Any Places You Won't Do Business With & Why?

Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Are there any stores, (online. brick & mortar), companies, or services that you refuse to do business with?

The reasons you won't do business are what I'm looking for. Did you have shitty customer service? Are you opposed to the business practices or beliefs of the owners? Are they overpriced? Poor treatment of their workforce? Whatever the reason, even if it's just because the checkout person gives you the creeps, or your think they are too far from you to make travel worthwhile, I am curious about why you won't give them your business.
06/09/2013
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Nezzie13 Nezzie13
There are plenty of individual restaurants and fast food places that I avoid because of crappy customer service. I won't shop at certain clothing stores because they use their customers as billboards. There's a small, privately-owned clothing store in a mall here that I won't shop at because the owner has racist hiring practices. I try not to buy products from a very large corporation that's flooding the market with GMOs and is actively resisting legislation that would require them to identify those foods. I'm thinking of boycotting a certain meat company because of the way their workers are treated.
I firmly believe that consumers matter, and that we vote with our dollars. It's hard to know who to trust, but once it's been proven to me that something is wrong I won't accept it.
06/09/2013
Mwar Mwar
If I could, I would shop almost solely at Mom & Pop shops.
06/09/2013
Real or memorex Real or memorex
Hooters, Chick-fil-A, and Curves are all on my shitlist. Back when Blockbuster mattered, I wouldn't rent from Blockbuster.
06/09/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by Nezzie13
There are plenty of individual restaurants and fast food places that I avoid because of crappy customer service. I won't shop at certain clothing stores because they use their customers as billboards. There's a small, privately-owned clothing ... More
Good for you! Even financially strapped as I am, I make the best decisions I can when buying, I understand people can't always afford to not shop somewhere based on a company's policies, but give me crappy service & I don't care how cheap it is, I won't go there. I agree, why give your money to them when you can support the competition! There are so many shenanigans going on in retail it's hard to find places that you can afford & also agree with, but every little bit helps.
06/09/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by Mwar
If I could, I would shop almost solely at Mom & Pop shops.
No kidding! It's the damn money issue sometimes, but if it's bad enough, either the product or the service, I will not go back!
06/09/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
Walmart, Chick-Fil-A, Hooters, and now (sadly) Old Navy and their affiliates.

Walmart, because of their horrible business practices. Sure, they treat their actual U.S. employees like crap, but they also source products from factories like the one in Bangladesh that burned down with the doors locked, killing over 100 people, and the shrimp supplier in Thailand who was essentially using slave labor. How do you guys think they can profit off such low prices?
06/09/2013
humblepie humblepie
Abercrombie & Fitch, and American Apparel are the only ones I can think of at the moment! I didn't list Hooters because even if their business practices were better I wouldn't eat there just because their model doesn't appeal to me.

Edit: Almost forgot Milanoo and their many, many puppet sites!
06/09/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by humblepie
Abercrombie & Fitch, and American Apparel are the only ones I can think of at the moment! I didn't list Hooters because even if their business practices were better I wouldn't eat there just because their model doesn't appeal to ... More
Oh yeah, I forgot about A&F! Do tell--what's the deal with American Apparel?
06/10/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by FieryRed
Walmart, Chick-Fil-A, Hooters, and now (sadly) Old Navy and their affiliates.

Walmart, because of their horrible business practices. Sure, they treat their actual U.S. employees like crap, but they also source products from factories like the ... More
They also profit because they pay sub-poverty wages to their employees thus qualifying those people for state medicaid - they have found the loophole in the national law requiring them, (as all the other companies over a certain number of employees must do), to provide health care to their employees. So they have the state doing it for them for free! Can you imagine the profit they pocket just from that alone? And it was all carefully thought out as a strategy! Now at least California is trying to do something about closing that loophole. Talk about the gall? I'm appalled it took this long for the government to hold them accountable! ....Sorry about the rant
06/10/2013
Ryuson Ryuson
I tend to avoid more than boycott places. Like, I avoid Chick-Fil-A (political) and Dennys (personal) unless someone I'm with REALLY wants to go there or they're the only option.
06/10/2013
jr2012 jr2012
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Originally posted by humblepie
Abercrombie & Fitch, and American Apparel are the only ones I can think of at the moment! I didn't list Hooters because even if their business practices were better I wouldn't eat there just because their model doesn't appeal to ... More
oh yes, those stores are just so far away from my wheelhouse. Not a political issue, but their clothes will NEVER look good one me or fit with how I want to look.

