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This web site is sponsored by the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group
and as such is dedicated to presenting
the violent, destructive and greedy acts that have turned
the Traveling Sales Industry and the Door To Door Sales Industry
into a National Tragedy.
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To understand why we have created these web sites please take a moment
to review our introduction. It will give you a brief but very good
overview of why all parents and kids must become aware of this extremely
dangerous and deadly industry and why all states and the federal government
must pass powerful legislation to stop the child exploitation,
abandonment, rape and murder that has continued to plague
this destructive industry, for decades.
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Southwestern Company At It Again:

http://www.southwesterndifference.info/?p=673

Any and all information found on the Southwestern Company web site and/or blog implying that the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group, or any of its members has any affiliation with this company is a BOLD FACED LIE!

The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group DOES NOT agree with or condone the Southwestern Companies labor practices, hiring practices, marketing strategies, business models, educational materials, or any of their political agendas.

The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group IS NOT affiliated with the Southwestern company in any way, shape or form.

The Southwestern Company and its trade group The Direct Selling Association have done everything in their power to undermine and destroy legislation that would protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners from the on-going crimes that continue to plague the Direct Selling Industry.

The Dedicated Parents Group has done everything in its power to pass meaningful regulatory legislation that would simultaneously give rights to the independent contractor/indentured servants that are hired to make profits for this fowl and immoral industry, while at the same time protecting communities from being swindled and victimized by crime.

On March 24, 2009 Malinda's Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act (SB-4) was passed by the Wisconsin Senate (27-6) and by the Wisconsin House of Representatives (68-30). And on March 26, 2009 Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed "Malinda's Act' into law.

The Southwestern Company and the Direct Selling Association LOST their battle to overpower good, and on April 10, 2010 they will change their 'business model' to conform to Wisconsin Law or they will not be doing business in the state of Wisconsin.

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November 07, 2009


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Take a very close look at the ONLY company in the United States
that is interfering with and lobbying against a bill that
was created to protect the well being and safety of
Wisconsin children and homeowners.

How extremely regrettable that Southwestern, a company that started it’s business selling bibles door-to-door as a messenger for God has so blatantly decided to ignore the moral, ethical, and labor issues regarding the Wisconsin SB-80 legislation. “Malinda’s Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act” or SB-80 authored by Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach is a solid work of legislation that must not be modified or amended. Its primary purpose is to protect Wisconsin homeowners and kids from the continued violence that exists nationwide in the door-to-door sales industry. Its secondary purpose is to give rights to door-to-door sales agents who are currently being treated as indentured servants. Southwestern Company is the only organization in the entire United States that is against this legislation. No other business, state department, or company has ever objected to this bill. One needs to ask why only Southwestern Company would prevail in trying to destroy a piece of legislation that has nothing to do them. The answer from our perspective is more than obvious and it has nothing to do with the safety and well being of Wisconsin kids and homeowners.

Dedicated Memorial Parents Group
Opinion
April 15, 2007
Updated: May 15, 2007
Southwestern Company and Wisconsin SB-80 Legislation

Kristen Rae Spicer
Former Southwestern Sales Agent
Opinion
November 11, 2006
Kristen Rae Spicer Opinion

Take a closer look at the Southwestern Company
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Southwestern Company Banned From Durham College
A warning to us all - December 16, 2005
Banned

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
BRIAN L. GREWE, JR.,
Plaintiff,
v.
THE SOUTHWESTERN COMPANY,
Defendant.
Civil No. 04-3818 (JRT/FLN)
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND
ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S
MOTION TO DISMISS
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DMPG Info Clip
September 15, 2003

Published in the Platteville Journal
September 10, 2003

A motor vehicle crash with injuries occurred on CTH D, five miles south of Platteville, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Jenny Kwon, 18, of Freemont, Calif., was traveling northbound on CTH D when she lost control of her vehicle and went off the left side of the road rolling several times. Both Kwon and her passenger, Mariana Turner, 19, of Sausalito, Calif., were thrown from the vehicle.

They were transported to Southwest Health Center where Kwon was treated for serious back injuries and a collapsed lung, and Turner was treated and released.

No seatbelts were used.

By Jennifer Davis
Platteville Journal


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DMPG research has learned through police reports that Jenny Kwon and Mariana Turner worked for a company out of Nashville, Tennessee by the name of Southwestern Company. This company hires students as independent contractors to sell their products door-to-door across the country. The students purchase products from Southwestern at wholesale prices and sell them to the customers at retail prices.

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http://thestudentroom.co.uk/archive/index.php/t-193604.html

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It's just amazing what you can dig up when you just thrust the shovel in a little deeper.


After a series of circumstances I have found myself researching the root of the Southwestern Company. I have been baffled and perplexed by the motives behind this company. The Company website touts that this Baptist Hero, Rev. James R. Graves smuggled printing plates of the bible across enemy lines to supply bibles to the Confederacy troops. And then in 1868, after the war, this Religious ICON, seeing the poor men and woman of the South, unable to fulfill their dreams of being educated, formed this concept of having these unfortunate people go door to door selling Graves books and Bibles.

WOW! What a great story! What a hero! Let's take a closer look. And also let us see some underlying motives, which really have nothing to do with being a hero and everything to do with a movement.

Now you may have stumbled upon this site purely by an Internet search for something totally unrelated to what you will discover here. However, if you understand different biblical doctrines, moreover the Pretrib, premillennial and the term Dispensations, then this will be quite an adventure for you.

If you have already read about how I came to know this company, then perhaps you will understand why I needed to investigate the founder. So these findings are not so much about the current Southwestern Company (but we will go there) as they are concerning the founder of this company...James Robinson Graves. So let's take a closer look at the man behind The Southwest Company.

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At first glance when one reads any PR stories on the Southwestern company, founded by Graves, one would get the impression that this was a very Godly man just trying to spread God's word while helping out young men and women. But was this REALLY this case? Were these student wannabee's making money going door to door selling Bibles, or were they actually peddling the vast amount of books and tracts that Graves had written? Did he have an agenda?

J.R. Graves (1820-93)

"Preacher, publisher, author, and editor. He influenced Southern Baptist life of the 19th century in more ways, and probably to a greater degree, than any other person. As an agitator and controversialist of the first magnitude, he kept his denomination in almost continual and often bitter controversy for about 30 years. He also engaged in frequent and prolonged debates and controversies with outstanding representatives of other denominations. Being magnetic and dynamic, he won the enthusiastic and loyal support of thousands; but being acrimonious in his disputations and attacks, he made many determined enemies." Site

Now Graves was a smart cookie. He self-studied and in 4 years had learned 4 different languages including Greek, and had accomplished the equivalent of a college degree...actually more so. He was a serious bible student and in 1844 became an ordained minister of the Baptist Church. In 1846 he became the assistant editor of a Nashville newspaper called the Baptist. By 1848 he was the senior editor of this newspaper, which was also called the Tennessee Baptist. Through it he reached thousands of people all over the South, the circulation at one time having been about 12,000. For some years after 1869 it also served as the official paper for Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, as well as for Tennessee. Graves had the ability to influence many people!

Graves led the Landmark movement from its beginning in 1851 and sought to make its ideology dominant in Southern Baptist life. This religious doctrine all but consumed Graves, but lurking under just under the surface of this Baptist revolt, Graves was also indoctrinating the American Baptist world in the new concept of Dispensations. This new doctrine had become quite popular in the 1830's in Europe with Irving and Darby spreading this gospel of dispensations...birthing the Pre-trib movement. In the early 1900's the unsavory Scofield jumped on the bandwagon and presented the Christian world with his Scofield Reference Bible. This dispensational (Pretrib) Bible plowed its way through the American heartland and planted deep seeds, which sprouted and have grown into a huge crop of tares among the Christian world. Even though mainstream Christianity credits Scofield for this deceptive brilliance, the Baptist community gives all the credit to the one who deserves it, mainly The Reverend James R. Graves, whose movement and dispensational propaganda preceded Scofield by 25 years. "James R. Graves, the Southern Baptist (1820-1893) whose ministry counteracted postmillennial trends in the SBC and lent a strong dispensational premillennial flavor to Baptist thinking." Site

Now we must remember the times of this man's life. Slavery and political unrest compounded by the civil war had rocked this country. At this point Graves was heavily ensconced in the publishing world, promoting his agenda, causing serious controversy and dividing the Baptist community. By the 1860's Graves had created his own publishing house called, Graves, Marks and Co. In 1862, when the Union army captured Nashville, Graves, Marks and Co. (the South Western Publishing House) and the Tennessee Baptist were heavy losers from Federal occupation, and were dormant until Feb. 1867. Then they began again in Memphis, the paper as The Baptist, and the publishing firm as Graves, Jones and Co. This private business, having insufficient funds, became in Dec. 1868, a stock company called the Southwestern Publishing Company. Several causes combined to bring about its collapse in Aug., 1871, with heavy losses to its stockholders.

Now regarding the previous paragraph; on the Southwestern/Great America website, of the history of this company, they spin it this way: "1868 the company moved back to Nashville. The Civil War had ravaged the South and many young men were without means to fulfill their desire for education. Southwestern founded a new concept in sales and engaged young Southern men to sell their Bibles and books door-to-door."

Let's back up a bit further to around 1855 when Graves sold religious tracts, considered pamphlets of propaganda, by mail at 5 and10 cents a pop! After the war, Graves saw a wonderful opportunity and had a brilliant idea! These men needed money and Graves needed his propaganda spread. Graves began making them book agents, selling books door-to-door throughout the countryside. Graves was already a very slick speaker and had the ability to persuade people to think his way. So I would assume that it was quite easy to convince these young people to peddle his books with the notion of making lots of money by dropping the Graves name--which was extremely well known at the time.

Graves was a very busy Baptist Reverend indeed. He created 3 different religious tract societies and also including his editorials and articles, (vast in number through the years), he authored the following books: The Desire of All Nations, The Watchman's Reply, The Trilemma, The First Baptist Church in America, The Great Iron Wheel, The Little Iron Wheel, The Bible Doctrine of the Middle Life, Exposition of Modern Spiritism, The Little Seraph, Old Landmarkism, What Is It? and The Work of Christ in Seven Dispensations.

Graves was so contentious and determined to push his theologies that The First Baptist Church of Nashville made five charges of "unchristian conduct" against Graves and expelled him from the membership. Friction continued as the state convention and local association recognized Graves and his followers as the First Baptist Church. Graves spread his agitation throughout the Denomination. The Mississippi State Baptist Convention sent a committee to make efforts to adjust the controversy. Their efforts were not successful. Eventually they were invited back into the convention...But the damage had already been done and the two groups would never be the same. Graves had won.

Ok, so back to the company or companies so to speak. By the time of Graves death (1871) we have newspapers, publishing houses and a small army of "dealers" selling door to door on a commission basis. After Graves died the company changed hands to brothers, J.B. and W.E Henderson who effectively propelled this door-to-door concept to vast numbers. There were minions of "dealers", who came to Nashville for a training seminar and went off to various parts of the country to peddle the Southwestern publications, earning 40% off ever book they sold.

In 1959 the company was sold for $150,000 to Landers Dortch Oldham. Oldham built the company even bigger increasing the sales force to 3000 summer student peddlers. Then in an ironic twist of fate, Oldham sold the Southwestern Company to the Los Angeles based media conglomerate, Times Mirror. 10 years later, in 1982, in a leveraged buyout, Hayes, Welch and Mosley bought the company for $25 million dollars. These men had been loyal Southwestern employees for many years.

Mosley, a CEO of the company had said that he met a man hitchhiking in 1959, and that man claimed he made $1000 a week. Mosley was so impressed by this salesman that he wanted that job, even though he had no idea what the product was. Another slick salesman! "Sell the sizzle, not the steak!" And I have to assume that the naive ex soldiers from the Civil War also had no idea what they were peddling either. In Mosley’s case it would be a children's bible storybook, bibles and a cookbook. I have to wonder why the driver of the car that picked up Mosley that day didn't just say, "Hey I made $1000 selling bibles and cookbooks!" Even Mosley would admit that this amount of money was not representative of average sales...kinda like those slick diet pill advertisements showing before and after pictures, and in teeny tiny print they disclaim that these results are not typical...does not depict actual results...results may vary...

And there is so much double speak. In one site I read about the amount of money a top Southwestern sales person made. It stated this: The top # 1 student this summer, took home (or netted) a check and his gross profit was $31,597." What kind of double talk is that? HOW MUCH WAS THE CHECK HE TOOK HOME! I guess that amount was printed at the bottom in tiny, itty bitty print. Let me do the math for you. Gross is NOT take home. That is called net. Net, in the company dealer agreement is 40% of gross, which in this case equals $12,638 dollars. Now that does sound like a nice profit. But then you must factor in the 80-hour workweek these kids are encouraged to invest and minus a modest $100 per week living expensive for meals and lodging (if they could possible live on this meager amount), you come out with a net of $11,138 dollars. Still sounds like a great profit for a summer job, right? Ok, this total equals approx. 15 weeks of work, or 1,200 work hours--remember 80 hr. work weeks. When you do the math it works out to roughly $9.28 an hour! But wait! I almost forgot to factor in the Mandatory Sunday meetings into this equation. THAT WOULD BRING THE HOURLY WAGE DOWN TO $8.43 AN HOUR!!!! THIS IS FOR THEIR #1 TOP SELLER OF THE SUMMER!

The irony here? Southwestern does not consider these students as Employees. If an actual hourly paid employee of a company works more that 40 hours a week, they are, by Federal law entitled to overtime pay! Not to mention all the taxes, SSI, AND INSURANCE. Not so with the way Southwestern sub contracts out these students to act as book peddlers for them. And now Southwestern recruits students from foreign countries to peddle educational material. So these students have the added expense of their round trip plane ticket, visa's and hotel stay at the Nashville "training center", and then their plane ticket to and from whatever U.S. destination SW decides to send them to.

So how does this all come back to Reverend Graves and his agenda? After all, The Southwestern Company doesn't even peddle Bibles door to door anymore. So what's the connection? In my opinion, it all boils down to deception...the OLDEST TRICK IN THE BOOK (all pun intended). Graves, while hailing himself as the great Landmarker reviver was really prostituting his dispensational views in the guise of Landmarking. For Graves it was more pride and power. And the company that was then, is now deceiving not only the public, but thousands of young college students and foreign students every year into believing that they are owning their own company, strengthening their character and have the ability to make tens of thousands of dollars in this summer "adventure". When in reality they are slaves to this company...this Multi Level Marketing company which preys off the hopes and dreams of young people of becoming rich!

Oh and I forgot to mention that Graves was a strong proponent of slavery.


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Article Research

kirby: 122911 Article:Vacuum cleaner salesman/entrepreneur gets 11 years in prison

kirby: 091311 Article:Vacuum salesman arrested as fugitive in Chambersburg

Southwestern 081511: Two men cited for solicitation violations in book sale operation

Southwestern 072211: Book seller responds to Anderson County scam claim

Southwestern 072011: 2 arrested for selling children's books door-to-door, sheriff says

Southwestern 071911: Parents Concerned About Schertz Salesman

Southwestern 071311: Door-to-door salesman banned from a third town

Southwestern 070811: Police revoke permit for book salesman in Durham

Southwestern 062111: Solicitors identities and business disclosed

Southwestern 062111: Door-to-door sales of educational resources make waves in Camden, Rockport

Southwestern 061511: Portland Pupils is NOT Affiliated with the Door to Door Salesmen selling Educational Material

Southwestern 051811: Southwestern Company Unethical Sales Practices

kirby: 031011 Article:Salinas police see rise in fraudulent door-to-door salespeople

kirby: 020511 Article:Kirby Sweeper Sales People Busted For Selling Drugs

Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing: 120410 Article:Fortune, or misfortune? State looking into possible pyramid scheme

kirby: 111610 Article:Carpet company manager cited for illegal solicitation

kirby: 110910 Article:State: Kirby's vacuum sales practices 'unethical'

Kirby: 110810 Article:Consumer protection targets sellers, distributors of Kirby vacuums in state

Amway: 110310 Article:Pokorny v. 'Quixtar' ('Amway'), = Reason v. Insanity

Ripoff Report 091510:Southwestern Company

070510 Article:The Southwestern Company – Door to Door Deception

Kirby: 052810 Article:Vaccum Salesman Charged With Indecent Liberties Of A Minor

April 2010 Article:Unauthorized Charges to Credit Card - Be Aware

041310 Article:Avon Suspends 4 Execs in Bribery Investigation

031210 Article: Southwestern Company banned from recruiting at UI

Southwestern Company: Salem-News Articles: Salem-News Article Link List: Posted 031310

Link Posted 021410: Long story I am going to make short! NOT!

Link Posted 021410: It's just amazing what you can dig up when you just thrust the shovel in a little deeper.

Amway:021210 Article: No racketeering law in the UK

012010 Article: Exclusive opportunity, or corporate exploitation?

Kirby:121409 You Tube:Man Found Guilty Of Kidnapping And Torturing A Grandma!!

Kirby:121409 Article:Grandmother's Attacker Found Guilty

101409 Article: Southwestern Company Slave Labor?

090709 Article: Salesmen might avoid Titusville

081409 Article: AISD door-to-door scam solved?

071509 Article: Letter: Watch out for uninvited sales people in Burke: Trade Group: DSA

071309 Article: Police: Student's sales technique led to alert: Trade Group: DSA

Kitby:053009 Article:Vacuum salesman charged in burglary: Trade Group: DSA

040709 Article: Southwestern Co. banned from recruiting on campus: Trade Group: DSA

011309 Article: Quixtar/Amway Scammers and Traveling Sales Crew Desperadoes: Trade Group: DSA

011309 Article: Green River Serial Killer Worked For Amway: Trade Group: DSA

011309 Article: Amway Report by G. Robert Blakey: Trade Group: DSA

120608 Article: Cardiff cold shoulders commission-based companies: Southwestern

110908 Article: DSA - Not what it appears to be

110508 Article: Dexter upends Moulton

102908 Article: Exactly Who is Terry Moulton Working for?

102808 Article: Wis. father rips lawmaker on sales bill

102708 DMPG Political Editorial : Wisconsin Voters Beware

082908 RipOff Report: The Southwestern Company deceives foreign students into slave Labor!

081708 Article: Door to door: big bucks or bust?

081608 Article: Continued Exploitation of Traveling Sales Crews Supported by the Direct Selling Association!

081508 Article: Strange Questions Update

081408 Article: The Horror of Traveling Sales Crews Revisited
and A Condemnation of the Modern Direct Selling Industry!


081308 Article: Strange Questions
081208 Article: DSA Finally Responds to Bad News Regarding One of Their Member Companies
081208 Article: Another Lawsuit Filed Against YTB
081108 Article: Another Direct Selling Association Member Under Fire
073108 Article: Bookseller not affiliated with local school districts
073008 Article: Book sales legitimate
073008 Article: Valley People Concerned About Salesmen
072908 Article: Residents warned of book scam
061408 Article: Door-to-door salesman in Hardin Valley surprised by school phone alert
060308 Article: Debunking the Direct Selling Myth
060308 Article: Draft to ban door-to-door sales
060308 Article: An out-of-towner has come a'knockin
052508 Article: Salesmen don't represent school system
052308 Article: School officials cautions residents about solicitors
051408 Article: Supporting pyramid schemes is lucrative for politicians (and) the DSA
022108 Article: Door-to-door 'internship' tricks students into work
082207 Article: Man arrested selling books door-to-door
082207 Article: Sneaky Salesman Arrested in Hernando
0820007 Article: Creepy Door To Door Salesman
081807 Article + Video: Sneaky Salesman has Parents on Alert!
072207 Article: Pyramid scam alert (and) the Direct Selling Association
071207 Article + Video: Door-to-door salespeople apparently pretending to work for Lexington One
071207 Article: Deputies: Sales People Posing as School Officials to Sell Books
070507 Article: Coquitlam considers slamming the door on travelling salespeople
062607 Article: Jackson County Book Scam
062607 Opinion: Southwestern Company's negative impact
060707 Article: Salesmen's license revoked in Upper Allen Township
060107 Article: Legislation Seeks To Curb Abuses By 'rogue Van Crews'
052607 Ripoff Report: Southwestern Company Lied, Harassed, Threatened, Exploited, Cheated, Raped Nashville Tennessee

041706 Article:Death of a saleman's internship
1999 Article: Textbook sales tactics become major turnoff

Wisconsin Consumer Complaints

Complaints Across The Country (under construction)

Complaints Across The World (under construction)

Wi. Department of Public Instruction DOES NOT Endorse Southwestern Company or it's product
(under construction)

What exactly does Southwestern sell (under construction)

Civil Lawsuits (under construction)

Independent Contractor: The Southwestern "Business Model" Exposed (under construction)







Did You Know That Gary Ridgway
The Green River Serial Killer
Worked For Amway?

Door-to-Door Sales company:
Amway
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Posted On This Website: 01/13/09
Gary Ridgway


Mugshot of Gary Ridgway from his arrest in 2001
amwayglobalcultintervention.blogspot.com
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Portland, Oregon
Vacuum cleaner salesman/entrepreneur gets 11 years in prison
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
http://www.dsa.org
Want to get a real chuckle then read the DSA code of ethics:
http://www.dsa.org/ethics/code
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December 29, 2011
Vacuum cleaner salesman/entrepreneur gets 11 years in prison
Johnny Brown also ran Ponzi scheme along with sales
By Barbara Sherman
The Regal Courier, Dec 29, 2011
Johnny "Mickey" Brown, the infamous Tigard-based door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman turned Ponzi-schemer, was sentenced by a judge Dec. 21 to 11 years in federal prison and ordered to turn himself in the next afternoon.

On May 11, 2011, a federal jury in Portland convicted Brown, then 56, on 14 counts, including evading income taxes from 1993 through 1995, seven counts of wire fraud and six counts of making false statements to a bank.

Prosecutors had asked that Brown be sentenced to prison for 25 years, but U.S. District Judge Garr King issued the shorter sentence in front of a crowd of victims and friends who packed the Portland courtroom to hear the sentencing.

"I truly hope this brings some inner peace to some of the elderly in the Tigard/King City area who are embarrassed by what happened," said a woman who has been closely following the six-year-long case. "It was very hard watching some of the victims testify about what has happened to them and how they are still dealing with the ramifications of the Browns' fraud years later."

According to prosecutors, between 2001 and 2003 Brown defrauded 114 investors out of $5 million and cost US Bank $4 million.

Brown sold Kirby vacuum cleaners out of at least two offices in King City and Tigard while also persuading customers to let him charge their credit cards to the limit so he could purchase more vacuum cleaners. In exchange, Brown would pay interest on loans and make the minimum credit card payments.

About 10 percent of the money he collected did go to purchase more vacuum cleaners, but the rest was pocketed and used to cover ever-growing debt payments, according to prosecutors.
By Barbara Sherman
The Regal Courier
http://www.theregalcourier.com
Tigard, Oregon
Pamplin Media Group, Portland, Oregon
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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Vacuum salesman arrested as fugitive in Chambersburg
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
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September 13, 2011
Vacuum salesman arrested as fugitive in Chambersburg
Public Opinion Online
09/13/11
A Chambersburg vacuum cleaner salesman was arrested Tuesday after police learned he was wanted in New York.

Chambersburg Police said Kristoffer D. Johnson, 32, of 337 E. Washington St., was arrested at 140 N. Third St., about 9:40 a.m. after an officer received a tip. Police said Johnson was selling Kirby vacuum cleaners for a local distributor while using a false name.

After Johnson was arrested, a false ID was found on him, police said. He did not cooperate and provide his actual identity, so he was taken to the police station and fingerprinted.

Authorities in New York confirmed that the man was Johnson and that he is wanted. In a statement issued Tuesday, police did not indicate what charges Johnson faces in New York.

He was charged as a fugitive from justice, arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter and placed in Franklin County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Public Opinion Online
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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Two men cited for solicitation violations in book sale operation
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
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August 15, 2011
Two men cited for solicitation violations in book sale operation
The Coloradoan
3:30 PM, Aug. 15, 2011
The Fort Collins Coloradoan is the daily Fort Collins newspaper and is the premier source for local news and information. In addition to the daily product, we offer Northern Colorado multi-media news and information including community newspapers web sites, magazines, non-daily publications, digital media, and commercial printing services.

Two Fort Collins men selling ACT preparation books under the guise of being related to the Poudre School District were cited for violating Fort Collins solicitation ordinances this summer.

Graham and James Smith reportedly went door to door pretending to sell school books in association with various schools in Fort Collins, according to emails sent by Lopez Elementary and Bauder Elementary.

Police spokeswoman Rita Davis said the men were cited for violating the provisions of the ordinance by knocking on doors with a no solicitation sign.

Both men were employees of Southwestern Company at the time of their violations.

