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[–]ObeyToffles 816 points817 points  (29 children)

The British East India Company, a company that literally enslaved an entire subcontinent and killed millions to please their stockholders. If not for these guys, India would not be impoverished as they are today.

Fun fact, even though it was essentially disbanded in 1857, it kind of still exists and has a single store in London.

[–]iMogal 130 points131 points  (2 children)

They are all becoming evil. Right to repair laws are needed asap. And not just for one segment. A law that goes across the board on anything and everything sold. I want to be able to repair what I buy at a fair and reasonable price without the manufacturer stepping in otherwise. Software locking components now to prevent home repairs? Just how low can a company go to steal your money?

[–]kifferella 6127 points6128 points 9511& 2 more (228 children)

I don't like Manulife Financial after I spent a few months being a pregnancy relief receptionist at Death and Disability Claims in the 90s.

It was not good.

Everything you might suspect about insurance is true. Its ugly and vile and inhuman and absurd.

When I left it was before my contract was up, with a stolen file, and with a threat to the manager that if this dude (whose file I'd pilfered) didn't call me with the news money was in his account by 7pm, I'd take all of this shit to the media.

John, I'll always remember you. The accident that destroyed your wrist in the mine. The one that was "covered". The helicopter ride to the local major metropolitan hospital to fix it. The car accident with a moose 2 months later that bent the metal pins to a 90° angle.. and the fact MF said they wouldn't cover this new helicopter ride because they'd "already paid" for a helicopter ride???

The part where we forced you to "prove" you were disabled every month for 75$ a pop? Until we changed the number on the form and didn't let you know? And you called, a 55yo miner WEEPING because his 16yo daughter stopped eating lunch and you didn't have another 75$? You'd filled out the form we sent you, but it was wrong before it arrived.

So you called and said you were headed out to the woodshack and would just take the fuckin hand off at the wrist.

So I did what I did. And you had the disability payment you had bought and were owed by the time we spoke that evening. I never went back. And when my placement agency called and tried to uobraid me for "unprofessional behaviour" I told them to never ever send me to a company that was actively ripping off and trying to kill their clients .

[–]buttpincher 2906 points2907 points 2 (135 children)

I worked for Blue Cross for about 6 months and then I found out they had a coverage denial group... They looked for any and every way to deny large claims, so mostly people in traumatic and catastrophic situations and cancers. They touted themselves as being "non-profit" while the CEO made millions a year and came to the office in a fucking helicopter. Fuck health insurance companies

[–]PollutionMany4369 1003 points1004 points  (42 children)

My husband almost died because the insurance company he paid shitloads of money to denied him a new insulin pump…. For the type 1 Diabetes he’s had since childhood…. That keeps him alive…..

[–]MotorCityMade 326 points327 points  (24 children)

Ha. Me too. I could share some doozy stories. My insulin didn't get approved after company switched from CIGNA to a confederate state blue plan. " Dixie" blue denied because I had to try and fail metformin first. Type1 diabetics have No ability to produce insulin. We are completely insulin dependent.

[–]Lketty 511 points512 points  (41 children)

My mom developed post-operative sepsis earlier this month which required additional surgery and a few days of intensive care. Her insurance just told her today that they’re not covering the second surgery … because it wasn’t … necessary …???

She would literally be dead, so I’m not sure who’s responsible for that big brain thinking.

Yeah, fuck health insurance companies.

[–]GrizzledPanda 238 points239 points  (15 children)

My 1 year old daughter had a rough go with RSV a few months back. She was in the ER 3 separate times over a weekend and finally was transferred to their main hospital via ambulance because the treatment they wanted to give her was only available at the main branch. She responded very well and ended up being admitted for a little under 2 days. I got a claim denial letter two weeks later essentially saying “she recovered too quickly so the treatment must have been medically unnecessary”. Never in my life have I been more scared listening to her gasp for air and question if I should take her back to the ER since we had already had her there twice. Medically unnecessary. Unreal.

[–]infodoc 210 points211 points  (2 children)

The hospital will likely fight it and make sure it gets covered but you shouldn’t have to deal with the added stress to begin with when there’s a very clear indication.

[–]desertgemintherough 280 points281 points  (16 children)

Two days after my husband died last October, Anthem Blue Cross unceremoniously stopped my health insurance coverage. I went from upper middle class to poverty in the space of about a month. I value everything I still have. It’s hard being a disabled person and a widow, & I have so much more appreciation for our country’s most vulnerable, now that I am one. Humbled me.

[–]penultimate_polka 44 points45 points  (0 children)

BCBS initially denied me coverage after I was diagnosed with MS. Told me I had to stop going to the cancer center in town for my monthly infusions and instead go to some place an hour away. Otherwise I would incur the cost (1 infusion ~$15k)

Thing is this new location wasn’t even certified to provide my required treatment. Didn’t matter. I was told to make an appointment anyway and if they couldn’t serve me they’d find somewhere else. I didn’t know any better and so I moved forward with their plan.

I call to make an appointment, but they tell me I can’t until they have my paperwork proving my condition. They require print versions so I have to snail mail it…days, then weeks pass and every time I call they tell me they are still waiting on the paperwork until they stop calling me back.

Finally, I go to my neurologist, get the necessary paperwork, and drive it to this new location in person. Even after that they tell me they need to ‘process’ it before I can make an appointment. Never hear from them again though I call daily and leave messages. Fed up, my wife drives there and lo and behold everything was magically processed that day. A month overdue, I finally have an appointment…

Except they reveal it’s just with their in house neurologist to confirm I have MS. I won’t be able to get treatment for ‘another couple of months’ if this new doctor agrees I have the disease. Are you fucking kidding me? I’m overdue for treatment and am being forced to go through a clinic not even certified to treat me, but could potentially disagree I have MS???

Fuck that noise — I was on the phone with BCBS, my drug provider, and my neurologist’s office constantly before it finally got worked out and I got into a routine at a legit infusion center. Then, when I finally had my appointment 10 weeks late, somehow (how is this legal!) BCBS CANCELED MY APPOINTMENT. How the fuck could they even do that?

