1. Did Coca-Cola go into a part of Appalachia in Kentucky and destroy part of their agriculture by privatizing their local water source?
False– No, they didn’t- not in Kentucky that is. They went to India, where it was easy as pie. Well, curry and pie. Story here.
2.Did Volkswagen install software on over 500,000 Audi, VW, and Porsche U.S. vehicles that would activate pollution controls in government tests of the vehicles, but shut them off once they were out on the road being used by the public?
True– Yes, they did. They were duplicitous, corrupt, and doing things clearly not in the interests of the public. If only car companies could be as honest as the good people who fix cars, auto mechanics; the trustworthiest of professionals.
3. Speaking of auto manufacturers, did General Motors hide deadly safety defects in its cars from the public, which resulted in multiple deaths?
True– Of course they did. And if you guessed it right, what does that say for your faith in a corporation’s ability to do the right thing? Not much actually; it just means you pay attention to the world. Story here.
4. Was Citibank fined 700 million for illegally creating customer accounts without their permission?
False– No, that was Wells Fargo. Citibank was fined 700 million for deceptive marketing and unfair billing of credit card add-on products and services, and other unlawful practices.
If you got this one wrong, go ahead and send us money. Why? I don’t know, because I need new pants. At last I’m asking you for the money, which is more than you can say for Citibank. Story can be read here.
5. Did a company named Carbofin use a so-called “magic hose” to dispose of sludge, waste oil, and oil-contaminated bilge water directly into a kiddie pool park that was barely ever used, bypassing required pollution prevention equipment?
False– No, of course not, that would be pure evil. They disposed of all that crap in the sea. You know, the sea, where sludge, waste oil, and oil contaminated bilge water has its natural home among the fishies. By the way, the phallic symbolism of a “magic hose” disposing of a corporation’s pent up gunk, and spraying it on nature is not lost on me. Story here.
6. Did noted charity, I mean Oilfield services company, Halliburton, improperly categorize more than 1,000 workers to deny them overtime pay?
True– Yes, but we can’t blame them. After all, they only made 39 billion from the Iraq War, so money was tough to come by. Story here.
7. Did Walmart label its selection of adult plus-size Halloween outfits “Costumes For Fatties?”
False– No, of course not. That would be rude and insulting. The actual section was named Fat Girl Costumes, and that is much much nicer. And yes, I get that this particular bad behavior isn’t all consuming awful on the scale of the previous ones, but I needed a break from all the venal corruption. I was tired of showering the dirt off my body doing the research for this quiz. Forgive me.
8. Did Citizens Bank keep the difference when customers mistakenly filled out deposit slips for amounts lower than the amount they actually transferred?
True– They did. And they actually had to pay for their unbridled greed. They were fined $18.5 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. You almost have to hand it to banks these days. They’ve lost the public’s trust so much, they finally just said, “Yeah, we really are the worst. We’ll rip you off any way we can, and not even try to hide it. Oh, you gave us more than you should have, fuck you, it’s ours now.” Loser’s weepers finder’s keepers is thankfully not established law….yet, so they were forced to pay the customers back. Poor banks. They really have it hard.
9. Did Blackwater Security, who did non-government security work in Iraq, get in trouble for running an ad in Craigslist that said, “Are you a veteran who misses the fun and excitement of war? If so, we have a place for you. Absolutely no psychological background checks. You’ll also get a 1,000 dollar signing bonus, and a 5,000 dollar bonus for your first confirmed, non-friendly fire kill.”
False– This was completely made up. At least we think it was. We don’t have the heart to actually check.