Graham Smith, 24, was cited on July 29. James Smith, 20, was cited on Aug. 1. Both men's solicitation permits were revoked and Southwestern Company was notified that its solicitation permit could be revoked if the company fails to supervise solicitors.
The Coloradoan
http://www.coloradoan.com
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Book seller responds to Anderson County scam claim
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 22, 2011
Book seller responds to Anderson County scam claim
7:08 PM, Jul 22, 2011
Written by
Stoney Sharp WBIR TV-10
FILED UNDER
News Headlines
The Anderson County School System first sent out an alert Wednesday saying parents were complaining about book salesmen posing as interns for the school system going door-to-door.

Friday, we learned more from a similar company selling books in that area.

Southwestern Company is a Nashville-based direct selling business, who in part, hires college students to sell educational kids books. They said their employees aren't trying to mislead anyone.

Southwestern admits they could very well be the company in question. They hire 2,800 college students every year. Right now, they have up to 15 interns in the East Tennessee area selling door-to-door, earning money and credit for college.

The Anderson County School System worries the sales people are misleading parents. Charlene Lipshin of Clinton said two of those interns stopped by her house two weeks ago.

"My biggest thing was coming after 9 o'clock at night. Because, who does that trying to sell things," said Lipshin.

Southwestern said their interns work long hours, should wear identification and feels this is one big misunderstanding. The company said their salespeople to portray working for a particular school system.

"It would be very easy for miscommunication to happen between a student and a family they're talking with," said Trey Campbell, Director of Communications for Southwestern Company. "Especially, if there is a brief interaction where not a lot of information is communicated or the student has the opportunity to demonstrate what they're doing."

10News also asked Southwestern how they get the addresses of students. Campbell said parents and customers refer them to those addresses.
Written by
Stoney Sharp WBIR TV-10
http://www.wbir.com
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Bethlehem, North Carolina
2 arrested for selling children's books door-to-door, sheriff says
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Alexander County Sheriff's Office incident report (11-1460)
indicates that Peter Paul Varberg and Brian Stephen Behnken
were employed by Southwestern Company out of Nashville, Tennessee.
According to the police report this crime took place
on Tuesday July 19, 2011.
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 20, 2011
2 arrested for selling children's books door-to-door, sheriff says
Submitted by Alison Hill, Community Web Producer
WBTV
Wednesday, July 20th, 2:54 pm
Topics: Crime, News
Peter Paul Varberg and Brian Stephen Behnken
(Source: Alexander County Sheriff's Office).
BETHLEHEM - Two men were arrested in Bethlehem on Thursday after the sheriff's office say they were going door-to-door selling children's books.

According to the sheriff's office, 20-year-old Peter Paul Varberg of Kingsburg, Ca and 19-year-old Brian Stephen Behnken of Seattle, Wa were arrested for panhandling/soliciting without a permit.

Varberg applied for a permit earlier in the day, but the request was denied by Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman.

Varberg and Behnken were placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $500 secured bond.

A first appearance in district court in Taylorsville has been scheduled for August 1.
Submitted by Alison Hill, Community Web Producer
WBTV
http://alexandercounty.wbtv.com
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Schertz, Texas
Parents Concerned About Schertz Salesman
Sales Tactics Cost Salesman Schertz City Permit
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 19, 2011
Parents Concerned About Schertz Salesman
Sales Tactics Cost Salesman Schertz City Permit
Charles Gonzalez, KSAT 12 News Reporter
POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
SCHERTZ, Texas -- A man selling educational software door-to-door in Schertz had his solicitation permit revoked Tuesday afternoon following several complaints from Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District parents.

Roberta Glass said the young man knocked on her door a few weeks ago.

"He was basically out of North Carolina, out of a university," said Glass. "To myself, he never claimed that he was with this school district."

But to others, he did, or said he was there on the district's behalf, causing many parents to call the district, which sent a note out on Monday.

"We've been hearing different versions of the story so that's what caused the alarm for us," said SCUCISD spokeswoman Rebecca Villareal. "We decided to issue a statement on our website and other communications channels to set the record straight that he's not affiliated with the district or an employee."

The young man had been in several Schertz neighborhoods and called the district on Monday as well to state his case.

"Just a short introductory call trying to reassure me what he was doing and what he was selling and that he wasn't misrepresenting himself," said Villarreal, who spoke with the man.

Another concern for parents was that the seller often knew the names of children at each home.

"I asked him how he was getting his information, and he said it was mainly referrals from others that he's spoken with," said Villarreal.

"As far as possibly knowing the children in the area, but for myself, he pinpointed as to who referred him to me, so therefore I wasn't too concerned with him knowing my kids' names because it was the neighbor directly across the street," added Glass, who said she did not provide him with any more personal information. "It was pretty legit as far as the educational software. It was pretty good stuff, but there was no way I was going to give any form of payment to someone who just knocks on my door."

Schertz police decided to revoke his permit Tuesday afternoon.
Charles Gonzalez, KSAT 12 News Reporter
http://www.ksat.com
San Antonio, Texas
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Killingworth, Connecticut
Door-to-door salesman banned from a third town
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 13, 2011
Door-to-door salesman banned from a third town
By JONATHAN BURTON
Press Staff
Middletown Press
Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011; Last Updated: Wed. Jul 13, 2011, 1:51am
KILLINGWORTH— A door-to-door salesman’s peddler’s permit was revoked Monday, after Killingworth Resident Trooper Matthew Ward received a complaint about the salesman around 8 p.m. Saturday.

The salesman is identified as Daniel Burke-Aguero, an independent contractor for Southwestern Company. He has been spotted in towns attempting to sell educational products for children.

Middlefield and Durham revoked Burke-Aguero’s peddler’s permit last week, after receiving numerous complaints from residents saying he was being “pushy” and “over-aggressive,” according to police.

Ward has said Burke-Aguero has been notified about the permit being revoked, and he’s instructed residents to notify him or Troop F if they come in contact with Burke-Aguero.

Burke-Aguero is a student at the University of Missouri, Colombia. He started working at Southwestern Company three years ago as an intern for its summer sales program, according to Trey Campbell, director of communications for Southwestern Company.

Campbell said he’s worked closely with Burke-Aguero during times when they both volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club in Missouri.

“These complaints are not in Daniel’s character,” Campbell said.

Customers have never complained about him, “and he’s been with us for three years,” Campbell said.

Campbell said he’s read the articles written about his employee, and some of the comments are mixed. He said some residents haven’t had any problems with Burke-Aguero, and some have.

“He’s made quite a few sales in the area,” he said.

There are 28,000 students in the same summer program that Burke-Aguero is in, and Campbell said he hasn’t gotten many complaints about any of the students or issues with them getting their peddler’s permit revoked, especially in multiple towns.

Campbell said he reached out to Burke-Aguero early Tuesday morning to discuss the problems he’s having.

“I really want to find out why this is happening,” he said.

Residents have also complained that Burke-Aguero made them uncomfortable by asking them where children live in the town.

Southwestern Company sells educational products such as educational books, CDs, and internet based educational books, according to Campbell.

“Our main customer base is children and their parents,” Campbell said. “When you’re selling children’s products, of course the issue of children will come up.”

Residents should not be concerned, he said.

“I know he has a good heart, and he’s good with kids,” Campbell said.

Campbell said the students participating in the program are all checked on the sex offender’s registry, and they all “check out.”

Southwestern Company is a business that strives to do the right thing at all times and makes sure the students working for them do as well, according to Campbell.

State police Sgt. Sal Calvo said Burke-Aguero has been “really” cooperative with the police.

“We haven’t had any further problems with him,” he said.

Campbell believes this is a learning experience for Burke-Aguero, who could not be reached for a comment.

Jonathan Burton can be reach by email at jburton@middletownpress.com.
By JONATHAN BURTON
Press Staff
Middletown Press
http://www.middletownpress.com
Middletown, Connecticut
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Middletown, Connecticut
Police revoke permit for book salesman in Durham
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
July 8, 2011
Police revoke permit for book salesman in Durham
Published: Friday, July 08, 2011; Last Updated: Fri. Jul 8, 2011, 10:11pm
By KELLY ANN GORE-OLEKSIW
PRESS STAFF
The Middletown Press
DURHAM – Police from Troop F in Westbrook revoked book salesmen Daniel Burke-Aguero’s peddler permit for the town of Durham Thursday.

“We revoked the permit on the town’s behalf, and have turned it back over to the town,” said Sgt. Robert Derry.

According to Derry, there had been a series of complaints last week about a sales person allegedly driving around selling books to people in Middlefield. “We received complaints about him asking inappropriate questions,” Derry said.

Complaints were also received about alleged aggressive mannerisms while talking to prospective customers. Burke-Aguero is employed by the Southwestern Company.

According to police, Burke-Aguero’s permit in Middlefield has also been revoked, but no arrest has been made.

Durham First Selectman Laura Francis has asked residents to call 911 if Burke-Aguero comes to their door.

Currently B&M Burgers and the GMonkey food trucks are the only peddler permit holders in Durham, officials said.

Kelly Ann Gore-Oleksiw can be reached by email at kgoreoleksiw@middletownpress.com. Text MIDNEWS to 22700 to get news alerts directly to your cell phone. Standard messaging and data rates apply.
By KELLY ANN GORE-OLEKSIW
PRESS STAFF
The Middletown Press
http://www.middletownpress.com
Middletown, Connecticut
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
Solicitors identities and business disclosed
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
June 21, 2011
Solicitors identities and business disclosed
June 21, 2011 9:18 AM
SUZANNE ULBRICH
jdnews.com
Two male college students living with local host families are out in Onslow County neighborhoods selling educational materials, authorities confirmed.

Blake Latham and Adam Gadomski, students at Middle Tennessee State University living with a host family in Hubert, have been going door-to-door selling books and products for Southwestern Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., said Trey Campbell, director of communications for the company.

The students had been confused as representatives from Onslow County Schools based on phone calls received by Onslow County Sheriff’s Department about solicitors in neighborhoods, said Major David West with the sheriff’s department.

Onslow County Schools began getting calls May 27 questioning whether it had two young men canvassing neighborhoods to conduct a survey for the school district. Administrators reported the incidences to the sheriff’s department for investigation since it wasn’t conducting any surveys.

Following an article about the solicitors in The Daily News the sheriff’s department received more than 40 phone calls from residents in the Hubert area. West sent a deputy to the areas on several occasion and confirmed they were the same students.

The two students are working as independent contractors for Southwestern Company, Campbell said. The direct selling company is similar to Mary Kay and Avon, except they go door-to-door.

“The students run their own business to help themselves through school,” he said. “They are selling an educational fleet of products including children’s books, CD-ROMs and subscriptions.

“Tons of students from North Carolina participate in the program.”

Since the article first appeared in the newspaper the school system has not received any additional calls, said Rhonda Griffin, who works for the district as administration office support staff. West said the calls continued to diminish in numbers by the end of last week, and no calls were received Monday.

For more information on the program go to southwesterninternship.com.

West continues to encourage anyone who sees what they regard as suspicious activity in their neighborhood to call their local sheriff’s or police department immediately.
SUZANNE ULBRICH
jdnews.com
http://www.jdnews.com
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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Rockland, Maine
Door-to-door sales of educational resources make waves in Camden, Rockport
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
June 21, 2011
Door-to-door sales of educational resources make waves in Camden, Rockport
By Rachel Thomas | Jun 21, 2011
VillageSoup
Door-to-door sales of Southwestern Company educational books and software have prompted calls to schools and local police departments.

Southwestern Company, which sells educational books and software with the help of student interns across the U.S. and the United Kingdom, has one representative walking through Camden and Rockport, knocking on doors.

Marci Annis, co-founder of the tutoring company Portland Pupils in Rockport, said the salesman is "not associated with the schools, tutoring services, or us."

She said she has received multiple complaints from parents and said the salesman maintains he represents a nonprofit, delivers his sales pitch, and gives the names of teachers and families that he says have recommended or purchased the products he's selling. He has been focusing on SAT prep books for high school students, said Annis.

"SAT scores just came in the mail," Annis said. "He's playing on their fears."

The salesman, according to a statement from Portland Pupils that was posted on the VillageSoup website, "says he is an intern with a nonprofit company and asks if you would participate in a survey." The salesman, said Annis, has claimed to be associated with the Camden Hills Regional and Camden-Rockport Middle schools, and with Portland Pupils.

Maxine Fernald of Rockport said he came to her house twice.

"He came in, said that he had been in the area and came on a recommendation from others because of the fact that we had three kids in the house," Fernald said. She said that while he didn't specify who referred him, he allowed her to believe he was affiliated with the high school and with Portland Pupils. When she refused to purchase the books he offered her, he "name-dropped people who had bought them," said Fernald.

"When I said 'thank you very much' and asked him to leave he pulled out a template of 20-25 people and addresses and a map with the kids listed, asking if I knew them, how old the kids were, what classes they were in," Fernald said. "He was very well-versed in every person I know with kids in the high school and middle school. It's very creepy to have someone know."

She said she was thankful to Annis for letting parents from Portland Pupils know about the salesman. The schools have contacted parents, as well.

"Over the last couple of days, a door-to-door salesman is working the Midcoast area trying to sell educational materials," wrote Camden Hills Regional High School Principal Nick Ithomitis in an email sent June 15. "I want folks to know that he is in no way affiliated, sponsored or connected to the high school. I also received an email from the owner of Portland Pupils saying this person tells parents he is connected to Portland Pupils. The owner clearly stated that he, nor the organization he works for Southwestern Company, is connected to Portland Pupils. It appears the salesman drops the names of people's neighbors he has 'talked' to insinuating they have signed up for his products. To date, I have not heard from one person who has purchased anything from this salesman. I cannot vouch for the worthiness of the products he is selling, but I encourage you to be careful if he comes to your door."

The public has also been calling Rockport and Camden police.

"We have received numerous complaints," Camden Chief of Police Randy Gagne said. "He has checked in with the police and has valid permits from the state of Maine to sell door-to-door. I may not agree with the sales tactics but he's done nothing illegal. There's nothing to charge him with."

He said the salesman will be in the area for 11 weeks.

The Southwestern Company, according to its website, is "a summer work internship for students...Students work as independent contractors for the company, buying books wholesale and then selling them."

"Each summer, approximately 3,000 students take on the challenge to become independent contractors and learn all aspects of running a business," according to the website. The company started as the Southwestern Publishing House in 1855 in Nashville, Tenn. It was founded by the Rev. James Robinson Graves. When the Civil War broke out the Confederacy no longer had access to the publishing houses in the North, and in particular no access to new Bibles. The Rev. Graves smuggled printing plates from the North and began printing "pocket-sized Bibles" for soldiers to carry with them into battle.

After the war, according to the official company history, the company hired young men who were out of work and "could not afford a higher education." The website states, "[t]o meet the needs of their pockets and their souls, a new concept in sales was initiated." This concept was selling door-to-door, first Bibles, then other books, and finally school books and education software. The Southwestern Company now sells across the United States and in 1994 its business spread to the United Kingdom.

Student interns are "independent contractors." They "have the opportunity to run their own businesses by purchasing products from Southwestern wholesale and selling them to costumers retail," the website states. The products range from education software for preschool students to ACT and SAT prep books for high school students and are "sold to people in their homes by these students during their summer breaks."

Interns take a course at the beginning of the summer to teach them sales methods called Sales School. An article on Southwestern in Direct Selling News, published in May 2011, describes the school. "The first step is in Sales School, where they learn skills such as goal-setting, self-motivation and record keeping, as well as how to start a conversation with someone who doesn't know you're coming," the article said. It also said "the things they take from the school and then supplement in the school of hard knocks all summer will prepare them for a lifetime of success that goes beyond sales."

Southwestern's mission, according to its website, is "to be the best organization in the world at helping young people to develop the skills, and character, they need to achieve their goals in life."

The website also states that Southwestern Company "has pledged to adhere to the code of ethics set forth by the DSA," or the Direct Selling Association.

Under "Identification and Privacy," the DSA Code of Ethics, available at the DSA website, states, "at the beginning of sales presentations independent salespeople shall truthfully and clearly identify themselves, their company, the nature of their company's products or services, and the reason for the solicitation. Contact with the consumer shall be made in a polite manner and during reasonable hours. A demonstration or sales presentation shall stop upon the consumer's request."

Matt Atchison, a district sales manager with Southwestern Company, said June 17 that "sometimes there are misunderstandings" and he thinks this may be one of them. "In the initial approach people don't always hear what he's saying," Atchison said. "Lots of things are running through your brain."

Atchison explained that Southwestern Company trains its interns to identify themselves and state explicitly that they do not represent the school district. "It's the first line," Atchison said. "'I'm a student.... I'm not from the school district.'"

It's extremely hard for people to fully comprehend in that first confrontation, Atchison said. He added that interns are trained to identify themselves again when they sit down with the families.

"He's [the salesman] a great kid," Atchison said. "He was a top student in his high school class. He's not that type of person." He added that this is the salesman's second summer working for Southwestern Company.

"We teach them ethically how to be honest and upfront," he said. "I don't want this to be a negative thing," Atchison said. He stressed that he doesn't want people who have bought to worry. He said the salesman has taken lots of orders and will be returning in August to deliver the books and sit down with the families who ordered to explain how to best use the books and teach buyers about the education software. "It's a neat thing," Atchison said.

Atchison is himself a former Southwestern intern. "I sold books for six summers through college and graduate school," he said. "I've been with the company for 10 years." He concluded by saying that Southwestern isn't just a sales company. It's about "character-building."

Related Information:
Southwestern Company Website
http://www.southwestern.com

http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
By Rachel Thomas
VillageSoup
http://knox.villagesoup.com
Rockland, Maine
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Belfast, Maine
Portland Pupils is NOT Affiliated with the Door to Door Salesmen selling Educational Material
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Also See:
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/southwestern company.html
end DMPG Info
June 15, 2011
Portland Pupils is NOT Affiliated with the Door to Door Salesmen selling Educational Material
By Portland Pupils | Jun 15, 2011
Republican Journal
waldo.villagesoup.com
It has been brought to our attention that a gentleman from South Western Company has been traveling door to door in the Camden-Rockport area trying to sell educational material to families. He has been using unethical tactics and false associations in an attempt peddle SAT prep material and other educational resources. To gain entry into your home he says that he is an intern with a non-profit company and asks if you would participate in a survey. Once in your home he begins his sale pitch which includes mentioning the names of neighbors who have supposedly purchased the material and his affiliation with Portland Pupils. Upon his departure he asks for the names of neighbors who may be interested in purchasing the material.

Multiple complaints have been filed with local law enforcement offices due to his pushy tactics. He is relentless, ruthless, and cunning in his delivery. If he winds up at your door, we advise you to ask him to leave. Don’t give out any information about your neighbors.

There are a slew of complaints online from around the country about this company. For more information visit the links below.

http://www.complaintsboard.com/bycompany/southwestern-company-a147820.html

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/southwestern-company-c219581.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwestern_Company

http://southwesterncompanytruth.com/
By Portland Pupils
Republican Journal
http://waldo.villagesoup.com
Belfast, Maine
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Nashville, Tennessee
Southwestern Company Unethical Sales Practices,
They claim they have been sent by the school district.
LIED TO US!
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Book Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
Southwestern Company and DSA Info
http://www.southwestern.com
http://southwesterncompanytruth.com
http://www.dsa.org
end DMPG Info
May 18, 2011
Southwestern Company Unethical Sales Practices,
They claim they have been sent by the school district.
LIED TO US!
Nashville, Tennessee
18th of May, 2011
by User449887
SCAM INFORMER
Keeping consumers Informed
scaminformer.com
Southwestern Company Unethical Sales Practices, They claim they have been sent by the school district. LIED TO US!
From: Southwestern Company
I had the wonderful experience of having a college student come to my door (even though we have a huge NO SOLICITING sign.). Diana came to my door giving the impression she was from the school district and did not show her ID until I asked for it twice. Only to find out...she had no business with the schools. Rather a door to door scum sucker. She asked if we were aware they would be stopping by? Then went on to claim that they were retained by Anoka-Hennepin school district and said that from Andover High School down to Andover Elementary had required summer reading. (this person did some of her homework but failed to know that we are not in Andover Elementary boundries...) She went on to show me books that were part of the require reading for kids (she seen my son and assumed he was in 1st grade) at Andover Elementary. I explained my son was 4 and Andover Elementary was not our home school here. She continued to push the sale of a set of overpriced books ($169.99) and then had the nerve to ask if any of my neighbors had kids when I said NO and asked her to leave. If they were sent by the district as they claimed they were, wouldn't you already have this information? Preety lame and shady to have to chump college kids into your scam. Lie to parents and sceme. What they do is wrong. This company has a track record. Before you buy ANYTHING, check! If you got scammed, you legally have 3 business days to fax them a written cancelation notice. Get your money back and run....run fast! I was on to the BS, called the police who escorted the twit out of the area. (our city requires peddler license) I also called the school district who was not to happy to have their name used as they did not endorse this company or even know much about them. Lastly, I found even more disturbing info on Southwestern Company.....it has a "Cult Like" culture that uses poor college kids. Scum sucking bottom feeding leeches. SHAME ON YOU!
by User449887
SCAM INFORMER
Keeping consumers Informed
scaminformer.com
http://www.scaminformer.com
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Salinas, California
Salinas police see rise in fraudulent door-to-door salespeople
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:
Kirby Vacuum
end DMPG Info
March 10, 2011
Salinas police see rise in fraudulent door-to-door salespeople
Written by SUNITA VIJAYAN
The Salinas Californian
Filed Under
News
Crime
6:59 AM, Mar. 10, 2011
Salinas police issued a warning to local residents Wednesday, saying that men posing as door-to-door salesmen are actually burglars "casing" residences. Salinas Police spokesman Officer Lalo Villegas said that there have been at least six recent incidents where officers responded to calls reporting people posing as salespersons for Kirby vacuum cleaners. It appears that these would-be sales people are casing residences with intentions to later burglarize them, Villegas said. In one instance, he said, the "salesman" walked into the home uninvited before the resident managed to push the person out. In another, Villegas said, the homeowner told police that several things were taken from the home after they were given a vacuum cleaner demonstration. Villegas said that while on a recent patrol, he personally stopped and interviewed one of the alleged vacuum salesmen. He later found out that the man was a wanted parolee and took him into custody. Villegas cautioned, however, that not all door-to-door salespeople are fake. "If they look suspicious, they probably are," Villegas said. "We want to make people aware that they definitely have the right to tell these [false salespersons] to leave their property."
SAFETY TIPS
Salinas police recommend individuals take the following steps to help protect themselves from fraudulent door-to-door salespersons:
> Ask for identification, such as from the company itself, and the business license to make sure its legitimacy;
> Make sure there is someone else home when you let the salesperson inside;
> If the person appearance is unkempt, chances are they are not legitimate;
> Call 911 if the person refuses to leave your residence.
Written by SUNITA VIJAYAN
The Salinas Californian
Filed Under
News
Crime
http://www.thecalifornian.com
Salinas, California
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Weirton, Ohio
Kirby Sweeper Sales People Busted For Selling Drugs
February 5, 2011
Kirby Sweeper Sales People Busted For Selling Drugs
WTOV9
Saturday, February 5, 2011 | 4:40pm
Weirton police said they received a call Friday from a Weirton resident claiming that four individuals from Kirby Sweepers knocked on their door, first trying to sell sweepers, then asking if the resident wanted to buy heroin. The four suspects are Latasha Ann Williams, Jack Polyak, Michael Joseph Panza and Andrew Thomas Simmons all sweeper sales people from Pennsylvania. Police said the four were traveling in a white van and were going door to door in the Weirton area. Police located the van in a 7-Eleven parking lot where they were getting gas. "Its very unordinary for that to happen. First since I have been here for that to happen. It was kind of easy when they called in we located the vehicle," said Detective Girard Spencer of the Weirton Police Department. The four will be charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana.
WTOV9
http://www.wtov9.com
Steubenville, Ohio
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Wilmington, North Carolina
Fortune, or misfortune? State looking into possible pyramid scheme
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing
Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing is a pending member of:
Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association Web Site
Read The DSA Code of Ethices
end DMPG Info
December 4, 2010
Fortune, or misfortune? State looking into possible pyramid scheme
State Attorney General investigating consumer complaints against Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing
By Brian Freskos
Brian.Freskos@StarNewsOnline.com
starnewsonline.com
STARNEWS MEDIA
Published: Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7:57 p.m.
A company that says its goal is "achieving success with integrity" is being investigated by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper after consumers charged that it operates a pyramid scheme with approximately 11,000 members across the state, including some in the Cape Fear region.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general, Noelle Talley, said investigators with the consumer protection division are concerned about Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing's operations in North Carolina. Investigators are reviewing more than a dozen consumer complaints to determine if the company's activities violate state laws, and the office was contacting other attorney generals to exchange information and review what kinds of complaints they had received, Talley said. The investigation began earlier this fall.

