It was our biggest — and closest — Worst Company In America final ever, but in the end it was BP edging out Bank of America by less than 1%. After waiting a couple weeks to see if either company would pick up their award at Consumerist HQ, we packed the poos up and shipped them out.
As many readers mentioned in the comments leading up to BP’s hairline thin victory over Bank of America in this year’s Worst Company in America tournament, the oil company wasn’t the only one involved in the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Now, a year on from that horrible incident, BP has filed suits against Halliburton, Transocean and Cameron International.
For six years, Consumerist readers have picked a winner in the Worst Company In America tournament. And in those six years, while one or two companies in the brackets have made mention of the contest — if only to poke fun at the winner — no WCIA champ has come forth to accept the title. But there are some who feel like the winners would benefit by exhibiting some humility and publicly accepting the Golden Poo.
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore oil rig leased by BP to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, caught fire following an explosion. The disaster left 11 men dead and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf. For the cost-cutting efforts that ultimately led to this catastrophe — along with others in Texas and Alaska that have killed more than a dozen more employees, injured hundreds and leaked toxic chemicals into the air and water — thousands of Consumerist voters have selected BP as the Worst Company In America.
This year’s Worst Company In America final death match between BP and Bank of America received the highest number of votes of any WCIA championship ever — it was also the closest final in the tournament’s history.
UPDATE: POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED!
As you read this, Bank of America and BP are locked in deadly combat in the Worst Company In America octagon, in what will likely be the closest final death match in tournament history!
In the same year that a film about a stammering British king won the Best Picture Oscar, another UK misfit, BP, now stands on the precipice of claiming another precious piece of Americana: The Golden Poo. But that’s only if the oily Brits can wrestle the trophy out of the tenacious-but-incompetent grip of this nation’s least-favorite native son, Bank of America.
Earlier today, Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz visited the Consumer Reports compound in Yonkers, NY. While there, Consumerist’s Executive Editor Meghann Marco managed to score a sit-down interview with him.
Globs of crude oil are washing up on the shores of Kabletown in this battle to determine which craptastic corporation moves to tomorrow’s Worst Company In America death match!
This year’s WCIA Final Four kicks off with a rematch of the closest fight from last year’s tournament.
Thirty-two entered. Four remain. And in the end, there can be only one.
With only one slot left in this year’s WCIA Final Four, it’s time for the reigning Golden Poo-holders of Kabletown to defend their title against the forces of the Death Star.
A WCIA tournament vet faces everyone’s least-favorite newcomer in today’s Elite 8 bloodbath.
The fisticuffs continue with today’s battle between last year’s runner-up and a surging contender with promise for future tournaments.
Those college kids in the NCAA may be back to hitting the books, but here in the WCIA octagon, competing companies are still hitting busy hitting each other below the belt en route to the title of Worst Company In America!
Two rounds of WCIA bloodshed are in the book and the beaten bodies of 24 multi-billion dollar companies are being hauled off to be burned on a pyre. But for those businesses left standing — let’s call them the Elite 8 — the parade of pain marches on.