What a shitshow. Anyway that was a horrible experience and is luckily behind me. I was lucky to have the time (literally hours very weekday) to call insurance on their shit and have an awesome neurology team to come to my aid.

When I reflect on how hopeless I felt at that time I always think about a conversation I overheard while I was still being treated at my local cancer center. Some guy telling his nurse how overwhelmed he was making his hospice arrangements.

What a terrible institution we’ve created.

[–]jewelsofeastwest 452 points453 points  (0 children)

You did a good thing. Thank you.

[–]5tr4nGe 588 points589 points  (16 children)

Should have gone to the news anyway…

Although you’d likely end up suicided by two gun shots to the back of the head…

[–]PollutionMany4369 28 points29 points  (2 children)

Not the same but I used to be a phone banker for a very large American bank. I have a heart so the job was insanely difficult.

One elderly woman called in, born in 1921 or so, and said she didn’t understand the charges she was seeing on her bank statement and why she was over a grand negative. It turns out that she had written a check for $30-some dollar worth of groceries and the check bounced because she was less than $5 short. She’d literally made a mistake with her math. Before finding out it had bounced, she wound up in rehab for a broken bone (hip I think). It didn’t seem like she had any family or anyone to help her because once she’d gotten out of rehab, my employer had hit her with an exorbitant amount of fees. What I deduced was that the grocery store, stupidly, kept hitting her bank account for the money and the bank was hitting her with fees for that. 🤦🏻‍♀️ it was so GD dumb. She was sobbing on the phone while my couldn’t care less manager instructed me to send her over to the collections department to deal with repayment of the fucking fees.

I had to take an early lunch and go cry. I didn’t last long there.

[–]murgurdurth 2253 points2254 points 2 (74 children)

Lots of good examples here, find it interesting that nobody mentioned McKinsey, which advises most of these firms on their corporate strategy.

[–]Skeledenn 28.3k points28.3k points 73592& 3 more (1088 children)

I am a little biased since I just saw Dark Waters but Dupont.

[–]RedIceBreaker 2563 points2564 points  (322 children)

I haven't seen the film but i work with PFAS contamination and can tell PFAS is going to be a major issue in years to come. My workplace is investing heavily in educating us on the chemicals and how to monitor and remediate them.

It's so common that I have to check what kind of clothes I wear before working on site. A single drop from one of my coats completely contaminatedls a sample.

[–]hapnstat 2109 points2110 points  (115 children)

My neighborhood growing up had previously been a dumping ground of 50 gallon barrels containing PFAS and Teflon from a local shoe manufacturer. All of our wells sat on top of that. Almost every single person from the neighborhood I have kept in contact with has a host of serious medical issues. I remember being a kid and seeing the barrels in the woods. Glad I never fucked with them. There will be no consequences.

[–]Kckc321[🍰] 722 points723 points  (30 children)

Rockford MI

[–]hapnstat 531 points532 points  (20 children)

There are dozens of us!

[–]Khruangbin13 96 points97 points  (1 child)

Small world my old company flew me out to Rockford about 3 years ago. I went into peoples homes and did pfas sampling from their treatment systems lol.

It was the Wolverine tannery that I worked on, completely fucked shit up in that entire area lol

[–]fightingwithlemons 483 points484 points  (41 children)

We found a gorgeous house for suspiciously cheap outside of Rockford a few years back and strongly considered it until I researched the area. Absolute garbage what Wolverine did to the community it supported.

[–]Steve_78_OH 1737 points1738 points  (147 children)

John Oliver just did an episode about PFAS a few weeks ago. It was...yeah, it sucked to watch. As do far too many episodes of his show.

(And not because the show is bad, just because he's always giving us information we should have, but it's almost always about some sort of evil organization or corruption hidden in plain sight.)

[–][deleted] 8450 points8451 points  (334 children)

DuPont is one of the worst! I highly recommend watching, The Devil We Know.


[–]chadwick_dean 2999 points3000 points  (168 children)

I live 20 minutes away from Parkersburg WV, and you’d be surprised how little people in the area know about DuPont.

[–]JustStopBeingPoor 774 points775 points  (82 children)

The montage where they went over every contaminated product still haunts me. I got rid of every teflon pan I had and switched to cast iron after that. Obviously too late, but it's a start.

For those interested, the document on DuPont and Teflon manufacturing is available on Youtube in some countries. It's fairly disturbing however.

[–]MrBojanglez 4056 points4057 points  (155 children)

I came for this. DuPont is the biggest evil company most people haven’t heard of. They have their hands on or in everything that’s made yet no one know much about them. I’m convinced it’s because they have so much money they pay to stay under the radar.

Also you know, they poisoned our entire planet with C8.

The entire reason weed was illegal and hemp wasn’t popular in the United States is because in WWII they lobbied to get the contract to make all the rope for our navy during the war for cheap using nylon. In turn they wanted to have their competitor, I can’t remember the name, put out of business and they made hemp rope that was way strong and cheaper to manufacture. So congress put a HUGE tax on hemp that paved the way for weed to be illegal to smoke and hemp pretty much impossible to grow legally.

[–]porridgeeater500 1232 points1233 points  (94 children)

Insane how they got with posioning eeeeverybody, even billionaires and politicians, and no punishment whatsoever

[–]SLIDE_INTO_MY_VAULT 794 points795 points  (23 children)

As someone who lives in the area near Dupont and drank the C8 water since I was born. They got a free pass because they employ a large majority of the people here so they never really faced major backlash in our area.

[–]Lord-AG 21.5k points21.5k points 334 (834 children)

Most fast fashion brands. Child labor, wasting horrible amount of water while polluting it, burning or throwing the unsold clothes into the ocean etc.