In a written response to questions, a Fortune spokeswoman, Brittney Mills, said the company would not comment about ongoing investigations. But in interviews, court documents and news reports, company officials and members have repeatedly disputed charges that Fortune is a pyramid scheme.

North Carolina's probe comes amid growing scrutiny of Fortune, which is also under investigation in Kentucky and Texas and has previously been ordered to stop conducting business in Montana and North Dakota. Both of those orders were later lifted after Fortune reached a settlement with the states.

Fortune, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., is part of the direct selling industry, which includes companies such as Amway, Mary Kay and Avon. These companies enroll independent representatives to sell products and services directly to consumers.

The industry, also known as network or relationship marketing, accounted for an estimated $28.3 billion in nationwide sales in 2009 and directed 16.1 million salespeople, an increase of one million people over the year before, according to the Direct Selling Association, a trade group.

Mills said the company has about 100,000 members in the United States. The company also operates in Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom, according its Web site.

Fortune enrolls "independent representatives" who earn sales commissions on a diverse array of product and service lines, including satellite television, cell phone service and vitamins, according to the company's Web site and interviews with current company members. The reps get commissions on products they sell as well as items sold by salespeople they enroll, their recruits, and so on.

But salespeople are also rewarded for recruiting new members who also gather customers. Like a majority of direct selling companies, Fortune directs a multi-level compensation plan, which promotes salespeople for enrolling new members and selling products.

Sales commissions range from a quarter of one percent to 25 percent depending on the product and the level of the sale, according to an Oct. 1 e-mail announcement distributed to Fortune members, a copy of which was obtained by StarNews. In recent months, Fortune has dropped its entrance fees from $299 to $199 and most recently to $99.

Other portions of its compensation plan, including bonus payments, have also been restructured.

But interviews with former Fortune members, state authorities and experts across the country, sketch a different picture of the lucrative business plan the company portrays. Some say it runs an endless recruitment chain, raising questions about whether the company is a legitimate business opportunity or a veiled pyramid scheme.

According to the attorney general's Web site, many companies that direct a multi-level or network marketing plan are pyramid schemes even though their promoters claim to sell a product or service.

"Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing will never be able to show you even one person who makes a sustainable profit selling products," said Robert FitzPatrick, the Charlotte-based president of the consumer advocacy group Pyramid Scheme Alert. "Anybody in that scheme who is making money is doing so by recruiting people under them."

Pyramid schemes have proliferated over the past decade, a product of federal deregulation over private-sector industry, FitzPatrick said. The common variety, and the hardest to spot, is the illegitimate multi-level marketing company, which often directs a highly elaborate compensation plan. Some of these companies seem to exist in a legal gray area, and are the subject of much debate.

Fortune comes under scrutiny

Established in 2001, Fortune saw scrutiny of its operations suddenly escalate when the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance on March 4 temporarily forbid Fortune from operating there after an investigation raised questions about the company's legality.

In the 34-page order, the commissioner, Monica Lindeen, alleges that Fortune is a "pyramid promotional scheme." The order also asserts that Fortune's sales ties with the brand name companies that its salespeople market were exaggerated, or in some cases, falsified.

Fortune, without admitting any wrongdoing, settled the claim by agreeing to pay nearly $1 million in fines, contributions and reimbursements to Montana consumers. It also agreed to a sweeping overhaul in how it operated in Montana, including a $75 cap on entrance fees and new reporting and disclosure requirements.

Asked why the company settled the claim, Mills said Fortune chose "to avoid the delays and expenses of litigation."

"FHTM's (Fortune) acceptance of the settlement, which permitted FHTM to continue to do business in Montana and did not result in any finding that FHTM was an illegal pyramid scheme, was not an admission of liability on the part of FHTM and should not be construed that way," Mills said.

Part of the Montana order required Fortune to release an income disclosure statement, which showed that more than 28 percent of its sales force never received a payment between Jan. 23, 2009, and Jan. 20, 2010.

Of those who were paid, more than half averaged $93 per month during that period. And another 40.5 percent got $256 per month on average, the statement shows.

"Three out of 10 in Fortune never draw a paycheck but that's not the company's fault," said Darrell Mickel, a 54-year-old Fortune executive manager in Elkin, N.C. "A lot of people come and go and a lot of people quit, but that's just the way it is."

Fortune's members praise the company

Successful members vehemently deny that Fortune operates a pyramid scheme.

For example, Michael Karpovich, of Caro, Mich., says the $1,500 he averages in monthly income through Fortune saved him from bankruptcy. A motivational speaker who saw engagements slow along with the economy, Karpovich joined Fortune in 2007. He has since adopted it as a near full-time occupation.

"I really thought that God himself was offering this to me," he said by telephone.

Karpovich said he likes the fact that salespeople earn commissions on products with monthly recurring bills, and that he gets commissions off any product sold by anyone he has recruited or anyone they have recruited. He estimates that he is indirectly responsible for about 9,000 people enrolling in the business.

"I get paid to help you make money, and that's exciting," he said. "It's (Fortune) a marriage of network marketing and corporate America."

Class-action filed

In early September, a group of former Fortune salespeople filed a lawsuit in a Kentucky federal court, and their attorneys are currently seeking class-action status.

The lawsuit lists nearly 40 Fortune executives and high-level sales managers – including those in Mooresville, Raleigh and Denton, N.C. It also names company President Paul Orberson and CEO Thomas Mills.

Kenyon Meyer, an attorney for Dinsmore&Shohl, the firm representing the four plaintiffs named in the suit, said the claim seeks an order from a federal judge to halt Fortune's business operations and reimburse its members across the country.

In response, Fortune has asked the judge to bring the case to arbitration. If Fortune's request is granted, it would hamstring efforts to give the case class-action status, Meyer said.

U.S. District Court Judge Karen Caldwell will likely rule on how the case moves forward in the next few months, Meyer said last week on Tuesday.

"This is what we expected," he said. "We're going to fight it."

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Flint, Michigan
Carpet company manager cited for illegal solicitation
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby Vaccum
Kirby Vaccum is a member of:
Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association Web Site
Read The DSA Code of Ethices
end DMPG Info
November 16, 2010
Carpet company manager cited for illegal solicitation
Roberto Acosta | Flint Journal
Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 12:56 PM Updated: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 1:52 PM
A 41-year-old manager who sent a vacuum salesman door-to-door Nov. 3 in a Swartz Creek subdivision will have his pockets cleaned out. Officer Doug Santiago responded to a call at 7:03 p.m. in the area of Durwood and Oakview drives of a man traveling to homes in the subdivision offering a free carpeting cleaning, but he was also trying to sell Kirby vacuum cleaners. The salesman’s manager was contacted, pleading ignorance of the city’s solicitation ordinance that does not allow for door-to-door sales. He was cited for soliciting the city, as well as equipment and registration violations on the vehicle he was driving. Officers in Gaines Township called state police later that evening after the same vehicle was spotted going door-to-door and suspected as part of some larcenies in the area.
Roberto Acosta | Flint Journal
http://www.mlive.com
Flint, Michigan
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Connecticut
State: Kirby's vacuum sales practices 'unethical'
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby Vaccum
Kirby Vaccum is a member of:
Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association Web Site
Read The DSA Code of Ethices
end DMPG Info
November 9, 2010
State: Kirby's vacuum sales practices 'unethical'
BY DAVID KRECHEVSKY REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 3:22 AM EST
The state may go to court to get the sellers of Kirby vacuums to clean up its act.

Jerry Farrell, commissioner of the state Department of Consumer Protection, asked the state attorney general's office Monday to pursue legal action against The Kirby Co., which uses independent distributors to sell its vacuums door-to-door nationwide. The legal action also would target Kirby's parent company, The Scott Fetzer Co., as well as United Consumer Financial Services and seven state-based independent distributors, including two in the region.

In a news release Monday, Farrell said his department is "seeking a legal remedy and resolution that gives consumers adequate protection from the unfair sales practices of The Kirby Co. and its affiliates, as alleged in consumer complaints in the past two years."

The tactics cited by consumers, he said, include in-home sales calls in which sales representatives refuse to leave; phone calls that violate the state's Telemarketing Act; selling used vacuums as new, and "preying" on the elderly.

"We also have numerous claims of consumers' carpets that have been damaged during a sales call," Farrell said.

The Kirby Co., based in Cleveland, is a subsidiary of The Scott Fetzer Co., which itself is part of Berkshire Hathaway. United Consumer Financial Services, of Westlake, Ohio, is a national sales financing company specializing in retail installment sales contracts. It handles such contracts for The Scott Fetzer Co.

In a statement e-mailed by spokeswoman Halle A. Haniewich, The Kirby Co. denied the state's allegations, saying the company "requires its distributors to operate their businesses in a manner that meets all applicable legal and ethical standards."

The statement also said the company has attempted "throughout the year" to address concerns raised by the state, and "fully supports the DCP's desire to maintain the highest level of business practices" by companies doing business in Connecticut.

The statement added that Kirby officials proposed a plan to hold its distributors to a standard "higher than that required by Connecticut law," and was "disappointed to learn today that, despite this cooperation, the DCP referred its investigation" to the attorney general's office.

"The company is prepared to discuss this matter with the Office of the Attorney General," the statement concluded.

In addition to its concerns about sales tactics, the state accuses United Consumer of failing to ensure that Kirby dealers and representatives complied with laws for sales contracts by not telling customers they have the right to cancel them within three days.

Also targeted in the enforcement action are seven state distributors of Kirby products, including JMG Distribution Inc., at 2100 Thomaston Ave. in Waterbury, and RFR Enterprises, which according to the secretary of the state's office has a business address in Milford. The owner of the company is listed as Ronald F. Rossi, with a home address in Naugatuck. Other state-based distributors targeted included two in Rocky Hill and one each in Norwich, Orange, and Southington.

The Kirby Co. said Monday that RFR is no longer a Kirby distributor. Rossi could not be reached for comment.

Claudette Carveth, spokeswoman for the consumer protection department, said RFR is targeted because of its previous work with Kirby.

"RFR was in business over the last five years, as of the time of the complaints and the DCP investigation," she said in an e-mail. "Apparently it was only at some point in 2010 that RFR was let go by Kirby as an independent distributor. Even though the business is gone, it can still be named in the complaint for alleged misdeeds at the time of our investigation, which also factors in with issues raised about the parent company, Kirby."

Carveth added that, because the investigation continues, the identities of consumers who filed complaints with the state will remain confidential.

Blumenthal issued a terse statement late Monday saying his office is reviewing the allegations "to determine what legal action is warranted."

Chris Jackson, an official with JMG, said he was not aware of the state's claims and declined to comment, referring questions to Kirby officials.

Last year, Kirby was the subject of an investigation by "Inside Edition," a nationally syndicated television program. The story, which aired March 9, 2009, in part featured a Connecticut couple, Brett and Rose Tomlin of Stafford Springs, who said their 89-year-old aunt was taken advantage of by an RFR Enterprises salesman. The elderly woman, who suffers from Alzheimer's, paid $1,700 for a 25-pound Kirby vacuum, they said.

Representatives of The Scott Fetzer Co. and United Consumer Financial Services did not return calls seeking comment.
BY DAVID KRECHEVSKY REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
http://www.rep-am.com
Waterbury, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut
Consumer protection targets sellers, distributors of Kirby vacuums in state
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby Vaccum
Kirby Vaccum is a member of:
Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association Web Site
Read The DSA Code of Ethices
end DMPG Info
November 8, 2010
Consumer protection targets sellers, distributors of Kirby vacuums in state
The Middletown Press
Published: Monday, November 08, 2010
HARTFORD – The Department of Consumer Protection is seeking legal action against ten sellers and distributors of Kirby vacuum cleaners in the state.

The DPC is referring to the Office of the Attorney General for enforcement a case against The Kirby Co, The Scott Fetzer Company, United Consumer Financial Services, and all Connecticut distributors of Kirby products, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell announced Monday.

“We allege that the Kirby and Scott Fetzer Companies, along with their distributors in Connecticut, have engaged in aggressive, high pressure and even unethical sales tactics, including in-home sales calls where sales representatives refuse to leave consumers’ homes, phone calls to consumers in violation of the state’s Telemarketing Act, selling used vacuum cleaners as new, targeting and preying on older residents,” Farrell said. “We also have numerous claims of consumers’ carpets that have been damaged during a sales call. We believe it’s time for a clean sweep of their business policies and practices.”

United Consumer Financial Services, a national sales finance company specializing in consumer retail installment sales contracts owned by the Scott Fetzer Company, allegedly failed to ensure that Kirby dealers and representatives complied with laws pertaining to home solicitation sales contracts, including giving customers notice of the three-day right to cancel their purchase contract, and returning the consumer’s copy of the original contract upon cancellation.

Farrell is asking the Attorney General’s Office to file a civil action against The Kirby Company, the Scott Fetzer Company, United Consumer Financial Services, and the following Connecticut distributors of Kirby products in order to protect consumers from the unfair, threatening and abusive business tactics alleged by consumers in their complaints: JMG Distribution in Waterbury area; RFR Enterprises in Naugatuck area; GP Industries of Norwich in Taftville area; SZ Enterprises in Orange area; K&M Distribution in Rocky Hill area; Golden Circle Distribution in Southington area and South Shore Distributing in Rocky Hill area.
The Middletown Press
http://www.middletownpress.com
Middletown, Connecticut
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Pokorny v. 'Quixtar' ('Amway'), = Reason v. Insanity

DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
'Quixtar' ('Amway')
Amway is a member of the Direct Sales Association
end DMPG Info
November 3, 2010
Pokorny v. 'Quixtar' ('Amway'), = Reason v. Insanity
David Brear (Copyright 2010)
Posted with Corporate Frauds Watch
http://corporatefraudswatch.blogspot.com
Pokorny v. 'Quixtar' ('Amway'), = Reason v. Insanity

In 2007, a class action civil Lawsuit was filed against 'Amway' in California, under the federal Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act. Three directors and advisors of Pyramid Scheme Alert (including Robert Fitzpatrick) served as experts and consultants to the victims in this case. At first, 'Amway's' attorneys delayed proceedings (and incurred huge additional costs for the plaintiffs) by steadfastly pretending that the plaintiffs had no right to sue, because as the signatories of 'Amway' contracts, they had voluntarily accepted a 'binding (internal) arbitration agreement.' However, a  Federal court ruled that the arbitration process was unenforceable and unfair.  The judge said of 'Amway's' own parallel system of dispute resolution , 'the requirement …is substantively unconscionable, and exceedingly so,' and graphically described the contracts as a 'stacked deck' in 'Amway's' favour.

The suit (which was filed by the firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner) was finally allowed to proceed. It charged that 'Amway' deliberately misled consumers with false income claims, sold them overpriced products and marketing materials, and secretly transferred the lost investments of virtually all new recruits to a tiny few at the top, year after year. The suit accused 'Amway' of operating an illegal pyramid scheme and it argued that 'Amway's' main revenue source is ultimately its own so-called 'sales force,' since the company has little retail sales and few retail customers. Thus, 'Amway's' real product is a fake 'business opportunity' generating huge illegal profits through the recruitment of ill-informed consumers to invest in a reality-inverting swindle promoted as a viable 'business opportunity.' The suit clearly explained that the overwhelming majority of 'Amway' recruits do not not make sales to the general public in an open market. Therefore, 'Amway' operates as a closed-market, dooming, by its 'endless chain' design, virtually all who join at the bottom, year after year.

This week it has been announced that 'Amway's' attorneys have halted the suit by agreeing to pay victims and cover litigation costs amounting to over $55 million in cash and goods. A judicially administered fund will pay refunds to two classes of victims, those who joined 'Amway' and quit within a year (usually paying only initial fees) and another group of those who stayed in longer (and lost much more). Another $50 million will be paid in other costs incurred by 'Amway' to meet the terms of the settlement. Under terms of the settlement, 'Amway' will also stop advertizing misleading income claims. In total, halting the suit will cost the billionaire bosses of the 'Amway' mob just $155 millions  http://www.bsfllp.com/news/in_the_news/000144

In the usual terms of class action settlements, the billionaire bosses of the 'Amway' mob have admitted no guilt. Laughably, however, they have volunteered to pay back a fraction of what they have stolen, lower the fixed-prices of their effectively-unsaleable wampum and increase the 'refund period' on it, pay all the victims's court costs and give them free wampum. 'Significant changes' are also to be made in the so-called 'tools business.'

To date, US federal law enforcement agents are nowhere to be seen, the reality-inverting 'Amway' propaganda machine is already in full swing and it's business as usual for the self-appointed rulers of the American kleptocracy, but what conclusions are the US authorities going to draw from Pokorny v. 'Quixtar' ('Amway')?

Indeed, in the light of this (and other) evidence, what possible justification could any democratic government put forward for allowing this gang of US-based racketeers, and their many copy-cats, to continue to steal from the public ?

David Brear (Copyright 2010)
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Temple, Georgia
September 15, 2010
Ripoff Report:
Report: #641002
Report: Southwestern company
Reported By: Miranda (Temple Georgia U.S.A.)
Southwestern company Shady company that uses college students to rip you off. Nashville, Tennessee ...

Southwestern company
2451 Atrium Way
Nashville Tennessee 37214
United States of America
Phone: 866-463-2010
Web Address: www.southwesternathome.com

Category: Door to door sales people
Submitted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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The Southwestern Company – Door to Door Deception
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
end DMPG Info
July 5, 2010
The Southwestern Company – Door to Door Deception
July 5, 2010 by Dad
Someday all this will be yours.
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A college-aged woman came to our door and said she was visiting all the homes of the children in our school district to provide resources for our kids to use for homework completion. I invited her in. It was also hot outside, and she had made the clear impression that she was employed by our school district. She showed me her list of names, and told me she had to visit with each family in her assigned section of the district.

The charade that she was associated with the school district continued, even as I asked direct questions about it. She would not say “No, I am not from your school district or employed by your school district.” until I asked her directly “Were you sent by our school district and are you employed by them?” Instead she said she was interning for “them” (deliberately vague pronoun meaning her company, rather than the school system), and that she was brought in from Colorado while interns from our area of the state were sent there as part of the program. She said it was for college credits.

She asked personal questions about my wife, myself, our home, our kids, and details about our kids’ education. She did all this under the (technically unstated) guise of being an official with the local school district. We’d been duped into conversational information sharing with someone misrepresenting herself.

She eased into what became a more and more obvious sales pitch. She was selling reference books for families “who prioritize education”. I asked how she got our name and address and she evaded a couple of times before saying that she inquires about neighbors from other homes she visited. She gave the names of several of our neighbors, and indicated that the one next door told them we had small children and that we had a particularly strong interest in their education.

The new neighbors next door do not even know our first names. They may know we have kids, because they see us walking with them, but they can’t even see our home from where they live and they certainly don’t know anything about our educational priorities. They moved in less than 6 months ago and they keep to themselves, we thought they were flipping the house (because of all the work they immediately did to it), so we didn’t greet them when they first moved in. In short – she was lying.

I told her that we don’t know those neighbors. She evaded some more then said, “They know you have kids.”

She then told us, “I’m going to show the books to you, then you tell me yes or no as to whether you want them or not, okay?”. She seemed to be asking us to agree ahead of time not to ask any questions about them not answered by her brief presentation.

She showed us the books. They apparently have selections for all stages in primary education. The sample she showed to us was a vocabulary dictionary for children preparing for grade school. She turned to the entry “cow” as an example, while she explained that it had been developed in part by someone associated with Sesame Street programming. Turns out that she chose a bad entry to start with.

The definition for “cow” was (this is from memory): a grass-eating animal that makes milk in a way we do not understand.

I said, “That’s really strange wording. Milk production is well understood. That is really weird. It sounds like a deliberately unscientific way to present information to a child.”

She had no answer to this, and closed the book. She seemed to know at this point that we were not going to be spending money on her products. She went through all that work to get into our home under false pretenses, then she showed us an example from her ‘educational materials’ that was the equivalent of “nobody knows where electricity comes from.”

Here is the result of two minutes research online – google: how do cows make milk:

http://hubpages.com/question/12747/how-do-cows-make-milk

http://hubpages.com/hub/How-do-Cows-Make-Milk

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_cows_make_milk

http://www.ask.com/q/How-do-cows-make-milk

I was curious to see more, but she knew it would be a waste of time, and Mom was eager to usher her out to stop the madness and awkwardness of the whole encounter. I wish like crazy that I had gotten more of a look at these so-called reference books.

Turns out that Southwestern books are widely described as a scam. Salespeople can earn tuition money by working hard, far from home, in a dishonest and deceptive manner. The company was founded selling bibles door to door using these techniques, and its founder is a Baptist minister. Some student unions have banned Southwestern due to ‘improper business actions’ and there is controversy over the terms agreed to by their work force.

I care less about the students duped into pursuing a scam as their summer job, and more about the manner in which they pry private information from neighbors under false pretenses.

Learn about these guys. Tell your friends about them. If one is talking to you – whatever you do, don’t let them mine you for private information about your family, or your friends and neighbors.

My first impression was that I had somebody advertising a religion on my door-step (she wore a large cross on her necklace), she said otherwise and showed some papers to assure me that I was next in line on her list of families in our school district. She said she was here to help us prepare for the upcoming school year, and strongly implied that it was under an official capacity not only endorsed by, but a part of our local school district. Turns out she was selling a product, in a more insidious way than I’d yet encountered – representing that they are the standard in educational reference materials, and implying that they are endorsed by our school district.

Buyer beware!

Some links for more information about Southwestern:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwestern_Company

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february232010/southwestern-company-ew.php

http://southwesterncompanytruth.com/

http://www.southwesterndifference.info/southwestern_company/not-a-scam-if-you-get-what-you-ordered/

(From Southwestern’s own website –emphasizes how they rationalize what they do by saying it is their right to sell you things in a deceptive but technically legal way. The comments are worth reading, as they indicate that the salespeople are ultimately the ones being scammed)

http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/forums/2/thread.aspx?id=62556

I’m including this link to be inclusive… it is a question “Are Southwestern books a scam?” on a homeschooling site. With positive answers followed by “blessings” as a departing platitude, I think it is clear that some homeschooling families are happy with them – particularly (?) religious ones. I cannot speak to the quality as well as I’d like to. The book I saw called milk a mystery beyond comprehension. If my kid’s first grade teacher called milk a mystery beyond human comprehension, I’d have to meet with that teacher and probably their supervisor. There are books in the Southwestern line which claim to explain why leaves change color – I can’t tell you what answers they give. I am only guessing when I assume they say that it is inexplicable (extrapolating from my abbreviated experience with the product line).

I find this article to be of interest, too – again, from the Southwestern site:

http://www.southwesterndifference.info/southwestern_company/facts-matter/#idc-container

from the article:

“the headline read, “Residents Warned of Book Scam”. The article was actually the school district letting the community know the person selling educational books in the area was not endorsed by the district. With the misleading headline, the article actually caused a problem for the legitimate college student running her business selling Southwestern Company books.”

The next day, under pressure from Southwestern, the paper ran what amounted to a retraction, calling the sales legitimate.

Do you follow what happened there? The Southwestern sales scripts push fast and hard to give the impression that the salesperson is working for the school district, without ever actually saying it. The district wanted to warn that this was going on – but that fact doesn’t technically make the book sales a scam – it makes the sales technique technically legal while relying on misconception to get the salesperson in the door. The (apparently effective) hope is that you will forgive the misunderstanding, attribute it to yourself rather than what the salesperson said (factually misleading since the salesperson certainly guides you to fill in the blanks incorrectly), and then pay 400 bucks for a dozen books that seem likely to be startlingly substandard educational materials, while pushing an agenda in keeping with the founder’s motives and the (republican) politicians the company funds.

Bottom line: Milk is magic.

No, wait – bottom line: A company can still be scummy if the way they mislead their customers is technically legal.
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Vaccum Salesman Charged With Indecent Liberties Of A Minor
DMPG Info:
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby Vacuum
Kirby Vaccum is a member of:
Direct Selling Association
Direct Selling Association Web Site
Read The DSA Code of Ethices
end DMPG Info
May 28, 2010
Vaccum Salesman Charged With Indecent Liberties Of A Minor
Carrie Hodgin
WFMY News 2
Created: 5/28/2010 10:50:30 PM
Updated: 5/29/2010 5:29:55 PM

Greensboro, NC -- An investigation by the Greensboro Police Department led to the arrest of a Raleigh vacuum salesman. WRAL reports that Timothy Hayes, a registered sex offender, is accused of molesting a nine-year-old girl during a sales call in Greensboro. Police say he works as a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner salesman. He was at the girl's home to do a sales demonstration for her mother and grandmother. Greensboro Police began investigating the incident in late April. As a result, 37-year-old Hayes was charged with two counts of Indecent Liberties of a Minor. Hayes was placed in the Wake County Jail under a $150,000 bond. According to reports from WRAL, Hayes was convicted of attempted second-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a child in 1999. He served more than four years in prison and was just released on parole in March.
Carrie Hodgin
WFMY News 2
http://www.digtriad.com
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Unauthorized Charges to Credit Card - Be Aware
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association (DSA)
April 2010
Unauthorized Charges to Credit Card - Be Aware
The Squeaky Wheel
April 2010
Southwestern Company has unfairly charged my account for a service which I was not aware of ordering. I purchased some books from this company and they unfairly charged my credit card $60 for a service I did not even know I signed up for. This summer you may be called upon by a college student who is representing this company. Please be aware of their unscrupulous business practices and don't order anything.