Let us not mention how much I avoid Home Depot...I NEVER get any help there (probably because I'm a short girly girl in my 20's). But short girly girls need home improvement stuff too! I shop at some of the smaller local hardware stores and get great service.

Also, shoe departments in mall anchor stores. Another place I don't get service (do people just don't think I have money? because I do!). I need a shoe store that keeps all it's boxes out for me to go through, like DSW.
06/10/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by jr2012
oh yes, those stores are just so far away from my wheelhouse. Not a political issue, but their clothes will NEVER look good one me or fit with how I want to look.

Let us not mention how much I avoid Home Depot...I NEVER get any help there ... More
My partner introduced me to DSW recently...very dangerous store! I found the most awesomest pair of black satin pleated strappy heels with ARCH SUPPORT for my high arches, at--what was it--something like 60% off!
06/10/2013
humblepie humblepie
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Originally posted by FieryRed
Oh yeah, I forgot about A&F! Do tell--what's the deal with American Apparel?
Similar discriminative hiring (make sure to send in a full body photo with your resume!) and racist hiring practices. More here! I used to avoid them because of all the sexual harassment allegations made about the company CEO/founder, but they've all been dismissed.
06/10/2013
spiced spiced
I refuse to do business with AT&T, because of their unwavering support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), their opposition to net neutrality — and the way they treated an elderly relative of mine when she had a dispute with them over some of the charges on her bill.

I agree about "avoiding" as opposed to outright boycotting, for the most part. I don't buy gas from Exxon or Mobil, because of the way they handled the Valdez spill — but I have bought gas there on a couple of occasions when I was running on fumes in the middle of nowhere.
06/10/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by humblepie
Similar discriminative hiring (make sure to send in a full body photo with your resume!) and racist hiring practices. More here! I used to avoid them because of all the sexual harassment allegations made about the company CEO/founder, but they've ... More
Ahhh, I see! Thanks for sharing that--adding them to my list (not that I've ever shopped there).
06/11/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by spiced
I refuse to do business with AT&T, because of their unwavering support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), their opposition to net neutrality — and the way they treated an elderly relative of mine when she had a dispute with them ... More
Oh, yes, forgot about them too! And of course, if your choice is buying from them or being stranded in the desert, well, priorities and all.
06/11/2013
humblepie humblepie
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Originally posted by FieryRed
Ahhh, I see! Thanks for sharing that--adding them to my list (not that I've ever shopped there).
Haha yeah, I never felt welcome even walking near that store! But I definitely keep it in mind.
06/11/2013
humblepie humblepie
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Originally posted by FieryRed
Ahhh, I see! Thanks for sharing that--adding them to my list (not that I've ever shopped there).
Haha yeah, I never felt welcome even walking near that store! But I definitely keep it in mind.
06/11/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Well, it looks like with the Paula Deen incident, stores are boycotting her. But that's because they already know many of their customers are not going to want to buy anything with her name, (at least for now). So, it can go both ways, but it reminded me of this thread and I decided to check for new posts since I last read it.

Any new stores to add to this? And please, mention your reason(s) for refusing to shop there. As I mentioned in my intro, I am curious about the reason(s), partially because I may not know about the issues.
06/25/2013
meow111 meow111
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Originally posted by Mwar
If I could, I would shop almost solely at Mom & Pop shops.
and you almost always get better service at mom and pop places
06/26/2013
Bill220 Bill220
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Originally posted by Mwar
If I could, I would shop almost solely at Mom & Pop shops.
Same here. But having said that, I won't shop at one of the local grocery store chains in my area for a variety of reasons. I also refuse to buy any products from General Motors because of the bailout thing.
06/26/2013
novanilla novanilla
I am a vegan so I boycott everything with animal products, so I guess in effect I boycott companies that offer very few if any vegan products, such as Jello, Coach, Nestle, and Outback Steakhouse.

I prefer not to go to places that have refused to provide health care to their employees under the new laws, such as Applebees.

