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2012-01-14 10:10:44 AM
You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.
 
2012-01-14 10:27:33 AM

WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.


Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.
 
2012-01-14 10:41:01 AM

a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.


And Comcast.
 
2012-01-14 10:49:25 AM
Glad Sears made the list. Man, they suck.
 
2012-01-14 11:10:08 AM
Apple? GE?

/checks - nope.
 
2012-01-14 11:28:36 AM

walkerhound: Apple? GE?

/checks - nope.


This is a list of the most hated companies.

Apple is not even close to one of them.
 
2012-01-14 11:32:40 AM
List fails with Koch Industries, whose big boss funds the Tea Party, which will happily tear down the government to avoid regulating pollution.
 
2012-01-14 11:49:57 AM

This About That: List fails with Koch Industries, whose big boss funds the Tea Party, which will happily tear down the government to avoid regulating pollution.


Not everyone is as "enlightened" as you are in politics. Not too many people know who the hell they are.
 
2012-01-14 12:18:51 PM

cman: This is a list of the most hated companies.

Apple is not even close to one of them.


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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-14 12:44:14 PM
We considered total return to shareholders in comparison to the broader market and other companies in the same sector during the last year.

Return to shareholders shouldn't affect a hate rating.
 
2012-01-14 12:49:02 PM

GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

 
2012-01-14 12:53:51 PM

Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.


And Haliburton
 
2012-01-14 12:53:51 PM

cman: walkerhound: Apple? GE?

/checks - nope.

This is a list of the most hated companies.

Apple is not even close to one of them.


I'm typing this on an Apple computer and it makes me feel like a douchebag for using an Apple computer. What a ripoff this thing was.
 
2012-01-14 12:59:21 PM

FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

 
2012-01-14 01:03:42 PM
Compared to other leading social media sites, however, Facebook has the lowest customer satisfaction score from the American Customer Satisfaction Index

And yet people look at me like I have a dick growing out of my forehead when I tell them I don't have a Facebook account. So they can't be that hated.

Where the fark is Haliburton? I guess having a no bid contract to rebuild a country their former CEO destroyed isn't as bad as raising rates on movie rentals. Or are people's memory that short?
 
2012-01-14 01:04:10 PM

FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton


And Bank of America.
 
2012-01-14 01:04:46 PM
yawn
misleading headline is misleading

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2012-01-14 01:25:22 PM
xanadian: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

And Bank of America.


And DISH Network.
 
2012-01-14 01:28:28 PM
And United/Continental Airlines.
 
2012-01-14 01:33:35 PM

xanadian: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

And Bank of America.


It's on the list.
 
2012-01-14 01:37:00 PM
Golden Rule insurance.
And Harbinger
And Cerberus
 
2012-01-14 01:37:32 PM

Bathia_Mapes: It's on the list.


Oh, so it is. #7. I guess I didn't see it, that's how much I hate it.
 
2012-01-14 01:43:35 PM
Apple?

Nope. They polled actual consumers, not brainwashed losers squatting in their mom's basements parroting anti-Apple propaganda.
 
2012-01-14 01:47:19 PM
Monsanto? (new window)
 
2012-01-14 01:50:47 PM

xanadian: Bathia_Mapes: It's on the list.

Oh, so it is. #7. I guess I didn't see it, that's how much I hate it.


Blind with hate? Perfectly understandable.
 
2012-01-14 01:52:33 PM

Mugato: Where the fark is Haliburton? I guess having a no bid contract to rebuild a country their former CEO destroyed isn't as bad as raising rates on movie rentals. Or are people's memory that short?


i think this data is based off a consumer satisfaction survey of some sort. Halliburton doesn't really sell things to consumers.
 
2012-01-14 01:53:18 PM
Does anyone actually hate Sears? I thought the national consensus was a resounding "meh" when it comes to them.

Blackwater is missing.
 
2012-01-14 02:03:55 PM

gopher321: Glad Sears made the list. Man, they suck.


Sears is almost certainly doomed and BofA looks likely, so it should make a lot of people (other than their thousands of employees and shareholders) happy when they croak.
 
2012-01-14 02:06:41 PM
I don't see Cablevision or Time Warner Cable on here at all
 
2012-01-14 02:10:20 PM
Netflix still amazes me. Destroying that much goodwill that quickly takes true talent.
 
2012-01-14 02:13:29 PM

Fish in a Barrel: Netflix still amazes me. Destroying that much goodwill that quickly takes true talent.


I know. And I'm not pissed off at them myself as I've no real complaint.

/Comcast is another story.
 
2012-01-14 02:16:15 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: xanadian: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

And Bank of America.

And DISH Network.


And Flowbee!
 
2012-01-14 02:16:28 PM
Walmart, Ford, Lowe's, and Macy*s not on list.

Also Monsanto and ADM.

No Oil companies either.

List invalid.
 
2012-01-14 02:18:09 PM

FloydA: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: xanadian: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

And Bank of America.

And DISH Network.

And Flowbee!


Ugh... responsible for the hairstyles of the midwest and Bill Gates.
 
2012-01-14 02:18:28 PM
The problem is that you need at least 20 slots for the 10 most hated companies list.
 
2012-01-14 02:19:43 PM

This About That: List fails with Koch Industries, whose big boss funds the Tea Party, which will happily tear down the government to avoid regulating pollution.


Do you ever have direct dealings with Koch Industries? Most likely you have no idea what they even make or produce. So how is it going to show up on a list of hated companies based on consumer experience?

