Submitted by asterism in AsterismOvershares (edited )
One of my coworkers has recently joined an MLM. The kind where you leverage social pressure to guilt people into attending "parties" (a sales pitch) and then further guilt them into buying your expensive useless shit. This particular MLM is some sort of line of "green" cleaning products with reusable bottles and what not.
Well she starts trying to pressure my one coworker (who she is like legitimately best friends with) into buying her shit and is trying to make her feel guilty for not attending her "party" that she had over the weekend. It was kind of shitty and the receiving coworker was clearly annoyed by it (though ultimately caved and bought stuff by the end of the day).
I also had to hear over and over about how she wished she had butter with her so she could smear it on the windows and show us how great this product was at cleaning.
Anyway my coworker puts one of her catalogs in the break room. Its a typical catalog, looks like a small magazine. On it she has a sticky note saying to see her if anyone is interested in buying anything. and because I have an obvious hatred for MLMs and because my coworker was annoying me with the sales pitches. I grabbed the magazine. I had to make a brief trip over to the other building so instead of just putting it in the nearest trash I decided I would walk over to that building and place it into the recycling over there. I figured ultimately that this didn't matter much, surely my coworker has many such catalogs. But it sort of felt cathartic and petty so I was glad I did it.
Well hours later she realizes its gone and she is clearly very very upset. She starts looking in all the trash cans (in our building) trying to find it. She's interviewing my coworkers about when they last saw it. She's sending messages out to the staff to inquire if they have it. and she is clearly rattled, ticked off even. She was certainly rather crabby for the rest of the day. She was also very restless getting up periodically to search for her lost catalog. She remarked that, "I am an only child I can't stand it when someone takes my toys". I found this humorous because she must be in her 50s and she is admittedly having a tantrum over a magazine.
Anyway I view that endeavor as a success. lol.
omg this reminds me of one of the worst things that ever happened to me:
i used to be on Facebook (yes i know, shut up) and one of my coworkers at the time joined some sort of cosmetics MLM, and she added every woman at the company to her new MLM group, including me. now, i almost never wear makeup, and i'm certainly never going to buy from some shitty scam company, so i had no interest at all in this group. but this woman was really nice and friendly and we got on pretty well, so i felt like i couldn't leave the group because it would be rude, and then there might be the sort of social awkwardness that i do everything i possibly can to avoid.
so from that day until i finally quit Facebook, i had to constantly see all these stupid posts about some stupid MLM that i hated, and there was nothing i could do to stop it. and that's the reason i now have a fiery hatred for all MLM nonsense.