Ex-Scientologist Story #397, Another tech failure: refund demanded.

The greedy cult of Scientology would rather chew their arms off than give up money.  But they face really bad PR if they do.  Here is another case of tech failure.  This time a demand is made for compensation for the slave wages they pay.  I don’t know the fate of this demand; I assume it was settled at some point since a fair amount of noise was made.  But the best solution is to avoid the vulture cult of Hubbard in the first place.

Re: Demand for Legally Past Due Salary and Return of Fixed-Fee Donations to Edward Berwick 

    Gentlemen: 

    This is to notify you that I am demanding full repayment within 30 days of all donations that I ever paid to any church of Scientology or Scientology related corporation, not already refunded, approximately $15,000. Money was paid by me to The Santa Clara Mission, The American St. Hill Organization, The Advanced Organization, The San Francisco Org, the Berkeley Org, and the Flag Landbase. The courses I took (but, not limited to) included: H.A.S., H.D.A.,the levels, S.H.S.B.C., solo, Clearing, O.T. 1-3, Public Relations Officer, Staff Status l & 2. I received auditing for the grades, Dianetics, review, power and power plus, and my folders were FESed. I was given an unconditional money back guarantee at the time I made these fixed fee donations. I was guaranteed that if I ever wanted a refund all I had to do was ask for it and I would promptly receive it. I am demanding you fulfill the promise upon which the fixed donation services were sold to me. 

    My reason for requesting this refund is the services you sold me did not deliver the promised results, they were based on fraud and deception., and because that is my legal right. 

    For one year I worked as a course and auditing sales person in Scientology and was specifically trained to tell anyone and everyone that they could always get their fixed donations back if Scientology did not deliver the results it was promising to them and if they were reluctant to buy the fixed donation service. This agreement did not have a list of conditions for return that were ever presented or disclosed to the fixed donor. The understanding and claim made to the donor was simply, if your weren’t happy with the result you could get all of your money/donation back. There was no time limitation disclosed when we made this sales claim to others when I was a staff member or when I received this claim from others when I “donated” for fixed fee services. 

    In your new policy directive of 13 March 1996 called Return of Donations, you attempt to change your refund policy for the future and rewrite your history for the past. This is not possible. 

    I doubt even now, at the time you make your money back guarantee donation return claims you fully disclose and let the person read this new policy. Your new policy change to try to limit your IRS liability still does not free you from the laws of the country relating to fraud in selling services for a fixed donation. Consequently, all public and staff who purchased any fixed donation services after 1996 still have the right guaranteed by the state against fraud. Furthermore another reason I believe you published this new policy is because you are suffering from a rapidly rising number of refund requests and this is but another new effort on your part to further obstruct the lawful return of fixed donations when donors discover they have been conned. 

    You have promised the IRS in your secret agreements that as a condition of maintaining your non-profit status, that you would immediately return all fixed donations for which refunds were requested. You further promised the IRS that as an additional condition of maintaining your non-profit status that you not violate any fair labor laws and would pay the proper minimum wages and would resolve any claims for past minimum wages not paid. It is now time to make good on those promises. 

    It has come to my attention, through the Internet, that your employer, the business enterprise “Church of Scientology” (“COS’) and its Management (the “Sea Organization” and “Office of Special Affairs”) have been conducting a campaign to keep the general public and, in particular, former Scientology and Sea Organization staff members from learning that those organizations illegally paid amounts below Federal Minimum Wage requirements for their employee services, and that under the “Secret” CSI/IRS settlement agreement, COS or whatever its controlling management structure was at the time of employment of ex-staff members, is obligated to remit legally due back pay to its former staff. 

    As of the date set forth here in above, I am informed and believe that the allegations set forth above are true, and that the Santa Clara Mission, the Menlo Park Mission, the Los Gatos Mission and affiliated COS entities knew and or should have known that the weekly pay allocated to me during my tenure with the Santa Clara, Menlo Park, and the Los Gatos Missions was not in compliance with Federal Minimum Wage requirements. 

    Therefore, as of the date set forth above, I believe that I am entitled to claim herewith, back pay representing the difference between the actual amount I was allocated as a Mission staff member and the amount I was legally entitled to have been paid under the Federal Minimum Wage Law as a mission staff member from the time period in or about January of 1969 through July of 1972. 