/the Koch brothers also give massive amounts of money to the ACLU and Cancer research
 
2012-01-14 02:22:00 PM
Did anyone mention Comcast?

Also I hate Aflac because of their commercials - normally I just ignore commercials, but Aflac has me diving across the room for the mute button.
 
2012-01-14 02:22:38 PM

ZAZ: We considered total return to shareholders in comparison to the broader market and other companies in the same sector during the last year.

Return to shareholders shouldn't affect a hate rating.


Where have you been? That's the ONLY thing that matters anymore.
 
2012-01-14 02:22:48 PM

crotchgrabber: Does anyone actually hate Sears? I thought the national consensus was a resounding "meh" when it comes to them.

Blackwater is missing.


Up until a few months ago I stilled own a Kenmore vacuum cleaner. Went to a sears to pick up replacement bags, found them, and then wandered the store for 30 minutes trying to find someone - anyone - who I could hand money too to pay for them.

/got rid of it based on that awful experience
 
2012-01-14 02:23:43 PM
No Wells Fargo or Bank of America?

That's bullshiat.

An alien race will visit earth on a peace mission, and go to Wells Fargo to open an expense account. A year later the rest of their fleet will turn up an atomize the planet and reduce the inhabitants into digestible proteins.
 
2012-01-14 02:33:39 PM
I don't see Congress anywhere on that list.
 
2012-01-14 02:34:52 PM
List is FUBAR without Time Farking Warner Cable
 
2012-01-14 02:35:11 PM
WHAR FEDERAL RESERVE BANK?

WHAR???



Oh, Goldman Sachs is accepting the award for Fed?

/Never mind
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-14 02:38:08 PM
Reading this thread reminds me of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. We have a list of companies that mostly affect people's everyday lives. When Bank of America is evil that affects the bottom levels of the hierarchy. You could lose your house. When Facebook adds a feature that messes up your social life. Worrying about the politics of rich people, the fate of Iraq, or $10 per capita government waste is a luxury, or not even a luxury but more of abstract pondering on the meaning of life.
 
2012-01-14 02:38:15 PM
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But remember, they're doing God's work. They even said so.
 
2012-01-14 02:41:35 PM

Happy Hours:
Also I hate Aflac because of their commercials - normally I just ignore commercials, but Aflac has me diving across the room for the mute button.


Would also add J.G. Wentworth, and the f*cking Geico ad with the goddamned pig screaming "WHEEE" while sliding down a line.

/Make it stop
 
2012-01-14 02:46:11 PM
We examined each company based on several criteria. We considered total return to shareholders in comparison to the broader market and other companies in the same sector during the last year. We reviewed financial analyst opinions on those companies that are public. We analyzed data from a broad array of sources, including Consumer Reports, JD Power, the MSN/Zogby Poll, ForeSee and the University of Michigan American Customer Satisfaction Index. We also considered negative press based on 24/7 Wall St.'s analysis of media coverage and the Flame Index, which uses a proprietary algorithm to review more than 12,000 websites and ranks companies based on the frequency of negative words. Finally, we considered the views of taxpayers, Congress and the White House - where applicable.

That's why this list fails. 'Okay, first we looked at money. Then we looked at what Wall Street thinks of them. Then we looked at industry sources. Then we asked the media. And then, after we did all that, if we had any time left over, we went ahead and asked Congress and perhaps the general public-- not in every instance, but we thought about asking the general public at some point.'
 
2012-01-14 02:47:36 PM
My Top Ten:

10. Groupon
9. MySpace
8. Delta Airlines
7. United Airlines
6. AT&T
5. American Airlines
4. Comcast
3. News Corp
2. Bank of America
1. Goldman Sachs

Bonus Round:
11. Yahoo
 
2012-01-14 02:52:23 PM

bravian: crotchgrabber: Does anyone actually hate Sears? I thought the national consensus was a resounding "meh" when it comes to them.

Blackwater is missing.

Up until a few months ago I stilled own a Kenmore vacuum cleaner. Went to a sears to pick up replacement bags, found them, and then wandered the store for 30 minutes trying to find someone - anyone - who I could hand money too to pay for them.

/got rid of it based on that awful experience


I'm not a fan of Sears and I'd certainly never finance anything with them but I do have to say their service centers have all the little widgets I've ever needed to fix any of my appliances. And it's pretty nice to pick up a $12 thermal fuse the day I need it than pay some repair guy 80 to do it Thursday if he shows up. Another time, the counter guy saved me spending anything by suggesting I doublecheck the connectors on my dishwasher after it quit (turns out the yellow twist fasteners connecting the power cord and unit had simply vibrated loose after 15 years).

Being unable to find a cashier on one day seems a poor reason to dump functional equipment. Perhaps you should speak louder.
 
2012-01-14 02:54:35 PM

r1niceboy: No Wells Fargo or Bank of America?

That's bullshiat.

An alien race will visit earth on a peace mission, and go to Wells Fargo to open an expense account. A year later the rest of their fleet will turn up an atomize the planet and reduce the inhabitants into digestible proteins.


Bank of America is on the list in the #7 spot.
 
2012-01-14 02:56:34 PM

r1niceboy: No...Bank of America?

That's bullshiat.


Did you even bother clicking on the article, you dumb fark? Why would you make such a complaint about the contents of a list without even looking at it? They have an ENTIRE PARAGRAPH about Bank of America, you twit. Go over to that corner and hang your head in shame.
 