Southwestern Company has just been sent an e-mail message letting them know that you have seen this page.

Thanks very much for your support.
Wayne Stonestreet
The Squeaky Wheel
http://www.thesqueakywheel.com
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Avon Suspends 4 Execs in Bribery Investigation
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Avon
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association (DSA)
April 13, 2010
Avon Suspends 4 Execs in Bribery Investigation
Posted by Tucker Reals
cbsnews.com
April 13, 2010 5:44 AM
Avon Products Inc., the legendary American cosmetics giant, has suspended four executives amid an ongoing internal investigation into alleged bribery of government officials in China and Latin America, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The New York-based company, which posts global profits in 2009 of more than $10 billion, has suspended the president, chief financial officer and senior government liaison from its China division, reported the Journal, citing unnamed sources "familiar with" the investigation.

Also pulled out of the office, according to the report, was the company's former top internal auditor, who worked out of New York.

A company spokeswoman confirmed that four employees had been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

The Journal's sources say the alleged improprieties included the purchase of trips to France, New York, Canada and Hawaii for Chinese officials who have dealings with Avon.

Avon said in 2008 that it was investigating the possibility that some expenses for entertainment and travel had "been improperly incurred," but the Journal reports the amount of money involved has now grown, and the internal probe has spread to Latin America -- the most lucrative market for the cosmetics manufacturer.
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University of Idaho
Southwestern Company banned from recruiting at UI
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association (DSA)
March 12, 2010

Southwestern Company banned from recruiting at UI
Written by Jennifer Schlake and Kelsey Samuels - Argonaut
Friday, 12 March 2010
This story was updated 6:04 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2010.
After several complaints from faculty, students and parents, Southwestern Company has been banned from recruiting at the University of Idaho, the Career Center director announced in an e-mail to faculty Friday.

Suzanne Billington said a no trespassing order was issued Wednesday because the recruiters violated UI recruiting policies by using classrooms for their purposes without permission. The company received a warning in January.

Complaints over the past few weeks regarded the company entering classrooms, speaking to students and collecting student phone numbers. Upon investigation, the recruiters misled faculty into believing the Career Center had given them permission to enter the classrooms, Billington said. The Career Center does not have the authority to grant permission to enter classrooms, but complaints indicate the company implied they had such permission. However, the approval is the decision of the faculty teaching the class.

Billington explained in the e-mail the Career Center expects all employers to provide instructors with accurate information about their company and their purpose so the instructors can make an informed decision about the interruption of their class.

She said Southwestern is not like a normal employee company because the work on independent contracts.

"The company really has no obligation of the students' success or failure," Billington said. "I really don't think students understand the implications of an independent contractor."

Southwestern representative Brandon Devlin has been coming to UI for four years. He said he has had a tremendous response from students and that the company has mostly had a positive response on campus.

"We're disappointed but we still have a large number of students this summer," he said.

He said the surveys were never handed out during class and that while the surveys requested phone numbers, completing any part of the survey was voluntary.

"We feel grateful to have spoken to students at the University of Idaho," Devlin said. "We hold no resentment toward the University of Idaho for their decision ... I would love the opportunity to earn the right (to be back on campus) in the future."

He said he felt it was unfortunate to focus on the negative experiences, and very little attention has been paid to the students with a positive Southwestern experience. He does not think the ban will impact the number of interested students, but that UI is doing a disservice to students by not supporting those who are interested in Southwestern employment, he said.

"The complaints that were made were valid complaints," Billington said. She said if students want to continue to work with the company, they should research more information before committing to employment.

Along with the banning of Southwestern Company on campus, the Career Center is tightening the recruitment policies to avoid future problems. Billington said this is the first time they have had to ban recruiters from campus.
Written by Jennifer Schlake and Kelsey Samuels - Argonaut
http://www.uiargonaut.com
University of Idaho
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Salem, Oregon
Door-To-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
February 23,24,25,26,28 / March 2, 2010
Salem-News Article Link List:

Feb-23-2010 00:06
The Southwestern Company - Part 1: Walks Like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck, Duck
Ersun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter

The group operates a web of companies and employs hundreds of independent contractors who are used to disguise their criminal activities.
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february232010/southwestern-company-ew.php
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Feb-24-2010
Retraction: The Southwestern Company - Part 1: Corporate Mafia
Ersun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter

Response to the reflex arc of The Southwestern Company.
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february242010/southwestern_company.php
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February 25, 2010
The Southwestern Company Part 2: A RICO Case
Ersun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter
This activity is illegal, shameful, and unconscionable. The Southwestern Company represents the very worst of the U.S. business community.
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february252010/southwestern-company-2-ew.php
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Feb-26-2010 20:01
The Southwestern Company: Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Correspondence
Ersun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter

When a law firm allows itself to be used as a mouthpiece to transmit knowingly false information on the behalf of a client, that law firm itself is tarnished.
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Feb-28-2010 19:08
The Southwestern Company Part 3: Web of Deceit Political Influence
Ersun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter

Political donations by Southwestern Company executives and owners have increased dramatically since 2000.
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/february282010/southwestern-company-3-ew.php
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Mar-02-2010 16:14
The Southwestern Company: Web of Deceit--Affiliated Organizations
Ersun Warnke Salem-News.com Business/Economy Reporter

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march022010/southwestern-company-final-ew.php
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Southwestern Company law firm response to Salem-News articles:
Schwabe, Williamson ∓mp; Wyatt Letters:
February 24, 2010
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February 26, 2010
http://www.scribd.com/doc/27542537/Scnwlnp-Wu-r-rlltsox Read This Letter
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No racketeering law in the UK
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Amway
February 12, 2010
No racketeering law in the UK
David Brear
Posted by Shyam Sundar at 17:52
Corporate Frauds Watch
Friday, 12 February 2010
Shyam
I observe that 'Amway's' masked, Internet Lord Haw Haw, Mr. 'IBOFB' Steadson,' has returned to your Blog. Mr. Steadson and his fellow travellers know full-well that the billionaire bosses of the 'Amway' mob, after maliciously obstructing all form of investigation in the UK for more than 30 years, succeeded in keeping the only enquiry (to date) into their UK activities limited to civil regulators (who are prohibited by the UK Companies Act from making criminal enquiries). As part of an overall pattern of racketeering activity, two cult advice associations (registered as charities) in the UK, 'Catalyst' and the 'Cult Information Centre', have been co-opted by the 'Amway' mob. Since the early 1990s, the unqualified directors of these two organizations, Graham Baldwin and Ian Howarth, have been paid to act as 'consultants on cultism' by 'Amway UK Ltd.' This has comprised them persuading anyone complaining to their organizations, that 'Amway' is not a cult and that they should take any dispute with 'Amway' back to the organization for 'Internal Arbitration' rather than to law enforcement agents, jounalists, legislators, etc. In 2007, after truck loads of damning company records were seized which proved 'Amway UK Ltd.' to be the perpetually-insolvent corporate-front for a mathematically-impossible money circulation scheme disguised as a 'business opportunity', which itself was merely the entrance to an extremely-profitable advanced fee fraud, the reluctant decision was taken by senior officials in the Company Investigation Branch of the UK Dept. of Trade and Industry (now the Ministry for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), under the advice of the Treasury Solicitor, to attempt to have 'Amway UK Ltd.' closed down merely for being in breach of civil laws concerning trading schemes and lotteries. Off the record, at least one senior official at CIB described 'Amway' as a grotesque fraud and compared the organization to the 'Ku Klux Klan' in the 1920s. At the time, the best the UK government could do to protect UK citizens, was to file a civil bankruptcy petition on the premise that 'Amway UK Ltd.' should be made liable for decades of unlawful registration payments, thus, forcing the company into automatic closure, because it could not pay its multi-million pound debts. It was assumed that, after closure, a full criminal investigation of what lurked behind 'Amway' would ensue. However, 'Amway' escaped closure in the UK by employing Eversheds LLP, including Peter Kiernen (former Deputy Director of the UK Serious Fraud Office). These slick attorneys first tried to persuade CIB officials to drop the bankruptcy petition against 'Amway' by pretending affinity. To this end, all manner of attractive promises were made to the UK government, including the full-declaration of 'Amway's' derisory average annual earnings (or rather lack of earnings) amongst its agents, the dropping of registration fees, the dropping of the term 'Independent Business Owner', the prohibition of the sale of publications, recordings and tickets to meetings, the lowering of prices, the expulsion of 'Diamond Distributors' Jerry Scriven and Patrick Gregory (who had been running the 'Tool scam' in the UK on behalf of Dexter Yager in the USA), the temporary suspension of 'Amway's' recruitment activities in the UK, etc. For obvious reasons, CIB officials refused to drop their bankruptcy petition, and the civil case went to trial where again the same attractive promises were made to the Judge. Although UK government lawyers described insolvent 'Amway' adherents as deluded, at no stage, was any evidence shown to the Judge or, subsequently, to three Appeal Court Judges, that 'Amway UK Ltd.' is, in fact, just one, expendable corporate structure out of countless others which comprise a vast organized crime group. In isolation, 'Amway UK Ltd.', appeared to these Judges to be more absurd than dangerous, as it has never declared an annual trading profit - apparently losing many millions of pounds during the last 30+ years. Consequently, in total ignorance of the wider picture, the UK High Court, and Appeal court, took the blinkered view that 'Amway UK Ltd.' should be allowed to continue, because the undertakings its attorneys had made to the court (if maintained) would bring its activities within UK civil law. Amazingly, after more than 30 years flouting the law, no punishment was handed out and no independent mechanism was created to verify that 'Amway UK's' undertakings would be maintained. I presume that the UK Judges assumed that once 'Amway's laughable average earnings were declared, the organization would simply vanish for lack of recruits; and this (despite what Lord Haw Haw Steadson pretends) appears to have happened. To add insult to injury, a company officer of 'Amway UK Ltd.' and one from the so-called 'UK Direct Selling Association' were allowed to get away with comitting perjury. They gave false declarations to the UK High Court in which they steadfastly pretended their respective organizations to have been completely unaware that any problems had existed with 'Amway UK Ltd.' Yet, more than 10 years previously, when I tried to draw the attention of the officers of both these corporate structures to very same problems which they subsequently pretended to be completely unaware of, the attorneys of 'Amway UK Ltd. ' maliciously attempted to discredit me in the eyes of UK government officials and threatened to take legal steps to silence my complaints. These acts, designed to obstruct justice so that US citizens can continue to commit fraud, were in breach of US federal anti-racketeering legislation. UK law enforcement agents (at the Serious Fraud Office) have been informed of all these acts, but (mysteriously) no criminal investigation has been pursued. However, there is no anti-racketeering law in the UK.
David Brear
Posted by Shyam Sundar at 17:52
Posted by Shyam Sundar at 17:52
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University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Exclusive opportunity, or corporate exploitation?
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
January 20, 2010
Exclusive opportunity, or corporate exploitation?
By Miranda Butler
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Imagine how lucky you’d be if an amazing summer internship came straight to you.

In general education classes across campus, mysterious sign-up sheets are getting passed around during class. They give vague descriptions of an internship program that accepts students of any major and pays them $9,000 on average for one summer’s worth of work.

The corporation that’s offering these internships is called Southwestern Company, and they’ve invited countless UA students to informational meetings about their program.

Southwestern explains that they’re a book publisher seeking interns for an exclusive opportunity: The company sends students to a workshop that teaches marketing skills, and then they allow these students to create their own businesses. Interns get the privilege of setting their own goals, meeting with clientele to perform business negotiations and are encouraged to make as much money as they can — all while boosting their resumes. It sounds too good to be true, and for many college students, it is. This “exclusive” deal is not exactly what it sounds like.

You know those telemarketers who always call at the worst times? The obnoxious door-to-door salesmen who don’t take no for an answer? Southwestern is actually giving students the “privilege” of becoming one of them.

The Southwestern Company hires “interns” to sell books door-to-door. Interns are required to purchase these books wholesale, and then try to sell them to others. That enticing $9,000 is far from guaranteed. Students are often so unsuccessful that they end the summer indebted to Southwestern.

Also, because interns have the “opportunity” to run their own business, they are not actually employees of the company. Thus, Southwestern is not responsible for interns’ health, well-being or success — and if the students don’t do well, the company loses nothing. In fact, Southwestern gains money either way. So, although they claim to be exclusive, they’ll hire anybody. That’s why they recruit interns in Gen ed classes, accepting anyone who needs a job.

Southwestern is so intent on hiring hordes of interns that they ask potential employees for names and phone numbers of their friends as well. After all, the more students that Southwestern hires, the more money they can make with no risk to their profits.

But it’s a huge risk to financially burdened college students who might not fully understand the truth before accepting a job. Southwestern claims to teach valuable skills by sending interns to different cities. The company does assign its interns certain regions in which to sell their products; however, interns have no guarantee that these locations will be safe or that they will contain the proper demographic of people who would even be interested in purchasing educational books. Once again, since students don’t work for the company, they are required to pay for their own transportation and gas expenses that quickly add up when traveling to more than 30 homes per 12-hour day.

Southwestern does not force students to work 72 hours per week, but they do acknowledge that truly successful interns usually toil that much. Nevertheless, even the best salesmen usually only sell books to two houses out of 30 that they visit. That’s 28 other grueling trips where hardworking college students receive no reward for their efforts.

So, the Southwestern Company may seem promising, but there are countless college students who have had horrible summers at Southwestern. The Web site www.southwesterncompanytruth.com supplies numerous testimonies of negative Southwestern experiences. An anonymous UA student posted their story in an article titled “Do your research before Southwestern!” Here, the student explains that they put 10,000 miles on their mom’s car while working for the company, and didn’t even come home with much to show for it: “I didn’t meet one first year that made $8,000 dollars over the summer; in fact I walked away with a check for a little over $200.” (Keep in mind, that $200 was from 2+ months of work.) The student also adds: “I just wish I would have listened to a friend when he told me of his buddy’s experience selling for Southwestern.”

If our own peers have had such atrocious summers with this company, is Southwestern the kind of corporation that talented UA students should work for? Many students — and their parents — don’t think so. The Southwestern Company has been barred from some colleges, including the University of Birmingham. There, they were banned from recruiting interns during lectures because “Southwestern places the welfare of students into jeopardy.”

Thus, we at the UA should realize Southwestern entices potential interns with an opportunity that oftentimes backfires, and is far from worthy of students’ skills and abilities. Allowing Southwestern to advertise during Gen ed lectures just seems like an accident waiting to happen.

— Miranda Butler is a creative writing sophomore.
She can be reached at letters@wildcat.arizona.edu.
By Miranda Butler
Arizona Daily Wildcat
http://wildcat.arizona.edu
Tucson, Arizona
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SouthwesternCompanyTruth: http://www.southwesterncompanytruth.com
Southwestern Testimonies: http://southwesterncompanytruth.com/?page_id=36
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You Tube: Man Found Guilty Of Kidnapping And Torturing A Grandma!!!
December 14, 2009, KFMB-TV, San Diego California



EL CAJON, California
Grandmother's Attacker Found Guilty
DMPG Research:
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:
Court Documents reveal that Jeffrey Edward Nelson
Worked for:
Kirby Vacuum
End DMPG Research
December 14, 2009
Grandmother's Attacker Found Guilty
Reported by: Elex Michaelson
Email: elex.michaelson@sandiego6.com
San Diego 6 the CW (XETV-TV)
Last Update: 12/14/2009 11:53 pm


75-year-old Sandy Vinge underwent a 26 hour nigfhtmare when she was kidnapped, beaten and thrown in the trunk of her car. EL CAJON--20-year-old Jeffrey Edward Nelson looked unemotional and sat motionless as a jury convicted him of attempted murder and torture of 76-year-old Natalie "Sandy" Herbst Vinge.

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EL CAJON--20-year-old Jeffrey Edward Nelson looked unemotional and sat motionless as a jury convicted him of attempted murder and torture of 76-year-old Natalie "Sandy" Herbst Vinge.

In December of last year, Vinge was kidnapped from her La Mesa home, beaten, and put in the trunk of a car. She was eventually saved by a Sheriff who pulled over her captors for a traffic violation. Vinge was able to make enough noise to get the Sheriff's attention, who helped free her.

More than a year later, Vinge has mostly healed from her bruises and is grateful she does not have to worry about Nelson returning to her door. "I'm so pleased because if they had let him go, I wouldn't have been able to live here, I'd have to move."

She thanked all her friends and family who helped her get through this difficult time. She also was grateful the jury did not take Nelson's side.

"Some people may have thought he was nicer, because he was being very nice in court, but he's not nice" she said.

Prosecutor Paul Greenwood said Vinge was one of the most "remarkable" people he's ever met. "In all the cases I've handled in the last 13 years of elder abuse cases, every victim is special but she demonstrated amazing qualities. I don't know how any of us could have gone through the ordeal that she went through."

The jury only took 3 hours to reach this decision. "The worst part of a trial is waiting for the jury for a verdict...their quick verdict...I think sends a message."

Nelson had already plead guilty to ten other counts including burglary and carjacking, but wanted to face a jury on the attempted murder and torture charges.

His attorney, Bart Sheela, would not comment to media. He said he had "nothing good to say" and added he had flu-like symptoms and wanted to get home to take some cold medicine.

Nelson faces a sentencing hearing on February at the Courthouse in El Cajon. His accomplice Luis Osborne has a status hearing for his only trial scheduled for December 21st.

Vinge is looking forward to moving forward. "I am happy because this young man won't be able to do this to anybody else. And that's a strong concern of mine because there are ladies out there who are my age and who aren't as strong as I am."
Reported by: Elex Michaelson
Email: elex.michaelson@sandiego6.com
San Diego 6 the CW (XETV-TV)
http://www.sandiego6.com
San Diego, California
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Southwestern Company Slave Labor? Door to door sales?
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association - DSA
October 14, 2009
Southwestern Company Slave Labor? Door to door sales?
October 14th, 2009 | Author: admin
recruitmorefast.com
Has anyone had a chance to talk to any of the foreign students that are selling door to door for the Southwestern company?

I have read a few yahoo answers regarding this company and it is blatantly obvious that these Q & A’s are coming directly from people from that company as they hit all the "Talking points". It appears that they pose the ? and than provide the answer. Just a bit suspicious in my opinion.

I would like to know if anyone here thinks that it is a MLM brainwashing program that lures foreign students to America to work 80 hours a week, knocking on doors, without ANY free, personal time…and if you feel it is morally right to subject them to such an outdated sales practice, without first informing them that Americans do NOT like people knocking on their doors anymore than we like telemarketers!

I wonder if the SOUTHWESTERN Company executives are on the DO NOT CALL TELEMARKETER LIST ?

Any opinions on this Company and their sales tactics would be greatly appreciate

There are a million more like them. Usually, they pick foreign or very poor young men and women who are desperate for money. I have seen it happen a lot.
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Titusville, Florida
Salesmen might avoid Titusville
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
September 7, 2009
Salesmen might avoid Titusville
City considers 'No Knock' list
BY AMANDA STRATFORD • FLORIDA TODAY • September 7, 2009
Vacuum salesmen, magazine solicitors and Girl Scouts may have a trickier time selling their products to Titusville residents in the future.

The city council will discuss the feasibility of creating a "No Knock" list that peddlers would be required to obtain before going door to door.

"It seems relatively simple," said Councilman Paul Secor, who learned of a town in New Jersey using the list. "I like the simpleness and the straightforwardness of the ordinance, and it seems to really make sense because it parallels the Do Not Call list."

Edison, N.J., adopted the No Knock list in 1999 and officials there said they've had few complaints.

"We have found it successful," said Jerry Barca, communications director for the township. "Residents have appreciated it here for sure."

Titusville already requires peddlers, panhandlers and solicitors to obtain a permit from the city. Titusville's city attorney Dwight Severs is researching the legality of going further and creating the No Knock list.

But City Manager Mark Ryan said if it moves forward, it would only apply to commercial entities. Trick-or-treaters and probably even Jehovah's Witnesses would be exempt.

In Edison, Jennifer Frosten said there have been some difficulties. On the list herself, Frosten also is the clerk typist in the town's license and permits department.

This year, Frosten has added 612 names. She didn't know an exact number, but said of Edison's 110,000 residents, more people are on the Do Not Knock list than not.

"I've got files and files and files and files," Frosten said. "I hate it because it's more of a hassle with all the paperwork."

The list, however, has cut down on door-to-door sales pitches. She said most solicitors don't bother anymore because it's not worth the effort of searching the long list. Titusville only has one active solicitor registered with the city, a college student selling educational books.

Southwestern Company, an organization based in Tennessee, helps students engage in the door-to-door sales through a summer program.

Southwestern's attorney Gary Pears said No Knock lists were often inaccurate and outdated. He said that a "No Solicitation" sign is all that is needed and that the No Knock list would violate the First Amendment right of free commercial speech.

But Ryan said it's worth looking into.

"I have not heard of it happening in Florida, so we may be setting new ground here," he said.

Contact Stratford at 360-1016 or astratford@floridatoday.com.
BY AMANDA STRATFORD • FLORIDA TODAY
floridatoday.com
Titusville, Florida
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Abilene, Texas
AISD door-to-door scam solved?
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
August 14, 2009
AISD door-to-door scam solved?
Daralyn Schoenewald
schoenewaldd@reporternews.com
325-676-6765
Abilene Reporter-News
Friday, August 14, 2009
A person going door to door around Abilene reportedly claiming a need to speak to parents of children in the Abilene Independent School District is apparently a college student selling study guides and other educational materials as part of an internship.

“I’m not 100 percent sure it’s our student, but we have one in the area so I’ll assume it is,” said Trey Campbell, a spokesman for Southwestern, the Nashville, Tenn. based company offering the internships. The salesman is in “no way” trying to scam anybody, Campbell added.

Abilene Independent School District Superintendent David Polnick issued a news release earlier in the week, cautioning parents that while district employees are doing in-home visits with some parents, they call in advance to make an appointment.

“We are not visiting every house in AISD,” Polnick said in the release.” Legitimate AISD employees will have a name badge and will only be checking on students that were enrolled in school last year and will call in advance.”

Campbell said he has been in contact with the Tennessee Tech University student and asked to review his introduction and sales approach.

“It was clear who he was,” Campbell said. “He was not doing anything wrong.”

However, Abilene Police, who have received numerous calls about the door-to-door visits, believe the salesman has been misrepresenting his employer.

“Some of our officers have been at home when he came by, so they know exactly how he presented himself. Our officers have identified him and warned him to stop misrepresenting his employer,” Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge wrote in an e-mail. “We do not believe he has listened to this advice, so we caution the community to not invite any door-to-door salesmen into their homes.”