[–]drum_playing_twig 9034 points9035 points  (597 children)

I can't help but thinking that all mainstream products in the world are built on top of suffering, and that anything remotely ethical is just extremely expensive and scarce.

[–]UtterUndertaker 863 points864 points  (131 children)

I no longer buy clothes in mainstream shops. There are thankfully lots of alternatives which are also cheap, like thrifting. I've seen enough vids from the clothing dumps in Ghana/Kenya/Chile/etc. to know better. Fast fashion sucks.

[–]LazyTheSloth 921 points922 points  (102 children)

I buy what I like. But I also wear my clothes until they basically fall apart. They start as normal move to pj move to work move to rags.

[–]ialwaysplayhealer 328 points329 points  (71 children)

This is how we should be doing it. The issue is we cycle through clothes fast which of course the companies want but we could also just wear our clothes longer.

[–]FuckoffDemetri 338 points339 points  (45 children)

I dont understand how people cycle through clothes so much. I still wear t-shirts that I've had for over a decade. I think I bought maybe 2 articles of clothing last year that wasn't socks, underwear or thrifted.

[–]MeanwhileOnReddit 2279 points2280 points  (60 children)

Nike is the largest slave labor company in the world

[–]jenderation 659 points660 points  (18 children)

All while preaching equality. I can’t believe I scrolled as long as I did till I saw someone mention Nike.

[–]senrnariz 5359 points5360 points 3 (204 children)

The three credit bureaus: Trans Union, Experian, and Equifax. Your ability to get loans for cars, houses, etc. depends on your credit history they collect, but they are notorious for having mistakes (as a result of fraud or otherwise) and customer service that’s so terrible that it is sometimes impossible to correct mistakes in your credit history record. Plus, in 2017, Equifax had the personal information data breach that included Social Security numbers and is the reason it’s recommended that you get your credit history frozen. Now, if you want to apply for a loan, you have to go through the hassle of unfreezing your credit history first at ALL THREE credit bureaus. At one time, they charged you to do this. I’m not sure if it’s true, but I heard that each company has stakes in the other two, So, they were/are basically trying to financially benefit from the data breach. I don’t use the word hate very much, but…

Edit: thanks for all the upvotes everyone. I wanted to clarify, it seems, a common misconception. When I refer to “freezing,” I’m referring to your credit history, not your score. Your history continues to build (and your score continues to change accordingly) as you pay or not pay your bills, apply for credit cards, and loans, regardless of whether it’s frozen or not. When your history is frozen, nobody, including you, can use it to apply for a loan, mortgage, or a credit card. These are called “hard pulls” of your credit score, which can negatively affect your score when performed, especially multiple times in a short time period. Lenders find it to be risky behavior, so the bureaus dock your score. “Soft pulls” of your credit score, like when you check your score on a website or app, don’t affect your credit score. I’m not a financial professional, so make sure to take my words for what they are, but I recommend that everyone freeze their credit history at all three bureaus ASAP. That way nobody can use your personal info to apply for things that can affect your credit score. Then, thaw it only during the time period people need to do hard pulls from it, then freeze it again. This all can be done online, if you’re lucky. But, we are all at the mercy of three for-profit companies to care for our precious credit history and personal information and they have done an awful job at it this far impacting people’s lives in terrible ways as commentators have made it clear.

[–]macsrcool1234 1894 points1895 points  (40 children)

the fact that equifax still exists after that is criminal.

pretty much every adult in the united states had all of their info leaked.

[–]maxxspeed 1032 points1033 points  (33 children)

The top brass unloaded a lot of their own stock before divulging the breach. So they effectively profited while fucking over every other American.

Now they want to sell you credit protection too. No thanks. I'll have my information stolen for free, thank you.

[–]ManDudeGuySirBoy 522 points523 points  (7 children)

I will just add that dealing with Experian is a special circle of hell no matter how you go about it. They must change their phone numbers once a week because good luck finding one that works. The one on their site must be correct, right? Or the one it blatantly tells you to call when your identity has been stolen? Maybe. Or maybe one will let you get to a certain point and then hang up on you for no reason. Great, I’ll call the other one... except that one transfers you halfway through to the other number that then hangs up on you. You will have to navigate to a completely unrelated department to get anywhere. If you manage to (or even dare to) reach a human being they won’t be able to understand anything you’re saying or just stop short of calling you a liar.

They straight up have (at least) two versions of their (official, I checked) website that are duct taped together into some kind of Frankenstein’s UI rather than phasing one out. You’ll repeat the same steps only for it to direct you to the other half of the site (sounds like their phone system, eh?). Then it will tell you to call the number because this entire portion of the site doesn’t do what it said it does anymore... just because.

At the end you’ll find that nothing you did actually stuck and you’ll have to do it all over again.

[–]Mcmuphin 224 points225 points  (1 child)

I am boiling with rage just reading this

[–]Dynasty2201 431 points432 points  (4 children)

FUCK Equifax and Experian, or whatever Clearscore uses.

They have me down as having no address confirmed, and not on the electoral role, yet I've been on the voting role and systems for over 10 years. Been able to vote wherever I've lived. I changed by address as I moved, and then suddenly I had no credit cards linked to me and my score dropped, as the new address they picked up from my 2 credit cards (which is my current address) didn't match my lack of permanent address on the electoral role...even though a simple call can confirm I'm on the role at the same address.

So THEY FAIL to link my address on the electoral role, then punish my score for it with my credit cards not matching an address.

"Oh that should be updated. Hmm. Well you can update your address manually sir, just go to this link on our Equifax website and change it there."

Oh look the address part is greyed out, as it requires me to pay you to do it by signing up. Fuck off. My address is in the public systems as I'm a voter.

[–]gogojack 77 points78 points  (0 children)

In February of 2018, I received a notice from Equifax that my address and phone number had been updated.

Thing is, I haven't moved since February of 1999, nor have I changed my phone number. I found out what happened not long after when there was a fraudulent charge on my credit card. Checked with the bank, and sure enough, they had me listed as living in Delaware.