2012-01-14 02:58:58 PM
Exxon farkin' Mobil
 
2012-01-14 03:00:38 PM

bravian: Most likely you have no idea what they even make or produce. So how is it going to show up on a list of hated companies based on consumer experience?


What the fark would make you think that? Anyone with the slightest interest in the future of America had damned well better know what the Koch brothers are about. Here, maybe this will help you:

Koch Industries propaganda arm.

What Koch Industries is.

How they operate.

More about their contempt for the law.

And "about 918000" more things about Koch Industries.

Get busy and get back to me when you get a glimmer.
 
2012-01-14 03:02:51 PM

Fish in a Barrel: Netflix still amazes me. Destroying that much goodwill that quickly takes true talent.


No kidding. The Netflix saga of the last 12 months has been crazy. 62% fall in stock price in 6 months because of two of the least well thought out moves ever.

I sold my NFLX at $180 because I just couldn't take it anymore.
 
2012-01-14 03:02:56 PM

Mr. Potatoass: Happy Hours:
Also I hate Aflac because of their commercials - normally I just ignore commercials, but Aflac has me diving across the room for the mute button.

Would also add J.G. Wentworth, and the f*cking Geico ad with the goddamned pig screaming "WHEEE" while sliding down a line.

/Make it stop


God I hate that damn pig. But the girlfriend's kids respond like it's hypno toad.

/eh, what can ya do?
 
2012-01-14 03:08:45 PM

a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.


I clicked expecting to see Verizon. Only company I ever skipped out on a bill on and told them to shove it. I got a huge bill one month with several hundred dollars of calls that were obviously not mine. Called them up. They admitted most of the charges were incorrectly put on my bill, but refused to take them off. Told them to go fark themselves right then and there, tried to cancel my service, which they also refused to do because I had a balance. Didn't matter that they admitted the balance was their mistake. Never paid another penny to them until they shut down my service.

/Yeah, yeah, CSB.
//Been doing that a lot lately.
 
2012-01-14 03:13:32 PM

a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.


Hey, Verizon combines good hardware and an awesome network with horrible Customer Service and evil empirical tendencies.

Are they a great company? No. Are they one of my "most hated" companies? No.

/My feelings for them depend on whether I'm dealing with the first or the second (and it helps that I'm on a family plan with my stepfather, so I rarely deal with the second). The fact that they're the only cell phone company with cell service (albeit one bar) in my dorm room? Positive.
 
2012-01-14 03:14:23 PM

crotchgrabber: Does anyone actually hate Sears? I thought the national consensus was a resounding "meh" when it comes to them.

Blackwater is missing.


Actually their new moniker is Xe...actually they changed it again to Academi, damn.
 
2012-01-14 03:15:28 PM
CTLR-F on both the article and the thread.

"paypal"

Whoa, major fail there.
 
2012-01-14 03:22:24 PM

jack21221: r1niceboy: No...Bank of America?

That's bullshiat.

Did you even bother clicking on the article, you dumb fark? Why would you make such a complaint about the contents of a list without even looking at it? They have an ENTIRE PARAGRAPH about Bank of America, you twit. Go over to that corner and hang your head in shame.


I was really looking for Wells Fargo. I threw in BofA to make it seem like I was being an equal opportunity hater of the corporate banking system. The whole article started out with first world problems, and I wasn't expecting anything of consequence. I consider myself schooled. I shall ask "sir, may I have another."
 
2012-01-14 03:29:24 PM
What about Ocean Marketing?
 
2012-01-14 03:35:45 PM

FloydA: What about Ocean Marketing?


I think the poll was taken before that story broke.
 
2012-01-14 03:50:51 PM
Nokia is hated more than Goldman Sachs?

WTF?
 
2012-01-14 03:58:51 PM

Bathia_Mapes: FloydA: What about Ocean Marketing?

I think the poll was taken before that story broke.


Fair enough.

(I have to admit, if they had asked me, my top two most hated companies would have been Weyland-Yutani and Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems.)
 
2012-01-14 04:07:09 PM
A bit surprised that no insurance company made the hate list. State Farm anyone?

/geek squad needs their own seperate line item in the hate list
 
2012-01-14 04:07:26 PM

FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: FloydA: What about Ocean Marketing?

I think the poll was taken before that story broke.

Fair enough.

(I have to admit, if they had asked me, my top two most hated companies would have been Weyland-Yutani and Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems.)


Comcast and Wells Fargo would have been on my list.
 
2012-01-14 04:21:57 PM
Not surprised to see AMR listed. Not surprised at all.
 
2012-01-14 04:22:24 PM
Nokia? The fark? They're the best cellphone maker!
 
2012-01-14 04:22:52 PM

cman: walkerhound: Apple? GE?

/checks - nope.

This is a list of the most hated companies.

Apple is not even close to one of them.


They're not counting the intensity of Apple Haterboi hate.
 
2012-01-14 04:25:39 PM

Gosling: We examined each company based on several criteria. We considered total return to shareholders in comparison to the broader market and other companies in the same sector during the last year. We reviewed financial analyst opinions on those companies that are public. We analyzed data from a broad array of sources, including Consumer Reports, JD Power, the MSN/Zogby Poll, ForeSee and the University of Michigan American Customer Satisfaction Index. We also considered negative press based on 24/7 Wall St.'s analysis of media coverage and the Flame Index, which uses a proprietary algorithm to review more than 12,000 websites and ranks companies based on the frequency of negative words. Finally, we considered the views of taxpayers, Congress and the White House - where applicable.

