So there’s this girl I know from school. I don’t agree with her lifestyle choices because they’re completely wrong for me. I mean shit, I’d be a terrible mother at this stage in my life; totally selfish and disinterested in doing what’s right by the kid.
Anyway. I’ve been curious for a while now about how she gets by, her and her beau and their baby. As far as I know she never completed any tertiary education and was working in retail up until her maternity leave time. Then recently, she started posting shit on FB; DETOXIFY WITH BAYSIDEWRAPS AND MELT THOSE SPARE UNITS OF MEASUREMENT AWAY that kind of shit. I just ignored it, like I do 90% of my feed, and go on with the important daily tasks of antagonising my flatmate’s cat and playing Zelda. Then tonight, it hit me. She’s an Avon seller lady but not Avon. This Baysidewraps is some product thing that she’s a franchisee of. So I did a bit of poking around.
The facebook fansite has all the usual grand claims; PROVEN BY SCIENCE! TOTALLY CHEAP YET TOTALLY REPUTABLE! that sort of thing. But the site is totally bogus. Sure, it looks legit but trying to find the page listing peer reviewed publication of results started this stupid loop of everything linking back to the shop.
Now, I’m not arrogant enough to believe I’m smarter than the average bear, but I’m not an idiot. Something’s not right about this set up, I tells myself, so I post what I believe to be a non aggressive question on my school friend (well, she wasn’t really my friend, but we ran in overlapping circles)’s wall. She hasn’t answered yet, I’m curious to see what she does (if she does). I’m not sure if she’s aware she’s part of a scam, perhaps even a pyramid scheme (I have ALWAYS WANTED TO TYPE THOSE WORDS). I’m not sure what I’ll do if her answer implies she’s aware of the situation. I feel like I need to report this to Consumer Affairs, the Ombudsman, ACCC, the police, Stephen Fry and Aquaman, but people will think I’m a bad person if she gets in trouble for it. And while I usually don’t care what people think of me, I have close friends who are actually friends with this girl. I don’t want them to feel stupid and bad.
This is why I hate people. If she’s stupid and doesn’t realise then she’s a bad person for being an idiot. If she knows the score and is pushing this crap, then she’s a bad person end of story.
Actually, another friend who has been watching and thinking similar things just joked about getting ACA to investigate. Now I’m tempted to beat him to it and get TT on the trail, and let them battle it out.