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Corporate malfeasance comes in many forms, some of them downright annoying. We want to know what’s bugging you, the conscious consumer. What kinds of pointless, perplexing, or perturbing company policies or products leave you scratching your head? We’re looking for examples of hype, hypocrisy, greenwashing, and just plain bad business. Tell us a specific company or product that deserves to be called out, and if we select it, we’ll try to squeeze a satisfactory answer out of the corporate flacks so you don’t have to. We’ll tell you what we find in an upcoming issue of Mother Jones, plus send you Mother Jones swag.

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