    [Note: The undersigned hereby stipulates to acceptance of adjustment of payments with regard to the sums claimed herein where such adjustments are factually illustrated and backed up by legally acceptable accounting records for the actual time period that claimant was employed as a mission staff member.] 

    ESTIMATED AMOUNTS DUE AND PAYABLE: 

    Normal 40 Hour Work Week — January 1969 through July 1972 Minimum Wage @ $3.50 per hour 

    40 hrs. x $3.50 = $140.00 per week x 186 weeks = $ 26,040.00 

    Overtime [4 hours per day for 5 Days — 1 day at 12 hours Time and a Half @ $5.25 per hour 

    20 hrs. at 4 hours per day. Saturdays and/or Sundays at 4 hours for a total of 24 hours Overtime per week. 

    24 x $5.25 = $126.00 per week x 186 weeks = $23,436.00 

    TOTAL DUE AND PAYABLE $49, 476.00 

Here is something I ran across that I hope will amuse the readers.

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Ex-Scientologist Story #406, Widow sues for a refund.

Getting a refund from Scientology can be done but a lot of the success is based upon how hard you are willing to fight for it and how much noise you can generate.  John Barrow became dissatisfied with auditing and Scientology in general and decided concentrate his energy on his Mormon faith.  He had paid Scientology a lot of money over the years and had a lot of it in his account that was to go for future services.  Before he died he got some of it back but then the cult decided to keep the money instead of paying it back.  They claimed that as a religion they did not have to return anything.  Where have we heard this before??  But his widow stood her ground until Scientology tired of the bad PR and settled with her.  She got most of the loaf; which is a lot better than none. 

This is something those who want refunds should remember.  Fight hard and fight long, and above all else make noise.

John Barrow refund case summary

[note: this is my summary based on the documents from the case that I got from the courthouse. I have no other information than from these documents other than a call to the Plaintiff attorney I asked if his client was happy with the settlement and he said yes.]

John Barrow joined the Church of Scientology in June of 1991, one month after marrying Ms. Freeman and 2 years after a near-fatal accident. Within 2 years, Barrow had paid $150,000 to Scientology. Barrow joined Scientology for the mental and physical benefits, not for any religious reason, and in fact continued as a practicing Mormon throughout his life.

In the course of his Scientology activity, Barrow had developed paranoia enough that he began carrying a gun. Barrow had a violent confrontation with his wife, and even moved out of the house for a time in mid-1992. He lost his job. In June of 1992 Barrow had decided that Scientology was not working for him and he wrote a letter asking for a refund.

Mr. Barrow died February 2, 1993.

By July of 1993 AOLA had refunded $54,730. By August of 1993 the Phoenix org had refunded $6500 of a total of $43,072 of services paid for but not received. John De Niro, of the Phoenix org, wrote letters with certain portions of repayments, indicating that more repayment would be forthcoming.

When payments stopped, Freeman tried through Scientology channels to recover the remaining funds owed. Since this did not work, Mrs. Barrow sued on January 14, 1997 for the money paid with no services rendered, and also for services rendered, since Chantal Code of AOLA had determined that the services provided by the Phoenix org to Barrow were “not properly done,” according to Freeman’s affidavit.

Scientology’s attorneys then began an aggressive attempt to get out of any more payments by claiming that they are a religion and therefore do not need to refund anything.

To read the extensive documents of this case go here: http://www.lisamcpherson.org/cos/freeman_case.htm

For something a bit more fun listen to Hubbard doing an imitation of himself:

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Ex-Scientologist Story #395, “Jokers and Degraders.”

HUBBARD COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, Sussex

HCO BULLETIN OF 5 FEBRUARY 1977 (Also published as HCO PL, same date.)

