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You flew a large sized passenger to Las Vegas and then refused to fly him home claiming he wouldn't fit in the seat. What? UP YOURS SOUTHWEST AIRLINES! - By Stranded Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
I want to discuss the top 3 reasons that businesses have to go green. Usually when people discuss this kind of topic in relation to businesses, they always conclude that the top reason is economical. I will conclude, contrary to the masses, that the top reason to go green is an ethical reason. And, so here they are:3. Going Green Generates Good PR Which = $$$ It is undeniable that consumers in this socially and environmentally conscious society respond positively to perceived ethical behavior. The website Social Yell is a perfect example of this. It is a place where individuals... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
I have a Mac but I use MS Word and all the Office products. To punish me and all Mac users, Microsoft has put some kind of sneaky code in their programs that tells the programs to take 7,000 years to load. I'll never buy a PC you dipsh**s! And my hatred of Bill Gates grows by the day. UP YOURS MICROSOFT! - By Nick Name Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
United Health Group (UHG), the nation's second largest health insurance company, released a memo to its employees urging them to call its policy advocacy hotline and to become spokespeople for its cause - making sure that the government does not succeed with a single payer or public option. The advocacy hotline has been directing individuals to "an events list hosted by the right wing America's Independent Party." [The hotline suggested that employees] "attend an anti-health care reform tea party sponsored by religious fundamentalist Dave Daubenmire, scheduled for today outside the office of Blue Dog Rep. Zack Space (D-OH)." As I've... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
All categories of staff have been told they will take a salary reduction. This despite the fact that the University of California San Francisco has rainy day funds. We are told that none of these funds are designated for employee relief. Go figure... UP YOURS UCSF! - By Perturbed Prof. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
Bought Office 2007. Took me awhile to open the elaborate plastic case! I was afraid I'd break it or cut my hand. Obviously it costs money to design and produce that stupid case. Then, that cost just gets passed down to the customer. Where's the value in that for us, the customers? UP YOURS MICROSOFT! - By Thrillhouse! Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
We had DirectTV installed at out apartment. The DirectTV installer told us to leave the satellite up when we moved. After we left, the property manager sent us a bill for $100 to remove the satellite. After leaving the apartment in immaculate condition, we get charged $100 to remove four screws? What thieves! UP YOURS CAMERON AT THE SUMMIT! - By Shaking with Anger Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
Despite having less than 65,000 miles and despite cleaning my car frequently, it is rusting everywhere. My control arms rusted through. My rotors rusted through. My lugnuts rusted through. The body is rusting in four different places. Was my car secretly made from communist-era steel? UP YOURS HYUNDAI! - By WTF? Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
Recently I discussed Wendell Potter. Potter is a former VP of Cigna who is now a whistle-blower on behalf of the public and against big health insurance companies. One thing that Potter claimed is that health insurance companies have been mobilizing grass roots efforts against Obama's plan. In particular, much of the resistance you see at town hall meetings is as a result of Big Health Insurance's fomenting. Now we are seeing what dire consequences this duplicitous behavior leads to. Ernest Hancock, a prominent member of an Arizona militia accused of domestic terrorism, has been behind encouraging individuals to bring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
Bloomberg News reports that banks are now considering paying million dollar bonuses to commodity traders. In fact, the competition is beginning to heat up so much that the Sunday Telegraph reported that "Barclays may hire five commodity traders from JPMorgan." The Telegraph goes on to report that "the team, led by Todd Edgar, 37, was offered a combined $25 million in salaries and bonuses and a share in future profits that may double the amount." This strikes me as foolhardy. After all, many financial analysts have said that it is, in part, this kind of crazy incentivizing that led to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
Corporate Social Responsibility is the "in" thing today. Most companies want to show what responsible corporate citizens they are, how much they care about the environment, issues of social justice, and so on. As I've stressed in other posts, that is not so easy. One reason that it is not so easy is that companies mistake compliance with corporate social responsibility (CSR), that is, they mistake complying with the law with being ethical. Let me give an example to illustrate this fundamental mistake. There has been a lot of talk recently about using a system of carbon credits to regulate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
The internet is abuzz with the name Wendell Potter (1, 2). Mr. Potter is a former Vice President of Cigna, a massive health insurance company. Potter is a whistle-blower and he is doing his best to explain how health insurance companies attempt to manipulate public opinion through misleading PR. Potter points out that insurers are intent on maintaining "'Wall Street-run health care.' A strong public option is necessary to change that model, he said - otherwise, the final bill 'might as well be called 'the Insurance Industry Profit and Protection Act.''" What does Potter mean by "Wall Street-run health care?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