That's why this list fails. 'Okay, first we looked at money. Then we looked at what Wall Street thinks of them. Then we looked at industry sources. Then we asked the media. And then, after we did all that, if we had any time left over, we went ahead and asked Congress and perhaps the general public-- not in every instance, but we thought about asking the general public at some point.'


Well given that it it's posted under the heading "Wall Street 24/7" I think the author can be forgiven that. Given how farking stupid the general public is, I rarely pay them much mind either.

/Subby on the other hand could have been clearer
//No surprise there
 
2012-01-14 04:33:03 PM
Strangely absent is MONSANTO the most evil company on the planet.
I found that hard to digest.
 
2012-01-14 04:57:39 PM
What a shiatty list.
 
2012-01-14 05:01:51 PM

sparkeyjames: Strangely absent is MONSANTO the most evil company on the planet.
I found that hard to digest.


I see what you did there.
 
2012-01-14 05:07:44 PM
Halliburton? Oh, that's right they're based in the UAE now.

/But still writing checks to Zombie Dick Cheney.
 
2012-01-14 05:10:38 PM

walkerhound: Apple?


Apple is mostly hated by people who are paid to "hate" them and Android fanbois.
 
2012-01-14 05:14:52 PM

SilentStrider: I don't see Congress anywhere on that list.


The list is for corporations, not wholly-owned subsidiaries.
 
2012-01-14 05:17:31 PM

Pancoaifo: God I hate that damn pig. But the girlfriend's kids respond like it's hypno toad.


Good thing kids buy a lot of auto insurance, no?

Sprint is my most hated company. I am so infuriated by them attempting to collect $200 for canceling a service plan when they repeatedly (5 times) sold me defective phones, I just yell "call my lawyer" at them. (Which is a nice benefit to having a husband who is a lawyer.) I think at this point, I am just fighting them on principle, since it surely has cost them much more than $200 to the collection agencies who are battling with my husband for a year and a half now.

I also despise Home Depot after stupidly using them to install windows in my house. What a wretched experience. They said they'd be here at 9am and showed up at 4:30 pm, on a night I was cooking a meal for about 12 friends. And they were installing windows in my kitchen. Everyone, from the installers to the people who I called to ask where the installers were, were rude. A couple of weeks later, I got a new washer/dryer from Sears. On time, courteous service, and a follow-up call to make sure everything went well. What more could anyone ask for?
 
2012-01-14 05:23:02 PM

sparkeyjames: Strangely absent is MONSANTO the most evil company on the planet.


That's because not enough people are paying attention to how evil they are. It's not exactly on the nightly news, you have to be aware. Say what you like about this site, the people on here tend to be more aware than the average person. I bet if you asked most people what Monsanto is, they wouldn't know.
 
2012-01-14 05:29:20 PM

lilbjorn: SilentStrider: I don't see Congress anywhere on that list.

The list is for corporations, not wholly-owned subsidiaries.


good point.
 
2012-01-14 05:35:50 PM
Woohoo my company isnt on there!
 
2012-01-14 05:53:02 PM
I don't get the Sears hate. Our household appliances are almost exclusively Kenmore and they've been very reliable. And as the parent of two kids under 10 their KidVantage clothing program is nice.
 
2012-01-14 06:01:03 PM
Nokia? Really?

My list:

1. AT&T
2. Netflix
3. Goldman Sachs
4. Bank of America
5. GE
6. Solyndra
7. Sears/Kmart
8. Comcast
9. Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae
10. Sony
 
2012-01-14 06:01:40 PM

bravian:
Up until a few months ago I stilled own a Kenmore vacuum cleaner. Went to a sears to pick up replacement bags, found them, and then wandered the store for 30 minutes trying to find someone - anyone - who I could hand money too to pay for them.

/got rid of it based on that awful experience


Basically the SAME thing happened to me at the local Sears about three years ago. Went there to buy my son a pair of shoes. After I found the kind he wanted, had to wander all over the store to find someone to check me out. Seems the ONLY cash register open was back in the ladies clothing department.

/haven't been back since.
 
2012-01-14 06:09:43 PM
I know Netflix screwed up over the summer, but they did send a pretty sincere apology and my service is as good as it ever was, so why does everyone hate them so much? I don't get it. They made some unpopular decisions, listened to their customers, and reversed said decisions. Seems worthy of admiration as opposed to hate, to me.

And when did people stop hating Wal-Mart?
 
2012-01-14 06:19:09 PM

serpent_sky: Sprint is my most hated company. I am so infuriated by them attempting to collect $200 for canceling a service plan when they repeatedly (5 times) sold me defective phones, I just yell "call my lawyer" at them. (Which is a nice benefit to having a husband who is a lawyer.) I think at this point, I am just fighting them on principle, since it surely has cost them much more than $200 to the collection agencies who are battling with my husband for a year and a half now.


I've found that almost anything related to a defective phone can be fixed by going into the store when it's really busy and, after they try to tell you they can't do anything about it, making sure the whole store can hear how they're going to charge you because their phone never worked. Suddenly all sorts of fees get waived. Might work better if you're a girl, though.

I also despise Home Depot after stupidly using them to install windows in my house. What a wretched experience. They said they'd be here at 9am and showed up at 4:30 pm, on a night I was cooking a meal for about 12 friends. And they were installing windows in my kitchen. Everyone, from the installers to the people who I called to ask where the installers were, were rude. A couple of weeks later, I got a new washer/dryer from Sears. On time, courteous service, and a follow-up call to make sure everything went well. What more could anyone ask for?