C/S Series 100

JOKERS AND DEGRADERS

Each of these persons fell into one or more of the following categories:

1. Were rock slammers. (Some List 1.)

2. Were institutional type cases.

3. Were “NCG” (meaning no case gain) (the only cause of which is continuous present time overts).

4. Were severely PTS (Potential Trouble Source) (connected to rock slammers).

It might be supposed that misunderstood word phenomena could also be part of this. The rebellious student in universities is usually handled by clearing up his misunderstoods or curing his hopelessness for his future. However, the investigation did not find that any of these jokers or degraders were acting that way solely because of misunderstood words, but the possibility cannot be ruled out. . . .  [to read the whole deluded policy letter go here: http://www.suppressiveperson.org/sp/archives/319 ]

It cannot be said the L. Ron Hubbard liked people with a sense of humor; at least where Scientology is concerned.  The older he got the more flaws that the great man found in his fellow human beings.  Besides a laundry list of faults that he found among his students likewise his paranoia increased with age.   He was beset by fools, traitors, agents of evil and psychiatrists at every turn.  This led to more and more savage “ethics” conditions and security checklists.  He wanted to know who were the people who were countering his benevolent intentions.  Here we are concerned with one of those pronouncements that came down from on high.  Apparently people were laughing at that would have to stop.  Who pissed off the old man and brought down this sharp rap on the knuckles?  Gerry Armstrong has identified the culprit as former member John Ausley.  Gerry had this to say in a post on ARS in 2003.

“Funnily enough, when Hubbard wrote this bulletin, I was on the RPF in Clearwater, Florida, and he was at La Quinta, California. I had been ordered to the RPF by him personally, which was no joke.

Hubbard wrote this bulletin during his biggest — and utterly psychotic — List-1 R/S period, where literally hundreds of people were being routed summarily to the RPF for R/Sing on a List-1 item. It was nonsensical to request a Comm Ev because there was no “recourse.” How could a person possibly contest a sec checker’s noted R/S in the worksheets?

Ordering people to the cult’s prison for a needle movement on a “religious artifact” is a lot like sending people to prison because the entrails of a duck were the wrong hue of green. But I’ll save that subject for another day for another essay on Hubbardian and Scientological “religious” persecution and insanity.

L-1 — also called “The Scientology List” — which Hubbard invented (and didn’t discover) in 1962, contained, of course, the cult’s terms, plus Hubbard, Mary Sue, Founder, etc. See HCOB 24 November 1962 “Routine 2-12 List One – Issue One The Scientology List.” An R/S on L-1 meant — so Hubbard said — that the R/Ser had an evil intention toward one of the subjects on the list.

There were other periods when the paranoid Hubbard targeted R/Sers, all the way back to his invention (not discovery) of the list. When he created (and didn’t discover) the RPF in January 1974, he made “R /Ser” the first reason or criterion for assignment. His 1976-78 L-1 R/S witch hunt, as those of us who were there well know, completely dwarfed his other periods of R/S paranoia.

It was during this period, of course, when Hubbard invented (and didn’t discover) the “Jokers and Degraders” bulletin. And in the bulletin, the first item or criterion he invented for his categorizing of J&Ders is “rock slammers.”

Some time after I got out of the RPF, I heard that the original “joker” who, as you say, pissed Hubbard off, was John Ausley.

I had known John on the “Apollo” in the early 1970’s, when he was, I believe, pretty well the whole time, in the Tech Div. I think he was a Class 8, OT 7, and for some time the Tech Sec. And he was a funny guy.

His sister was Liz Ausley, now Liz Gablehouse, who was for some time a Hubbard Personal PRO on board. The Ausleys, I believe, came from a prominent family in Tallahassee involved in Florida State politics.

John escaped from the cult a couple of years before I did. I met him once or twice I think in southern California when both of us were out in the early 1980’s. Free from Scientological suppression, he was funnier than ever, and we shared some laughs over the history and horror.

One of the ironies for J&D aficionados is that John’s wife Paulette Ausley, originally Paulette Fisher, a Flag Class XII and auditor of Hubbard himself, was the person the Fat Fraud sent on mission to find all those R/Ss and route all those R/Sers to the RPF.

To read Gerry’s post go here: http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/writings/ars/ars-2003-09-22.html

We could use a bit of humor at this point.  This is true, but still funny as hell.

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Ex-Scientologist story #394, Germany vs. Scientology.

Snake Oil for the Scientology Suckers.

We are going to put two stories together here since they are so very similar and are talked about in the same article.  Both Jurgen Behrndt and Albert Anhut were fleeced by the money grubbing cult of Scientology; Behrndt was suckered in via the usual route of the fake physiological test, the Oxford Capacity Analysis.  This so-called test was devised by a crony of Hubbard whose background was the merchant marine, not among the dons of Oxford.  Over the years this fraudulent exam has steered thousands of people through the front door of Scientology.