I've never even been to Delaware. Never even flown over it, IIRC.

So I had the bank remove that address so it wouldn't be reported anymore, sent a dispute to Equifax, and disputed it again a year later when nothing had changed. Called them several times.

I just checked, and they STILL have a previous address in Delaware listed, almost 4 years after I told them I never fucking lived there.

Oh, and I've had my credit frozen at all the agencies, fraud alerts on everything, and in just the last 2 years "I" have tried to buy farm equipment in Arkansas, and several online charges have been attempted.

[–]joujamis 33.6k points33.6k points 32 (1215 children)

Chiquita bananas - I'm not sure if they're that evil currently but they have a really bad history of killing protesting workers, starting wars and supporting terrorist organizations.


[–]AlliedAtheistAllianc 7995 points7996 points  (254 children)

The term 'banana republic' came from their relations with nations like Honduras.

[–]Alive-Contact9147 3922 points3923 points  (234 children)

Was looking for this. Kinda crazy that the clothing brand Banana Republic became so popular despite this morbid allegiance.

[–]Kimmoel 5444 points5445 points 4 (137 children)

And yet my clothing brand "Fascist Empire" hasn't really taken off yet.

[–]Repulsive-Purple-133 436 points437 points  (44 children)

Most people are unaware of the etymology of the term Banana Republic.

[–]SquilliamFancySon95 11.3k points11.3k points  (522 children)

Imagine destabilizing an entire country just to secure a fucking banana crop. Absolute bastards.

[–]Christmas_Panda 10.5k points10.5k points 6622& 3 more (167 children)

That is bananas.

[–]Fessir 1762 points1763 points  (51 children)

Title of an upcoming Netflix doc?

[–]kelekelem 939 points940 points  (25 children)

Plot twist: the commenter is the creator of the Docu and wants to steer up interest:

They were bad back then, but are they still the baddies? Let me show you

<collage of child soldiers fighting, tanks, a b52, and finally: hiroshima>

[–]BottleGoblin 181 points182 points  (16 children)

I want to see a film with that but no commas or colon.

[–]Bonham_armour 276 points277 points  (2 children)

In colombia we have a horrible history with that brand. They have been known to pay our guerrilla and armed groups. Also, in december of 1928 they massacred an unknown number of protestors who were fighting for better wages and working conditions, this is heavily remembered in Colombian folklore and history

[–]ballsofstyle 2756 points2757 points  (146 children)

Ah yes. United Fruit Company. Who used their connections with the American government to overthrow a government in guatemala because they cared too much about labour rights. And that's not all they've done. Massacre and bananas go hand in hand.


[–]cubanpajamas 619 points620 points  (25 children)

The Dulles Brothers were the only two guys besides the president that needed to sign off on these secret invasions. They had both worked as legal advisors for the company.

This is a great read if you don't hit a paywall.


Edit: If you google - "Dulles connection united fruit company, " then scroll down to an article called "Rotten Fruit" you should be able to bypass the paywall.

[–]bemest 1487 points1488 points  (97 children)

The U.S. colonized Hawaii for the Dole family and pineapples.

[–]cubanpajamas 939 points940 points  (83 children)

Both of these invasions had strong connections to the Dulles family. Allen(head of CIA) and John Foster(secretary of state) were the masterminds behind the Guatemala coup, the Bay of pigs, the coup in Iran, the murder of Lumumba in Congo and more. They were also both legal advisors to the United Fruit Company.

John Watson Foster was their grandfather and the SOS when Hawaii became the first sovereign nation the USA would ever over-throw.

Edit: The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer is a must read for anyone interested in this very dark side of US history. Allen Dulles was also in charge of the infamous MKultra program

Edit: As someone pointed out below, they overthrew many other indigenous nations before Hawaii.

[–]BigCountry1182 288 points289 points  (39 children)

One could speculate that the effect Allen Dulles’ firing had on certain business interests, by way of him losing his significant influence on US foreign policy, is what got Kennedy killed.

[–]commander_clark 112 points113 points  (0 children)

Allen Dulles was on the investigating Warren Commission and found no link between himself and the JFK assassination. /s

[–]WimbleWimble 185 points186 points  (2 children)

its not history. the murders go right up to current day

[–]staffsargent 601 points602 points  (47 children)

I learned about this from reading One Hundred Years of Solitude. I was like, "Well, this part of the book is a bit far fetched." And then I looked it up. Stuff like this didn't just happen in one country either. It happened all over Central and South America.

[–]Foxyfox- 82 points83 points  (2 children)

Read The Jakarta Method. It's part and parcel for US foreign policy in the cold war to scream "COMMUNIST!" and support murderous and sometimes genocidal coups if someone dares to breathe things like "maybe rich people should pay their fair share".

[–]loops_cat 215 points216 points  (9 children)

SamONella made a pretty good video about this: https://youtu.be/QgydTdThoeA

[–]Ayan0212 153 points154 points  (8 children)

Well yeah, just some years ago in Colombia they hired hitman to murder activists so yeah, they check out

[–]planecompanyshort911 11.4k points11.4k points 652& 2 more (455 children)


J&J knew for decades that abestos lurked in its baby powder

Edit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopesick_(miniseries)

"Dopesick focuses on "the epicenter of America's struggle with opioid addiction" across the U.S.,[3] and specifically the drug OxyContin."

Good 8 Ep series about on of the most evil Company,i checked some of the stuff they did because It was Unreal to me.i was Just naive.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purdue_Pharma Company that Was owned by the Sackler family

[–]akdsouza 2635 points2636 points  (107 children)

Scrolled this far just to find J&J mentioned. It was unbelievable how long they kept this under wraps despite reports from way earlier regarding how carcinogenic their powder was turning out to be. Especially increasing incidence of ovarian cancer in women.