The difference is that Sears employs their installers, while HD and Lowes just let any old contractor put their name on their list. So sometimes you'll get a really conscientious guy, and sometimes you'll get an installer whose work has to be fixed later. I was so happy when I found a really good handyman, cause I didn't have to put up with that unpredictability any more.
 
2012-01-14 06:22:56 PM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: The difference is that Sears employs their installers, while HD and Lowes just let any old contractor put their name on their list. So sometimes you'll get a really conscientious guy, and sometimes you'll get an installer whose work has to be fixed later. I was so happy when I found a really good handyman, cause I didn't have to put up with that unpredictability any more.


Makes sense. I have to have one of the windows fixed since it wasn't installed properly and unless it is closed and locked, it slowly falls open from the top. I'm going to let my husband call and explain this to Home Depot because my temper doesn't do me any favors when it comes to dealing with crappy service that I paid a lot of money for.
 
2012-01-14 06:24:51 PM

Uncle Tractor: Monsanto? (new window)


Amen.
 
2012-01-14 06:25:59 PM

Pancoaifo: bravian: crotchgrabber: Does anyone actually hate Sears? I thought the national consensus was a resounding "meh" when it comes to them.

Blackwater is missing.

Up until a few months ago I stilled own a Kenmore vacuum cleaner. Went to a sears to pick up replacement bags, found them, and then wandered the store for 30 minutes trying to find someone - anyone - who I could hand money too to pay for them.

/got rid of it based on that awful experience

I'm not a fan of Sears and I'd certainly never finance anything with them but I do have to say their service centers have all the little widgets I've ever needed to fix any of my appliances. And it's pretty nice to pick up a $12 thermal fuse the day I need it than pay some repair guy 80 to do it Thursday if he shows up. Another time, the counter guy saved me spending anything by suggesting I doublecheck the connectors on my dishwasher after it quit (turns out the yellow twist fasteners connecting the power cord and unit had simply vibrated loose after 15 years).

Being unable to find a cashier on one day seems a poor reason to dump functional equipment. Perhaps you should speak louder.


Yep, I love being able to order parts online and pick them up quickly. Even if I have to go inside, our local one is newish and has cashiers all at the front, rather than the scattered department store layout. I guess they figured out how annoying that was.

\And every once in a while they put really useful toolsets on sale, unlike the odds and ends that a Home Depot will put on sale.
\\Don't know why they bother with clothes departments at all, though.
 
2012-01-14 06:26:25 PM
Wow, kind of surprised that none of the tobacco companies weren't there.
I personally love them, their dividends are great.
 
2012-01-14 06:30:43 PM

ManFromNowhere: Nokia? Really?


Exactly. Aside from shareholders that got screwed and Qt devs, most people just feel really sorry for them.

Their previous management really had no clue to how deal with Android and iOS. As much as the MeeGo fanboys hate Elop for sidelining the N9, the Windows Phone decision does make some sort of sense because it is far too late to jump on the Android bandwagon, and a hardware manufacturer trying to create its own OS is just not going to be able to complete with the top software and service companies in the world at this point (Apple, Google, and MS).

That's why QNX is going to be as big bag of fail for BlackBerry as WebOS was for HP. There's just no way to catch up with iOS and Android right now, unless you are a company like Microsoft who has the vast resources they can throw into it.
 
2012-01-14 06:33:51 PM

serpent_sky: Skirl Hutsenreiter: The difference is that Sears employs their installers, while HD and Lowes just let any old contractor put their name on their list. So sometimes you'll get a really conscientious guy, and sometimes you'll get an installer whose work has to be fixed later. I was so happy when I found a really good handyman, cause I didn't have to put up with that unpredictability any more.

Makes sense. I have to have one of the windows fixed since it wasn't installed properly and unless it is closed and locked, it slowly falls open from the top. I'm going to let my husband call and explain this to Home Depot because my temper doesn't do me any favors when it comes to dealing with crappy service that I paid a lot of money for.


Sucks. I had a guy install an exterior door with random trim that didn't match anything and a 1" gap between trim and siding that he filled with spray-in foam. Who does that? Especially when the siding is that discontinued masonite that falls apart if it gets any water on cut edges. I should have made HD fix it, but I just didn't have the patience for it.
 
2012-01-14 06:40:14 PM

Skirl Hutsenreiter: I should have made HD fix it, but I just didn't have the patience for it.


I almost think their customer service is as horrible as it is to discourage people like us from bothering them to fix the things that aren't to our satisfaction. I spoke with a manager regarding the fact that the workers were 7.5 hours late for their appointment, I was cooking a dinner for friends, and that the head guy was rude and barely spoke English, and the guy seemed annoyed that I was bothering him.

They also couldn't give me an ETA for the workers when I called around noon or so to find out what was going on.

The thought of calling them gives me a headache.
 
2012-01-14 06:43:11 PM
Remove Nokia, Best Buy, Johnson and Johnson, Sears and Netflix. There are way more hated companies than these, people may not like these companies but I wouldn't say they hate them.
 
2012-01-14 06:44:01 PM

FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton


Drive a car? Use anything made of plastic?

Yeah... you hate the hell out of Haliburton.
 
2012-01-14 06:46:16 PM

Lligeret: Remove Nokia, Best Buy, Johnson and Johnson, Sears and Netflix. There are way more hated companies than these, people may not like these companies but I wouldn't say they hate them.


