• This is a political forum that is non-biased/non-partisan and treats every persons position on topics equally. This debate forum is not aligned to any political party. In today's politics, many ideas are split between and even within all the political parties. Often we find ourselves agreeing on one platform but some topics break our mold. We are here to discuss them in a civil political debate. If this is your first visit to our political forums, be sure to check out the RULES. Registering for debate politics is necessary before posting. Register today to participate - it's free!

Terror Group Gets 'A' Rating From Better Business Bureau?

danarhea

Slayer of the DP Newsbot
DP Veteran
Joined
Aug 27, 2005
Messages
43,602
Reaction score
26,255
Location
Houston, TX
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Conservative
The Better Business Bureau, one of the country's best known consumer watchdog groups, is being accused by business owners of running a "pay for play" scheme in which A plus ratings are awarded to those who pay membership fees, and F ratings used to punish those who don't.


To prove the point, a group of Los Angeles business owners paid $425 to the Better Business Bureau and were able to obtain an A minus grade for a non-existent company called Hamas, named after the Middle Eastern terror group.


"Right now, this rating system is really unworthy of consumer trust or confidence," said Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal in an interview to be broadcast as part of an ABC News investigation airing tonight on 20/20.


You know, this really pisses me off on two levels:


1) The company I formerly worked for was a member of the BBB, and we won 6 BBB Awards for Excellence, 2 or those awards being the Pinnacle Award. How hard is it to get the Pinnacle Award? Out of about 20,000 HVAC companies in Southeast Texas, only ONE Pinnacle Award is given out each year. And we got it twice. But now I have to ask, for what, if the awards put us in the same company as Hamas?


2) F- ratings are always given out to companies that do not respond to customer complaints. But, according to the article, F- ratings are now sometimes given out to those who don't "pay to play"? If this is true, then this is totally reprehensible, and maybe someone needs to file a BBB complaint against the BBB.


Put both of these points together, and the credibility of the BBB, and it's membership, drop dramatically. I know that the economy is tough, but if the BBB can't stay in business honestly, then maybe they should just go out of business. After all, if the BBB cannot even live according to it's own mission statement, then something is terribly wrong. As much as I have supported the BBB in the past, the time has come for me to stop supporting them, at least, until they get back on track, and start acting like.... well, the BBB.


Article is here.

Afterthought - That the BBB has chosen to give a fictitious company named "Hamas" an A- rating is somewhat ironic, if they are terrorizing companies into paying in order to receive a better rating. If the shoe fits.................... Economic terrorism is also terrorism. Sure, nobody is being bombed to death, but an F- rating might as well be a bomb, if the company goes out of business because it didn't pay.
 
Last edited:

Deuce

Outer space potato man
DP Veteran
Joined
Feb 6, 2010
Messages
77,163
Reaction score
34,082
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Undisclosed
You understand that they didn't actually give an A- rating to the terror group Hamas, right? It was a (fake) company that happened to be named Hamas.

The real issue is that the BBB is horse****, and has been for a long time.
 

danarhea

Slayer of the DP Newsbot
DP Veteran
Joined
Aug 27, 2005
Messages
43,602
Reaction score
26,255
Location
Houston, TX
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Conservative
You understand that they didn't actually give an A- rating to the terror group Hamas, right? It was a (fake) company that happened to be named Hamas.

The real issue is that the BBB is horse****, and has been for a long time.

Of course, I understand that. The issue is that the BBB gave a fictitious entity (read my post again, I said it was fictitious) an A- rating.
 

Hatuey

Rule of Two
DP Veteran
Joined
Oct 17, 2006
Messages
55,485
Reaction score
22,723
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Moderate
The BBB is a business like any other. It was started by free market advocates who believed the free market could regulate itself. There's no discrepancy in its tactics. It holds the reputation of various businesses hostage so they all pay up to have a good image. If you ask me it's a brilliant use of the free market.
 

d0gbreath

Yellow Dog Democrat
DP Veteran
Joined
Jan 5, 2010
Messages
14,535
Reaction score
4,352
Location
Denton, Texas
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Communist
If you ask me, it's extortion.
 
Top Bottom