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There was a newspaper article in my college town that was headlined with Sun & Fun. Being a curious Freshman I called it not knowing whatit would be. I talked to a lady and she briefly explained that I could see all of the United States's biggest cities if I joined her crew. I was so excited I started to tell all of my friends. One of them was also interested. Later that night I got a knock on my door from a 19 year old guy selling magazines. How convienent huh! I'm not really sure how he got my address or maybe he was just going door to door or maybe I just looked like a person who was stupid enough to by something. Anyway I talked to him for a long time about his job, and he made me want to participate even more. He said that after 35,000 points you could be in for a drawing for a trip to Paris. My friend and I were so excited. We asked him how much money he made in the last 6 months since he started and he said $17,000.00. We were dumb enough to believe him. He told us that he didn't really know because he didn't keep track of his savings account the company did. He also told us about how when he would sell like 12 magazines his boss would buy him new shoes or a new coat. Another prize for the most sold was a pack of cigarettes. He told me that they were given $20.00 a day for food, that kind of seemed weird because in bigger cities you couldn't even get 2 meals off of that. He told us that they would stay in nice hotels and usually worked around the College Campuses. They supposable partied all night and then worked whenever they found time. But while I was trying to get more information out of him he seemed like he was in hury to go, almost like he would get into trouble for staying any longer. He eventually left but I was dumb enough to buy a magazine. I only bought it because I thought that I might eventually work with the guy and I was just trying to be nice. That night I called my mom thinking that she might think that it would be a good idea to travel around the U.S. Yeah right. Her reaction was not that at all. She got mad and hung up on me. Ten minutes later my older sister called me and read me your web page. I got really freaked out. I totally changed my mind. that night I called and cancelled my magazine and left a message on the ladies machine that I was no longer interested and that I wanted them to leave me alone and stop false advertising to college students. One of my friends called her before she could talk to me and the lady asked her if she was really interested or if she was just trying to piss her off like I was. She had a caller id and saw that the numbers were similar. I was the one pissed then she had no right revealing my name to someone she didn't even know I was friends with. The lady then called and asked why I changed my mind. I told her that my family cared to much about me to let me ruin my life selling magazines and possibily getting raped. Thanks for your help on talking me out of this so called awesome job. Please e-mail me back some more stories from your experience. Also I just thought I would let you know that I called my campus security of the crew that came to my door. I asked the lady how she could let them come into no Solicitation dorms and she said that they have a policy with the Better Business Buerau and they are allowed to do this. Not true they got kicked off the campus.

 

 

Another M

I just found out that one of my friends was killed this past saturday night around 4:00am while driving from az to tx, he was driving almost 1500 miles, and fell asleep at the wheel, and rolled the car, killing him instantly injuring the 3 other guys that had just been hired not 3 days before. his

name was JOSHUA, AND HE IS FROM CALIFORNIA, HIS WIFE AND 2 BABY BOYS LIVE IN ILLINOISE, ONE OF HER SONS HAS LUKENIA, AND IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. I FEEL FOR HER. I KNEW HIM FOR A LONG TIME, AND IM JUST SHOCKED. IF YOU CAN PLEASE TRY TO FIND OUT SOME INFO ON THIS I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT. HE WAS DRIVING A RANGE ROVER, THE BOSSES CAR ON THE JUMP. THEY MAKE THESE KIDS DRIVE TOOOOO LONG.TOOOO FAR.

