dell PC's, then most likely you have on-site techs that are Dell certified and can get their replacement stuff without contacting dell. Most don't have that luxury. As many of my cohorts have said lately, "Dell Smells."

Re:Where's Dell? (1)

hawk (1151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895027)

I'm surprised an anti-Dell site is not on the list.

What's sthe point?

The purpose of those sites is to get the word out. *Everyone* knows someone who owns a Dell . . .

"Dude, you've been Delled"

For crying out loud, on this laptop, the case squaks when I typeo on the right-hand side of the keyboard, while the drive bay cocvers fell off of the big one in gthe first week . . . (no, i didn't have a choice of brands)


Capitulation Scheme: (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894828)

That's where they come up with bizarre revenge plots that wouldn't make it into a B-movie because it's too far-fetched. You know, like setting up porno screensavers at Suck-Mart, changing the passwords, then announcing a special on computers over the PA.

Generally, it's what they'd love to do but don't have the guts (nor inclination to spend years in jail / debt) to actually follow through.

yeah yeah, this is more important (-1, Offtopic)

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Capitulation on Wikipedia (3, Funny)

asoap (740625) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894856)

Capitulation according to wikipedia [wikipedia.org]

I guess this is the point where jokes about France start, or *cough* viet nam *cough*.

Re:Capitulation on Wikipedia (1)

RealAlaskan (576404) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894912)

I guess this is the point where jokes about France start, or *cough* viet nam *cough*.

France or Viet Nam? Didn't France lead the way there, by capitulating in Viet Nam roughly 20 years before we did?

France and Viet Nam would make more sense.

Re:Capitulation on Wikipedia (1)

Sique (173459) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895092)

The U.S. didn't actually surrender in Vietnam, they called it a Truce and withdrew their troups. Your mileage may vary, but this is the official version. :)

Capitulation scheme (1)

windowpain (211052) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894862)

When I was writing this I was going to comment that the writer probably meant "capitalization scheme," meaning the way some people capitalize Random Words in their Posts.

But then I figured maybe he was referring to what the site makers want in return for tearing down their sites (i.e., how they expect the enemy corporation to capitulate).

nothing like a bit of rage (5, Interesting)

loraksus (171574) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894867)

Although, to be fair, a bunch of these companies have recurring issues.
Paypal, with its "we can suspend your account and you can't do fuckal about it, hooray, we get to keep your money". Allstate, with it's "musical chair claims adjusters".
Don't even get me started about UAL.
It isn't like people don't know about the shady shit these companies do, it happens pretty often, and if the company is a bunch of shits, contacting the BBB won't get you anywhere. State attorney generals haven't stepped in either in the cases of most of these companies.
I interviewed at UPS and we did a tour, a monitor fell off a conveyor belt. Everyone heard the tube pop, and the crash of glass, but one of the employees just tossed it back as if nothing had happened. As we were walking away, we heard another one drop and the sound of smashing glass.

Re:nothing like a bit of rage (5, Funny)

Gregg Alan (8487) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894929)

I interviewed at UPS and we did a tour, a monitor fell off a conveyor belt. Everyone heard the tube pop, and the crash of glass, but one of the employees just tossed it back as if nothing had happened.

That sucks, but the person that shipped these monitors should have put them in boxes.

Re:nothing like a bit of rage (1)

soupdevil (587476) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895064)

UPS handles shipping for our (small) company. If they damage a package they call us immediately, so that we can reship. Damage claims are processed promptly.

Re:nothing like a bit of rage (2, Interesting)

hawk (1151) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895090)

Years ago, I had an ehman monitor--back when a 19" display was gargantuan.

I apparently had an early one, too. The developer discount was great ($600 instead of $900, including the controller car [yes, it was 1-bit]), but . . .

Eventaully, it had a problem. Flyback transformer, iirc.

So I called.

"No problem. Just send it back in the original shipper carton."
"There was not carton."
"It came on a shipping pallete with a huge cardboard wrapped around and a cardboard boxtop."
"Oh. One of *those*. just send it back in whatever."

I could almsot hear him shudderingover the phone . . .

Paypal (1)

glrotate (300695) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894962)

I always found it funny that people were actually willing to give some website their bank account information and let them handle their money. I think suckers are the word I would use to describe them.

UPS Anecdote (2, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895006)

I interviewed at UPS and we did a tour, a monitor fell off a conveyor belt. Everyone heard the tube pop, and the crash of glass, but one of the employees just tossed it back as if nothing had happened. As we were walking away, we heard another one drop and the sound of smashing glass. Un-fucking-believable.

I once worked in the shipping/logistics business and while that may have shocked and disappointed you, it's standard practice. Even a broken CRT must first be delivered before a claim can be filed on it. Sounds bizzare? Why should it? Distribution hubs aren't the portion of a large organization like UPS to handle damage, they just move the stuff, unless as happened at one of our hubs, the cartons themselves are damaged. (Someone lowered a fork on top of a pallet of Sun servers, rookies, sheesh.)

