Ex-Scientologist story #230, Slave wages in Scientology.

He worked for about a dime an hour.

The following is taken from the August 10, 1980 edition of the Las Vegas Review journal, “Ex-Scientologists Express Bitterness.”

WEEKLY PAY • Andrew Boone kept receipts. Lots of them. His receipts give a black-and-white account of the financial life of a Scientology staff member. Shown above are sample receipts of his weekly pay. Boone became involved with the church in 1977, but left three weeks ago when four other high level Scientologists defected from the local church. They were Carol Garrity the top spokesman for the Church in Nevada, Utah and Arizona, and her husband, Paul, the treasurer of the local church; and Janie and Dick Peterson, two of the highest trained church counselors in the Valley.

Such stories are nothing new to dedicated Scientology watchers.  Low wages paid are one of the reasons that Scientology grew so rich over the years.  There is nothing easy about being a member of Scientology, and that goes double if you are on staff or are a member of the Sea Org.  You can plan on ultra long hours, little sleep. bad food, insufficient food, dismal living quarters and the pleasure of being yelled and screamed at if you’re in some way “downstat.”

For the rest of the story go here:  http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/ex-members-express-bitterness.htm

This is a good spot to put in one of the hundreds of film clips from Youtube.

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Ex-Scientologist story #229, Stuart Boote on “Hidden Camera.”

Stuart Boote was a Scientologist who was on staff at the Poole Mission (UK), he became disgusted at the cult’s never ending avarice and greed.  He appears in the the third segment of “Hidden Camera.” 

 

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Ex-Scientologist story #228, “Big League Sales,” by Les Dane.

Give us your money or else end up in the salad.

If L. Ron Hubbard had a personal “Bible” it might well have been the book on high pressure sales by succesful car salesman Les Dane.  In researching stories written by former Scientologists who responsible for sell courses, books and other services reading this book was mandatory.  For in Hubbard’s “religion” making money, and more money, was the by far the most important thing.  Money always ranked first on the list with Hubbard; personal happiness (of others that is) was a lot father down.  Former Scientology salesman Roger Barnes was quoted in the Florida newspaper Sun Sentinel, June 25, 1990.

“I remember being dragged across a desk by my tie because I hadn’t made my (sales quota),” said Barnes, who once toured the world selling Scientology until he had a bitter break with the group.

Barnes and other ex-Scientologists say that this uncompromising push to generate more money each week places intense pressure on registrars.

Another former Scientology salesman in Los Angeles said he and other registrars would use a tactic called “crush regging.” The technique, he said, employed no elaborate sales talk. They repeated three words again and again: “Sign the check. Sign the check.”

“This made the person feel so harassed,” he said, “that he would sign the check because it was the only way he was going to get out of there.”

For the rest of the story, “Church Markets its Gospel with High-Pressure Sales” go here.  http://www.sun-sentinel.com/la-scientology062590,0,3469937,full.story  this is followed by a video clip that speaks to this issue.

More on the fraud and greed of Scientology by a former member. 

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Ex-Scientologist story #227, widow picked clean by Scientology.

This story shows that when it comes to grubbing for money, Scientology has no shame whatsoever.  Harriet Baker was a 73-year-old widow who recently lost her husband to cancer.  Unfortunately for her she let these vultures get a toehold in her life; in short order they picked her clean.  This story, which included a picture of her standing in front of the house that she lost, was in the famous Time Magazine article, “Scientology, the thriving cult of greed and power,” of May 6, 1991.  To read the full article go here: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Fishman/time-behar.html

When Baker, 73, lost her husband to cancer, a Scientologist turned up at her Los Angeles home peddling a $1,300 auditing package to cure her grief. Some $15,000 later, the Scientologists discovered that her house was debt free. They arranged a $45,000 mortgage, which they pressured her to tap for more auditing until Baker’s children helped their mother snap out of her daze. Last June, Baker demanded a $27,000 refund for unused services, prompting two cult members to show up at her door unannounced with an E-meter to interrogate her. Baker never got the money and, financially strapped, was forced to sell her house in September.

Has Scientology changed since this story broke years ago?  No, they do the same thing day after day, year after year.  If anything the cult has grown even more grasping for money.  

http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZJ8I15ymnc

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