8 Companies Who Told Me To Go Away
GO AWAY! We don't do business with your kind.
This is a post I have been wanting to make for a long time but never got around to it. After 25 years of owning and operating adult sex toy stores, I started thinking about the people who won't have anything to do with me. Even though my money is green and spends just like anyone else, I have been told to "go away" many times.
Here are a few of the companies and people that have told us to "go away" and refused to do business with us. These are just the ones I can remember — I know there have been others.
1. Helium Delivery Man: We buy helium tanks for the stores to fill balloons for bachelorette parties, wedding and divorce celebrations and much more. Obviously when the tank is empty, we call the company and a new tank is delivered. Only this time, the days kept passing after we called and no new helium tank was being delivered. After repeated calls, we finally discovered that the helium delivery man refused to walk into our store to make the delivery.
2. Computer Tech: We had a computer tech come to the store to troubleshoot some computer related problem, but would only enter through the rear (office) door and wouldn't leave the office! That goodness there was no problem with a computer in the actual store itself or he wouldn't have gone into the store. Yes, we told HIM to "go away" and no, we never called him again.
3. Certified Public Accountant (CPA): After many years in business, and 22 years of handling our taxes, our company CPA retired. We had a referral and placed a call. As soon as we told him the name of the company, he interrupted and said go away: "No thanks, I'm not interested in your business".
4. Graphic Designer: In the first years of existence, we had the most incredible graphics designer providing us with logo designs, fliers, brochures and many other items. Then one morning I receive a packet full of all the drafts and other items I had sent to the designer over the years, with NO note. I called and his message was short and sweet: "I have decided that due to my religious beliefs, I can no longer do business with you. It has always bothered me but now, I can't do it anymore".
5. Fiverr: Most everyone has heard of fiverr, or "things I will do for $5". It is place to get small items done; quick research, have a story written; or many other items. We have been told to "go away" by more fiverr service providers than you can imagine. They don't want to do business with anyone in the "adult" business. That is a pretty wide category since we have nothing to do with nudity or explicitly sexual conduct. To them, "condom sales" put you squarely in the adult business genre.
6. Advertising Reps: I always thought ad reps would take ANY client with money. I found out through a replacement rep, that my assigned salesperson refused to accept our account "because of the type of store".
7. Help Wanted Newspaper Ads: In Texas, there is a newspaper that refused to accept our "help wanted" newspaper ads because they did not want to do business with any "adult" business. Are you kidding me? You are telling me to go away because you don't want to run my ads looking for people to work in my store??? OMG. All of the local college papers and yellow pages also refused our ads — even after their sales reps guaranteed placement acceptance.
8. CHASE BANK: In 2015, Chase Bank notified me that it would no longer accept our checking and savings account business. Their lettercouldn't be more clear — Go Away. Because we were an "adult" store that sold "adult products" and "adult video" Chase no longer wanted to be our bank – even though we had banked at Chase for many, many years. Here is a great interpretation: Attempted Censorship by Money.
We weren't the only account that Chase pursued and closed. There were THOUSANDS of account closures all over the United States. The true number of account closures will never be known but it rattled the adult industry.
This was a huge move to make it difficult for companies who sell adult product to survive. Thankfully not all banks have followed the Chase example, but the point was clearly made. There is a politically-organized movement to increase the pressure on — and try to eliminate — adult businesses.
Even though the accounts they closed were relatively small in general; and incredibly MINUTE compared to the money Chase handles, this move was one that I don't think will be forgotten by anyone that was affected.
But that is what happens when banks get too big. It is easy to say "go away".