Comments

Posted by hisoneandonly on August 14, 2009 at 10:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)
This person came to my house a couple of weeks ago. He did not say he was from AISD. He just asked if we had kids in Wylie or AISD and asked us if we were interested in educational books
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Posted by texasblackhawk84 on August 14, 2009 at 11:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)
It all comes down to ONE thing, DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR TO STRANGERS! Simple common sense will keep you, your loved ones and your property safe.
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Posted by GravityParade on August 15, 2009 at 12:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Door to door sales is so sleazy. These people should be ashamed of themselves.
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Posted by tb123 on August 15, 2009 at 4:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)
He didn't ask if I had kids in AISD or Wylie but was pretty forceful. He had no concept of personal space and just overall creeped me out. I think what I didn't like most was when I told him no he kept asking to come inside and show me everything...and then he came back for 3 more days in a row...
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Posted by stand1864 on August 15, 2009 at 8:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Criminals are known to seek out employment which will offer them a legitimate reason to ask personal questions, be allowed into your home or business, or form relationships of trust with their preferred victims. That is why pedofiles become teachers, doctors, ministers, or coaches. Door-to door sales gives any criminal the perfect opportunity to seek out victims for theft, robbery, money scams, rape or other violence. Their perfect victim is the person who is not assertive enough to firmly turn them away at the door or not answer at all. If Abilene had a city ordinance against door-to-door sales, we could simply report these unnecessary intruders to law enforcement and they could be ticketed and instructed to stop bothering people in their homes (or trolling for victims). Women and children, senior citizens, and other trusting folks woud be safer for it!
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Posted by SadButTrue on August 15, 2009 at 8:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)
I have a sign buy my door that says "NO SOLICITING" and a "NO TRESPASSING" sign. Sinse I put them up I have had no one come to my door that I don't know. And if anyone does I great them with a .45 cal pistol in my hand.
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Posted by saltydog on August 15, 2009 at 8:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Had a Cooper football player come to my door last night selling a Cooper Cougar discount card. Bought one. Nice kid.
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Posted by mulligun on August 15, 2009 at 2:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Sadbuttrue would have shot him.
Daralyn Schoenewald
schoenewaldd@reporternews.com
325-676-6765
Abilene Reporter-News
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Abilene, Texas
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Morganton, North Carolina
Letter: Watch out for uninvited sales
people in Burke
Door-to-Door Sales company:
Southwestern
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
July 15, 2009
Letter: Watch out for uninvited sales people in Burke
Nicki Riley
The News Herald
Published: July 15, 2009
Morganton, NC - This is a warning to parents and teachers.
Last Thursday a young man came to my house to "discuss" educational issues because he claimed to be doing a project for a college internship. He said he was sent to my house by one of my good friends who is also a teacher. As a teacher and since he was "sent" by a friend, I let him in. He then proceeded to show some very bizarre behavior (standing in the dark in my bathroom, making me repeat his name, asking for food, etc.). Of course, he wasn't a friend of a friend at all. He was a salesman selling educational software for children. I told him I wasn't interested and then he pulled out these lists of teachers and their associated schools. Apparently he has some access to our information that I find alarming. Most alarming, however, was that he also had a hand-drawn map of my neighborhood and where all the children lived. He knew my neighbors' names and that some were on vacation. He showed back up a couple days later and was told by my friend to never use his name again in his sales pitch. This guy has now continued to use my friend's name to pitch his product anyway. He lied to get in my door. He is misrepresenting himself by claiming to know all these teachers and now he has maps with names and addresses of where little children live. I am writing this to try and warn our community. Do not give this guy any information about your neighbors. He is not a friend of any teacher in this county. I have reported him to the sheriff's department and I have filed a complaint with the company. There are others like him in Morganton selling the same product. Apparently it is a common practice for this company to make these maps. The company's name is Southwestern and they sell educational software. You can easily look them up on the internet and file a complaint if you are so inclined. We must look out for our neighbors and, more importantly, our children.
Editor's note: According to the Southwestern Company, students who sell its products are independent contractors who buy the company's products at wholesale and resell at retail. They are not employees of the company.
Nicki Riley
The News Herald
www2.morganton.com
Morganton, North Carolina
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Londonderry, New Hampshire
Police: Student's sales technique led to alert
Door-to-Door Sales company:
Southwestern
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
July 13, 2009
Police: Student's sales technique led to alert
By ALEC O'MEARA
Union Leader Correspondent
unionleader.com
Monday, Jul. 13, 2009
LONDONDERRY – A college student from out of state who sells books door to door has been identified as the likely source of a home invasion scare that forced police and school officials to place families in town on alert last week.

On Wednesday, Londonderry Superintendent Nate Greenberg sent an e-mail to all families following a report of an individual or individuals identifying themselves as representatives of the school district. In the message, Greenberg said the suspects were displaying false identification and were using it to try to gain entry to homes in the area. Fearing the worst, Greenberg advised parents to call the police immediately if the suspect appeared at their home.

Later the same evening, police identified the person believed to be responsible for the scare as Maggie Scrantom, a college student working with the Southwestern Company, a Tennessee based publishing company, selling books and other education materials. Police said the student produced a valid Londonderry permit to solicit door to door in town, but the permit, obtained in May, expired on July 1.

Scrantom was given an order to cease and desist her businesses operations in Londonderry and was sent on her way with no further penalty.

Following the interview, Londonderry police and school put out their second joint press release on the week crediting the response from local families "for bringing the situation to a rapid closure."

Multiple residents responded to the initial e-mail, Greenberg said, saying they had been visited by Scrantom. The parents said the student gave the impression she worked with the schools, but if asked directly, she would tell the truth regarding her affiliation, Greenberg said.

Following the incident, Trey Campbell, communications director for the Southwestern Company, expressed regret over the confusion and defended Scrantom, a theater major for the University of Iowa, as a two-year intern of the business's sales program. Scrantom was selling children's books and computer CD's to be used as homework aides for school work, the "Volume Library" package at Southwestern.

"Maggie has a stellar record with Southwestern throughout her two-year tenure of running her business," Campbell said. "In my experience, there is sometimes a miscommunication or a confusion due to an assumption made regarding a student's affiliation. This is easy to do, as the nature of the products is education."

Following the order to cease and desist, police said Scrantom indicated she would not return to town.
By ALEC O'MEARA
Union Leader Correspondent
unionleader.com
Manchester, New Hampshire
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Fox Lake, Illinois
Vacuum salesman charged in burglary
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Kirby
Kirby Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
May 30, 2009
Vacuum salesman charged in burglary
By SARAH SUTSCHEK - ssutschek@nwherald.com
Northwest Herald
nwherald.com
Created: Saturday, May 30, 2009 1:15 a.m. CDT
FOX LAKE – A McHenry man on parole for a slew of charges including burglary was charged this week with stealing from a home where he tried to sell vacuums a few days earlier. Alan Dufield, 26, was charged Thursday with residential burglary, a Class 1 felony, and unlawful use of a credit card, a Class 4 felony. On May 2, there was a burglary on Pistakee Lake Road in Fox Lake, and the homeowner suspected the vacuum salesman who had been there a few days earlier, said Lt. Jeff Norris of the Fox Lake Police Department. Dufield gave consent for police to search his home and vehicle, and they recovered stolen items from a storage facility in Crystal Lake, Norris said. In addition to credit cards, he allegedly stole cameras, computer equipment, and other electronics. He also was linked to burglaries in Crystal Lake, Woodstock and Libertyville. Norris said Dufield had been working for Kirby in Crystal Lake for five days before he was arrested. Additional charges are possible, Norris said. Dufield was paroled in May 2008 on charges that included misuse of a credit card, residential burglary, and aggravated fleeing a police officer. Previous charges include forgery, writing a bad check, theft, ID theft, and additional burglary charges. Dufield’s bond was set at $50,000, and he remained in custody Friday afternoon.
By SARAH SUTSCHEK - ssutschek@nwherald.com
Northwest Herrald
nwherald.com
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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University of Maryland
Southwestern Co. banned from recruiting on campus
April 7, 2009
Southwestern Co. banned from recruiting on campus
Jeff Nash
The Diamondback Newsroom
Issue date: 4/7/09 Section: News
Warren Kelley, the interim director of the University Career Center, said Southwestern Company can no longer recruit on the campus after two students complained it misrepresented the nature of its internships as business positions instead of a sales jobs. The company said its internships give students both valuable skills and an opportunity to earn thousands of dollars in a single summer. Southwestern hasn't been allowed to recruit on the campus since 2005 but the university has continued to receive complaints against the company. It still recruits university students in other ways and uses facilities at nearby University of Maryland University College. Last year, according to the company, 30 university students made more than $300,000 selling company products. But two students who complained said the way in which they were recruited was misleading. "The whole process was a manipulation," sophomore kinesiology major Alana Isaacson said. "I was deceived into coming by a vague and misleading phone call, and once I got there they even said that this was an information session to be considered for an interview, after calling the meeting an interview over the phone." Stories like Isaacson's abound on Southwesterncompanytruth.com, which portrays the company's summer program as an emotionally damaging, though potentially high-paying, experience. Some of the website's claims include that students are "brainwashed" and forced to put their physical and emotional health at risk. After reading the site, Isaacson complained to the Career Center because she believed the job sounded unsafe for students. However, Southwestern is taking legal action against the site because it claims many of the "truths" stated on the site are false. According to Southwestern, first-year sellers make an average of about $8,000 in a summer, which is usually 13 weeks long. Regional Sales Manager Lester Crafton said the university's unwillingness to communicate with Southwestern stems from a negative bias toward the company. Past incidents include Southwestern's tendency to over-recruit in the 1970s, a university employee's outrage when a former Southwestern employee hugged her following a meeting and the 2005 student complaint. Crafton said this was due to a miscommunication about the informational session. "I think the Career Center's intent is legitimate," Crafton said. "But they are trying to protect all students from a job that's not right for some students." When students are selected for the Southwestern internship, they start their summer by going to "sales school" for 5 days in Nashville, Tenn., where they are taught product knowledge, ethics, self-presentation, safety and business management. They are then sent to a distant location where they live with host families and work long hours selling educational books and CDs to families. The students, who are not directly company employees but rather independent contractors, keep 40 percent of each sale. One of those students, senior-to-be psychology major Kaela Kreysa, said she made nearly $40,000 last summer, enough money to allow her to take the school year off and spend the time vacationing in Hawaii. "It feels incredible to be financially independent and able to do anything that I want," Kreysa wrote in an e-mail. "I wanted a change of pace. Thankfully my success with Southwestern has given me a lot of money and I wanted to use part of it in a way that would help me to learn more while being present and enjoying." Kreysa said Southwestern isn't for everyone, but for those who enjoy a challenge, Southwestern's program offers an unmatched combination of learning, sales experience and life lessons. "I am a psychology major and I cannot think of a better way to learn more about people than to talk to thousands of them in their homes during a summer," Kreysa wrote. "Eventually in my life I would have hoped to gain all the skills I have from Southwestern, but I can't imagine a better way to gain them all so quickly." Besides Isaacson, the other student who complained about the company's recruiting, freshman animal science major Sarah Margerison, said it misrepresented itself as a legitimate internship when it was actually a sales job. "This was supposed to be a business internship, where you sold a product," Margerison said. "It sounded a lot like the door-to-door fundraisers you do for your soccer team or something when you're little." Crafton, a University of North Carolina '99 alumnus who made more than $30,000 selling products for Southwestern during in his final summer in college, said while Southwestern has become more selective over the years to hire only qualified students for the job, three in 10 first-year student sellers drop out of the program. "Do some people fail? Yes. What's the proof? Southwesterncompanytruth.com exists. Do some people succeed? Yes. What's the proof? I exist," Crafton said. Kreysa, one of those success stories, thinks it's ridiculous that the Career Center doesn't encourage students to check out the Southwestern summer program. "If a counselor truly understood what a student could gain from the Southwestern experience, she would recommend it all the time," Kreysa wrote.
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Jeff Nash
jnashdbk@gmail.com
The Diamondback Newsroom
media.www.diamondbackonline.com
University of Maryland
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Amway Report by G. Robert Blakey
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Amway
Trade Group:
Direct Selling Association
Posted On This Website: 01/13/09
Amway Report by G. Robert Blakey
"It is my opinion that the Amway business is run in a manner that is parallel to that of major organized crime groups, in particular the Mafia. The structure and function of major organized crime groups, generally consisting of associated enterprises engaging in patterns of legal and illegal activity, was the prototype forming the basis for federal and state racketeering legislation that I have been involved in drafting. The same structure and function, with associated enterprises engaging in patterns of legal and illegal activity, is found in the Amway business."
G. ROBERT BLAKEY
G. Robert Blakey
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Quixtar/Amway Scammers and Traveling Sales Crew Desperadoes
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Amway Global
January 13, 2009
Quixtar/Amway Scammers and Traveling Sales Crew Desperadoes
Posted by quixtarisacult at 6:50 PM
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
While writing on QCI, I focus my research on current affairs or any other topic which strikes me as interesting, and of course on Amway/Quixtar corruption.

Many times it is a current news story, or a fellow blogger who sparks my interest in doing a little more research on a topic of interest. It has been some months since I published an article on the traveling magazine sales crews. After reflecting subconsciously on those articles, I have developed additional insight into what this Amway-Quixtar, DSA, and Traveling Sales Circus really is. I have used this insight to write the following expose -desperadoes- to describe a nightmare too incredibly unusual for many normal people to fully comprehend, yet understand. The traveling sales crews horror merely points to an intersection on a street with Amway and the Direct Selling Association. Of course the DSA is a front for the corrupt money funneling AmScam Cult Initiators, operators of a World wide cult which has extracted untold Billions in a money extracting closed market swindle. Why should this matter; ask the good citizens of Wisconsin, and discover how the DSA furthers corruption and worse, crimes--horrible, sickening, much too horrid to describe in the presense of mixed company. Therefore, friends of QCI, enjoy desperadoes.

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Desperadoes

-desperadoes of all sorts, runners from life, the drug users, the mentally ill, the lost, the abused, the cast offs, and the abusers themselves-


Many times these traveling sales outfits employ people who were in--or potentially in-- a state of homelessness--possibly one of the most desperate situations anyone could ever find themselves in--where victims are exposed to the predatory school of hard knocks. They come from all segments of society; the majority being temporarily homeless youth, first timers experiencing life on the street; rebels, some heading down a road that has been or could be decades long. These unfortunates finding themselves fodder in a market that makes them the unfortunate clay in the hands of unscrupulous potters, the predatory mafia-like organizations which stand just out of view, all looking out of their corporate office suite.

The predators:

--boiler room

--sex trade

--traveling sales

--day labor

--agricultural

--panhandling; begging industries

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

For the people locked into a soul destroying affair, the lines seem to blur between the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here you have potential predators riding with naive youths, many of which are already out looking for a good time in life; a situation absolutely rife with the potential for lawlessness, sexual perversions, physical abuse, and cult-like mind control exercised upon people much too desperate to resist.

When do the abused cross over and become the abuser in these situations?

How many potentially good college aged kids drop out of school and follow these caravans of deceit, society destroying misfits on the road of perdition? The cream of our youth, thrown in amongst the dregs of society where teenage virginity and innocence are relegated road kill on the traveling sales crew ride into the dark-side.

The urban drug kingpins, in their sick world, operate similarly to these traveling caravans of human exploitation; where the abused many times--in the long and short of it--becoming the abuser. The pusher many times has been victimized by the drug or system that he must now somehow use to advantage.

Hasn't the god of any big city urban drug dealer been cheese, the green backs worshiped by the scoundrels that sit in the shadows; those who would benefit substantially by the exploitation of the youth and the desperadoes?

Low life desperadoes, attracted into a life in a traveling sales crew, asked to supervise male and female college recruited door knockers as well as the downtrodden depraved, who all unfortunately find themselves part and parcel of a traveling circus of misfits and youthful optimists. The desperadoes are problematic, a situation that could be avoided with some oversight and scrutiny by our elected representatives whose duty it is to protect all citizens from these exploitative affairs and the potential for harm that they represent.

Unscrupulous affairs always require willing unscrupulous individuals, all generally more easily recruited from the dregs of society, and those desperadoes wanting to find an easy means to fulfill whatever corrupt dreams they may possess. These positions are not exactly something you might find the upstanding citizenry being involved in. Add in other similarly situated desperadoes for the potentially sinful journey, and you have the wonderful world of the traveling sales crew horror circus--all coming to your town every summer; a very corrupt affair indeed!

Victims and victimizers all locked in a potentially catastrophic situation. Drug use, sexual deviation and cult-like control being only the minor horrors on the road to potential dusty death. Good people caught up in a carnival of door knocking corruption. The door to door sellers of fraud, involved in corruption, victimized, by it and in some cases becoming the victimizers along the highway to hell.

Imagine Gary Ridgeway at the wheel of one of these van loads of youthful traveling hopefuls; all coming to a neighborhood near you? The good, the bad, and the ugly. Sales fraud, order destruction, and check washing being the minor sins being taught on these caravans of shear exploitation.

If only this were the worst of the crime, but sadly, murder, rape, robbery, theft, treachery and the devil himself ride on these traveling vans from hell!

Knock, knock, who's there?

Did you know that any number of direct sellers claim to be door to door salesman? One of these of course is Amway. You know, AmScam. They always like to defend themselves from pyramid scheme allegations by perpetuating the myth that they also are door to door sellers. They seem to find some degree of legitimacy for their particular fraud. People familiar with the Amway organization know this to be a retail sales farce fabricated to defend their self consumption fraudulent scheme from governmental regulators.

Amway stands behind the Direct Selling Association. The DSA, opponents of laws to regulate the traveling sales crew and door to door selling industries is supposedly made up of several hundred (mostly shady) companies who generally ply their wares using the Multi-Level Marketing model--an industry where many pay to play but few ever win in. Most are money extracting affairs operated in cult like efficiency. Their corrupt money fund the DSA to actively oppose any law which would regulate the traveling sales crew and door to door sales industry.

Kirby and Amway, strange bedfellows indeed, both DSA companies, strongly opposes and work against passage of Malinda's Law in the State of Wisconsin, all the while being engulfed in a history of distributor fraud, and in the case of Kirby, horrific capital crimes, all of which they conveniently have passed responsibility off onto their 'independent' door knockers. Malinda's law seeks to establish an employer-employee relationship, currently lacking, which permits corruptions to hide and escape liability in an affair where they are the capitol benefactors of.

Significantly, State and Federal governments regulate or outlaw other industries that prey on the dignity of people--like the sex trade. Why allow loopholes exist which make the traveling sales crews avoid scrutiny? Out of the list of industries that prey upon the downtrodden, only the traveling sales and door to door knocking industries are not regulated to protect the dignity of the citizens of these United States. Laws already are enacted which regulate the employee/employer relationship. These companies operate schemes which rely on the current 'independent contractor' loophole to carry their pernicious affairs forward. Malinda's law would be a great start toward doing something that can be done, regulate a industry that will continue to prey on the weak otherwise.
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Cardiff University, UK
Cardiff cold shoulders commission-based companies
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
December 6, 2008
Cardiff cold shoulders commission-based companies
by Cristofer Lloyd
Gair Rhydd
Issue 885
December 6, 2008
Businesses advertising commission-only jobs on campus at Cardiff University will no longer be supported by the Careers Service, a University spokesperson said. Enterprises like The Southwestern Company that recruit Cardiff students may be restricted by new rules aimed at preventing external bodies from advertising any work opportunities paid solely by commission. Concerns have been raised at universities including Cardiff University over the recruitment tactics of companies who sign up students for direct sales work in Britain and America. Megan Robson, who signed up to work with Southwestern last year, complained to Cardiff University after claiming that she felt pressured into paying $750 in fees. Southwestern said that this pays for the time-consuming visa application process, necessary to work legally in America. However, Megan said that the company’s advertising was “misleading” and that the Sales School training is “cult-like, with intense, long hours.” Megan complained that her pay was not sufficient at $6/hr and that she had to travel home late and live in substandard accommodation. After experiencing these problems Southwestern offered her another job, which she rejected, describing the whole experience as “really frustrating.” Southwestern Vice President, Dave Causer, said: “I am not sure a person who did not complete the training week would be the best judge of how it works.” He added: “[Megan] has been trying to blame Southwestern for problems she had with that employer, even though they are a completely different company and have nothing to do with Southwestern.” “I can only assure you that we do everything possible to prepare them properly. It is our goal to help all of the students have a successful summer.” Amy Davies, who also worked with the company, said: “It’s really brainwashing. They try to make you feel included, but it’s quite false.” However, other students have described positive experiences with Southwestern. Alistair McAloon, a student at Cardiff University, said:: “The Sales School was great, motivating and empowering. It really prepares you for the summer.” A University spokesperson said that the University takes complaints “very seriously” and that grievances against Southwestern are “under active consideration.”
by Cristofer Lloyd
Gair Rhydd
gairrhydd.com
Cardiff University, UK
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DSA - Not what it appears to be
November 9, 2008
DSA - Not what it appears to be
ARE ALL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS GOOD FOR DISTRIBUTORS?
by Dr. Keith B. Laggos
Sunday, November 9, 2008

DSA - Not what it appears to be
ARE ALL INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS GOOD FOR DISTRIBUTORS?
You would think they should be. After all, isn’t the direct sales and network marketing industry built on the backs of distributors? If you continue to read this “Publisher’s Perspective” you may have a rude awakening. Why? All industry associations are not built the same. They were created by different segments of the industry with different interests. There are four main associations that serve the direct sales and network marketing industry. They are: Distributor Rights Association (DRA); Direct Selling Association (DSA); Direct Selling Women’s Alliance (DSWA); and the Multi-Level Marketing International Association (MLMIA). I will discuss them in the order that they’re listed in above – alphabetical. DSA is oldest but is it best? The DSA is the oldest and best-financed association. Although with less than 10 percent of the industry companies as the only voting members, it has the fewest voting members. It was founded in 1910. About 15 years ago, it almost went bankrupt. Amway, and a few other large companies, helped save the DSA. Dues Start at $1,500 for new companies and quickly rise based on net sales for the previous year to as much as $250,000. Supplier companies pay a rate of $2,500. By the time the large companies pay fees for various committees, the DSEF, sponsorships and donations, they can easily spend more than a million dollars a year with the DSA. The DSA is a private, non-profit corporation. What does that mean? When I asked Joe Mariano, the DSA’s executive vice president, who owns the DSA, he said, “Member companies own the DSA.” I asked, “Do all member companies own the DSA equally or are they prorated in amount of dues? He replied, as you can expect a lawyer would, “All the companies that own the DSA are member companies.” So who own the DSA? Do your own research. Don’t be surprised to find the same large companies heading the important committees year after year are the same ones that contribute the majority of the total funds and receive most of the awards. Only direct sales companies can be voting members of the DSA. Its members include about a dozen large direct sales and network marketing companies that virtually control it and a couple of dozen mid-sized companies. The balance of the DSA voting membership consists of mainly small party plan companies. The DSA also accepts dues from vendors, who have no votes or virtually no say, but distributors cannot be members at all. Who’s interest do you think the DSA has in mind? Vendors? Distributors? Anyone but the few large controlling companies? Do you think the DSA even represents the interest of the small corporate members or are these small corporate members just being used to give the DSA and large corporate members the appearance of legitimately representing the industry? Do you think the DSA cares at all about distributors other than as assets of companies? Consider the following. I have never heard the DSA consider one distributor issue out of concern for distributors. Any policy that seems to protect the distributors has been a result of trying to protect the companies, usually from over regulation. When the NSA company came under fire for “front-end loading,” the DSA implemented a 90-day buy-back rule. It may help protect distributors now, but if it was not for the threat of corporate regulation, do you think that the DSA would have implemented the 90-day buy-back rule? Consider what the DSA has done over the years. It has held training sessions teaching companies how to write policies so that distributors do not have any rights. These include clauses that give companies the right to terminate distributors without cause and to define the distributor’s entire business to be the sole property of the company. It has advised companies to control the ability of distributors to sell their businesses or forbid passing their businesses to their heirs. At an annual conference, in a speech by Neil Offen, the DSA’s president, he talked of the need to stop distributor associations. He said it may become necessary for the DSA to start its own distributor association so that it can continue to control the distributors. NMBJ and MMM have reported on these events in past issues. Recently a top DSA executive was named as an expert witness to defend a company who, without a written policy on the issue, had taken a distributor’s business away. This distributor had been numerously recognized for her high performance and support of her downline. The company also allowed cross-sponsoring and downline raids of cross downlines. Is the DSA defending these actions because, under the DSA’s apparent policies, a company can do whatever it wants with a distributor’s business, since the DSA believes the company owns it? Why would any distributor want to be a member of a company that belongs to the DSA? If your company does, what should you do? I cannot tell you to ask your company to resign or petition them to resign. I cannot suggest that if the company remains a member, that you should move your business to a non-member company. But ask yourself, why would your company belong to an association that does not represent or seems to not even respect distributors’ rights and not be members of the other three associations that protect distributor rights? Why would you want to join a company that does not support distributor rights?

Thank goodness, Jewels by Park Lane is NOT a member of the DSA! Julia
Posted by Julia Moore at 7:54 PM
Labels: DSA - Not what it appears to be
Blog: Smart Woman and Jewelry
Posted by Julia Moore at 7:54 PM
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Dexter upends Moulton
November 5, 2008
Dexter upends Moulton
By Julian Emerson
Leader-Telegram staff
Leader-Telegram
Updated: 11/5/2008 12:37:01 AM
Democratic challenger Kristen Dexter knocked off two-term Republican incumbent Terry Moulton in a tightly fought, see-saw battle for the 68th Assembly District seat that saw several lead changes Tuesday night.

Dexter tallied 15,434 votes to Moulton's 15,159, narrowly winning an oftentimes bitter campaign marked by unprecedented advertising by outside organizations for an Assembly district race in this part of the state.

"We've been sweating it out for hours," Dexter said minutes after learning she'd won. "This is very sweet."

The contest's outcome remained in doubt throughout the night as Moulton carried Chippewa County by a 56 to 44 percent margin, tallying 4,955 votes to Dexter's 3,870.