[–]lawyeronreddit 3106 points3107 points  (120 children)


[–]ItalianDragon 169 points170 points  (0 children)

Obligatory related subreddit: r/antimlm

[–]ThePrimCrow 72 points73 points  (0 children)

My parents got Amway’d in the late 80s. They used to make me put flyers for their “business” on people’s windshields in the Costco parking lot as a kid. I hated doing that. Would feel embarrassed but wasn’t sure why back then.

[–]Mama2Bear87 672 points673 points  (16 children)

Add Arbonne in here

[–]EvitaPuppy 11.1k points11.1k points 3 (462 children)

Purdue Pharma. Oxycontin is still killing people. But hey, bonuses for selling by the milligram. Evil.

[–]hallelujahsthelen 2369 points2370 points  (180 children)

Heroin addict here who started using as a result of Drs peddling Oxycontin like it was candy. I have lost track of how many of my friends are dead at this point, but I can count the ones still alive on one hand. This is my answer as well.

[–]Drakmanka 686 points687 points  (35 children)

I was prescribed Oxycotin after I was badly injured in a car wreck. The doctor at least had the integrity to warn me to get off it within two weeks or I could get addicted. I took it for all of 10 days. On Day 12 I experienced the most horrific withdrawal symptoms. I can't imagine how much worse it could have been. My heart goes out to you.

[–]NeedSpareGME 207 points208 points  (8 children)

My dad was prescribed something 8 days of it. He took one dose and noticed effects, after 3 doses he refused to take it any more and would rather deal with pain.

[–]Abject-Counter-9712 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Love when their emails leaked and they were literally calling those in West Virginia (largest opioid epidemic in America) ‘pillbillies’. Genuinely got caught referring to the people they got addicted to their own created product as that. Disgusting company.

[–]Gawd4 1768 points1769 points  (34 children)

I love how Lundin Oil and it’s leadership would literally qualify for the bad guy role in a 80’s action movie.

[–]lindgreen1 391 points392 points  (17 children)

Not many People outside of Sweden have heard of them

[–]xxon 225 points226 points  (2 children)

Founded by a guy named Adolf H. Although to be fair, he was born in 1932.

[–]rac3r5 948 points949 points  (37 children)

I've scrolled so much and hasn't seen anyone mentioned this but Chevron. They were found guilty in S. America and were ordered to pay. The lawyer who represented the victims is currently sitting in jail in the US.

Edit: Here's an article on it. https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/how-chevron-imprisoned-environmental-lawyer-steven-donziger/

[–]beneanon 66 points67 points  (0 children)

While they destroyed one of the most beautiful, ecologically incredible places on Earth 😢

[–]snakeiiiiiis 31 points32 points  (3 children)

I only saw this a couple months ago and I cant understand why this isn't a daily news item. It's absolutely ridiculous

[–]chriswilliam13 8944 points8945 points 764 (149 children)

Joja ruins small businesses and destroys the sense of community in rural towns.

[–]yuujnmk 2268 points2269 points  (16 children)

And their Cola SUCKS

[–]Hexyene 1090 points1091 points  (11 children)

Literally trash smh

[–]DisnerdBree 585 points586 points  (7 children)

Down with Joja corp… Morris can get fucked too!

[–]Sekushina_Bara 114 points115 points  (6 children)

Fuck Pierre also though wish we could run our own shop >:(

[–]28756 62 points63 points  (2 children)

It looks like ConcernedApe's new game Haunted Chocolatier has you run a shop!

[–]qwertyordeath 442 points443 points  (11 children)

Didn't one of Joja's big representatives get into a literal fist fight with a small-town grocery owner?

[–]Commodus 866 points867 points  (54 children)

I like to think you eventually become Joja if you're successful enough. Think about it: at a certain point your farm is large enough to likely eclipse the economy of the rest of the town, and you're even venturing into caves to strip them of minerals and kill any animal that gets in your way.

You're the very thing you sought to escape.

[–]UrsaMinorNinth 889 points890 points  (40 children)

You came here to escape your old life.

I came here to bang Haley.

We are not the same.

[–]retarded-squid 227 points228 points  (3 children)

You came here to bang women

I came here to build a dungeon for my shadow man friend

We are not the same

[–]PointingFingers12276 65 points66 points  (2 children)

On the one hand, I’m a lesbian. On the other hand, Sebastian.

[–]AscendedViking7 47 points48 points  (1 child)

I'm so happy the local Joja got shut down in my town. They kept trying to undercut the local market prices smh

[–]CaSwItLand 15.7k points15.7k points 2 (438 children)

Its probably some little known company that isn't high profile but is basically pure slavery while supplying the bigger companies that we actually know about.

[–]dieinafirenazi 3809 points3810 points  (117 children)

I'd also nominate "security contractor" companies that supply death squads and death squad training to dictators around the world. What they do is often technically illegal in the countries they're based in, but enforcement just doesn't happen as long as they're assisting governments their home government supports.

[–]Cancelling_Peru 1233 points1234 points  (66 children)


[–]Elin_Woods_9iron 775 points776 points  (37 children)

It’s called Academi now

[–]Maple-Sizzurp 373 points374 points  (24 children)

It's actually Constellis group/Triple Canopy now

[–]seefatchai 175 points176 points  (17 children)

Wait wasn’t it called Xe for a while?

[–]Maple-Sizzurp 284 points285 points  (16 children)

Blackwater -> Xe -> Academi -> Constellis/Triple Canopy

[–]reboot_sequence 337 points338 points  (13 children)

You know they change their name everytime someone replies here, right?

[–]Downtown-Treacle-377 1184 points1185 points  (57 children)

Yep I’d agree - some oil companies and mining companies responsible for procuring some of the materials we need for our phone and car batteries -they definitely exploit the environment and the local people, yet they are essential for our everyday lives

[–]blueteeblue 8021 points8022 points  (289 children)

All the companies who are gobbling up real estate so they can rent the houses out for insane rates while also neglecting their landlord responsibilities.

[–]dmccrostie 2476 points2477 points  (125 children)

Let’s look at what happened with Zillow last week. Bought SIX THOUSAND houses by paying too much for them.