I don't buy from companies like Hollister or Abercrombie and Fitch that have racist, ableist, chauvinist, and fat-phobic policies that ask for "girls next door" or whatever and require women who work there to follow tons of stupid appearance rules.

I am now boycotting Disney because an intern was raped there and posted her story, which is that Disney did absolutely nothing.

Overall, it's very easy for me to boycott these things and I don't even think about them unless asked, and then I have to really think. Applebees and A&F were never on my favorites list so it was pretty easy to avoid them when I deemed them to be evil.
06/26/2013
No-nita No-nita
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Originally posted by novanilla
I am a vegan so I boycott everything with animal products, so I guess in effect I boycott companies that offer very few if any vegan products, such as Jello, Coach, Nestle, and Outback Steakhouse.

I prefer not to go to places that have refused ... More
WHOA thank you for the heads up about Disney. Some places I can't afford to boycott (Walmart, as much as I hate to support them, is the most affordable store in my area for pretty much everything - we don't really have a choice) but Disney, after pulling something like that, is definitely on my shit list.
06/26/2013
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
TGI Fridays (restaurant) Is the only one that specifically comes to mind.

Had absolutely horrible service and when I called the waitress/management out on it, they pretty much laughed at us. Yep....their food wasn't that good anyway so no loss.
06/26/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by No-nita
WHOA thank you for the heads up about Disney. Some places I can't afford to boycott (Walmart, as much as I hate to support them, is the most affordable store in my area for pretty much everything - we don't really have a choice) but Disney, ... More
The alleged rape happened after he took her and her children on a free tour of the Magic Kingdom, according to arrest records.

Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said Thursday that Brookins had been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

The sheriff's sex-crimes unit is trying to determine if Brookins used his "Friends and Family" discount to book bargain-rate rooms for other women and used his employee pass to provide them with free admission to Disney theme parks.

"Our investigation into Mr. Brookins is looking into whether he has made similar offers to other guests," sheriff's spokesman Jim Solomons said Thursday afternoon. "We want to make sure there are no other victims."


Source

He's been arrested, placed on unpaid leave and is being investigated by the company; how is that "nothing"?

(oops that was supposed to be a general reply, not a reply to no-nita)
06/26/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
Dell Computers...cuz they suck and their Tech support is atrocious.
06/26/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
Thanks for all the replies, everyone! I didn't know a lot of these and it's nice to know now, but I am too lazy to find all this info on my own, hence the discussion Actually it's not all laziness, I have a difficult time following the news because I get upset & that is the last thing I need, so I avoid it, especially when it's about stuff I can't control. At least this info helps me choose where not to use my money, something I can control.
06/26/2013
wetone123 wetone123
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Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
Thanks for all the replies, everyone! I didn't know a lot of these and it's nice to know now, but I am too lazy to find all this info on my own, hence the discussion Actually it's not all laziness, I have a difficult time following the ... More
I get the same way about the news. I quit watching it because it's so upsetting and I can't do anything about it. But on subject Walmart is on the very top of my shit list. The other places mentioned here for shopping, I've never been to except Home Depot and I have to go there sometimes. As far as the restaurants mentioned none of them are very good, so I just never went back. I guess I only avoid Walmart because about twice a year-I HAVE to go there. Gives me the creeps too. I've had the worst experiences there! Also, I disagree with all their work ethics that everyone has mentioned. Devil Incarnate, I say!
06/26/2013
humblepie humblepie
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Originally posted by Ansley
The alleged rape happened after he took her and her children on a free tour of the Magic Kingdom, according to arrest records.

Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger said Thursday that Brookins had been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of ... More
This is a different story than the one I saw going around tumblr, which is what I assume novanilla was talking about. In that account, an intern working at Disney was raped after a party by a coworker. Due to the trauma and her resulting stress, she did not report it for a few months, and when she did was told she should have fought back harder/it was her fault for drinking/was lying because she wanted him to be her boyfriend but he turned her down. The woman also said she was advised to dress up and "make him jealous" when she told a counselor she was nervous about seeing him again at parties. In the end she quit and went back home. When she called to check in on her report, she was told it had been "taken care of" but that they weren't allowed to tell her anything else. She then contacted another co-worker, who told her that the guy who raped her was still working in the park as usual.

I'm having difficulty finding the full post, but you can read about it here.
06/26/2013
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