What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby TXviking » Mon May 23, 2016 6:09 pm

My permanent boycott list currently has three entries (I count Wal-Mart and Sam's Club as one):
Well's Fargo: Personally screwed me in several ways. :beat: :rant: PM me if you'd like the gory details. Wouldn't bank with them if they were the last bank on Earth.
Sony: Repeated data breaches, trying to sell malware-infested CDs to combat "piracy", suing people for hacking their own PlayStations (after Sony took away features people had paid for, like OtherOS) and being entirely unapologetic about it.
Wal-Mart: They've done too much evil to too many people. Their whole business model is predicated on screwing people. Beyond redemption in my book.
Sam's Club: Owned by Wal-Mart, and boycotted for the same reason.

My temporary avoid list:
- United: After they bought Continental, everything has gone to crap. I might give them another shot if they actually start caring about customers again, but I'm not holding my breath. :rolleyes:
- McDonald's: I'm not a big burger guy in general, but McDonald's tastes like the container it's served in. Notable exception: Good milkshakes

Honorable mention: The TSA
I fly when it's impractical to avoid it. And I let pragmatism win out over principles and went and applied for NEXUS membership. Even so, between security theater, long airport lines and cramped accommodations on planes once onboard (I'm 6'2"), I will generally opt to drive rather than fly, even if it takes an extra day.


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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon May 23, 2016 6:46 pm

TXviking wrote:Honorable mention: The TSA
I fly when it's impractical to avoid it. And I let pragmatism win out over principles and went and applied for NEXUS membership. Even so, between security theater, long airport lines and cramped accommodations on planes once onboard (I'm 6'2"), I will generally opt to drive rather than fly, even if it takes an extra day.

I've still not gotten PreCheck, despite being eligible for Platinum or Prestige reimbursement for the last two months. I've looked occasionally, but just can't find any appointments available within 50 miles. If I have to drive more than 50 miles, I'll just wait in the lines.

TSA likes to say it would be easier if everyone had PreCheck...and it would...but the bottleneck for appointments near NYC is worse than the lines at airports. Plus, when they move staff from the fast line to the general line, and old passengers from the general line to the fast line, PreCheck becomes less of an advantage.

I guess that last part varies from airport to airport.
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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby Nixon » Mon May 23, 2016 6:49 pm

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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby Tubpbs » Mon May 23, 2016 8:28 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:
TXviking wrote:Honorable mention: The TSA
I fly when it's impractical to avoid it. And I let pragmatism win out over principles and went and applied for NEXUS membership. Even so, between security theater, long airport lines and cramped accommodations on planes once onboard (I'm 6'2"), I will generally opt to drive rather than fly, even if it takes an extra day.

I've still not gotten PreCheck, despite being eligible for Platinum or Prestige reimbursement for the last two months. I've looked occasionally, but just can't find any appointments available within 50 miles. If I have to drive more than 50 miles, I'll just wait in the lines.

TSA likes to say it would be easier if everyone had PreCheck...and it would...but the bottleneck for appointments near NYC is worse than the lines at airports. Plus, when they move staff from the fast line to the general line, and old passengers from the general line to the fast line, PreCheck becomes less of an advantage.

I guess that last part varies from airport to airport.


I just did this with my fiancé this past weekend (in NYC). It was a relatively terrible experience. I don't know if either of us were approved or not yet, but realistically, the wait wasn't much worse than a regular security line at the airport ignoring the fact that I was a grimy, tiny little room with 70 more people than should have been in it.

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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby Kevin86475391 » Tue May 24, 2016 9:19 pm

Not a store or restaurant per se, but I refuse to do business with the internet/cable provider Comcast. I had such horrible experiences with them. The quality of the service itself was abysmal with frequent outages, but it was the customer service that nearly gave me an aneurysm. They're the perfect example of a company that just doesn't care because they have a monopoly and what are you going to do if you don't like it?

Nowadays I use AT&T for DSL and even though I frequently get mailers to come back to Comcast (or rather their subsidiary X-finity - because of course they've burned the Comcast name in my area with their shenanigans) with faster speeds at a lower price, I'll never sign up for them again. I'm happy to pay AT&T more for ostensibly slower service simply by virtue of them not being Comcast.

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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby TXviking » Tue May 24, 2016 10:29 pm

Kevin86475391 wrote:Not a store or restaurant per se, but I refuse to do business with the internet/cable provider Comcast. I had such horrible experiences with them. The quality of the service itself was abysmal with frequent outages, but it was the customer service that nearly gave me an aneurysm. They're the perfect example of a company that just doesn't care because they have a monopoly and what are you going to do if you don't like it?

Nowadays I use AT&T for DSL and even though I frequently get mailers to come back to Comcast (or rather their subsidiary X-finity - because of course they've burned the Comcast name in my area with their shenanigans) with faster speeds at a lower price, I'll never sign up for them again. I'm happy to pay AT&T more for ostensibly slower service simply by virtue of them not being Comcast.


I am a Comcast customer. I wish I didn't have to be. But I can't boycott them because the alternatives are untenable. :(

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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby MemberSince99 » Wed May 25, 2016 9:05 am

I'm boycotting myfico. I don't need their scores as I have all three covered by lenders already.

I also use creditsecure for credit info and monitoring. Thus I really don't need them at all.

I do not see any reason they would ever get money out of me again. I guess if something terrible happened and my credit is trashed and I'm trying to start over but at that point I think I'll say to he'll with it and it's too much trouble.

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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby TXviking » Wed May 25, 2016 12:48 pm

MemberSince99 wrote:I'm boycotting myfico. I don't need their scores as I have all three covered by lenders already.

I also use creditsecure for credit info and monitoring. Thus I really don't need them at all.

I do not see any reason they would ever get money out of me again. I guess if something terrible happened and my credit is trashed and I'm trying to start over but at that point I think I'll say to he'll with it and it's too much trouble.


MyFICO is not technically on my boycott list. I was a customer once, and the information they provided helped me pick the right strategy to successfully obtain a new mortgage back in 2014 in spite of an old adverse entry (2010 shortsale.)

That said, I cancelled with MyFICO shortly after closing on that mortgage. Once the mortgage was in place, my need for up-to-date information was not as dire. And changes in the market since then (increasing usefulness of CK reports; AmEx and Discover offering free FICO scores) have simply reduced the value proposition of MyFICO's product to the point it is not worthwhile. I see no reason to pay when I can get most of what they offer for free.

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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby dickey1331 » Wed May 25, 2016 9:16 pm

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Re: What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby TyE » Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:40 pm

I absolutely hate Walmart and will never step foot in one.
1. They underpay their employees and don't give acceptable health care opportunities
2. They ruin small businesses in the area
3.They constantly screw their suppliers by having them cut their prices every year, or Walmart will stop using them in their stores.
4. I think I read somewhere that for every walmart employee that is hired, 1.6 people lose a job.

I would rather pay more and help a local shop any day of the week.



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