Obviously you have never read a Best Buy thread around here....
 
2012-01-14 06:48:14 PM

Ontos: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

Drive a car? Use anything made of plastic?

Yeah... you hate the hell out of Haliburton.



If I had cancer, would you assume that I loved cancer too?
 
2012-01-14 06:49:17 PM
No BP?
 
2012-01-14 06:50:49 PM
Whar RIAA?

WHAR??
 
2012-01-14 06:51:35 PM
I don't get the Sears hate. Our household appliances are almost exclusively Kenmore and they've been very reliable.

My parents said that babies came from the Sears.
"How can that be?" I'd ask.
Answer: "Everything else in the house comes from Sears, doesn't it?"
 
2012-01-14 06:52:10 PM

WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.



Walmart: We exploit cheap communist chinese labor so you don't have to!

Goldman's Sack and Skank of America proudly take their places in this list.
 
2012-01-14 07:28:17 PM
Babies R Us should be on the list. That is a hotbed of sexual harassment, racism and religious discrimination.
 
2012-01-14 07:58:30 PM
Microsoft. They can eat a bowl of dicks.
 
2012-01-14 07:59:11 PM
I have a problem.

2 of my top 10 would be Time Warner and AT&T.

Guess who my only 2 choices are for high speed Internet.
 
2012-01-14 08:37:51 PM
Not my list, but what I expected:

1. Wal-Mart
2. Bank of America
3. Goldman-Sachs
4. Halliburton
5. Blackwater
6. Fannie Mae
7. Freddie Mac
8. USPS
9. Microsoft
10. Duke

Insert any bank or any phone company at any position.
 
2012-01-14 08:54:45 PM

SevenizGud: 8. USPS


Why do people hate them? They bring my mail -- and I like mail -- and while people bemoan the price of stamps/shipping, take a look at FedEx's prices one day and realize what kind of a deal it is. I just never go to the post office because the employees are dicks, in general, but I have no problem with the USPS and mail carriers.
 
2012-01-14 09:29:55 PM

serpent_sky: SevenizGud: 8. USPS

Why do people hate them? They bring my mail -- and I like mail -- and while people bemoan the price of stamps/shipping, take a look at FedEx's prices one day and realize what kind of a deal it is. I just never go to the post office because the employees are dicks, in general, but I have no problem with the USPS and mail carriers.


Because they never bring MY mail. They bring my next-door neighbor's mail.
 
2012-01-14 09:33:47 PM
No BCS?
 
2012-01-14 09:39:57 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: xanadian: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

And Bank of America.

And DISH Network.


And Solyndra
 
2012-01-14 09:50:43 PM
Ugh, Sears. That used to be my favorite place to go shopping with my dad when I was a kid. I got a Sears gift card for Christmas, so I went to the Sears at Crabtree today. The only salespeople I could find were in the appliance department, and there weren't many customers. The clothing department was also odd...the racks were spaced a little too far apart, and it was clear that they didn't have as much merchandise as they would like for you to believe. Oh, they had no digital calipers, so I didn't get to use my gift card.
 
2012-01-14 09:52:35 PM

Ontos: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

Drive a car? Use anything made of plastic?

Yeah... you hate the hell out of Haliburton.


People still use Facebook and they still hate them. Halliburton isn't the ONLY oil company.
 
jvl
2012-01-14 10:09:08 PM
Nokia is hated? By who? Who even owns one in the US and is upset enough to care?
 
2012-01-14 10:17:27 PM
I hate monsanto. I hate fox news. I hate wells fargo. Sears? Hating sears is a waste of energy. Sears is scenery for shopping areas. That's like hating a cloud.
 
2012-01-14 10:23:15 PM

GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.


And GE and Google
 
2012-01-14 10:37:42 PM

colithian: Ontos: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

Drive a car? Use anything made of plastic?

Yeah... you hate the hell out of Haliburton.

People still use Facebook and they still hate them. Halliburton isn't the ONLY oil company.

Halliburton is not an oil company...they are an oil service company...they provide the equipment and services oil companies use...which usually fail....

MPAA, RIAA, and Lehmann Brothers not listed.....

 
2012-01-14 11:01:46 PM
Clicked tfa for Comcast...
 
2012-01-14 11:38:11 PM
They forgot Apple...
 
2012-01-14 11:43:16 PM

GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.


Nor is Apple.
 
2012-01-14 11:53:07 PM
Bestbuy and Bank of America?

Woot. 2 for 2!
 
2012-01-14 11:53:59 PM

SevenizGud: Not my list, but what I expected:

1. Wal-Mart
2. Bank of America
3. Goldman-Sachs
4. Halliburton
5. Blackwater
6. Fannie Mae
7. Freddie Mac
8. USPS
9. Microsoft
10. Duke

Insert any bank or any phone company at any position.


USPS delivers my packages faster than FedEx or UPS. Plus they're cheaper.
 
2012-01-15 12:20:20 AM

Radar1992: colithian: Ontos: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

Drive a car? Use anything made of plastic?

Yeah... you hate the hell out of Haliburton.

People still use Facebook and they still hate them. Halliburton isn't the ONLY oil company.

Halliburton is not an oil company...they are an oil service company...they provide the equipment and services oil companies use...which usually fail....

MPAA, RIAA, and Lehmann Brothers not listed.....


Heck, might as well throw my hat(e) into the ring.
Whatever the hell Blackwater's calling itself these days.
Activision.
EA.
Whoever keeps making them crappy Monster HDMI cables what are overpriced.
Gateway.
 
