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BBB Better Business Bureau Not Always Telling the Truth Leaving Some Room to be Desired.
Many local businesses complain of unfair judgments and ratings with no regard to contractual agreements made with customers. Some companies claim BBB has bullied and intimidated them to go along with program or else face bad ratings for life.
The Better Business Bureau's model of operations seems to closely resemble that of MacDonald's restaurants--
When gathered together, this abundance of filed news stories, from across the United States, paints a compelling picture. Matter of fact, the BBB comes across as a major offender of the very tactics they warn consumers about: high pressure, boiler room sales tactics; false advertising claims; favoritism in exchange for money; and other underhanded business deeds. Indeed, it seems clear from the preponderance of similar articles and observation in these news reports, that the evidence is overwhelming that something is rotten in the CBBB and its BBB Offices, and it seems to be a reasonable assumption that the CBBB is aware of it and unwilling to take steps to fix it.
There are organizations you can contact that are supported by the State of Florida such as 1-800-HELP-FLA which is the Department of Agriculture which do consider the contract a binding certificate and will help resolve issues through arbitration. They do not charge businesses for a membership and will not place judgment on a company participating in trying to resolve issues in regard to their contractual obligations. However, those companies that are not willing to arbitrate are marked negatively and you can obtain this information for future proceedings.
There is a lot of people who believe everything they read is true and by no mistake of their own. There once was a time when businesses had ethics and people thought everything was regulated by the local, state and federal governments. Unfortunately we can't depend on these agencies because many of them are flawed internally themselves. The internet is a vast communication network that has enabled instant reviews and complaints for everyone to see with a simple search. Any consumer browsing these posts should use their better judgment and realize this is only one side of the story. However it is easy to see a pattern of reoccurring complaints that may be an issue with a company.