Bile Blog for telling Java like it is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894880)

This should have been on there, even if the subject matter is narrow:

A sample: http://www.jroller.com/page/fate/20040818#alphawor ks_is_a_scam

"IBM's interest in java is predominantly due to Websphere. That delightful tool that IBM KNOWS is nothing more than a very big wankstain on the no longer so virginal application server market. IBM might be full of dimwits and dullards, but they certainly know that to sell websphere, they must avoid all technical people and ensure they only sell to sales/upper management/marketoids, because they're the group that's too detached from the crapulence to know any better."


Fighting the good fight... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894889)

I'm kind of disappointed that they didn't list Radio Shack Sucks [radioshacksucks.com]. RSS was instrumental in organizing a class action against RadioShack, and in response RadioShack tried to lawyer them to death.

propa gramer? (3, Funny)

bairy (755347) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894892)

Note that we substantially cleaned up some of the posts, editing out odd capitulation schemes, iffy grammar and plain incoherence

Perhaps one day Slashdot will steal some of those editors and do that with submissions - well, it's a dream anyway

we actually have one for the company I work for... (4, Interesting)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894895)

And it's actually company policy that anyone accessing it from work is to be terminated.

But it's over 5 years going strong on the (mycompany)sucks.com site...

Re:we actually have one for the company I work for (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895054)

Wow. With a policy like that I can see why there's a sucks.com site for it. Not a bad thing to check out if there's a sucks site for a prospective employer before starting employment.

Re:we actually have one for the company I work for (1)

jd (1658) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895074)

Terminated, not just dismissed... Ulp! Glad I don't work for THAT company! (* Pictures management doing Terminator 2 impressions *)

Nobody mentioned the... (1)

hp46168 (740846) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894910)

Dell sucks web site



HP sucks web site


Actually, that last one is more of a take on Carly Fiorina, than HP itself.

bad writing (0, Flamebait)

fermion (181285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894963)

People always complain about the writing on /. Sure it has some spelling errors, some agreement problem, and many split infinitives, which, of course, is the fault of Star Trek, but generally the writing is quite adequate and readable.

But the writing on walmartblows just makes my head hurt. These are adults, some say with children, and the writing is at about a 6th grade level. I know for a fact that most teachers don't write this bad. I know for a fact that most teachers try to guide students to better writing. Reading the site i was hard pressed to find a single coherent thought. And these are Americans.

I hate to say it, but thank god for walmart because I do not know where else these people could work. No wonder they make nothing. They probably wasted the free education that America provides and then had delusions that someone would give them a high paying job while allowing them to continue to do nothing.

I generally don't shop at walmart, and generally make myself annoying when I do. I wish it would go away. But reading these writing samples just make me wonder if it the simple inability of Americans to aspire to be something more than workers that makes the domination of walmart inevitable.

Crappy Tire (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894969)

In Canada, Canadian Tire actually bought out a corporate hate site that was really gathering steam - www.crappytire.com.

It was a real dilemma for them; buy it out and implicitly acknowledge that the site was pissing them off, or try to ignore the dreadful press that this guy was generating. They went with the former, though it must have hurt to have to register a nasty play on your corporation's name.

BTW, Canadian Tire is just awful - ask any Canadian.

What about?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894981)

Americansblow.com??? Stop trying to take over the world!!!

Re:What about?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894998)

We already have that. Google for Michael Moore's homepage. While the information may not be accurate, its good entertainment nonetheless.

Walmart-blows Stats (1)

MattJakel (815179) | more than 9 years ago | (#11894984)

From walmart-blows.com:

This website went live in late November, 2003. As of today, this website has had over 42,000 unique visitors from over 58 different countries!

They're going to have to significantly update those figures...

Re:Walmart-blows Stats (1)

jd (1658) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895096)

Depends. Visitors are reptilian aliens, and there might not be more than 42,000 unique Visitors left on the planet.

Its the same for anti-gov websites too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11894987)

I created a website that attacked my school district. They tried to discipline me, sabotage my computer access, intimdate me with lawyers, and harass me with school police. All for creating a website at home!

Anything that is a perceived threat to someone's power will not be taken lightly, as I discovered.

Verizon's response is... odd. (2, Funny)

loggia (309962) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895035)

"What's really pathetic is not Verizon but this sort of lame Web site..."

This is as almost as good as T-Mobile saying last week that "The silver lining of this Paris Hilton thing is it is an opportunity for customers to take further steps to protect their data."

Verizon's "Professional" Response (1)

ap0 (587424) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895036)

I found their response amusing:
"What's really pathetic is not Verizon but this sort of lame Web site. In this day and age, anyone with a gripe can put up a Web site and make outrageous claims as the authors of this one did."

Mostly large cities? (1)

Caeda (669118) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895041)

Why does it always seem to be large cities that people are making these complaints from?

Half the time when I find/read a site complaining about some company it's customer complaints about the service in blah blah megatropolis...

Do all these people really not put it together in their heads that it's the local store they go to that sucks, not the whole company?

www.ticketbastard.com (2, Insightful)

Control-G (793543) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895068)

Someone had that name a few years ago, looks like it's down now. They're still bastards.

Caputization (2, Funny)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#11895098)

An "odd capitulation scheme" might go:

1: Set up corporate hate website
2: Demand payoff to comply with corporate "Cease and Desist" order
4: Go unexpectedly dark during editing of Forbes article about you

This is not to be confused with an "odd capitalization scheme", except by your shady accountant.
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