“Germany vs. Scientology”, German Life, November 30, 1997, by Matt Johanson.

To explain the furious hostility between Germany and the Church of Scientology, German officials might point to the story of a young man from Braunschweig named Jurgen Behrndt.

Shortly before his graduation from technical school in 1989, Behrndt received an offer of free career counseling in a brochure from an employment agent in Hamburg. But the man turned out to be a Scientologist recruiter, and instead of employment advice, he gave Behrndt a copy of the Scientologists’ Bible, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Then a woman from the Scientologists’ Hamburg office began calling, Behrndt said, and pressuring him to take a 200-question personality test.

He did, beginning a six-year membership with the group, an endless series of “audits” of his mental health and classes to “stabilize” his mind. “When things went well, I paid ever more money out of my pocket,” Behrndt recalled. “When things went poorly, I was insulted and rebuked.” In Behrndt’s first year of membership, Scientology officials visited his parents with him seeking a DM 75,000 ($50,250) loan toward his activities. By the time he broke from the group in 1995, Behrndt had spent some DM 200,000 ($134,000), was unemployed and emotionally ravaged: “Many days I saw no reason to even get up.” . . .

“Intergalactic Holocaust”

Scientology sprouted in America in the 1950s. L. Ron Hubbard, a moderately successful science fiction author, founded the group and wrote Dianetics and other books that outline his principles. Scientologists believe that an intergalactic holocaust 75 million years ago caused mankind’s spiritual problems. They perform “audits” of their members’ mental states and offer expensive remedies in the form of counseling and self-improvement courses.

Scientology has fought long legal battles for recognition as a legitimate religion around the world; it claims eight million members, including 30,000 among Germany’s 80 million residents. It has succeeded in many countries, including the United States, where a judge granted the group tax-exempt status in 1993 after the IRS had denied it for decades. Germany, however, considers Scientology a dangerous and greedy cult bent on manipulating and extorting its recruits for financial gain.

Claudia Nolte, Germany’s Federal Minister for the Family, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth, has been one of the most vocal critics, vowing to fight the group “with all means at my disposal” and calling for federal agents to monitor it. “Scientology aims for world domination and the destruction of our society,” said Nolte, a member of Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

While Scientology took root in Germany decades ago, it became a consuming issue to the government in the late 1980s. “Members of the parliament received letters from concerned parents and relatives asking the government for action. We determined we had to do something,” explained an official from the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. Like other German diplomats, he requested anonymity to speak about the issue for fear of harassment. In addition, members of the CDU claim Scientology produced a report entitled “Clear Germany” that outlined a plan “to infiltrate the economy, the social system and politics in Germany,” though Scientology denies the charge.

 “We have to be more sensitive of these radical, undemocratic movements,” said the German embassy official. “After all, we had a very bad experience with such a movement 60 years ago.”  Hubbard’s writings call for “a civilization without Insanity, without criminals, and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights.”

This contrasts wildly with the experience of Albert Anhut from the city of Hamburg: “Friends of mine landed in the gutter, began to booze, and became very sick.” A 36-year-old graphic designer, Anhut says he lost DM 50,000 ($33,500) to Scientology In two years. “They had easy play with me,” he lamented. “You give money, work, and effort for something that turns out to be a deceitful, empty lie.”

To read the full story go here:  http://www.scientology-lies.com/press/german-life/1997-11-30/germany-vs-scientology.html

Here is an American lawyer speaking at a German conference on Scientology;

Here is a smackdown of the phoney test.  In this video the only thing more stupid than the fake test and the e-meter are the women involved.  

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Ex-Scientologist Story #393, “Sly and Tall Edgy Lurks.”

Margaret “Polly” Grubb 1907-1963.

Former Scientologist Brian Ambry takes a sharp yet thoughtful poke at L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology in Ivy Magazine in May of 1999. Below are some samples of the topics that he wrote about. Brian is also credited with doing the main research for author Bent Corydon’s L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman?.

During the last two decades Scientology has been doing their best to rewrite the history of Hubbard. His first wife Polly has been effectively written out of their newer biographies of this “Great humanitarian.” In fact as time goes on less and less is said about any of his three wives. But Gerry Armstrong brought certain things into evidence at his trial that can’t be kept hidden under the carpet anymore. Here is a part of a letter to her from August, 1938.

