ACN, MLM, and Network Marketing

An article published by Politico about a lawsuit concerning that MAGAt rat’s endorsement of ACN scrolled by on my feed, today.

I remember when Pat, a friend since high school, tried to get me to “sell” for ACN in 2003. I wanted to learn more about what “network marketing” and “multi-level marketing” was before I would be willing to commit to it. For starters, you had to buy in for the “opportunity,” at $400ish for a kit.

It was quickly very obvious how fucked it was when it was explained that you needed to build your team (who also had to buy in), and your commissions were based on how many people you had per “leg” and they had in their “legs.”

A pyramid scheme.

The more my “friend” pushed me to decide to join the more resistant I became until I eventually refused and wanted nothing to do with someone that pushy and toxic over my own hesitation (there was a lot more history of toxic behavior that I overlooked up until that point over the years, but that was the final straw for me).

That turned to him trying to pull a wannabe tough-guy “sit down” chat while on a drive with me (dude was obsessed with The Sopranos) where he implied a threat to my life, and then eventually started leaving me threatening voice mails and comments on several Livejournal entries.

Friends since high-school, indeed.

Of course, IP addresses were recorded and they, the comments, and voice mails were forwarded to law enforcement. Naturally, nothing came of it but, needless to say, we are no longer friends and I found out earlier this year that he is recently deceased.

Lung cancer. He smoked like a chimney.

Rot In Pain, jerk off.

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