 

 

M

I WAS 19 YRS OLD WHEN I JOINED THE MAG CREW. I HAD JUST BEEN THROUGH A REALLY AWFUL THING, AND NEEDED SOMETHING IN MY LIFE TO GET ME TO BE NORMAL AGAIN.SO WHEN I SAW THE AD, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE PERFECT. SO I WENT TO THE HOTEL, AND THE HEAD LADY WAS THERE. BOY WHEN SHE SAW ME, SHE WAS TRYING SO HARD TO HIRE ME. SHE GAVE ME 200.00 AND SAID I COULD JUST MAKE SO MUCH MORE, WITH MY LOOKS, I WOULD BE THERE TOP GAL. WELL THATS ALL I NEEDED TO HEAR. I WAS HOOKED.MY FAMILY WAS NOT HAPPY AT ALL,ESPECIALLY MY MOM, SHE ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTCK WHEN I TOLD HER I WAS LEAVING, BUT SHE MET THEM, MY DAD DID TOO, AND THEY WERE OK WITH IT.. THESE OWNERS COULD CONVINCE ANYONE OF ANYTHING...AND MY FOLKS ARE VERY SMART, AND THEY WERE EVEN WON OVER. MY FIRST DAY CONSISTED OF GOING TO A MALL, AND WALKING UP TO DORKY LOOKING GUYS ( GUYS ONLY) AND TELLING THEM I WAS GOING TO THE LOCAL UNIVERSITY. TO EARN MONEY FOR SCHOOL I WAS SELLING THESE MAGS, AND THEY WERE USUALLY ALL FOR HELPING OUT A COLLEGE STUDENT. I WAS RAISED NOT TO LIE, AND TO ALWAYS BE TRUTHFULL WITH EVERYONE, BUT THIS SEEMED TO BE THE ONLY WAY I COULD MAKE MONEY.SO, I LIED, AND LIED. I MET EVERYONE, AND BEING THE "NEW GIRL" ALL THE GUYS WANTED TO BE WITH ME, TO HAVE A G-FRIEND ON THE ROAD. I WASNT INTERESTED....AT FIRST. I HAVE TO SAY, THE PEOPLE I WORKED FOR DID MAKE ALOT OF MONEY. THEY DROVE MERCEDES, BMW, PORCHA, HAD BRAND NEW VEHICKLES FOR THE CREW, BUT THEY WERE THE MOST MANIPULATIVE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. THERE WOULD BE GIRLS GETTING PREGNANT LEFT AND RIGHT, AND THEY WOULD TELL THEM THAT THEY HAD SUCH A FUTURE WITH THE MAG BZNESS, AND IF THEY HAD THIS BABY THEY WOULDNT BE ABLE TO STAY, SO THEY HAD TWO CHOICES: HAVE THE BABY AND GET SENT HOME/ OR GET AN ABORTION (WHICH THE BOSS WOULD FRONT THEM THE MONEY FOR). THESE YOUNG GIRLS THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE NOTHING IF THEY WERENT IN THAT BUISINESS, SO ID SAY 98% OF THEM WOULD TERMINATE THER PREGNANCIES.. IT MADE ME SOOOOO SAD FOR THEM. BACK TO WHAT I WAS SAYING BEFORE, I MET WHAT WOULD END UP BEING MY FUTURE HUSBAND 2 MONTHS AFTER I STARTED. HIS NAME IS MARK, AND HE WAS SOOO LOVING, AND BOUGHT ME ALL THIS JEWERLY,CLOTHES, AND ANYTHING ELSE I WANTED. HE WAS A CAR HANDLER, AND MADE ALOT OF MONEY. I WAS ARRESTED IN MAY95, AND WAS BAILED OUT, BUT I HAD DECIDED IT WASNT FOR ME ANYMORE, SO I TOLD MARK, IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME YOU WILL COME WITH ME. SO, WE GOT OFF THE ROAD. IT LASTED 1 YEAR, AND WHEN THE CREW CAME THROUGH MY HOME STATE OF INDIANA,WE WENT BACK, MUCH TO MY DISMAY. WE WERE MARRIED WHEN WE OFF THE ROAD, AND WERE DOING WELL, BUT THEY HAVE THIS WAY TO SUCK YOU BACK IN, SO THATS WHAT HAPPENED.

