12 Companies That Permanently Ruined Their Public Image and Should Shut Down – Lifotravel

Some brands are so annoying that customers no longer want to do with them. Some of them know this and put conscious effort into rebranding and serving their audience better; others just don’t care. Either way, people have a right to be angry if they feel a particular business isn’t catering well enough to the audience — or worse if they serve no purpose — and are not afraid to speak up about it.

Recently, an online discussion asked, “Which company could go out of business tomorrow for the betterment of this world?”

1. Purdue Pharma

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The disgusting business practice of Purdue Pharma led to the ongoing opioid crisis across the United States. Patients were used to rack up billions in profits with a dangerously addictive drug, and doctors were used as sanctioned drug dealers. The Sackler family behind Purdue have proven to be nothing more than corporate villains making a sizable buck off the lives of real, hardworking Americans.

2. X

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Elon Musk’s attempts to rebrand Twitter into “X” was just one of many missteps that have turned the former “bird app” into a laughing stock. Removing link previews, giving preference to paid users, and mass employee purges have degraded the platform to potentially damning, “point of no return” territory.

3. The Church of Scientology

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“Tom Cruise joined the group chat,” someone joked.

Many issues with The Church of Scientology lead to people wondering why it still exists. One person says, “They put their motto on money and other government functions. They parade around like their sky daddy built this country. They’re in elected offices writing rules in their favor.”

4. Express Scripts

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Express Scripts is a pharmacy services company designed to make drugs easily accessible. However, many people don’t think they are doing a very good job.

5. Ticketmaster

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Fans of Taylor Swift may have already turned the world against Ticketmaster. The ticket distribution company has had a bad rap with the public enough times for people to wish it didn’t exist. From overpriced ticketing to exorbitant fees, Ticketmaster has done a lot to lose the public’s trust.


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One person sums it up perfectly: 

“HSBC, one of the largest banks in the world, is a criminal enterprise.”

“In 2012, the bank paid $1.9 billion to settle charges brought by U.S. authorities that it had failed to prevent money laundering by Mexican drug cartels. In 2013, HSBC was fined $1.92 billion by US and UK regulators for manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a benchmark interest rate. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice charged the bank for violating sanctions against Iran, Sudan, and other countries. In 2018, the US Department of Justice charged the bank for violating the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering regulations.”

7. Equifax

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The credit score agency received a lot of heat, too. Remember that time they lost everyone’s personal information? We’re not sure why they still exist. 

8. Turbotax

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Why do we have to pay to tell the federal government how much we made last year? They should already know that! It’s simply another company that gathers data only to inadvertently make it public in damning data breaches.

9. Wagner Group

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This dirty mercenary army has caused chaos in countless countries. Now they’re performing the same horrible acts they always have against the Ukrainian people. 

10. Nestlé

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Nestlé gathered over ten thousand haters in this online discussion and has been the subject of many allegations, including child labor, pollution, and unethical behavior.

11. Car Dealerships

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Many believe that car dealerships add unnecessary steps to the car-buying process. Their sole goal is to drain more money from your pockets. 

12. Facebook

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Sure, you can’t check in to see how your friends and family are doing, but many people mention their life has improved after deleting the social networking app. Scandal after scandal racked Facebook for many years, culminating in Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional hearing and testimony over Facebook’s questionable data practices.

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Boloere Divine Seibidor, fondly called B.S., is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She’s been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sights. When she’s not writing, she’s delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.

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