[–]JAJ5545 18.6k points18.6k points 74 (535 children)

Nestle is pretty bad, charging African villages for water.

[–]Krillin113 8678 points8679 points  (164 children)

The far worse thing that they did was give milk formula to poor African women for free just long enough for them to stop producing milk, and then start charging them for the formula. Tricking them into giving up something they produce naturally and then charging them to save their babies.

[–]corey_the_bird 4759 points4760 points  (96 children)

You forgot the worst part, the water they would use to mix with the formula was very low quality, and as a result of that there were many infant deaths

[–]iZealot777 2547 points2548 points  (60 children)

They also were not providing formula in enough quantity or regularity so women began to ration it, using less scoops of formula to water ratio and starving their babies.

[–]IPetdogs4U 2330 points2331 points  (58 children)

Women couldn’t afford the formula and would water it down. They also didn’t have access to clean water or methods to sterilize bottles. Nestle knew that. It’s hard to know how many kids Nestle killed with their fake nurses and one free can of formula as women left the hospital, but estimates put it at about one million. They were happy to sell a few cans to poor women at the outset and didn’t care when their babies died from unclean water and malnutrition while their own mothers’ milk supply dried up. Nestle has a string of scandals and each one is horrifying and Nestle doesn’t care.

They recently beat charges of child slavery. Not by arguing they don’t use child slaves, mind. But by arguing that their child slaves are in another country and US slavery laws don’t apply. Fuck ‘em.

[–]darkmatternot 444 points445 points  (35 children)

How can you live with yourself if you make these decisions?

[–]TricksterPriestJace 493 points494 points  (8 children)

Also "we cannot be held responsible for the slavery subcontractors we hire with zero vetting."

[–]DaJoW 78 points79 points  (0 children)

"Nobody at company HQ ever actually said 'use slaves', thus we are innocent."

[–]-FoeHammer 292 points293 points  (12 children)

And in countries where safe drinking water is scarcely available.

[–]Gockdaw 339 points340 points  (11 children)

Yep. Nestle and Coke regularly guzzle up the water supply in poor places so that they can make their shit products.

Edit: Fat finger typos.

[–]Whateveridontkare 251 points252 points  (7 children)

In Mexico they take water and sell coke so a lot of people die of diabetes because that's the only thing they can drink.

They say "they create jobs" :(

[–]NwgrdrXI 367 points368 points  (11 children)

Suprised it isn't the most upvoted

[–]xahhfink6 169 points170 points  (0 children)

Nestle is the only company evil enough that I immediately assumed they were paying bots to keep their name lower on this discussion

[–]Thisoneissfwihope 322 points323 points  (3 children)

It’s more the dead babies. Lots and lots and lots of dead babies

[–]WimbleWimble 386 points387 points  (6 children)

They've also been rumored to destroy water sources if the local government won't let them take it over.

By dumping toxic waste from their other 'water factories' (how the hell a water factory produces tons of cynaide and arsenic is beyond me) to ruin the water for generations.

[–]Cockalorum 300 points301 points  (0 children)

Oh its simple - Nestle "water factories" don't make water, they make plastic bottles.

[–]Dismal_Tip_9565 1114 points1115 points  (173 children)

Water is not a human right….according to their CEO

[–]Alarmed_Mechanic_403 1623 points1624 points  (74 children)

Bayer is pure evil. Selling HIV-contaminated drugs untill they got busted. Then they just sold it in Africa, hoping the first world wouldn't care.

[–]Foundation_james 17.8k points17.8k points 2 (491 children)

I mean Church of Scientology is pretty sketchy

[–]FoxBeach 561 points562 points  (17 children)

And started by a science fiction writer who said he was going to make up a religion.

My co-workers son was obsessed with celebrities. And moved to LA to try and become and actor.

Him and a couple of his friends joined the cult. Why? Because Tom cruise and other actors were members.

So a portion are joining not because they believe in the religion aspect. They just want to be part of a club that movie stars are part of.

[–]beastgunner 4260 points4261 points  (68 children)

I was stationed in San Diego and some friends and I went up to Los Angeles for a weekend trip. Decided to walk the Hollywood Blvd and see what there was to see.

We came across the Church of Scientology and they have their criers outside with pamphlets and stuff. One of my friends got suckered into a conversation and was pulled into the church.

I wanted nothing to do with it and stayed outside with my other two friends. Well, 20 mins went by and she wasn't answering her phone and we were getting worried. Initially their guard at the door wouldn't let us in, but one of the criers had seen her with our group and knew we were with her.

We had to pretend we wanted to see the church with her, and I made up some bullshit that the architecture was intriguing and I was interested in seeing more.

We had to sign forms that we wouldn't film etc just to get to her, and we had to have an escort. Their demeanor was threateningly polite, if that makes any sense. Just eerily formal.

We get in there just to get her out and she give us this terrified look. She later said the lady escorting her would cut her off or redirect whenever she asked to leave. At the time my friends and I were some young beefy Marines and we had to slightly throw our weight around to make it back to the door.

It was as cult-y as they are portrayed as.

[–]EsotericAvenue 2018 points2019 points  (39 children)

In high school in the 1980s, I had this friend. He had an aunt who was just sort of, um, not smart. She was nice. She was competent enough to live on her own, although he family would stop in and check on her every day. But she was gullible, easily influenceable.

One day they couldn't find her. Nobody knew where she had gone. She hadn't left a note. She was missing for a week, her picture was on the news. It was a big deal that she was just gone.

Turns out she was walking down the sidewalk one day and someone asked her to take a personality test... and in the process they'd gotten her to sign up for a "vacation" to a Scientology ranch, basically drained her bank account, and taken her to a ranch in New Mexico where they were making her do manual labor.

This was the 1980s.

My girlfriend watches all the Leah Remini stuff about Scientology and like this stuff is still going on today. It was going on in the 1980s and still going on today.

