I wanted to buy a jacket from Decathlon, so I went to create an account
on their site, which involved wading through as convoluted and boring a
because it's just in a textarea on the account creation page.)
Most of the terms were unremarkable (obnoxious and officious, but still
unremarkable), until I encountered this gem about halfway down.
«11. The Buyers shall be responsible to up keeping the providing
information relating to the products proposed to be sold by Us. In
this connection, The Buyers undertake that all such information
shall be secured in all respects. The Buyers shall not defame the
attributes of such products or services so as to mislead other
Buyers in any manner.»
I created an account anyway (and the jacket is rather nice), but I
didn't want to be responsible for “up keeping” information relating to
the products they sell. So I wrote to their customer support to ask what
this ridiculous verbiage was supposed to mean. Much to my surprise, they
not only responded to my mail, but actually asked their lawyers for a
I had a word with our legal department and they mentioned that the
clause means if a customer has an issue with or an opinion about a
product, they contact us first for us to help them with their issue and
not post it on social networking sites or the media.
Not being a fan of idiotic and underhand (and poorly-written, to boot)
attempts to restrict what one's customers can and cannot say, I tried to
delete my account. The terms of service said I could delete my account
at any time, but I could find no way to do so on the web site. So I
asked Decathlon to delete my account.
First they said they had deleted my account. I could still login, so I
wrote back to ask them to delete it again. Then they said that I had
registered two accounts (which I had not; I had just changed my name to
"ABC" in my profile), and asked me to send them a list of addresses I
had used (which I did—one address). Then they stopped answering my mail.
Eight weeks later, I can still login to my account.
Technically, I don't think this post violates their terms of service,
because I did contact them for help first. But they do have a
stern profanity policy, so here's a little something to help the account
suspension process along: What the fuck, Decathlon? You're a bunch of
Update (2016-12-13): The account still works, but the “you may
delete your account at any time” clause has been removed from the terms
of use at some point. Of course, the vital “responsible to up keeping
the providing information” clause is still there.