2012-01-15 12:26:00 AM
Hmm, list is missing Darden restaurant group, Sodexo, and Dell
 
2012-01-15 12:53:23 AM
Apple absent?
 
2012-01-15 12:54:25 AM
Federal Reserve Bank?
 
2012-01-15 05:14:52 AM
Apple unsuprisingly absent, although if people knew more about the kinds of lawsuits they're trying to push or the tactics they're employing to try to have competition banned worldwide they'd definitely have a spot.

Big media obviously behind SOPA more conspicuously absent -- guess calling them out is bad politics until the farking thing passes.
 
2012-01-15 06:32:15 AM
Did Best Buy encounter the problem, or did the problem encounter Best Buy?

Wat
 
2012-01-15 08:03:24 AM

Amagi: Xe


Anyway... any of these names should have been there. Millionaire welfare recipients can suck my dick. Actually it's worse than welfare, because these mercenaries being paid huge salaries out of our tax dollars are actually under the impression that they are providing some kind of valuable service.
 
2012-01-15 09:12:06 AM
No Sirius Cybernetics Corporation? For shame!

/share and enjoy
 
2012-01-15 09:20:08 AM
Bain Capital
Koch Industries
Haliburton
Any Big Oil Company
Any Wall Street firm
Any Coal Company
Walmart
Any company not Unionized
Any company taking advantage of legal loopholes
Any company that I don't know of that gives money to Republicans

/hope I covered everyone
//just trolling
 
2012-01-15 09:26:55 AM

serpent_sky: Pancoaifo: God I hate that damn pig. But the girlfriend's kids respond like it's hypno toad.

Good thing kids buy a lot of auto insurance, no?

Sprint is my most hated company. I am so infuriated by them attempting to collect $200 for canceling a service plan when they repeatedly (5 times) sold me defective phones, I just yell "call my lawyer" at them. (Which is a nice benefit to having a husband who is a lawyer.) I think at this point, I am just fighting them on principle, since it surely has cost them much more than $200 to the collection agencies who are battling with my husband for a year and a half now.

I also despise Home Depot after stupidly using them to install windows in my house. What a wretched experience. They said they'd be here at 9am and showed up at 4:30 pm, on a night I was cooking a meal for about 12 friends. And they were installing windows in my kitchen. Everyone, from the installers to the people who I called to ask where the installers were, were rude. A couple of weeks later, I got a new washer/dryer from Sears. On time, courteous service, and a follow-up call to make sure everything went well. What more could anyone ask for?


I love Sprint. Unlimited data makes up for damn near everything else they may do that sucks. Plus, they gave me a 25% employee discount when I used some dude on the internet's info to sign up for the discount.
 
2012-01-15 10:01:00 AM
I like Sears. I buy my shirts there because I can get men's dress shirts for under $15, usually under $10.

Yes I have to hunt down a cashier, but that becomes an adventure.
 
2012-01-15 10:31:58 AM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: xanadian: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

And Bank of America.
And DISH Network.


What no Dupont, Dow or evil incarnate Monsanto?
 
2012-01-15 11:39:53 AM
1. Wal-Mart
2. Goldman-Sachs/Bank of America
3. Halliburton
4. Blackwater
5. All Mobile Companies
6. All Cable Companies
7. Disney, Sony Paramount
8. Facebook
9. Much of the Medical Industry
10. Oil/Gas companies involved in fracking
11. The defense industry, including GE

Most of you have left out the medical industry, oil and gas (I guess Koch industries appliest there), but those farks pushing SOPA and the defense industry. This list could easily be 30 to 40 companies long and never reach 7 out of the 10 on that list.
 
2012-01-15 12:15:29 PM

bravian: This About That: List fails with Koch Industries, whose big boss funds the Tea Party, which will happily tear down the government to avoid regulating pollution.

Do you ever have direct dealings with Koch Industries? Most likely you have no idea what they even make or produce. So how is it going to show up on a list of hated companies based on consumer experience?

/the Koch brothers also give massive amounts of money to the ACLU and Cancer research


Go ahead, white knight Koch. Christ, is there anything you shill assholes won't farking white knight?
 
2012-01-15 12:18:51 PM

Fish in a Barrel: Netflix still amazes me. Destroying that much goodwill that quickly takes true talent.


Truth. Just for going from so loved to so hated, Netflix should be much higher.

Hell, Halliburton's profits are essentially tied to the number of innocent non-white civilians killed, and I hate Netflix even more than them.
 
2012-01-15 12:42:38 PM

PTP_Professor: Hmm, list is missing Sodexo


Oh sweet motherfarking God yes.

Just hearing that name reminds me of below-mediocre cafeteria food in my dorm at college.
 
2012-01-15 12:44:26 PM

Funbags: Fish in a Barrel: Netflix still amazes me. Destroying that much goodwill that quickly takes true talent.

Truth. Just for going from so loved to so hated, Netflix should be much higher.

Hell, Halliburton's profits are essentially tied to the number of innocent non-white civilians killed, and I hate Netflix even more than them.


The same CEO is still in charge of them right?

That shows you what a screwed up company it is.
 
2012-01-15 02:39:54 PM
List is fail without Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!
 
2012-01-15 02:48:30 PM
What a bullshiat list. Where is Ticketmaster? Where is Comcast? Why isn't Bank of America number one?
 
2012-01-15 02:57:15 PM

Uncle Tractor: Monsanto? (new window)


Was my first thought, too.

