State Farm Maintained A "Jew List"
State Farm promotes itself as being "like a good neighbor." And we suppose that's true, if you believe a good neighbor is someone who retains a list of Jewish lawyers and goes out of their way to label any claims those lawyers make as fraud. (Although if that's the case, you're probably reading this because you got lost on your way to Storefront.)
Back in the '80s, Erwin Sobel, a Los Angeles lawyer, filed a lawsuit against State Farm over their so-called "Jew List." Sobel discovered a State Farm memo with explicit instructions that any cases that came to the insurance giant through one of the listed lawyers was not to be settled. Instead, they were to be sent to the company's fraud division for further investigation, thereby muddling what should have been straightforward claims.
That seems kind of shitty on its own. It would be one thing if the company created the list with some kind of objective measurement in mind, like if they knew for a fact that all of these lawyers liked to kick puppies. But the only commonality the vast majority of the lawyers on the 240 person list had was their Jewish background. The odds of getting that many Jewish lawyers on a list by chance alone is so astronomical that Neil DeGrasse Tyson would try and fail to explain it on Twitter. Oh, and of the gentiles listed, State Farm appeared to be highlighting minorities they thought were troublesome. State Farm got halfway to discrimination bingo!
State Farm denied any profiling, which is the kind of thing you have to say in this scenario, but paid a $30 million settlement. Oh, and the documents uncovered during the legal battle led to another lawsuit where, long story short, the insurance company was found to have been acting in bad faith with a client and was ordered to pay $145 million. So State Farm is like a neighbor who borrows your lawnmower, breaks it, then calls you racial slurs when you ask them to fix it.
A Detox Tea Company Used A Photo Of An Anorexia Survivor In Ads
If you've never heard of detox tea, then congratulations for not wasting your spare time on Instagram. It's basically the latest incarnation of a supposed miracle product that can help you quickly lose a lot of weight, especially if you're a vulnerable young woman. Khloe Kardashian promoted one called Flat Tummy Tea despite it being linked to dehydration, diarrhea, stomach pains, and cramping. You probably just guessed that it hasn't been approved by the FDA.
Guilting people into poisoning themselves for the sake of looking better in their selfies is already messed up enough. But then you take into account how one detox company stole a photo of an anorexia survivor to promote their product and it descends into a whole new level of hell, which we'll refer to as Ultra Hell. In March 2019, a picture of Christina Grasso soaking in a bubble bath was used to promote SkinnyMe Tea, which somehow has an even dumber name than its competitors. Grasso happens to be the co-founder of The Chain, a non-profit organization that helps young women in the entertainment and fashion industries recover from eating disorders.