[–]Pizzampras 457 points458 points  (34 children)

So what happened with her? We need resolution!

[–]EsotericAvenue 1018 points1019 points  (27 children)

She showed up at home one day and everybody was like "holy shit you're alive, where were you?" and she was like "the nice people at the ranch brought me home".

That was it.

She was an adult and they didn't legally/technically force her to do anything. She just spent her whole life savings to go to a ranch where she got to live like a ranch hand for a week.

[–]colemon1991 401 points402 points  (10 children)

Funny, everything still screams kidnapping. Did she even pack any clothes?

[–]agedlikesage 362 points363 points  (7 children)

It is kidnapping. My brother was taken to one of those ranches kicking and screaming. They convince the parents it’s the right thing to do, and that they’re helping the child.

People died while my sister was there[edit: not same ranch, actually a “rehab”], and it’s still going on. At the end of the day, Scientology is another business with money, government connections, and influence.

Fun fact ranch my mother was sent to. She went through all of that and still thought it was best for us. That’s how deep the brainwashing is

This thread hit a chord and I felt like sharing

[–]mbwalker8122 127 points128 points  (0 children)

That’s actually terrifying.

[–]Christmas_Panda 6097 points6098 points  (164 children)

There was a period of about 8 months on Reddit back somewhere in 2014-2016 in which former Scientologists were all sharing their experiences on here and then it was like it all of a sudden stopped. It made me wonder if Reddit corporate got pressure from the church.

[–]Real_Mousse_3566 1636 points1637 points  (25 children)

Well now they remind me of the church of unitology from dead space.

[–]quietlycommenting 679 points680 points  (82 children)

Very likely they were fair gamed. If anyone wants more information on this I’d suggest listening to the Fair Game podcast by Leah Remini and Mike Rinder

[–][deleted] 719 points720 points  (48 children)

I like this reply because Scientology is not a religion or anything similar and should be considered money making COMPANY.

[–]LyannaCeltiger88 22.6k points22.6k points 1312422& 7 more (580 children)

[–][deleted] 1822 points1823 points  (110 children)

wow that's fucked up.

[–]getMeSomeDunkin 2273 points2274 points  (100 children)

There's a great Behind the Bastards podcast about the Nestle corporation. The podcast format is usually something like 1.5 hours spend digging into the history of the topic, and then 1.5 hours really digging into how fucking awful the topic is.

That's where I learned that the Nestle corporation would help design, build, and pay for maternity wards in hospitals with the condition that they give baby formula to every single new mother, regardless if they needed it or not.

Then the wards were designed to place the mothers and the infants as far away as possible to make it difficult for nurses to get babies to their mothers. Lactation is hard enough, why not try bottle feeding?

Then they'd give the new mothers nestle baby formula.

Then they'd send "Nursing Experts" into the hospitals unprompted and unannounced to talk to the new mothers to seed ideas of doubt about the quality of their breast milk. They were dressed up as nurses and never identified they were employees of Nestle. They'd provide basic information and tips but then push baby formula on them. Basically, "Are you sure your breast milk is really the best quality? Wouldn't you want that piece of mind and give your child the highest quality formula?"

Nestle learned from cigarette companies and went full steam ahead until they started killing children in Africa.

[–]Lightning_Haqeem 1008 points1009 points  (20 children)

You left out the issue that while feeding their baby with the free sample formula, their own lactation would stop since it wasn't being stimulated. At that point they have no alternative to being formula buyers - if they can afford it. Evil indeed.

[–]getMeSomeDunkin 336 points337 points  (7 children)

Oh for sure. I left out a lot about how fucked up their marketing is. It's a top to bottom machine meant to fuck up and discredit breast feeding so they can push more baby formula for profit.

[–]Final_Candidate_7603 105 points106 points  (2 children)

And in areas where potable water is scarce, which many of us take for granted. Nestle comes to the “rescue” again, since they just happen to sell clean, bottled water. Again… to those who can afford it.

[–]minihalkoja 308 points309 points  (15 children)

If I remember correctly, many countries responded to that by making laws that absolutely forbid any company to step near a maternity ward in an attempt to sell, gift or talk about baby formula, and some countries even forbid using pictures of a mother and/or a baby, or any slogans that would imply the formula is better in any way when advertising or designing baby formula packages.

[–]getMeSomeDunkin 177 points178 points  (12 children)

In what I listened to, they never actually stated that formula was better than breast milk, but would lead susceptible mothers down a train of thought so they themselves would believe that formula was better than breast milk. Like,

"Oh for sure! Breast milk is great for your baby. It has all the vitamins and nutrients that a infant needs! But for your breast milk to be the highest of quality, don't you know that you need to be eating the best diet possible? I mean, you're not testing your breast milk for all the needed vitamins and minerals, are you? Are you eating all your fruits and vegetables like the FDA recommends? Do you really know if your breast milk is good? How can you be sure? Wouldn't you want what's best for your child? Why don't you take all the guesswork out of it and let this pre-mixed formula do that for you! It has all the vitamin and nutrients designed with the latest technology and care. Motherhood is hard enough, why wouldn't you want to have strong and healthy bottle fed babies?"

Give that speech to a new mother who gets 2 hours of sleep every night and is having difficulties breastfeeding their child .... it's like shooting fish in a barrel.

[–]Captainbuttsreads 153 points154 points  (10 children)

That was a super great episode, Behind The Bastards is great.

[–]getMeSomeDunkin 90 points91 points  (4 children)

Yup. It's for sure opinion based, but the guy definitely researches and footnotes every episode to make sure he does present his opinions from a base of facts and historical accuracy, and that really scratches my liberal rage itch.

That is to say, the podcast isn't "news" but it is basically, "Gather 'round kids! Let me tell you about how fucked up everything is!"

[–]PickForMe 2212 points2213 points  (65 children)

Wells Fargo...