But sadly they have a pretty solid grip on US media, which tells citizens what to hate.
 
2012-01-15 03:52:54 PM
Dear all 800 million pissed off Facebook users,

You are not Facebook's customer. You are Facebook's product. Your option to satisfy your dissatisfaction is to cease to be a Facebook product, which you may do at any time.

Sincerely,

The Market.
 
2012-01-15 04:56:23 PM

FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

 
2012-01-15 06:25:19 PM
Surprised to not see Quest Diagnostics on the list; customers complain, and the employees complain even more.
 
2012-01-15 08:56:16 PM
18.4% of comments mention Comcast...
 
2012-01-15 11:27:13 PM
Some of these choices just strike me as more pathetic than hated:

Nokia - wtf? hated? there are at least 6 other handset companies. Just because no one buys their stuff anymore means that they are hated. I do mourn the end of Symbian/Sybian jokes their demise has caused.
Best Buy - I think most people just consider them and their customers pathetic
Sears - again, I just pity them
Netflix - I still enjoy the product they provide and consider the price reasonable, though they did botch their PR completely. They should have simply been completely transparent and honest with what was happening. Just say the studios massively jacked the fees they charged for content and that they have to pass that cost onto the customer.
 
2012-01-16 12:25:14 AM

Tempest2097: Radar1992: colithian: Ontos: FloydA: Bathia_Mapes: GAT_00: a_bilge_monkey: WarehouseMouse: You lied, subby. Walmart was nowhere to be seen.

Also conspicuous by it's absence is Verizon.

And Comcast.

And Haliburton

Drive a car? Use anything made of plastic?

Yeah... you hate the hell out of Haliburton.

People still use Facebook and they still hate them. Halliburton isn't the ONLY oil company.

Halliburton is not an oil company...they are an oil service company...they provide the equipment and services oil companies use...which usually fail....

MPAA, RIAA, and Lehmann Brothers not listed.....

Heck, might as well throw my hat(e) into the ring.
Whatever the hell Blackwater's calling itself these days.
Activision.
EA.
Whoever keeps making them crappy Monster HDMI cables what are overpriced.
Gateway.


Er, Gateway? They still exist?
 
2012-01-16 02:19:11 AM
I'm calling BS on this list. Lots of banks, phone providers, TV providers and airlines paid some one to stay off of this list.
 
2012-01-16 05:27:53 AM
Sony leaked millions of personal information and credit card through their inept security... and didn't make the list.?
 
2012-01-16 10:59:56 AM

Mugato: Compared to other leading social media sites, however, Facebook has the lowest customer satisfaction score from the American Customer Satisfaction Index

And yet people look at me like I have a dick growing out of my forehead when I tell them I don't have a Facebook account. So they can't be that hated.

Where the fark is Haliburton? I guess having a no bid contract to rebuild a country their former CEO destroyed isn't as bad as raising rates on movie rentals. Or are people's memory that short?


America the beautiful
 
2012-01-16 11:44:21 AM
I would have expected:

BP
Haliburton
maybe another oil company, or the guys big on frakking
GE
 
2012-01-16 11:48:58 AM

pute kisses like a man: I would have expected:

BP
Haliburton
maybe another oil company, or the guys big on frakking
GE


although, I was a little thoughtless. not sure if the list is most hated american companies or most hated companies in america. if the former, my list needs to be altered.

/ also, perhaps you can see my bias against irresponsible energy harvesting.
 
2012-01-16 12:25:05 PM

beta_plus: Nokia - wtf? hated? there are at least 6 other handset companies. Just because no one buys their stuff anymore means that they are hated. I do mourn the end of Symbian/Sybian jokes their demise has caused.


It was pretty funny right up until recently, since there started naming their new versions of Symbian after women's names, so you had Symbian Anna, Symbian Belle, etc. I think someone may have realized how this can go horribly wrong with a mistyped Google search, so now they have dropped Symbian and are just calling the current version Belle. (they are still putting out Symbian phones overseas where it still has marketshare, and the new version is actually a halfway decent rip-off of the Android UI).
 
2012-01-16 02:15:12 PM

serpent_sky: SevenizGud: 8. USPS

Why do people hate them? They bring my mail -- and I like mail -- and while people bemoan the price of stamps/shipping, take a look at FedEx's prices one day and realize what kind of a deal it is. I just never go to the post office because the employees are dicks, in general, but I have no problem with the USPS and mail carriers.


Try actually tracking a package with their tracking number.

Another Government Employee: Walmart, Ford, Lowe's, and Macy*s not on list.

Also Monsanto and ADM.

No Oil companies either.

List invalid.


Got some warped lumber or something?
 
2012-01-16 02:29:28 PM

Rapmaster2000: I'm typing this on an Apple computer and it makes me feel like a douchebag for using an Apple computer. What a ripoff this thing was.


If your computer has anything do do with your current self-assessment, I am guessing that it just provided you with a moment of clear perspective.
 
2012-01-16 09:10:11 PM

jjorsett: Sears is almost certainly doomed and BofA looks likely, so it should make a lot of people (other than their thousands of employees and shareholders) happy when they croak.


I get all the hate for BOA but I do have to admit that I've been an account holder with them for about 20 years (they bought my local bank years ago and I became a customer by default) and I never once had a problem with them. I also have a BOA credit card as an emergency back up to my regular credit card and have carried a $0 balance on it for literally years without them making any noises about canceling it due to non-use. But I guess YMMV.
 
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