Two weeks ago, 32 of the nation’s worst businesses entered the Worst Company In America Battledome Nonagon, hoping to prove they could out-twit, overcharge and outlast the others to ultimately be named the Worst Company In America 2012. Two dozen companies have since been fed to the shark-eating robot piranhas and only eight remain with a chance to be crowned with the Golden Poo.
The eight contestants still standing are a rogues gallery of bad businesses from a variety of industries.
Bank of America may not be the country’s largest financial institution, but it’s the only bank whose utter incompetence has allowed it to get to Round 3.
Like, AT&T has proven it didn’t need to buy T-Mobile to become the #1 wireless company in order to beat out industry leader Verizon.
2010 WCIA champ Comcast wasn’t about to let any of its cable competitors get a shot at the Golden Poo, though it now will face its first real competition in the form of gaming goliath Electronic Arts, which has been tearing up the brackets in its rookie year.
Walmart is usually out of the tournament by now, and the nation’s biggest retailer barely made it into Round 3 over the comparably small GameStop.
Facebook remains a strong Poo possibility, as it continues to push the limits of its users’ privacy.
PayPal has had a pretty bad year of it in terms of public relations, but some would argue that the headline-grabbing errors are merely representative of the problems customers face on a daily basis.
And then there’s Ticketmaster, which only exists because its parent company Live Nation owns and operates a large number of the country’s biggest concert venues.
Voting on match-ups begins this morning with BofA vs. Ticketmaster, followed by PayPal vs. Walmart. Tomorrow, you’ll get the chance to vote on Facebook vs. AT&T and then Comcast vs. EA.
Polls for each match will remain open for only 12 hours. To add a soup√ßon of suspense to the contests, results will remain hidden until we reveal the winners on Thursday.
ROUND ONE BOUTS:
* Target vs. Best Buy
* Bank of America vs. Chase
* Charter Communications vs. CenturyLink (Qwest)
* Wells Fargo vs. Citi
* EA vs. Sony
* Sallie Mae vs. Ticketmaster
* DirecTV vs. Dish Network
* PayPal vs. Capital One
* Sears/Kmart vs. Walmart
* Netflix vs. GameStop
* USPS vs. UPS
* Comcast vs. Time Warner Cable
* Spirit vs. Delta
* AT&T vs. Verizon
* Facebook vs. Sprint
* Google vs. Apple
March 29 – April 1
WCIA FINAL DEATH MATCH
The Golden Poo winner will be announced April 4