There were several lead changes throughout the evening. Moulton led early in the night as Chippewa County vote totals were reported more quickly than those in Eau Claire County.

Moulton grabbed an early lead in Eau Claire County as well, but Dexter's vote total surged as more numbers were reported. Moulton then grabbed a late lead before Dexter won the last two precincts.

Moulton was predicted to carry Chippewa County, where he makes his home and operates Mouldy's Archery and Tackle, his fishing and hunting store. Likewise, Dexter, an Altoona school board member from 2000-06, was expected to carry the vote in her home town.

The contest between Dexter and Moulton was among the most-watched - and most bitterly contested - among Wisconsin's Assembly races. Democrats viewed Moulton as vulnerable to defeat and targeted him in an effort to win at least two Assembly seats to even the Democrat-Republican Assembly membership at 49 apiece.

The contest attracted unprecedented spending by outside organizations for an Assembly race in this region, resulting in a blitz of negative advertising portraying Dexter as a liberal spender and Moulton as ineffective.

Dexter attributed her win to "pure, hard work."

"I'm elated. I'm very grateful.

Her top priority: "Working together to make the changes the people have said they're waiting for."
By Julian Emerson
Leader-Telegram staff
Leader-Telegram
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
Exactly Who is Terry Moulton Working for?
October 29, 2008
Exactly Who is Terry Moulton Working for?
Post from Cory Liebmann's Blog:
By Cory @ One Wisconsin Now - Oct 29th, 2008 at 5:14 pm EDT
http://www.onewisconsinnow.org
After repeated problems involving door-to-door sales crews in Wisconsin, legislation was proposed in the state legislature that would regulate the practice. That legislation was almost singlehandedly blocked by the Eau Claire state Rep. Terry Moulton who chaired the committee responsible for taking up the measure. Blocking such common sense legislation is bad enough, but doing so with questionable motives makes the act much worse. The Associated Press confirmed this week that Rep. Moulton received $1,000 in June from three executives of Southwestern Company, a company that hires such door-to-door sales crews. The Tennessee based company was the only one registered against the legislation. Moulton received the campaign cash after he succeeded in blocking the measure in his committee. Moulton claims that he “worked my butt off” on a compromise on the proposed legislation. Unfortunately the bills original author added that Moulton certainly did work hard but it was mostly for the executives at Southwestern not for the best interests of his constituents.
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
Wis. father rips lawmaker on sales bill
October 28, 2008
Wis. father rips lawmaker on sales bill
By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press Writer
Associated Press
Wisconsin Wire
wcco.com
October 28, 2008
MADISON, Wis. (AP) A dead teenager's father and a liberal advocacy group have accused a Wisconsin lawmaker of blocking a bill regulating door-to-door sales crews in exchange for campaign contributions.

The accusations come a week before the Republican lawmaker, state Rep. Terry Moulton of Eau Claire, faces re-election against Democratic challenger Kristen Dexter in a race Democrats targeted. Moulton roundly denied the charges, questioning their timing.

Campaign finance reports show Moulton, chairman of the Assembly Small Business Committee, recorded $1,000 in June from three executives of Southwestern Company, the only company registered against the measure. The money came after Moulton's committee failed to vote on the bill earlier this year. The measure passed the state Senate 28-5 in April 2007.

Moulton said the bill would have hurt small businesses.

A spokesman for Southwestern Company, a Nashville, Tenn.-based company that employs college students as salesmen, had no immediate comment.

Asked why the company gave him the money, Moulton replied: ''Why does anyone give a candidate money? They give money to people who have the judgment to uphold the same kind of ideals and philosophy they do.''

Phil Ellenbecker of Verona has pushed for tighter regulation of traveling sales crews since his 18-year-old daughter, Malinda Turvey, and six other members of a traveling sales crew died in a van crash near Janesville in 1999.

Ellenbecker and One Wisconsin Now, a liberal political group, have been researching Moulton's campaign contributions for several weeks.

''I'm up in arms against Terry Moulton. I'll do anything in the world to make sure he doesn't get re-elected,'' Ellenbecker said. ''He has ignored his responsibility as a representative.''

Moulton said he ''worked my butt off'' on a compromise, but the bill's original author, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, wouldn't have it.

Erpenbach said Moulton worked hard for Southwestern.
By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press Writer
Associated Press
Wisconsin Wire
wcco.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin
October 27, 2008

Political Info Clip
Editorial
Wisconsin 68th District Voters Beware
Dedicated Memorial Parents Group
Posted: October 27, 2008
It is a documented fact that Terry Moulton (Republican – 68th Assembly District) has accepted campaign contributions from the Southwestern Company. In return for their generosity Terry Moulton fought against ‘Malinda’s Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act or SB-80 authored by Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach.

In so doing Terry Moulton has sided with an out-of-state special interest group and has blatantly ignored his primary responsibility as a Wisconsin State Representative.

Terry Moulton has chosen to protect the business interests of the Southwestern Company over the safety and well being of Wisconsin kids and homeowners.

Terry Moulton should be stripped of the privilege and the right to represent Wisconsin citizens.

Because Terry Moulton likes the Southwestern Company so much maybe he should get a job with them selling bibles door-to-door and stop pretending that he represents the best interests of the 68th district.

2008 Southwestern Company Contributions to Representative Terry Moulton:

Henry Bedford, June 28, 2008, Franklin TN 37064: $250.00
Spencer Hays, June 28, 2008, Nashville TN 37230: $500.00
Daniel W. Moore, June 28, 2008, Brentwood TN 37027: $250.00

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Website:
http://wisdc.org

Wisconsin Cooperative Campaign Finance Database:
http://www.opensecrets.org/wdc/employerdetail.php?name=Southwestern+Co

Research: Southwestern Company/DSA:
 Southwestern Company/DSA

Wisconsin Legislation 2007:
SB-80


DMPG Staff
www.dedicatedmemorial.org
www.travelingsalescrews.info
Verona, Wisconsin


Hayden, Idaho
RipOff Report
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association
August 29, 2008
RipOff Report
Report: #368272
Report: The Southwestern Company
Category: Rescue Mission

The Southwestern Company The Southwestern Company deceives foreign students into slave Labor!
Nashville Tennessee
*Consumer Suggestion:... 4 words to help stop this.

The Southwestern Company
www.southwesternathome.com
Nashville, Tennessee
U.S.A.

hayden, Idaho
Submitted: Friday, August 29, 2008
Modified: Saturday, August 30, 2008
hayden, Idaho
Long story I am going to make short! NOT!

We had a young lady from a foreign Eastern Block country knock on our door trying to sell us educational books and also looking for a place to live. Now I have been in the business of coordinating high school exchange students for over a decade, so when this gal came to my door with her very broken English my heart went out to her.

When she began her sales pitch--broken English attempting to sell me American text books-- I had to make her stop...it was painful to listen to. I knew immediately that she had really no idea what she had gotten herself into. So I began to explain that in America, our public school students received their books free from the schools--- she had no idea about this...I asked her if people in HER country liked door-to-door sales people, and she said--"NO NO, BUT THE RECRUITERS TOLD ME THAT AMERICANS WERE DIFFERENT AND DIDN'T MIND THIS TYPE OF SALES." I asked her if she thought that was true... I must have hit a nerve because she let it all out! She told me about the lies she had been fed by the recruiter as well as the 6 day cult like MLM training she had received with hundreds of other foreign students in Nashville.

She told me about the schedule that these kids were told they MUST adhere to. Wake up at exactly 5:59, take a ONE MINUTE COLD SHOWER, out the door and sell until 9:00 pm. EVERY day except Sundays. On Sundays they were all told by their student managers that they must go to a meeting, which was held at a different location every week. At these meetings they performed what was called execs. These are cult like chants--- running in circles, rhythmic hand clapping...below is an excerpt taken from this site (http://www.gatorpressure.com/David/archives/000308.html) which details this bizarre activity: "Executive Exercises.

In the morning, we will do execs at our breakfast spots out in the parking lot or in a nearby open area. We will do them in front of roads or highways, we will do them in front of the restaurant's patrons, and on Sundays when we are at a hotel we will do them in the hotel parking lot.

What are these 'execs?'

Well, they start with someone mentioning execs. That person will usually then raise his hand up in the air shout "ohhhhhhh...hhhhh... Ohhhhhh...!" indefinately while running around in a large circle. Everyone else follows this person doing the same exact thing until everyone is present in the circle.

At that point we will start skipping and singing a song. The song goes --
It's a great day to be a bookman.
It's a great day I know.
It's a great day to be a bookman everywhere I go.
Goodbye no-nevers, goodbye doubts and fears
It's a great day to be a bookman -- be of good cheer.
I feel happy. I feel terrific. I feel GREAT!

Then someone will yell out loud "UH-OH!" and we all will chime in "Book Time!" We all sing/chant this in unison four times while doing a very specific rythmic clap that took me a few tries to get down. (I still mess it up on the really sleepy mornings.) After chanting that four to five times someone makes the conductor's sign for stop and everyone goes silent.

After about three beats another iniative-taking (sic) individual will jump or dance into the center of the circle and yell/scream out, "Now let me see that funky chicken!" at the top of his voice, and everyone else will yell something like, "What's that you said!?! This happens three times with slight variations each time based on the whims of the person in the center of the circle. At the end He will say "I said unh..." and everyone in unison will sing "Oooo, ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo; one more time now!! Oooo, ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo; ah ah ah oooo." Or whatever other chant, saying, or sounds that go along with the particular thing that the initiator wanted to "see."

The variations on this are numerous and growing. We come up with new stuff from time to time. I come up with new stuff all the time, because I enjoy execs and I come up with stuff that I think will be fun all the time. Most of the time the stuff I come up with doesn't really pan out, but that is fine because every once and again I'll come up with something really fun and even "classic."

After doing that there are several other execs that we do. Some we only do in a large group on Sundays, but most of the other ones are just thrown in as people remember them. If no one remembers a particular exec it's fine -- it doesn't get done.

At the end of execs we do this thing where we all gather in a circle and get fired up and then we all run off acting like birds, ostriches, video game charaters or bookmen..."

THIS IS A CULT PEOPLE!

So, after hearing this and taking the time to go over the money this gal has made -- $400.00 GROSS, she gets 40% of this...she worked 80 hours a week for 4 weeks... YOU DO THE MATH! However, the worst part of this, for the unfortunate foreign students is they get here about $3000+ in debt! They pay for their own way here (round trip), they pay about $600+ for visas and then they pay for the 6 day hotel stay in Nashville to undergo an intensive brainwashing seminar...then they are made to pay for a plane ticket to go to what ever city the company decided to send them to. In this girls case it was half way across the country. She had $26.00 in her pocket when she came to live with us!

I had a mission to look this company up on the internet. So many horrible experiences... But it was just amazing to see how many people write about their wonderful experience selling with this company! This type of Brainwashing, results in an unbelievable, long term psychoses. These people actually believe that coercing individuals to by books, using very persuasive, scripted sales tactics builds character and has helped them for their future. In my book, this is really learning the art of lying, deceiving and and making a buck on nice people who buy items they really don't need out of pity for the sales person or getting totally bamboozled by a slick salesman! Every one of the items the girl who came to my door had in her book bag were available online at a fraction of what she was selling them for! 'MAKE THE SALE IN 20 MINUTES OR LEAVE! As I read through their scripted sales "BIBLE" manual I was just disgusted at the different scripted sales PITCHES these young people were told to memorize! When this gal came to my door, her words were verbatim from page 45 of the sales manual...well at least those that I could understand in her broken English!

To make matters worse, the Southwestern company tells these foreign kids that it doesn't matter if you can speak English well, "ALL THAT MATTERS IS YOUR ATTITUDE!" GIVE ME A BREAK! And through their 6 day, intensive brainwashing seminar, they actually cause these kids to believe this lie!

Then there is the matter of housing. Some of these foreign kids have families who have worked for the SW company host them. But this is very, VERY FEW! The girl who came to my house was asked to leave by the older man who agreed to house her and another girl. When I went to pick up her things from this man, it was a very CREEPY situation. I can't put my finger on it, but when I left his house I had terrible uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach!

Shortly after this girl came to live with us, we found her another job...even though student managers and people from SW made it very difficult for her...people who she thought were her friends were now her enemies. Within 2 days, 4 other students found their way to my house and asked for help to get out of this company and help to to secure housing and jobs.

It was hard to believe the type of life these foreign kids were living...but when I heard the EXACT SAME STORY FROM ALL FIVE, it became appalling! Oh and did I mention the white bracelets they HAD to wear, showing their commitment to this company!

All of them had these white bracelets...when you took this bracelet off you were no longer a part of this company!

The kicker to all of this is that the Southwestern company makes them sign a contract--which most do not understand---that states several places that they are NOT employees or agents of this company....NOT EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS! And that they can run their company as independent owners as they see fit. But still, they have been brainwashed into a way of thinking that to be successful in this company they must adhere to the schedule! Yes the unwritten schedule! These kids are told how to micro manage their lives on a minute by minute schedule. This is pounded into their brains by the managers. All 5 of these kids have talked about "KEEPING TO THE SCHEDULE....KEEP TO THE SCHEDULE!" This schedule starts at 5:59 and doesn't stop until they get home and are schedule to contact their managers to report on the number of doors they went to, number of demos they showed (should be 30 a day) how many sales they made--$-- and what their plans are for the next day. This schedule, as precise as it is, is NOT written down by ANY manager and given to these kids. WHY? Because that would be a paper trail showing that this company controls these student's every move even though the contract they signed explicitly states that they are NOT EMPLOYEES and are free to sell these materials anyway they choose!

CULT CULT CULT!

I am getting sick and tired of reading all the canned spam.... about how this job is not for everyone....builds character, long hard hours.... Best experience of my life....And I made lots of money taking advantage of people by selling them materials that were obviously over priced and they didn't really need! Here (http://www.youbyte.com/images/SWC_price.jpg) is a price breakdown for books taken directly from the j1 visa agreement on the Southwestern Q&A page (http://www.southwestern.com/site/international/FAQ.aspx).

ANYONE with access to the internet can see that they are getting ripped off, buying over priced books! Then there is the letter of Endorsement that this company makes these students parents or friend or relative sign. This guarantees that if these kids don't send in the money they receive for books, the signers of this letter of credit will pay this money for them! My group of 5 student has had to spend this money to live as they were averaging less than $1.50 a hour working 80 hours a week---EVEN FOLLOWING THE SCHEDULE! Attitude is everything, who cares if you can barely speak English! I FEEL GREAT, I FEEL AWESOME, I FEEL TERRIFIC!

Right? And the people who signed these contracts can not even speak or READ English, but are convinced by their students that this is such a great opportunity for them to come to America and make HUGE amounts of money...remember Americans are different, we just love to buy things from door-to-door sales people!!!!

Ok folks, I really have to wonder with the motivation is behind this company. Really? Why does this company recruit these kids from Eastern block countries...students that barely speak the English language? What is the point? What is the agenda? I understand that the students that came here previously make money on the ones that they recruit to come again, but what is the big picture?

I am beginning to believe that it is a conspiracy to see just how far you can warp someone's mind to make them believe an idea and to cause them (normal people) to do things they would never consider doing....like EXECS! This psychoses carries on in some for years after they have worked for this company. Look on line...it is like a mission...recruit, recruit, recruit.... When I asked these kids why they actually took one minute COLD SHOWERS, they all replied, "Because they told us to!"

I sincerely hope that if one of these young foreign students comes to YOUR door, you will do everything in your power to help them escape!

Oh, and I forgot to mention one thing...the company that sponsors the j1 visa for these kids is totally OWNED by the Southwestern company! It is NOT an independent j1 visa sponsor who helps foreign students come to America to work for the summer at any j1 visa appropriate job....it is a company owned by The Southwestern created specifically to bring these foreign students to America to sell door-to-door. Can you say conflict of interest!

"IT WILL BE THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF YOUR LIFE!"....as long as you don't get raped, mugged, murdered, or commit suicide because you're scared, lonely...so far from home, in a foreign country, can't speak the language...deeply in debt, with no money!

Important financial information for ANY FOREIGN STUDENT TO KNOW BEFORE WORKING FOR SOUTHWESTERN!

According to the company, in 2006 the average first-time sales program participant made a gross (before expenses) profit of $7944 over a four month summer. Site (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwestern_Company)
80 hours a week, plus Sundays=88 hrs. wk
15 weeks of summer
1,320 work hours
Gross profit of $7,944.00
Net Profit $40%=$3,177.60
Hourly wage=$2.40
Minus $100 week living expensive=$1,677.60
Your take home is $1,677.60

Do not come to America and spend $3000+ dollars getting here only to be an indentured servant(SLAVE) to the SouthWestern Company!

The numbers above are for average English speaking students. Imagine how little you will make when you can't speak the language!

Post Script: As of the posting of the original text above on my personal website, several more foreign students have contacted me regarding the horrible experience they suffered with the Southwestern company.

Witznd
hayden, Idaho
U.S.A.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
Door to door: big bucks or bust?
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
August 17, 2008
Door to door: big bucks or bust?
Book company recruits college students for long days away from home
Melissa Caron, The Charlotte Observer
Knocking on doors thousands of miles from home for 80 hours a week might not be a typical summer for a college student. But 22-year-old Kyle Stantus says the long hours and the three days drive from his home in Arizona are worth it.

Six days a week, he spends his days going door to door in the Monroe area selling books for Nashville-based Southwestern Co.

The possibility of making more than $8,500 in a summer -- as Southwestern boasts in promotional material -- has attracted more than 2,700 college students into its ranks this summer. Nearly 40 students from Arizona and New Mexico are selling for Southwestern in the Charlotte area, with another 15 in Raleigh. About 55 students from UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University are peddling west of the Mississippi River this summer.

Praise and criticism for the 150-year-old, privately-held company can run the gamut. Sellers such as Stantus laud the discipline the Southwestern program gives them or how it helps them pay college costs.

"It's great money," said Stantus in his second summer of selling. "Nothing in life ever comes easy."

But some former sellers criticize the long hours and disavow the company's claim that students make an average of $8,500 a summer selling academic study guides.

Some states have tried to pass laws aimed at the direct selling industry in general that would prevent Southwestern from operating under its business model of hiring people as independent contractors.

Students buy the study guides from Southwestern, which is the main publisher of the materials. Students then sell the books at retail, keeping the profit -- which can be as much as a 40 percent, said Southwestern spokesman Trey Campbell.

As independent contractors, sellers do not receive an hourly wage, which can leave some with nothing if they are unable to make a sale. With three out of 10 first-year sellers quitting, the program isn't for everyone, Campbell said.

Quily Ho, 19, left the program this summer after selling books for two weeks in Georgetown, Ky., and working 14 hours day.

"I didn't last very long," said Ho, a student at the University of Texas at Austin. "I think I kind of overestimated myself."

Without a car, Ho was dropped off in the morning by another seller and was picked up at night after walking for more than 12 hours. Sunburnt and having made one sale for the summer, he said everything finally brought him down. He turned over his one sale to another seller and flew home on a plane ticket he hadn't used for his brother's graduation in May.

He estimates he's out more than $380 from travel and living expenses for the summer.

In the end, he said it came down to not having the right mindset. "Since everyone in the organization is doing the same thing, everyone is motivated," Ho said. "If everyone else is doing it and you are not, it's awkward."

Restriction rejected

While North Carolina hasn't restricted companies such as Southwestern, Wisconsin legislators recently tried to require direct sellers to designate peddlers as employees. This would have held companies responsible for the actions of sellers and put them under laws governing 40-hour workweeks.

Campbell said Southwestern opposed the bill because it would have disrupted its business model and prevented students from operating as their own businesses -- a benefit that many students like. The measure failed.

"We are set up to provide training and products," he said. "Not to have 3,000 employees."

The door-to-door industry received some attention in the Charlotte area five years ago when a man sexually assaulted and killed 18-year-old Jin-Joo Byrne of Seattle, who stopped by his apartment soliciting money for the Unification Church.

Safety is always on the minds of Southwestern sellers, said Monique Flores, a 24-year-old seller from Arizona. She said she uses census and poverty data to determine an area's safety.

"Nobody ever works (in areas that are) past the poverty line," said Flores, who is selling in Concord this summer. "Nobody would work in a place that has $40,000 or less annual income per household."

Campbell said the students sell in areas where crime levels are lower than on their campuses, although there is no direct formula for determining this. He adds that students typically have their cell phones with them and they are just a 911 call away.

Students generally sell outside their home state to cut distractions. There are nearly 80 sellers in the Carolinas this summer, Campbell said. There more than 70 students from colleges in the Carolinas working west of the Mississippi River.

The company depends on the enthusiasm of sellers like Stantus. A student at Arizona State University, he was one of the top first-year sellers last year. He says he made more than the $8,500 average but wouldn't give an exact figure.

He admits the summer is tough, with workdays averaging 12-14 hours and rejection happening more often than sales.

Starting with lively breakfast

Every morning he wakes up before 7 at the home of a host family arranged by the company and meets with two other sellers at the Village Grille in Monroe. Over breakfast, they plot out the day -- analyzing worn maps, drawing out targeted streets on legal pads and getting order forms ready.

Stantus, in a morning ritual, reads aloud a passage from "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by the late sales guru Og Mandino.

" 'I will sell more goods than ever before,' " Stantus said. "' I will earn more gold than ever before. I will live this day as if it is my last, and, if not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.' That's pretty good."

Stantus says goodbye to his fellow peddlers and heads out for a day of driving and knocking on strangers' doors. Homeowners are sometimes angry, and there are occasional encounters with pets. He was once chased by a peacock.

He tries to stay positive. He often turns to the daily passage by Mandino and says he focuses on the present to keep his spirits up.

"If you are able to see the most prospects with the best attitude, you will probably be the most successful," Stantus said. "But that's obviously a lot harder said than done."
Melissa Caron, The Charlotte Observer
newsobserver.com
Charlotte, North Carolina
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DMPG Info Clip:
This company is lobbying against legislation in the state of Wisconsin that is specifically designed to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners.
To research this company: Research Southwestern Company
To research legislation: Research Wisconsin Legislation


August 16, 2008
Continued Exploitation of Traveling Sales Crews
Supported by the Direct Selling Association!
Posted by quixtarisacult at 8:51 PM
Saturday, August 16, 2008

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Billings, Montana
Door-to-Door Sales Company:
Southwestern Company
August 15, 2008
Strange Questions Update
By KULR Staff
Story Published: Aug 15, 2008 at 7:12 PM MDT
Story Updated: Aug 15, 2008 at 7:44 PM MDT
BILLINGS – There is new information on a story on local parents concerned about a stranger going door to door asking questions about children. KULR-8 has tracked down the company likely responsible, that claims to have done business for nearly 150 years. Southwestern Company hires college students to sell children's books and educational software. Students are trained in Tennessee and many come from other countries. A company spokesman says it's not the first time the students have caused concerns, especially since they ask neighbors for referrals. Trey Campbell with the company says, "We really love being able to send students to communities that does have concerns like this when there is a stranger in the community and they bring it to the attention of the proper authorities because that is a real indicator of a safe community." Campbell says many of the students carry hand written maps because they are not familiar with the neighborhood. He says it also helps them keep track of their sales. For more information on Southwestern Company, click here.
By KULR Staff
KURL8 TV
kulr8.com
Billings, Montana
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DMPG Info Clip:
This company is lobbying against legislation in the state of Wisconsin that is specifically designed to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners.
To research this company: Research Southwestern Company
To research legislation: Research Wisconsin Legislation


August 14, 2008
The Horror of Traveling Sales Crews Revisited
and A Condemnation of the Modern Direct Selling Industry!
Quixtar Cult Intervention
http://quixtarisacultintervention.blogspot.com
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Billings, Montana
Door-to-Door Sales Warning !!!
August 13, 2008
Strange Questions
By Sarah Gravlee
KURL8 TV
Story Published: Aug 13, 2008 at 6:23 PM MDT
Story Updated: Aug 13, 2008 at 6:23 PM MDT
BILLINGS - Imagine this, you're home on a Friday afternoon and someone knocks on your door. When you open, it a stranger is standing there and asks to see your kids. Mike Craighill of Billings said this happened to him. He said the stranger went on to explain that he was a foreign exchange student studying kids. "There was no chance he was getting in the house," Craighill said. Craighill started to close the door, but the man had one more question. "He asked if I could help him with his map," Craighill said. Being a good guy, mike decided to help because he thought the stranger might be having trouble with the local language, but that wasn't the case. "He had a handwritten map that had a bunch of houses on it," Craighill said. "He asked me what houses had children and I said, 'not a chance.'" Mike was talking to his sister later that week and found that one of her friends had a similar story. Elizabeth Krivitz was on her way to work one day when she received a strange phone call. The man on the other end wanted to talk to her about her kids. We called the number back and reached an insurance agent who said the company is offering free DNA sample kits to parents in the area. Krivitz said the way he went about it was a bit disturbing. "Nothing felt good about the whole situation," she said. "My stomach started turning." Sergeant Kevin Iffland with the Billings Police Department said that feeling should prompt you to call the police. "If you get that gut feeling that, hey, this just doesn't sound right that's why we're here," he said. Sergeant Iffland confirm that there was an insurance company in town going door to door and that these cases could be related to that. Whether the threat was real or not, Krivitz said the experience completely changed they way she thinks about parenting. "My son, who before it was cute if he answered the phone, now he's not allowed to answer the phone at all. At all. No matter what," She said. Though the phone call has been explained, we're still not certain that the man who knocked on Craighill's door was with that agency. Sergeant Iffland said if something feels even the slightest but wrong to you, try to get as many details as you can about the people and vehicles involved, then don't hesitate to call the police.
By Sarah Gravlee
KURL8 TV
kulr8.com
Billings, Montana
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Direct Selling
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association

August 12, 2008
DSA Finally Responds to Bad News Regarding One of Their Member Companies
- Issues Statement Regarding YTB Lawsuit
Rachel | 08.12.08 |
The DSA has finally made a statement regarding the status of one of their companies that is currently in trouble, namely, YTB, the online travel company and DSA member currently being sued in 2 states for over $100 million dollars for fraud as well as the California DA. Recently, there have been several DSA member companies that have run into some major problems, making us wonder what the purpose of the DSA really is. Their requirements are so strict, yet recently DSA member companies have closed, (Weekenders) or been sued (YTB). Finally, the DSA, who has been awfully quiet lately, has released a statement:

“DSA maintains a rigorous Code of Ethics that provides both independent sales representatives and consumers with the opportunity to file complaints with the independent DSA Code Administrator. The DSA Code of Ethics prohibits pyramid schemes, unsubstantiated earnings claims and unfair or deceptive sales and recruiting practices. As is the case with any DSA member company, YTB distributors and customers who feel they have been treated unfairly are invited to file a complaint under DSA’s Code of Ethics.

