What’s wrong with an honest opinion?

March 19th, 2010

When did our society get to the point where people were afraid to give their opinion?

First, I would like to say that I love websites where you can give your opinion, whether it be good or bad. On one side, I am thrilled to be able to voice my opinion. On the other side, I am disgusted by some of these sites taking bribes.

Our family has dealt with an unsavoury business owner and bad business practices over the last 3 months. We made the mistake of giving over $400 to a business thinking that we would get what we paid for, and in the time we were promised. Umm…that was our first mistake. After being ignored regarding our requests for product update, we had reached our limit of patience. We wanted our money back. Over the next few weeks, we were lied to, had inferior items substituted, and even had the police called on us.

The sad thing is that we could have avoided all of these problems if we had only investigated this business before giving them our money. Had we gone to Citysearch, Google Maps, Yelp, and even the Better Business Bureau, we would’ve seen that HUNDREDS of people had been ripped off as well. Why didn’t we think to look into this company beforehand?

Since going through hell with this company, we felt obliged to share our HONEST opinion (along with facts pertaining to the fiasco) on the review sites. Just like all these other folks that were taken advantage of, we felt that sharing our experience would deter people from making the same mistakes. What happened from our honest opinion? We got a letter from a lawyer.

It would appear that our honest opinion isn’t appreciated by the business that rips off customers. They feel that what we said hurts there business and chases customers away. Our stating the facts and warning people to investigate BEFORE they buy isn’t appreciated. What is wrong with this picture?

Does the First Amendment of our Bill of Rights mean nothing any more? Has our country gone so politically correct that no one can speak out unless it is in a positive light? When the common man is mistreated or falls prey to an injustice, are they to sit quietly and accept their fate?

Maybe it is the fact that I am 40 now. When I see someone being a bully, I want to expose them. There are many in this world that can’t defend themselves. So many of us scrimp and save, or live paycheck-to-paycheck. How dare those villians prey on these people!

I applaud those organizations that make good/bad business practices known to the general public. I wish I had thought to use them BEFORE we gave our money to someone dishonest. I guess I can look at the ordeal as a learning experience. I will also warn everyone that is thinking of making a large purchase to investigate BEFORE spending.

To those that prey on unsuspecting customers, shame on you. Until I am told otherwise, I will give my honest opinion. This goes for those that treat me with respect, and those that lie to my face. Freedom to give my honest opinion is still a right, isn’t it? If you don’t like how people think of you, CHANGE.

2 Responses to “What’s wrong with an honest opinion?”

  1. Your brother Says:

    A Cease and Desist Order can be ignored – as long as you are ready for the ramifications. Many companies use that as a scare tactic only. I say, screw em.

  2. Shan Says:

    Thanks for telling me. We wrote them back asking where we said something untrue. We’re waiting to see what they say. I guess they didn’t want the facts out there for everyone to read. Who would’ve thought?

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