I had to fly to Connecticut for my friend's wedding. I booked my ticket 5 weeks in advance. I reserved an aisle seat near the front. I get to the airport and the United lady tells me that I don't have a seat, the plane is full, and I have to wait until the next flight. They gave away my seat even though I'd reserved it 5 weeks in advance. UP YOURS UNITED AIRLINES! - by Divided We Fall Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
My wedding guests were staying at the Omni, so I made gift bags for everyone and asked the front desk to hand them out. Even though the hotel was making $10,000 off my wedding, they STILL charged me $1 per bag to hand them out - and they did it all wrong - most people didn't even get a bag. And the rub? My friend held a conference there once and wasn't charged a bag fee - they only do that to brides. UP YOURS OMNI HOTELS! - By Broke Bride Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
When a business considers taking an action (whether it be implementing a program, adopting a new technology, putting a new policy in place), the first question is always: how will this increase profit? To warp someone else's quote: the business of business is to make money. If a program or policy or technology does not obviously increase profit, then it is unjustifiable from a business perspective. It used to be thought Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was incompatible with profit. After all, greening a company costs money and sometimes it's not obvious that that money will be returned. Researching a drug... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
Harvard Business School (HBS) is offering a course for company executives on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). According to HBS, "CSR initiatives are more necessary than ever - enabling firms to tackle important societal issues and enhance business success. Effective programs that serve the community in a compelling way and demonstrate a strong potential to influence the business must be retained and grown." I agree. But, can we really take HBS seriously? Are the faculty of HBS true experts in CSR? Or, are they jumping on the bandwagon? My guess is that they are jumping on the bandwagon. My evidence for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
I recently got a HD-DVR from Comcast. It costs me extra each month and it doesn't even work properly. Discovery HD is always pixelated. Other channels are messed up to. I feel like I'm watching scrambled porn. UP YOURS COMCAST! - By High Def Hopes Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
I interviewed for a great position at iCrossing. After an interview that went really well, a week later I learned that I didn't get the job because the hiring manager I interviewed with didn't realize that the position had already been filled. Seriously?! UP YOURS ICROSSING! - By AUS Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
Thanks David! I appreciate it. No kidding on this kind of abuse. I think one of the best ways to mitigate these abuses is publicize and discuss these abuses whenever they occur.
Plausible Deniability is the doctrine that a higher-up in a chain of command can plausibly deny responsibility for a moral wrongdoing perpetrated at some lower level in the chain on the grounds that the higher-ups did not know and could not be expected to know what was happening in the lower levels of their organization. For example, The CEO of a bank could claim plausible deniability if one of his employees was committing fraud. Accordingly, the employee would take the complete brunt of the punishment, while the CEO would not receive any of it. According to this Times Online article,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
During a depression, one would think that when many people are financially hurting and desperate, businesses would be kinder and show mercy. Why? Well, potential clients are cash-strapped and kind actions during hard times can lead to loyal clients during good times. This is one way in which corporate social responsibility (CSR) can pay dividends. And yet, it is precisely during a depression when many types of businesses turn the screw a little more, attempting to squeeze every last drop from desperate individuals. Two examples: The NFL's Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys plan to sell an additional 35,000 standing-room only seats.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
Very interesting topic. What worries me is that corporations are now using ethics as a marketing tool. And, more worrying, they are using ethics to take advantage of incoming employees. I'm putting a link to my blog on this topic below, in case you're interested. Thanks! UYC
After paying $880/month on my COBRA insurance, I had to spend hours on the phone trying to convince Conexis that I was in fact insured with them. Why? Because Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas conveniently forgot to tell them that I had moved to COBRA. UP YOURS INSURANCE COMPANIES! - By Unassured Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2009 at Up Yours Company!
A Catholic bank in Germany has apologized for investing in birth control company Wyeth ($228,000), tobacco companies ($1,240,000), an arms company ($825,000), and other companies not consonant with Catholic belief. This is especially disconcerting when, according to the article, Pax Bank has "previously advertised ethical investment funds, specifically claiming to avoid arms and tobacco companies along with organizations that do not adhere to Catholic beliefs." As we all know, the Catholic church has made a great deal of noise about topics like abortion and birth control. Abortion, according to the church, is one of the gravest sins possible; nothing less... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2009 at Up Yours Company! Blog
A family member bought me a frying pan from Macy's for my wedding, but I ended up not needing it after all. I returned the frying pan, and was planning to use the money to buy some china. But when I went to spend the store credit I discovered Macy's hadn't credited ME, they had credited my family member. So now my family member thinks I'm a jerk for returning the frying pan, and I don't get my store credit. UP YOURS MACY'S! - By Blushing Bride Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2009 at Up Yours Company!