“Although the allegations made by the California Attorney General against YourTravelBiz.com are unproven, DSA takes any allegations of this kind seriously and has set in motion the standard procedures it follows when a member company is accused of possible violations of the DSA Code of Ethics.

Specifically, DSA is:
-Seeking additional information about the complaint and the allegations from both the California Attorney General and YTB.

-Advising the independent DSA Code Administrator of these developments and forwarding any additional information DSA receives.

-Evaluating the materials related to this case and will take further action as appropriate. Closely monitoring the situation and keeping the Code Administrator and other DSA members apprised of related news and developments

“Information on the Code of Ethics, the complaint process and penalties for violation can be found on the DSA Web site at www.dsa.org.”

Its great that they have finally said something about whats going on- we’re still waiting on the official word on what they are going to do about all the people who lost money with Weekenders- the same people who trusted the company due to its association with the DSA but this is absolutely a step in the right direction. It is our strong opinion that in cases where a company is being sued for fraud by a State agency or has an excessive number of complaints against them filed with the Better Business Bureau, it should be the Associations obligation to notify its members and put the company on probation until the matters are settled. The problem is, then it may find the member company will withhold membership dues which is the lifeline of the DSA.
Rachel | 08.12.08 |
OpTree
optree.com
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DMPG Info Clip:
This trade group is lobbying against legislation in the state of Wisconsin that is specifically designed to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners.
To research legislation: Research Wisconsin Legislation



Direct Selling
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association

August 12, 2008
Another Lawsuit Filed Against YTB
- Class Action Suit Filed by Two Former YTB Agents
Seeks $100 Million in Damages
Rachel | 08.12.08 |
As we told you a week ago, YTB Travel is being sued by the California Attorney General claiming that the online travel company is operating a pyramid scheme. Now, YTB has more problems on its hand. Two former agents have filed a $100 million dollar class action suit, and the Better Business Bureau has released reports claiming the have received numerous complaints against the company and has a rating of “unsatisfactory”.

The new suit that has been filed in federal court in Illinois makes similar claims to that of the California suit. The suit claims that YTB ran an illegal pyramid scheme and defrauded “agents” out of thousands of dollars. The class action suit was filed both on behalf of as many as 1,000 people who were former YTB members.

The Better Business Bureau also released many complaints it had received about the company. The BBB says that they have received complaints about the company in at least 31 states.

The lawsuit, brought about by the plaintiffs, two former YTB agents, Faye Morris of St. Louis and Kwame Thompson of Atlanta was filed Friday in federal court in Illinois and seeks $100 million in damages on behalf of the named plaintiffs along with 1,000 other former members.

The defendants named in the suit were the same as in the California suit; YTB International Inc., YourTravelBiz.Com, YTB Travel Network Inc., YTB Travel Network of Illinois and its technology unit Rezconnect Technologies.

Along with the company itself, several officers of YTB were also named including founder J. Lloyd Tomer.

Executive Officer Scott Toner, released a brief statement addressing the accusations saying that they were “unaware” of any unresolved BBB complaints. He added, “we are proud of our business model and how our operations are conducted in an ethical and transparent way. We also are wholly confident that our business model will withstand scrutiny, and look forward to setting the record straight in court.” Class action suits are easy to file against publicly traded company so expect to see more of them. Unfortunately, a lot of people will try and jump on this bandwagon and make it frustrating for YTB - especially if it is not guilty of the charges alleged.
Rachel | 08.12.08 |
OpTree
optree.com
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DMPG Info Clip:
This trade group is lobbying against legislation in the state of Wisconsin that is specifically designed to protect Wisconsin kids and homeowners.
To research legislation: Research Wisconsin Legislation



Direct Selling
Trade Group: Direct Selling Association

August 11, 2008
Another Direct Selling Association Member Under Fire
Steven | 08.11.08 |
OpTree
As we have reported in the past couple of months, there have been numerous actions taken against companies which proudly feature(d) the DSA logo and go through rigorous due diligence to become a member of the DSA - Direct Selling Association (Weekenders, NHT Global, Mannatech, Herbalife).

In some cases the suits can be considered frivolous or just class action based on stock performance (lack thereof) but we also have examples like Weekenders who decided to close its doors with no warning to its distributors at all and the latest $25m lawsuit against YTB brought by the California Attorney General alleging fraud.

While we have made several attempts to get answers from the DSA about the Weekenders demise, we have been met with a lack of any information on their part. In fact, the DSA never posted a single announcement on their website about Weekenders closing nor did it provide any information online to Weekenders distributors as to what they can do or offer any assistance to them that we have seen. What was equally as puzzling was the fact that even weeks after Weekenders had closed its doors, it was still featured as a member of the organization on its website.

What is most interesting about the chain of events that has taken place recently and how it relates to the DSA is to better understand how the DSA makes its money - off of the efforts of these companies distributors hard work. Once you have been approved by the DSA - a process which takes one year in which time “the company’s business plan is reviewed to verify compliance with all provisions of DSA’s Code of Ethics” - you then have to pay “Membership Dues”. Any company accepted to the DSA must pay these membership dues according to its website. The Dues are “based on the yearly total of direct sales a company generates. This does not include any retail or catalogue sales a company may have, only the direct selling portion of the business”. This means that the distributors who represent these various member companies products are in essence subsidizing the DSA since its their sales in which the DSA gets a percentage of for the participating company to continue to preserve its membership.

So the question is, if the distributors are in essence subsidizing the participating companies dues, why doesnt the DSA support these distributors more? Yes, the DSA says on its website that member companies will “Repurchase 90% of the marketable inventory and sales aids you have purchased within the past 12 months if you decide to leave the business” but what happens when the company goes out of business? what happens when there is no “marketable” inventory such as companies like YTB and others who sell services and not products and then the big question, who determines what “marketable inventory” is? Clearly if the company went out of business there is likely to be little to no market for the inventory, yet conceivably speaking, when the company was in business and a member of the DSA, those sales representatives helped contribute hundreds if not thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars to the DSA and are now left with nothing.

We have hundreds of messages from Weekenders distributors who worked very hard to generate money for the company - a percentage of which went to preserve its membership with the DSA - and now have nothing at all. There is no information as to how they can recoup any of the inventory they are stuck with and no information as to how to contact that DSA member company (or former). What the DSA should do is recognize that its bread is buttered indirectly from the millions of distributors who are selling products that generate fees back to the organization and create a fund to support them in cases like Weekenders. Since they supported the organization when the company was healthy, why should they be abandoned when the company screws up and goes out of business or has shady practices? As well, there should be a policy that if an organization receives more than 20 calls to the Better Business Bureau, they are put on suspension for a year until such time that the number of complaints drops. YTB had over 90 complaints in 3 years just in the eastern Missouri and southern Illinois region alone!

While the DSA says it generates its revenues from the 200+ member companies, the truth is there are MILLIONS of distributors who are actually subsidizing these membership fees and the question remains what does the DSA truly offer to those that are paying its dues?
Steven | 08.11.08 |
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
Door-to-Door Book Sales
Book Sales Company: Southwestern Company

July 31, 2008
Bookseller not affiliated with local school districts
By Andra Atteberry Staff Writer // andraa@nwanews.com
The Benton County Daily Record
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008
BELLA VISTA - A college student who has been knocking on doors and selling school reference books to parents in Bella Vista said she hasn't had problems until recently. Cami Alvarado, 21, said she has been selling a five-book series called the "Student Handbook. "Each book covers different subjects a pupil might need for homework, she said. In the last couple of weeks, a few residents who heard her sales presentation called the Bella Vista Police Department out of concern that Alvarado seemed to indicate she was an employee of the Bentonville School District. Brad Reed, director of student services for the school district, confirmed Monday that no district employees are selling items door to door. Alvarado said she is an independent contractor for The Southwestern Co., based in Nashville, Tenn. She earns a commission on her sales, which will go toward her college tuition, Alvarado said. "People in Bella Vista are very nice," she said. Some people have written Alvarado checks for up to $ 400 without asking to see her identification, she said. When residents open their doors, Alvarado tells them," I'm a college student from North Carolina. I'm not from the area. "I always say I'm not with a school," she added. Alvarado never shows anyone identification, and no one has asked for it, she said. However, a photo ID is displayed in a clear plastic slot on her backpack, which she places on the ground by the door when she is giving her sales pitch, she said. Once Alvarado introduces herself, she asks if there are children in the neighborhood and, if so, whether the children attend Cooper or Baker elementary schools. The questions may confuse people and lead them to believe Alvarado is a school employee, she said. She asks about children in the neighborhood because the books are suited for elementary- to high-school-age children, she explained. Alvarado does not question young children if they answer the door, she noted. When Alvarado arrived in the area, she visited the Rogers and Bentonville police departments to ask about regulations on selling door to door, she said. She didn't check with Bella Vista police, however, because she didn't know the city has its own law enforcement, she said. Alvarado said her summer job is almost finished. She will begin delivering orders Aug. 4 and will go back to North Carolina on Aug. 13.
By Andra Atteberry Staff Writer // andraa@nwanews.com
The Benton County Daily Record
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Bella Vista, Arkansas
Door-to-Door Book Sales
Book Sales Company: Southwestern Company

July 30, 2008
Book sales legitimate
By Douglas Grant Staff Writer // douglasg@nwanews.com
The Benton County Daily Record
NWAnews.com
Posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
BELLA VISTA - Young people going door to door selling educational material are doing so as private contractors for a company in Tennessee and are not involved in any kind of scam, a company official said Tuesday. Earlier this week, a dispatcher with the Bella Vista Police Department said she had been visited by a woman who said she was a North Carolina college student selling educational books to help raise money for school. The dispatcher said the woman offered information that seemed to imply that she was working for the Bentonville School District, when, in fact, according to one district official, she was not. The woman is an independent contractor for The Southwestern Co. in Nashville, Tenn., Trey Campbell, director of communications, said in a phone interview from company headquarters Tuesday. Campbell said the company sets students up with inventory and a territory they can work during their summer break. Each student is provided training and a script to be used when contacting potential buyers. They also have identification provided by the company. Campbell said he had not had a chance to talk to the woman in Bella Vista since the story appeared, so he wasn't sure if she had presented her ID and followed procedures in making her pitch. "The students usually wear (the ID ), and I haven't had a chance to confirm that with her," he said. He said it is possible that the conversation was such that it might have sounded as though the woman, a student from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, was indeed working for the local school district. Campbell said the students are supposed to go to city hall or the local police department when they arrive to make sure officials are aware of their presence and to check on any changes to existing solicitation ordinances. Bella Vista has no such law on the books, and he said the woman didn't check in, to his knowledge. Campbell said he understands how people can become suspicious of doorto-door solicitors. "Find out as much information as you can," he said," including who they are, who they are working for and what they are doing." He then said to check and double check what the salesperson is saying before handing over any money. The company Web site is www.southwestern.com.
By Douglas Grant Staff Writer // douglasg@nwanews.com
The Benton County Daily Record
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Augusta County, Virginia
Door-to-Door Book Sales
Book Sales Company: Southwestern Company

July 30, 2008
Valley People Concerned About Salesmen
Posted: 5:58 PM Jul 30, 2008
Last Updated: 8:15 PM Jul 30, 2008
Reporter: Michael Hyland
Email Address: mhyland@whsv.com
WHSV-TV3
Door-to-door salesmen have been spotted in Dayton, Weyers Cave, and throughout Augusta County. People are contacting law enforcement about some aggressive ones. You don't see them as often as you used to, but one company has been sending the salesmen to the area for more than 100 years. A Broadway woman was recently visited by a door-to-door salesman from Southwestern Company. She asked to be identified by her first name only due to an unnerving experience she had with the salesman. "He just walked in the house. He plowed me over," says Jo. "It was something I was not expecting." She says she had seen him in the neighborhood before. When she answered the door, he immediately knew her name, as well as her kids' names. The salesman is one of five college students spending the summer in the area to sell books door-to-door for the Southwestern Company. It's supposed to be an opportunity for students to get hands-on sales training. However, several people have contacted law enforcement saying the salesmen take it too far. Officials at the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office say some satisfied customers have even contacted them to compliment the salesmen. According to the company spokesman, they work with the salesmen to teach them how to handle this difficult type of business approach. "There's a fine line between being persistent and being pushy," says Trey Campbell. "And we talk about that in the sales training. I've been in my position for nine years, and I've never had anybody just push open the door and walk in the house uninvited." With the rise of the Internet, fewer door-to-door salesmen are seen, which maked some people increasingly leery of them when they come to the door. The company holds a training session at the start of the summer at their headquarters in Nashville. "It's about 80 hours of training that covers everything from product knowledge and sales presentation to safety, ethics, and business management," says Campbell. "These people, you know, they don't belong in our community, I feel, because it was a scary moment," says Jo. Southwestern says they encourage their salesmen to explicitly state who they are and show potential customers an identification badge.
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Email Address: mhyland@whsv.com
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Bella Vista, Arkansas
Residents warned of book scam

July 29, 2008
Residents warned of book scam
By Andra Atteberry Staff Writer // andraa@nwanews.com
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Benton County Daily Record
NWAnews.com
Northwest Arkansas' News Source
BELLA VISTA - Bentonville School District officials warn residents here to be on the lookout for a woman knocking on doors giving the false impression that she is selling student handbooks for the school district this summer. "We don't have any of our employees selling door to door," said Brad Reed, director of student services for the district. Sometimes student groups may hold fundraisers, but such events would be well publicized, he said. They would be listed on the school's Web site - www. bentonville. k 12. ar. us - or in school flyers. The fundraisers would also be announced in newspapers and on the radio, he said. The woman in question stopped at a house on Grandshire Lane in mid-July and tried to sell "The Student Handbook"to Bella Vista Police Department dispatcher Shelly Frederick. The woman never actually said she worked for the district, but her sales pitch made it seem that way, Frederick said. "If you're not clearly listening to what she's saying, one could mistakenly believe she's with the school system," Frederick said. The "handbook"the woman is selling is actually a reference guide that includes such things as information about presidents and other school subjects, she said. To the best of Frederick's memory, the woman was selling the books for $ 300 or $ 400 each. Frederick said the woman called herself Cami, short for Camila, and was very friendly. She told Frederick she was a communications major from a North Carolina college and was working in Arkansas earning school credit and sales commissions. Frederick isn't the only person who has come in contact with the woman. Linda Largent, who lives on Tillingham Lane, reported the woman stopped at her house Friday and visited with Largent's 16-year-old daughter. Largent said the woman asked her daughter questions about neighborhood children. Those actions made Largent suspicious, so she said she called the school district and spoke to Reed, who told Largent to file a police report.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Benton County Daily Record
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Door-to-Door Book Sales
Southwestern Company

June 14, 2008
Updated: Door-to-door salesman in Hardin Valley surprised by school phone alert
Posted By: Katie Allison Granju
WBIR TV-10
WBIR.COM
June 14, 2008, 29 mins ago
A door-to-door salesman working his way around West Knox County may have been misunderstood by some, according to the sheriff's office, but not by Shelly Connard. "We loved this guy," the mother of three children explained. "We even talked about him after he left, how clean cut he was and mannerly, and how he's such a sweetheart." Connard was leaving the house when the salesman first caught her, but she and her husband arranged a time to meet later to look over the educational material he was selling. "He never said he was from the school system, but he did know a lot about the curriculum," Connard explained "We ended up getting the whole set. We talked with him afterward and even invited him to dinner." However, others were concerned by the sales pitch and contacted the Knox County School system. It issued a warning to hundreds of people by phone Thursday, using its "parent notification system." The schools warned people to be on the look-out for a man posing as a representative of Hardin Valley Academy. When Connard read about the alert on wbir.com, she contacted 10News. "I immediately thought, 'No, people have totally misunderstood this guy,'" Connard explains. "When I saw the story, I was shocked and horrified, for him. Here he is, a college student from Texas, living with a family here, and that's the welcome he gets?" 10News met up with Scott Steffen in Karns Friday while he was selling books for Nashville-based company, Southwestern. The description used by the schools warned of a man in his early 20s, clean shaven, neatly dressed, wearing a ball cap, and carrying a folder. Steffen matches that, and he also drives a blue-steel colored, older model Toyota Camry that sits low to the ground because the trunk is loaded with books. The Texas A&M senior says he'll graduate with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, thanks to those books. Southwestern's director of communications says the company has been hiring college students to sell its material since 1868. Right now, he says they have almost 3,000 student dealers spread out across the country. And many, including Steffen, actually run from house to house to save time. "I've done this now for five summers all around the Eastern U.S.," he explained. "I've been to Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina and now Tennessee. And through that, I've been able to finance all of my college expenses." Steffen says he gets college credit for showing the books to 30 families everyday. Although, he says he works from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. most days to meet that quota. He also says he tries to identify himself as a college student within the first 30 seconds of introducing himself to a potential customer. "That's one of the first thing I say, 'Hi, I'm Scott, I'm a college student from Texas," Steffen explained. Steffen wears a double-sided identification badge around his neck and he also keeps a copy of the permit to sell door-to-door that he obtained from the Knox County Clerk's Office. The Knox County Sheriff's Office runs local background checks of everyone issued the permits. "I'm supposed to be seeing all the families out here in the Karns and Hardin Valley area with children ages high school down to babies to explain early learning tools," Steffen delivered his sales pitch to a mother on her front porch. "One thing I find is all the moms are really into their kids' education. How do you feel about the schools out here?" Steffen says he can understand how some people could have thought he was with the schools. "I'm obviously a door-to-door salesman," he explained. "I'm not the first person they want to talk to, so they may not hear everything I say. I try to make it as clear as possible I'm not with the schools, but inevitably, people don't hear everything I say. I tend to talk quickly." Steffen says he's been misunderstood before, but in smaller communities where he had an easier time making sure leaders knew who he was and what he was doing. Steffen says his host family alerted him that he'd made the news. He's living with a local businessmen and two other college students who will also be selling books in the area through mid-August. "I never knew anything about a calling alert," Steffen said. "That's kind of neat." The President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Greater East Tennessee says people should use common sense when dealing with door-to-door sales people. "I personally don't buy door-to-door," Jerry Tipton explained. "Some people do. There's nothing wrong with that, as long as it's a legitimate company." Titpon says one should always ask what the person is selling and for whom. He says potential customers should also ask to see the government-issued permit. "There is an element of danger sometimes," Tipton said. "Don't let anyone in your house unless you know who they are." Tipton also cautions that the sales people often use high-pressure tactics. If you do buy something, he says you should make sure any agreement you sign includes a three-day "cooling off period" clause. By law, the consumer has three days to change his or her mind. Meanwhile, the Knox County Sheriff's Department has looked into the matter and determined Steffen was legitimate. "He is not impersonating anybody," spokesperson Martha Dooley explained. "He is legitimate, and he has all the proper paperwork." Schools spokesperson Russ Oaks maintains the schools did the right thing by issuing the alert to several hundred homes in the Hardin Valley area. "If it had turned out some other way, you'd be asking me why we didn't notify people," Oaks said. "It's absolutely appropriate to share information we have with the public."
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Debunking the Direct Selling Myth

June 13, 2008
Quixtar Cult Intervention
Posted by quixtarisacult at 12:15 PM
Friday, June 13, 2008
Discussion of Multilevel Marketing Scams and People
Victimized by the likes of Amway,
Quixtar and Their Motivational Organizations.
Debunking the Direct Selling Myth: Where Are All The Direct Sellers? Seen Any Lately?

Regardless of all the hype MLM businesses like to make about their cons being direct selling, direct selling is basically a myth that has been the “cover story” for multilevel marketing pyramid schemes for some time now. Where are all the door to door salesmen? Where are all the door to door sales which would be necessary to make direct selling a successful business opportunity. In our day and age, door to door selling is nearly non-existent, a relic of the past.

Okay, the closest equivalent to door to door selling is telemarketing, also a marketing strategy under fire and probably destined to disappear along with door to door salesmen. Direct sales parties may represent the last legitimate direct selling strategy. These gatherings show products, product catalogs, and present the opportunity to become a distributor to potential customers/business partners. For example, many people have probably seen or bought a kitchen utensil from a Pampered Chef distributor. Folks who buy and like Pampered Chef products may have been shown the opportunity to become a Pampered Chef representative (or distributor).

I do not intend to say that direct selling doesn't exist (or have the potential to exist) within all companies that claim to be direct selling businesses. Quixtar/Amway Global, regardless of all the hype and product branding that it does, isn't truly a direct selling company. It is a recruitment selling company, and the direct selling that it purports to make is really a con on the distributors it recruits. They are the primary focus of the company's product sales. Distributors are the customers that the company is really seeking. Believer's in the opportunity buy nearly all the products and the deceptive propaganda masquerading as training materials.

Imagine if you will all the hundreds of thousands of supposedly direct sales distributors actively trying to sell their products to non-distributors. A direct seller would have to constantly be approaching potential customers. One would have to approach and pitch the product everywhere: on the street, at the office, at the factory, and most importantly at your door. I must ask, are Amway reps showing up at your front porch asking you to see their catalog of products? Not likely.

For all intents and purposes, Amway Globule doesn't “Roll like that” in your town or in my town. Quixtar/Amway rolls like this: Dream Selling, Recruitment, Buy From Yourself, Recruit others to do the same. Direct Selling remains a myth to give some degree of respectability to the con. Amway Global/Quixtar isn't truly a direct selling company, unless you consider the direct selling of the opportunity and the subsequent high priced products the newly recruited buy in hopes to achieve their MLM dreams.

The Direct Selling Association therefore presents a fraud. The minimal amount of direct selling to non-distributor customers presents the enormity of the direct selling deception being presented to people by the DSA. When Amway/Quixtar present themselves as a direct selling company, they are presenting themselves in a fraudulent manner. Oh, they play “lip service” to direct selling objectives to thwart criticism, but it is not my opinion or the opinion of any critic that defrocks the fraud; it is the cold hard facts which represent the truth everyone needs to understand. Pro-MLM direct selling proponents attempt to discredit and bury these truths under deceit and emotional “spin”. Nationally respected experts in MLM pyramid schemes like Robert Fitzpatrick and Jon Taylor are presented as kooks by the Direct Selling Association. The real kooks are the people who believe the DSA lies.

Direct selling remains a deceptive con which the direct selling association is trying to sell on consumers. Since many (if not most) of the MLM businesses that are members of the Direct Selling Association are product based recruitment schemes designed to attract new customers (called distributors), The DSA promotes a fraud to the public. As I have said several other times on this blog, the direct selling association attempts to put makeup on pigs and marry them off to people gullible enough to believe the deceptive fraud that these pyramid schemes are legit direct selling companies. THEY ARE NOT!