I WAS PROMOTED WHEN WE CAME BACK, TO AN ADD RUNNER, I GOT TO HIRE ALL THE PEOPLE, AND LIE TO THEM, AND THER FAMILIES TELLING THEM HOW GREAT THIS WAS, AND WHAT AN EXCELENT OPPORTUNITY IT WOULD BE FOR THEM, AND THERE CHILD.......WHAT A CROCK.. I HATED DOING THAT, BUT I MADE 300.00 A WEEK SITTING AROUND WATCHING MY SOAPS,TALK SHOW, AND ALL I HAD TO DO WAS ANSWER THE PHONE AND TRY TO HIRE PEOPLE. MY HUSBAND STARTED BEATING ME BEFORE WE EVEN LEFT THE CREW, BUT I THOUGHT IT WOULD PASS, AND WHEN WE GOT MARRIED I THOUGHT IT WOULD STOP.I WAS WRONG. WHEN WE WENT BACK ON THE ROAD, IT GOT WORSE, BECAUSE HE HAD SO MUCH PRESSURE ON HIM, AND HE WAS GETTING READY TO GO OUT AS A MANAGER.HE WOULD HIT ME RIGHT IN FRONT OF OTHER AGENTS, MANAGERS, AND EVEN DO THINGS IN FRONT OF THE OWNERS, AND NO ONE WOULD HELP ME. I TOO, FELT IF I LEFT I WOULD END UP FLIPPING BURGERS AT MACDONALDS,LIKE THEY ALWAYS TOLD EVERYONE WHO WANTED TO LEAVE, I DIDNT WANT THAT.HE WAS SO ABUSIVE, MENTALLY TOO. WHEN WE FINALLY DID GET OUR OWN CREW, HE WOULD CALL ME EVERY NAME HE COULD THINK OF IN FRONT OF OUR EMPLOYEES, AGENTS THAT I WOULD BE CHECKING IN, GIVING THEM THER NIGHTLY DRAW, AND DEMANDING RESPECT FROM, BECAUSE I TOO WAS THERE BOSS., BUT THEN HERES MARK DISRESPECTING ME IN FRONT OF THEM, OH IT WAS A BIG MESS. I WILL SAY THE COMPANY I WORKED FOR, DID PAY THERE PEOPLE AT MINIMUM-15.00 EVERY NIGHT, NO MATTER WHAT, NO MATTER HOW MANY MAGS THEY SOLD. THERE WOULD BE TIMES SOME OF THE GUYS WERE HIT, PUSHED, AND EVEN BEATEN UP, BUT THAT WAS MOSTLY DONE BY THE CAR HANDLERS, AND THE OWNERS DIDNT KNOW, CUZ THE AGENTS WERE SCARED TO GET FIRED, OR BEATEN UP WORSE, IF THEY TOLD. WE DID MAKE MAKE REALLY LONG JUMPS FROM STATE TO STATE. TOO LONG I THINK, AND THEY WOULD ALWAYS LEAVE ON A SUNDAY UNLESS IT WAS REALLY FAR, THEN THEY WOULD LEAVE ON A SATURDAY.I WAS WITH THAT CREW FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS, I AM NOW OFF THE ROAD, BEEN OFF FOR 6 MONTHS, LEFT MY ABUSIVHUSBAND, AND THE ABUSE I ENDURED FROM THAT COMPANY, AND HAVE THE MOST WONDERFUL MAN IN MY LIKE WHO TREATS ME LIKE A QUEEN, AND I DONT HAVE TO HAVE MY QUOTA FOR HIM TO THINK IM A WONDERFUL PERSON.

TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THESE TYPES OF BUISENESS, DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THEM, FIND OUT IF THERE REGISTERED WITH THE BBB, IF THEYVE HAD ANY WRONGFUL DEATHS, OR ANY KIND OF DEATHS ON THERE CREW, AND REALLY THINK HARD BEFORE YOU SAY YES TO ANYONE ON A CREW, CUZ ONCE YOU DO YOUR LIFE BECOMES THERES.

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH FOR SETTING UP THIS SITE, PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW WHATS GOING ON OUT THERE, AND IM GLAD TO KNOW MAYBE MY STORY WILL SWAY SOMEONES MIND TO JUST SAY NO TO THESE PEOPLE:::::::YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO THANKS TO A JOB OFFER.

