*names and locations have been changed to preserve privacy
This could be done from home, only required social media skills, a relatively small outlay and the profits were good; the woman at the nursery had made £800 the month before and was offering to train her.
Kelly* was a stay at home mother with two under fives. I first spoke to her during a telephone assessment soon after she was referred. During the conversation she said that she’d always struggled with lack of confidence and in recent years had struggled to leave the house.
Taking her oldest child to nursery had been a big struggle every day. However she confessed that she was not sure she needed our help now as things had got a lot better and she felt a bit of a fraud taking up my time.
I asked her what had changed.
She told me that she had been approached two weeks previously by a really friendly mother at the nursery who had invited her to a gathering where make up was being sold. It was more expensive than she could afford to buy but there wasn’t much stopping her selling it. This could be done from home, only required social media skills, a relatively small outlay and the profits were good; the woman at the nursery had made £800 the month before and was offering to train her.
My job isn’t to tell people what to do or not do, I’m not a debt advisor so I all I could say to her was that she should do her research, look on the Internet at alternative opinions, adopt a cynical head. She said that she would do her research but everyone was saying what a good idea it was. She asked to be discharged.
Six months down the line and she’s now back in the system
Six months down the line and she’s now back in the system. She’s had another telephone assessment with someone else and been assigned to me. She no longer leaves the house unless with her mother and her mother has to take the children to school. She says she needs to sort out her anxiety as she needs to get a job. She had her own business but unfortunately it went wrong leaving her with some debt and difficulties with former business partners…
I’ve had a number of clients tentatively try to recruit me
These are just two examples of interactions I’ve had with clients involved with MLMs.
I’ve become increasingly angry about the culture they’ve created that means people act in increasingly desperate ways to recruit and to sell. I’ve had a number of clients tentatively try to recruit me and I’ve heard some desperately inaccurate and downright dangerous health claims.
I don’t blame these people, I blame the dishonest and unethical MLMs who target and draw in vulnerable groups and it’s a scandal that these companies’ tentacles reach into the NHS, whether it be setting up stands in hospital foyers, donating ‘wellness’ snacks to blood donation services or misappropriating research in order to promote their baseless products.
To be Continued.