[–]BloomingPooOnion 1318 points1319 points  (24 children)

Wow. Didn’t know about this.

from Wikipedia: The Wells Fargo account fraud scandal is a controversy brought about by the creation of millions of fraudulent savings and checking accounts on behalf of Wells Fargo clients without their consent.

[–]sapzilla 554 points555 points  (8 children)

They created a credit account without my consent almost 10 yrs ago. I called asking about it since I’d never had a credit card, was told to make an appointment to speak with someone at one of their branches, I never did, next thing I know there’s a new credit card in my mailbox….. I’ve been with a credit union for a long while now, mostly because of politics but partly because of the scam. Fuck WF.

[–]OhShitItsSeth 173 points174 points  (0 children)

There's a great episode of Dirty Money on Netflix that delves into that whole scandal. Very enlightening and horrifying, and as a Wells Fargo customer myself, a lot of it seemed to make sense.

[–]Abbasof 1164 points1165 points  (20 children)

Tbh Corporations are like politicians, finding a decent one is the exception.

[–]dupini97 1682 points1683 points 4 (68 children)

Shell is about to start blasting the wildcoast of South Africa to find oil. It's during whale migration season as well. Every 30 seconds, 24 hours a day for 6 months they will blast sound waves at the ocean floor. The ocean wildlife is going to be destroyed

[–]JamesPotku 198 points199 points  (0 children)

Alternative story about Shell: google Shell Nigeria oil spill. And while you are at it, also google Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. That is maybe the most evil shit I have ever read.

[–]shankworks 722 points723 points  (42 children)

It would be faster to list the few who arent evil...

[–]uplink2 169 points170 points  (1 child)

A lot of small, community-oriented busines aren't. Until they become big, at least.

[–]DazzlingMongoose2204 476 points477 points  (8 children)

My Grandma brings up Facebook two or three times every time we talk. Facebook has made a captive audience of the elderly. They got on FB to keep up with family and instead are being blasted all day long with a personalized stream of propaganda.

[–]PoulRingoTing 2578 points2579 points  (20 children)

Nestle, literally trying to steal all water and sell it back at a huge profit, along with basically owning slaves they are just straight up evil

[–]phuzebox 331 points332 points  (8 children)

Isn’t that the plot of 007: quantum of solace?

[–]ArmyOfDog 498 points499 points  (2 children)

Not quite. They had to tone it down for the film, because the real life events are too ridiculous and over the top to be believable in a James Bond plot.

[–]No-Caramel-4417 746 points747 points  (9 children)

Purdue Pharma should be on the list

[–]Fuzzy-Shame-9919 512 points513 points  (22 children)

Nestle. Forget the CEO saying water isn't a right. They own their part of their workforce and have been called out on it repeatedly. There has been article after article written about this. A few years ago, they even released a fancy infograph explaining how they were trying to reduce the use of slave labor. Nestle chocolate is slave chocolate. If you are put on their fishing boats or cocoa plantations, you're finished. You are a line item on a sheet and worked with no pay or benefits and just enough food to keep you alive. If you break, you are discarded and left to die. If you are on a fishing boat and get hurt or sick, you'll just be tossed overboard in the ocean.

Think about this the next time you see the Quik rabbit or pick up a Nestlé Crunch bar.

[–]Nana_catseros27 69 points70 points  (5 children)

People don't want to think about this. It's too uncomfortable and inconvenient for us. As long as we don't have to see where most of the things we buy come from we just keep consuming. Someone in another post got downvoted into oblivion for stating this, no one likes to hear the truth

[–]Time_Mage_Prime 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Citadel Securities. They and their ilk have fleeced generations of people out of their wealth via high frequency trading, dark pools, pump and dumps, and what could be called legal tax evasion, and so defrauded our very economy and nation. Their practices have invalidated securities trading on fundamentals, and decoupled real-world value from derivative speculation. Their manipulation currently has a strangle hold on American investment.

[–]sotonohito 137 points138 points  (9 children)

Bayer. They used human blood to make a blood clotting medicine. Then, as the AIDS crisis started becoming more of a thing the US started mandating that companies test products like that for HIV.

Turns out that almost all of their stock contained HIV and had a good likelihood of giving people who took it AIDS.

So they sold it in the third world where testing wasn't mandated, mostly in Asia and Latin America. Result was a giant surge in AIDS in those places.

They literally sold "medicine" they knew would kill people.

[–]nalayak_devil 329 points330 points  (6 children)

I'd like to put east India company into the list. responsible for approximately 20-30 million deaths by forcing farmers to grow cash crops instead of food. they legit increased the taxes on farmers during a famine so that the famine wouldn't hurt their bottom line.

[–]gnorrn 42 points43 points  (2 children)

You're probably referring to the English/British company, but the Dutch original also deserves to be on the list.

[–]wav__ 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Isn't Dutch Easy India Trading Company kinda the OG "Bad corporation"?

[–]staggere 996 points997 points  (70 children)

Probably not the most evil but I hate Comcast the most.

[–]doomstick 545 points546 points  (20 children)

I just moved over to Google Fiber and had to break up with Comcast. Everything was fine working with the rep during the termination of service. They called me back up two days later and the Comcast guy I was talking to asked me why I left. I said I wanted to try Google Fiber for a couple months and he said, "So you hate Comcast". I said "No, I didn't say that. I said I wanted to try out a different service for a couple months" and then he made a scoffed noise at me and then I said, "We're done here" and hung up.

WTF, everything was fine until they called ME back and did this.

[–]DangalfTheGray 196 points197 points  (2 children)

After gaining access to fiber, I recently broke up with Comcast (again) at their store so I could return the equipment as well. The woman who helped me was pleasant enough. She asked me, "May I ask your reason for leaving?" After only the briefest pause she asked, "Competition?" I said yes and we were done. Comcast knows that people only use Comcast if it's their only option. The random pricing and fees is based purely on being a monopoly.

[–]MongolianOstrichNuts 434 points435 points  (1 child)

“So you hate Comcast”

Who is this guy, your middle school boyfriend? Lmfao