 

   

Mikey Moreno

The company for the 1st year seemed honest , but then business seemed to go down and my boss seemed to get more greedy. his honesty and our friendship also seemed to dissipate. Anyways, fast forwarding he always seemed uncomfortable with my sexuality and also in anger would threaten me phisically and mentally. the whole company seemed to turn on me so i asked for my 1000$ cash award and a bus ticket. he said no called me a weak ass and told me i was fired... after i had already quit! I got back to the hotel with my carhandler, and was forced to "pack my shit". My Boss's ex wife, who regularly sexually harasses the guys, began to yell at me so i plopped my "shit" on the sidewalk in front of the hotel and waited for the other vans to get in to see the bosses top agent, and three time contest winner on the sidewalk like a "wab". I accomplished my goal. the whole company saw me and the negative seed was planted. I asked for my $13 bus ticket, waited for my friend (whom I "folded") and we left. The 2 year rip off nightmare was over. I asked for my cash award and was "fired". My advice... "wab while you can and do your best to fold everyone else... dont make these assholes anymore money. my high day is 31 for 826 in production (thats about 2000$ worth of magazines in one day) and they trated me like a new kid.

Do you regret: yes. i was really scammed. I made him richer and richer, and got 15$ draws and got jipped on my cash award.

How old were you: 18

All over US : wa,id,mn,wi,mi,nj,vt,md,nd,mt,co,ca,or,

How long: 2 yrs

What story did you give: selling mags to go to europe and to get 1000$

 

 

Erika's Story

Hello my name is Erika and I wanted to thank you for putting out a web page to warn young adults about the danger in selling magazines. I filled out a survey on you web page. I used to think that we were the only ones selling door to door, but now I am looking up information on the true danger that is involved. Let me just tell you briefly how it was on our crew......

After I graduated high school I moved to a different state. After a few months I quit my job to find something different because I did'nt think that it was working their for me. One morning I saw this ad that said If you wanted to travel and make money. It was the first time that I had seen an article like that.I figured I did'nt have nothing to loose and besides I always wanted to travel.Next thing you know I'm leaving to a different city to join up with the crew.I ended up staying all most 2 years.

My first day was weird because I did'nt know what to expect. We left the motel about 8:30am to start selling magazines.They showed me what to say and do.They would tell you to say what the buyer wanted to hear,eventhough it was'nt always true. It finally hit me that you really don't make to much money. We would get $5 a day plus $1 for every magazine you sold for the day.Some people wouldnt sell a thing so they ended up with only $5 in their pockets.Most of them smoked so they spent their money on cigarets which left them with no money.I guess I was fortunate for always having money in my pocket, but I felt so bad for those guys. We would work six days a week from 8:30am till about 6pm.It all depended on how much we sold for the day. If the manager did'nt like how many magazines we sold he would send us back out.We worked in all types of weather - rain, snow, floods, heat waves you worked. Then on Sunday we packed up and left to a differant city to do it all over again. That was the way it pretty much went till one day when I lost so much respect for my manager. One night he got mad at my room mate because he said that he did'nt like her attitude. They started to argue and the next thing you know he threw her across the room. She had told me that he had done that to her before, but that was the first time that I had witnessed it. I had heard of the guys saying that he had done that to them as well. He even told the guys to hit her if she did something that was'nt right.I guess I was lucky that he never hit me. But it still does'nt make me feel better about the situation.That, I would say is the hardest thing for me to forget.I really hate myself for never saying anything to him about hiting my friend. I guess at the time i figured that he would strike me as well.After that I did'nt like the way he would conduct business.

The one thing that I'm thankful for is my friend. I am now in contact

with her and we sometimes dicuss the things that went on. To make a long story short, I want everyone to really think about it before you decide to do this type of work. Take Care and God Bless you all!!

**ERIKA**

 

   

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