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Boycotters Reveal The Pettiest Reasons They've Protested Something

There are lots of legitimate reasons to boycott a business or service - racism, discrimination, mistreatment of workers - and then there are the petty, personal gripes that people blow out of proportion.


BarelyLegalSeagull asked, What's the pettiest reason you have boycotted something?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.

BarelyLegalSeagull

The horror.

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I won't go to the deli by my parent's house anymore because I once bought a stale Rice Krispie treat from them.

fabergeomelet

A poor user interface is a deal-breaker.

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Every day for a few years in high school and college, I used to read a particular website that published syndicated op-eds.

One day I got there to see they had "modernized" their layout and I didn't care for it, so I never went back. It's probably been 12 years.

lolabythebay

Can't we just leave nature alone?

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I'll never shop at a Big Y supermarket because one was built where this nice meadow used to be when I lived in Connecticut. I liked that meadow, Big Y. F*ck you.

DubiouslyRussian

Thirty. Six. Cents.

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My dad has had a long standing boycott of Exxon gas stations since the 80's because apparently they used to not give out change for cash purchases after 4pm (idk why) and the cashier refused to give my dad change at 4:01 pm after he had waited in line for 5 minutes. He has literally not gone to an Exxon station since then unless it's an emergency and has actually planned out fuel stops on road trips to avoid Exxon....whole new level of petty.

Edit: In case you're wondering, the total amount of change that my dad was owed totaled $0.36

bananabandanadan

Giving out your phone number or email means relentless sales pitches. Enough!

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Geico. I requested an online quote from them in March of this year and the next day one of their local offices called me 3 times a day for 2 weeks straight. I even answered the phone twice and told them to stop calling me. The voicemail the woman would leave me when I didnt answer sounded a lot like a collection agent. Like she was doing me a favor by calling me and that I MUST call them right away to start my insurance with them. She was extremely pushy.

I had to leave a negative Yelp and Facebook review to get it to stop. They finally sent me a message saying they would stop calling me and then they contacted Yelp and Facebook to dispute my reviews. Two weeks ago I got an e-mail from Yelp saying they were removing my review as the owner proved that my review didn't have anything do do with their location. I put it back up with a screenshot of my missed call logs showing their phone number calling me over and over again.

Brodie1985

There's always a catch.

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Hyundai because they offered a $40 gift card if you test drive one of their new vehicles. I took the test drive, and dealt with the endless stream of spam and phone calls. Gift card never arrived.

twopacktuesday

Petty.

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I boycott a local restaurant because the guy in their car cut me off real bad and flipped me off.

hnandez

You have one job.

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I boycotted a fast food restaurant because I stood at the register waiting to order for about a minute and two workers were casually talking, another was on her phone. They knew I was there, so I turned around and walked out. Never went back there.

MentallyUnchallenged

I was devastated when I learned this while hungover a few weeks ago.

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I didn't eat at McDonald's for a long time because they made a huge deal about all day breakfast and I'm like, but what about the people who want fries at 9 am? Do we not matter?

kiss_all_puppies

Maybe take the hint and get your eyebrows done.

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I went to get a haircut at a place I'd never gone to before. I sat down and the lady said "what happened to your eyebrows? You have a fireworks accident". I got up and walked out and never went there again.

ElToberino

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