“Living is a pretty grim joke, but a joke just the same. The entire function of man is to survive. Not for ‘what’ but just to survive… I turned the thing up, so it’s up to me to survive in a big way. Personal immortality is only to be gained through the printed word, barred note or painted canvas or hard granite. Foolishly perhaps, but determined nonetheless, I have high hopes of smashing my name into history so violently that it will take a legendary form even if all the books are destroyed. That goal is the real goal as far as I am concerned. Things which stand too consistently in my way make me nervous. It’s a pretty big job. In a hundred years Roosevelt will have been forgotten, which gives some idea of the magnitude of my attempt. And all this boils and froths inside my head.”

Indeed, there was a lot of froth in the pate of Hubbard. Below Brian tells about a book that few Scientologists now own.

Brainwashing Manual Tech

Starting in the mid 1960s, L. Ron Hubbard began to incorporate the basics of his 1955 Brainwashing Manual into the subject of Scientology. The Manual details methods for, “asserting by maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals ” Many of these same methods can be found in modern Scientology policy and tech; most noticeably, in “Ethics” tech , Sea Organization tech, and in the Rehabilitation Project Force tech. few of today’s Scientologists have ever seen the Brainwashing Manual, but it influences their lives daily. The Brainwashing Manual was written secretly by Hubbard to be used as a public distribution propaganda piece, with the purpose of identifying psychiatry with the Russian communists, and the positioning of Dianetics in a good light. . .

Hubbard made his teachings complicated enough to keep the young rabbits busy while he extracted their money or stole their labor. In this maze it took all of your time just to live day-to-day; you never have time to wonder if this was really based on anything other than one man’s desire to become rich and powerful.

Scientology is Multi-Layered

Scientology is multi-layered and compartmentalized. (“PR is overt. Intelligence is covert.” PR Series #7) For example, the essay What is Greatness? (which extols loving one’s enemies) is basically a PR piece. Hubbard’s “in-organization” and confidential writings during that same period make very clear what his actual views and policies were towards “enemies.” And it wasn’t “love.” Even the PR tech is multi-layered. In publicized statements regarding the subject of Public Relations, Hubbard emphasizes the importance of “truth” in PR. It is usually overlooked that this means “truth” according to L. Ron Hubbard. (One such “truth” is, “Critical of LRH or Scientology = Hidden crimes.”) Official prepackaged Scientology PR “truths,” and “False Report Correction packs,” are available, in case anyone has any doubt about what the “truth” is. A little further along, in nonpublic and confidential writings, it turns out that the main problem with fabrication and manipulation is a practical one: These things need to be done tactfully, skillfully, and with “flair,” or can “recoil.” The bottom line is, can you get away with it? Will it achieve the desired end? Will it work? One needs to make certain that any PR or Propaganda line, black propaganda line, emotional “button pushing,” or any other “gimmick” used, be effective long enough for the attainment of the desired objective. If it then “recoils” somewhat, at least one is in a stronger position (having gained new “ground”) to deal with that PR “flap.” Only the “nice” portion . . .

As Hubbard got older his writings showed less imagination and more savage attacks on doubters in the ranks.

Exploiting the Positives – The Cheese in the Trap.

Amongst the “Armstrong trial” materials are the 1930s and 40s era self-hypnotic “Affirmations.” Two key themes of Hubbard’s Affirmations are the right to lie, and the right to be ruthless. One Affirmation ends by declaring: “All Mankind shall grovel at my feet and not know why.”  Fortunately, determining why is not nearly as important as determining what. One can put aside all speculation as to why, and is still left with the task of examining the actual doctrine, and the actual documented history of Hubbard and his organization. It was mostly during the 1950s that what is best in Scientology came into being. This is perhaps a reflection of what was best in L. Ron Hubbard. During the 1960s the “war” philosophy and methodology were reemphasized and reasserted in what was an increasingly secretive subject. And, in addition to being in a state of covert “war” with the outside world, Hubbard seems to have been at “war” with his own followers.

To read the full article go here:  http://www.freewebs.com/slyandtalledgy/Scientology%20Sly%20and%20Tall%20Edgy%20-%20Brian%20Ambry.pdf

For more on Polly Grubb go here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Grubb

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