There may be any number of people who's dreams are being threatened by the real world truths QCI presents. Defenders of the direct selling myth fail to discredit the negative truths, while they cast scorn on those presenting these truths. Truth about the direct selling con is reduced to spin and rhetoric which can be shrugged off by people foolish enough to believe lies and pro-MLM propaganda.

People believing in deception become the victim of self deception. They are brain-washed to “block out” any and all information that question their belief in the dream. Believer's are taught and encouraged to become victims of their own system. One of the craziest ideas in Amway/Quixtar is this:

“If the dream is big enough, facts don't matter!”

The “facts” obviously are the facts MLM critics present to anyone intelligent and careful enough to consider when presented with an MLM opportunity. Deception, lies, and spin are tools of MLM pyramid schemes and the tool most often used by the Direct Selling Association to hoodwink weak minded people. Pyramid Scheme Alert and the Consumer Awareness Institute and nationally respected experts on MLM pyramid schemes like Robert Fitzpatrick and Jon Taylor deserve respect for their work in debunking the direct selling lie. They expose the lies presented as truth by MLM and the deception dishing Direct Selling Association. They do not ask people to believe opinion only. They present analysis supported by extensive research to make their case. They present the facts upline MLM mentors do not want their downline recruits to see.

Has your MLM intervention begun yet? Are you considering an opportunity? Quixtar Cult Intervention presents a way out for those in, and a way to avoid the problem of involvement all together. Truth will set you free, and truth will keep you free.
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Yomiuri, Japan
Draft to ban door-to-door sales

June 3, 2008
Draft to ban door-to-door sales / Akita Pref.
ordinance aims to stop unscrupulous people tricking elderly
Etsuo Hayakawa and Hideharu Tabuchi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers
June 3, 2008
The outline of a draft ordinance to ban door-to-door sales has been drawn up by members of the Akita Prefectural Assembly, but this has some people up in arms as they believe such a measure would dampen business activity. The envisioned ordinance is designed to prevent elderly people from being tricked into buying expensive and high-risk financial instruments from unscrupulous salespeople without understanding the details. In February, eight prefectural assembly members drafted an outline of the ordinance to ban salespeople from making uninvited visits to homes, effectively meaning they could not do so without prior arrangement. The proposed ordinance will ban all salespeople from visiting, faxing, telephoning and e-mailing those aged 65 or older as well as minors. However, anyone regardless of age can stop visits and telephone calls from salespeople selling products requiring consumers to pay 5,000 yen or more in monthly installments by registering with the prefectural government, according to the draft ordinance. If the ordinance is adopted, door-to-door sales of stocks and other financial products, that do not guarantee the refunding of principals, will be prohibited.

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Prison terms, fines considered

Salespeople who violate the ordinance may face suspension of business, imprisonment for up to two years or a fine up to 1 million yen. Elderly people and those who do not want to be bothered by such visits can post a notice on their front door. Salespeople who want to telephone, fax or e-mail potential clients will have to confirm in advance with the prefectural government to see whether households will permit such sales calls. In 2004, the bar association in Akita Prefecture submitted to the prefectural governor and the speaker of the prefectural assembly, a proposal to incorporate the right to refuse uninvited door-to-door visits into the existing prefectural ordinance for the protection of consumers. In the United States, a system was established in 2003 to allow consumers to refuse uninvited telephone sales calls once they had registered with the local governments. Inspired by the U.S. move, some Akita Prefectural Assembly members began work on introducing a similar system in 2005. In 2006, a futures company in Akita collected money from more than 200 elderly people who bought U.S. commodity futures and options by telephoning and visiting potential clients. After it was revealed that the company failed to repay more than 2 billion yen, calls for implementation of an ordinance to protect people from unscrupulous sales gained momentum. Eiichi Setagawa, a 60-year-old assembly member who sponsored the proposed ordinance, said visits by these door-to-door salespeople had to be stopped to prevent them from taking advantage of consumers. Lawyer Naoto Omi, who helped compile the outline, said it was more important to protect people's safety and their right to protect their property, than the freedom of salespeople to conduct their business. "That means door-to-door sales has to be curtailed," he said. However, some people have raised questions about the envisioned ordinance. According to the outline, products that require payments of 5,000 yen or less a month, such as newspapers and dairy products, are exempted from the envisaged ordinance, with the exception of the elderly. But those who register to refuse uninvited visits from salespeople could mistakenly turn away people selling newspapers and dairy products.

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Controls to hurt insurance firms

Furthermore, no decision has been made on the 4,600 insurance salespeople in the prefecture. Restrictions on their sales activities will significantly affect employment and tax revenues. In addition, tighter controls on sales activities could undermine seven companies, which have set up call centers after the prefectural government invited them to do so. Other companies may also invest in other prefectures instead of doing business in Akita Prefecture. On March 11 and May 20, a group of assembly members, including those who sponsored the ordinance, collected public comments from 13 sectors, including banks, securities houses, life and nonlife insurers, local agricultural cooperatives, automobile dealers, newspaper sales agencies and door-to-door marketing firms. With the exception of two organizations, including the federation of the prefectural elderly people's clubs, all the groups opposed the outline. An official of the Life Insurance Association of Japan said only a small number of salespeople are responsible for unscrupulous sales. "It's preposterous to ban all sales activities, including those by conscientious salespeople," he said. An official of the Japan Securities Dealers Association said the envisioned ordinance would prevent securities houses from providing useful information to elderly people, who are interested in making investments for their retirement. Their comments supported the view that such an ordinance would hurt consumers as well. An official of the Japan Direct Selling Association said it was unclear whether the ordinance would keep unscrupulous salespeople away as a notice placed on the front door of a residence would only alert salespeople to the fact that senior citizens lived there. "Unscrupulous salespeople would target such residents," he said. Such objections have prompted some assembly members to have second thoughts about approving the outline as many problems need to be solved. An outline of the ordinance was scheduled to be submitted to the assembly in September by the assembly members and implemented in April, but this is highly unlikely now. Tsuneo Matsumoto, a Hitotsubashi University law professor who is a member of the central government's Consumer Administration Promotion Council, said consumer distrust was the reason for the compilation of the ordinance. "Companies did not make sufficient efforts to clean up their businesses," he said. However, he said many problems remain as the outline fails to discriminate between businesses engaged in door-to-door sales. Although consumer protection is a very important issue, excessive restrictions would have adverse effects. Therefore, the Akita Prefectural Assembly must debate the issue extremely carefully.

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Concerns about side-effects

The ordinance outline contains measures that are tougher than the special trade law governing door-to-door sales and mail sales, and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law regulating dealings involving financial products. The central government's ministries supervising the relevant laws are concerned about adverse effects caused by stricter regulations. The revised Building Standards Law, which went into effect in June and made approval of construction plans tougher, has resulted in a rapid decline in the number of new housing starts. Since the Construction and Transport Ministry was criticized for creating a "government-triggered economic slump" in the construction industry, the government is concerned that a second government-initiated economic downturn could result if the Akita Prefectural Assembly passed the ordinance. A bill to revise the special trade law submitted by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry to the current Diet session only states that salespeople are obliged to make efforts to affirm whether consumers are willing to see them. A ministry official said an across-the-board ban on uninvited sales activities would undermine efforts by legitimate, conscientious salespeople and have an impact on local economies. A senior official of the Financial Services Agency also said restrictions imposed by each prefecture could contradict the central government's policy of promoting deregulation. The outline has brought to light the possible side effects that such a document could have on both local economies and consumers.
(Jun. 3, 2008)
Etsuo Hayakawa and Hideharu Tabuchi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers
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Bandera, Texas
An out-of-towner has come a'knockin

June 3, 2008
An out-of-towner has come a'knockin
By Jessica Hawley-Jerome
Managing Editor Tuesday, June 3, 2008 8:33 AM CDT
The Bandera Bulletin
In response to a community alert sent out last week, a visiting door-to-door salesman has come out and come forward with his identity, nature of business and bonded intention. His presence came to the attention of Bandera ISD and local law authorities as a potential threat, though he claims to be nothing of the kind. Derrick Martin, Jr., who lives in North Carolina and attends North Carolina State University, said that this is his fourth summer spent selling books as an independent contractor for Southwestern Company, an intern-based wholesale business. He refutes the rumor that he has represented himself as a member of Bandera ISD, stating that his only reference to the district has been by using names of customers with school children who have purchased his books. He has previously sold books in Indianapolis, Ind., Quincy, Ill., and Arlington. Martin, who is reportedly living with host family Quinn and George Tabbert on Elm Cove Drive in Lakehills, said he was bonded by The Southwestern Company for $2,500 on May 28, and the bond will remain in effect until the end of the year. Bandera County Sheriff's Investigator George Wintle reported that Martin has no active warrants and no felony record. Martin said he was in the area only to sell educational books door to door. The county does not have any licensing or permit requirements for door-to-door sales, however, the city does prohibit such activities. According to Bandera City Administrator Gene Forester, peddlers are only allowed to call upon commercial businesses in the commercial district, per city ordinance. "No door-to-door or house-to-house solicitation is allowed - period," Forester said. "We are trying to protect our citizens." Forester also said that if any person who lives in the residential district of the city is approached by a door-to-door salesperson, they can call the police to ask them to leave.
By Jessica Hawley-Jerome
Managing Editor
The Bandera Bulletin
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Bandera, Texas
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2451 Atrium Way
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
Book Seller - False Representation

May 25, 2008
Salesmen don't represent school system
By Phyllis Moore
News-Argus
Published in News on May 25, 2008 02:00 AM
Peddlers canvassing the Eastern Wayne school district are believed to be a national book-seller, Wayne County Public Schools' officials said Friday. Earlier, Ken Derksen, public information officer for the school system, had alerted the community to be aware of individuals going door to door, claiming to represent the school system. There is no connection to the district, Derksen said. "We have contacted the company and told them to stop representing our school system," Derksen said. "This is a legitimate company but we can't have people representing our school system."
By Phyllis Moore
News-Argus
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Staff has learned from Wayne County public officials and the Sheriff's Office that the above mentioned sales agent is employed by Southwestern Company out of Nashville, Tennessee:
The Southwestern Company
2451 Atrium Way
Nashville, TN
37214
Southwestern Company Website:
Southwestern Company
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
Book Seller - False Representation
May 23, 2008
School officials cautions residents about solicitors
By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on May 23, 2008 02:09 PM
County school officials and the Sheriff's Office are investigating reports that someone is going door to door claiming to represent the school system. It is unclear how far-reaching the situation is, or the specifics of what one or more individuals may be seeking, said Ken Derksen, public information officer for Wayne County Public Schools, though they seem to be affiliated with a book publishing company. But so far, it seems to be isolated to the Eastern Wayne district, he said, naming Parkstown and Beston Road areas specifically. Several parents have contacted the schools this week, Derksen said. "Right now we have only heard from parents in (Eastern Wayne) elementary school but in case this is outside of the Eastern Wayne district, we want the public to be aware," he said. "They're making it sound like they're representing the schools and they're not." Derksen said it does not appear that money was being solicited and advised residents not to give out any personal information and not to allow individuals into the home. He said that parents in the Eastern Wayne area have been alerted and officials determined it would be wise to broadcast the concern in case it spreads to other parts of the county. Derksen also noted that they had a description of a vehicle believed to be connected to the incidents -- a silver Volkswagon Jetta. Sheriff Carey Winders cautioned residents to be careful any time someone calls or comes to the door posing as a school representative, or soliciting for organizations not typically known to do that. "Usually they don't send anyone around to collect money," he said. "This is probably not the first time something like this has happened and it probably won't be the last." Sometimes, he noted, the person is not after something in the short run, but is at a residence to "scope things out to see what's there." "If somebody goes to the house and tries to solicit or whatever," he advised, "make sure they call 911. Obtain as much information as you can about what kind of car, or a description of the tag. If you can get a license number, that's also good."
By Phyllis Moore
News-Argus
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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Staff has learned from Wayne County public officials and the Sheriff's Office that the above mentioned sales agent is employed by Southwestern Company out of Nashville, Tennessee:
The Southwestern Company
2451 Atrium Way
Nashville, TN
37214
Southwestern Company Website:
Southwestern Company
Research Southwestern Company
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Supporting pyramid schemes is lucrative for politicians

May 14, 2008
Supporting pyramid schemes is lucrative for politicians
The Fraud File Blog
Sequence Inc.
Wed 14 May 08 ·
Filed under Pyramid Schemes & MLM, Scam Busting
As Barry Minkow (Fraud Discovery Institute), Dr. Jon Taylor, Robert FitzPatrick, Eric Scheibeler and others (including me) continue the unpopular fight against multi-level marketing companies (which are nothing more than disguised pyramid schemes), I occasionally come across items of interest…

Like this one. Did you know that Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has received tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Pre-Paid Legal Services (NYSE:PPD)? He has.

From Utah’s website:

All Contributions for Shurtleff, Mark Leonard

Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc
P.O. Box 145
Ada, OK 74820 10/23/2006 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc
P.O. Box 145
Ada, OK 74820 12/12/2007 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc
P.O. Box 145
Ada, OK 74820 04/28/2005 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
321 E. Main St. PO BOX 145
Ada, OK 74820 04/25/2003 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
321 E. Main St. PO BOX 145
Ada, OK 74820 06/14/2004 20,000.00
Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
321 E. Main St. PO BOX 145
Ada, OK 74820 03/02/2004 10,000.00

$110,000 in campaign contributions just since 2003 is a nice little chunk of money, I think. And then you have to ask yourself why. Well if you’ve done much research on MLMs, you’ve found that Utah is a hotbed for these pyramid schemes. And Attorney General Mark Shurtleff loves them! Remember this video, in which Shurtleff endorsed Usana Health Sciences and said they were a wonderful company? (Wait, I thought the chief law enforcement officer wasn’t supposed to do things like this… and was instead supposed to be enforcing laws? Oh well.)

Multi-level marketing expert Dr. Jon Taylor knows exactly why Pre-Paid Legal is so motivated to give money to Mark Shurtleff….

In July 2006, Bill SB182 went into effect in Utah, essentially diluting the power of the Pyramid Scheme Act (Title 76) in Utah. The Pyramid Scheme Act dubbed companies illegal pyramid schemes if compensation is primarily from the sales of products/services to downline participants (rather than legitimate 3rd party customers).

SB182 essentially negated that provision by saying that “compensation” as defined in that Act excludes money received because of downline purchases. (i.e. Ignore the fact that the upline makes most of their money from associate purchases of products that are never sold to real retail customers.)

This seems like a picky distinction, but it’s really not. The problem with most (if not all) multi-level marketing companies is that there is not a real retail market for their products and services. There is a very, very small base of actual retail sales. But the vast majority of “sales” made by the MLM are to pyramid members who are meeting minimums or trying to move up in the pyramid. The name of the game is not retail sales, it’s recruiting other pyramid members under the guise of retail selling.

What does any of this have to do with Mark Shurtleff? He was instrumental in getting SB182 passed, essentially weakening the Pyramid Scheme Act so much that just about any product-based pyramid scheme is now legal in Utah.

Dr. Taylor writes:
In both Senate and House hearings, it was clear that legislators lacked the time to review research that should have led to the defeat of the bill. Instead, they relied on testimony by Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who claimed the bill retained protection against the “really bad schemes” that offer no legitimate products. Obviously, he had not read any of the research that shows that the most damaging pyramid schemes in terms of participant losses are those with products for sale – even very good products. And Mr. Shurtleff failed to disclose that his top corporate campaign contributors were companies protected by the bill…

And here’s more on why this matters:

Utah’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, supported the bill. He argued, contrary to the facts, that one of the distinguishing features of illegal pyramid schemes was the lack of legitimate products. This may have been a valid argument 30 years ago when product-based schemes were less common. Since then, however, the largest and most harmful of all pyramid schemes that have been prosecuted—such as Equinox, Trek Alliance, and International Heritage—offered products or services as their form of “paying consideration.” The existence or quality of the products is, today, irrelevant to the analysis. Some of Shurtleff’s top contributors were the very companies that would benefit the most from SB 182 [2]. Their operations would no longer violate the state’s anti-pyramid scheme statute.

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) initiated this bill. While the DSA likes to pretend it’s a group looking out for consumers, it is really an organization that looks out for the best interest of multi-level marketing companies. It’s member-run, and their real purpose is to pretend that 99% of participants in MLMs don’t lose money, and that MLMs are the way to financial freedom for many.

The DSA wanted this bill passed in Utah because the Pyramid Scheme Act was much too restrictive, and if law enforcement in Utah ever decided to enforce the law (not likely while under Mark Shurtleff’s command), then a lot of MLMs would be in trouble.

Let’s face it. Utah AG Mark Shurtleff is heavily influenced by MLM companies, which are big campaign contributors. Check out this listing of contributors to his campaign since 2003. $231,000 alone from known MLMs and the DSA. This doesn’t include any individuals who might be associated with the MLMs, as I was only looking for relevant company names. That sheds a little light on Shurtleff’s favorable stance on this legislation, doesn’t it?
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Southwestern Company

February 21, 2008
Door-to-door 'internship' tricks students into work
Summer program involves book and software sales
By: Sarah Krasin
Marquette Tribune
Posted: 2/21/08
Side Bar:
Many students received phone calls this month inviting them to an information session regarding internship opportunities The Southwestern Company sponsors these sessions The company offers a summer program selling books and software door-to-door Southwestern's vague phone calls frustrated many students, leading to an intervention from Career Services
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Kortni Smith thought she was getting a great deal when a representative from the Southwestern Company called asking if she would be interested in a lucrative "internship opportunity" for the summer. However, after attending an information session, Smith, a freshman in the College of Business Administration, said she left feeling "frustrated and aggravated." Southwestern's internship opportunity involves selling books and software door-to-door, a program Smith said the company "tries to make seem better than it actually is." "I know they're not technically doing anything wrong, but I feel like they're getting people to the information session under false pretenses," Smith said, referring the initial phone call in which the amount of money she could make was the main focus and the actual job description was barely touched on. Jason Eckert, associate director of the career services center, said there have been several complaints from students regarding Southwestern's "vague" phone calls. According to Eckert, Marquette Career Services representatives met with Southwestern recruiters about the concerns. At the meeting, Career Services reviewed Southwestern's phone script and informed them of the need to be upfront and honest about what the actual job entails. Career Services has not had any more complaints since the Jan. 29 meeting, Eckert said. Students were also concerned over how Southwestern obtained their personal contact information, such as cell phone numbers. "Certainly, no one at the university would give out a student's confidential information," Eckert said. Rather, companies such as Southwestern rely on surveys students fill out in class and personal referrals from students who attend their information sessions. Though some students expressed annoyance at the company's recruitment efforts, others said they would consider the opportunity. Cortney Krauss, a freshman in the College of Communication, said Southwestern's emphasis on building lifelong communication and business skills as well as their extensive alumni network attracted her initially. Krauss, who went through Southwestern's three-day interview process and was accepted into the program, ultimately turned the opportunity down. "The second or third day, I definitely left feeling like I was being sold on something," Krauss said. "It's important to remember that people working for the company are good salesmen. They're trying to sell you (the job)." However, Krauss said the biggest reason she turned down the job was her concern over safety. According to Krauss, the fact that she would be working in a strange neighborhood from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. was especially worrisome. All students hired through Southwestern relocate to a different area of the country, and Marquette's recruits will head to the East Coast this summer. Dan Dougherty, corporate recruiter for Southwestern, said the relocation aspect is "part of the adventure." According to Dougherty, the company is well aware of these concerns raised by students and parents. Students who work with Southwestern do not travel extensively, but rather are assigned a middle to upper-class district and stay there the entire summer, Dougherty said. The company and its recruits are not the only ones concerned with possible safety issues. In 2005, the Wisconsin State Legislature responded by introducing Senate Bill 80. This legislation would no longer allow companies such as Southwestern to have "independent contractors," but would require the company to consider every student working for them an "employee." Supporters of the bill, such as state Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), said this would stop what they view as exploitation of student workers by insuring they have basic employee rights. The bill has been simmering in the legislature for years, but yesterday's public hearing on S.B. 80 renewed interest in the issue. Southwestern is a registered opponent of the bill and claims it will hurt their business model that allows students to be their own bosses. Loren Groeschl, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a two-year employee of Southwestern, said he agreed with the need to protect rights of independent contractors, which include individuals who represent companies such as Mary Kay cosmetics. Groeschl, who spoke against the bill at Wednesday's hearing, said he's had a very positive experience with Southwestern's internship program. "The hard work of the program has benefited me the most," he said. "I'm coming back for my third summer this year and am really excited." Eckert said Career Services does not necessarily endorse the Southwestern internship, but by policy the company must be allowed to recruit on campus if they follow certain guidelines.
By: Sarah Krasin
Marquette Tribune
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Mississippi
Door-To-Door Book Sales Alert !!!
Southwestern Company

August 22, 2007
Man arrested selling books door-to-door
By ROBERT LEE LONG/Community Editor
Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 9:00 PM CDT)
DeSoto Times
HERNANDO - An Estonian immigrant soliciting sales for educational materials in DeSoto County was arrested Tuesday by Hernando Police and charged with disorderly conduct. Hernando Police Lt. Russell Perry said Viljo Kase, a resident of Estonia, was arrested after complaints from residents that Kase asked about the ages of their children and other personal information. "He was selling books by going door-to-door and making people feel uncomfortable," Perry said. "We told him about a week ago, back on Aug. 16, that he need to stop it (soliciting). Door-to-door solicitations are not allowed in Hernando. He did not stop and we arrested him." Southaven Police Chief Tom Long said his department also received several complaints about Kase. "They complained he was being pushy," Long said of Kase's aggressive sales pitches. However, one rural DeSoto County resident defended Kase, saying that he was polite and courteous and was being singled-out unfairly by authorities. Cecilia Witt, a Eudora resident, said Kase sold her some educational materials last week. Witt's children are home-schooled, and she is a frequent customer of Kase's company, Southwestern Company. "I hate for him to have become part of a witch hunt," Witt said. I just hate to see him as part of this mob mentality. This young man is representing his company. He has been a gentleman. He was in our home and represented his company well. He did ask the ages of my children and he would say, "I have something for a child that age,' and so forth." Wittt said because Kase stands more than six-feet tall and has a "thick European accent" that he might intimidate people. "He's not some creepy door-to-door salesman," Witt said. "I would invite him into my home now." Trey Campbell, a representative for the Southwestern Company, said Kase is an independent contractor. "We're really still learning all the facts," Campbell said. "He had been to Southaven and Horn Lake and was told he did not need a solicitation permit. He assumed this was the case in Hernando. It was his responsibility to get a permit." Kase could not be reached for comment.
Robert Lee Long can be contacted at rlong@desototimes.com or at (662) 429-NEWS, Ext. 252.
By ROBERT LEE LONG/Community Editor
DeSoto Times
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Hernando, Mississippi
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Mississippi
Door-To-Door Book Salesman Arrested !!!

August 22, 2007
Sneaky Salesman Arrested in Hernando
Contributor: News Desk
ABC24 Eyewitness News CW30
Email: newsdesk@myeyewitnessnews.com
Last Update: 8/22 9:29 am
Viljo Kase was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and failure to comply with a police officer. A door-to-door salesman selling children's textbooks was captured by police. The man was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and failure to comply with a police officer. Hernando police arrested Viljo Kase Tuesday morning and he has made bail. Several parents contacted Eyewitness News Everywhere about Kase after our story first aired Saturday, August 18. The parents were concerned because they say he was asking questions about their children. Other parents called Eyewitness News Everywhere to say they thought Kase was a legitimate salesperson. Stay with Eyewitness News Everywhere for more information on this developing story.
Contributor: News Desk
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Mississippi
Door-To-Door Book Salesman Alert !!!

August 20, 2007
Creepy Door To Door Salesman
Contributor: News Desk
ABC24 Eyewitness News CW30
Email: newsdesk@myeyewitnessnews.com
Last Update: 8/20 5:49 pm
Mid-South parents are asking police in Northern Mississippi to keep their eyes peeled for a creepy door to door salesman they say is targeting homes with young children. This is new information on a story we first told you about on Saturday, August 18, 2007. That’s when a mom in Hernando told us about the guy who came to her door selling textbooks. Two days later, we got a call from a dad in Southaven who says the same man came to his door. “He came around 7:45 in the morning and was very pushy. He wouldn’t take no for an answer and wanted to know how old our kids were and where other homes were that had young children,” says Patrick Giamportone. Eyewitnesses describe the man as 25 to 30- years old, 6’2” with a strong accent. He tells people he is from Estonia and often wears a backpack. Witnesses say he drives a beat up maroon Volkswagen. Some parents say besides selling textbooks, he also offers tutoring services. And in one case, an eyewitness says when a young child answered the door, he tried pushing it open when a neighbor ran him off. Hernando police tell us they are on the lookout for him and are patrolling near school bus stops in the afternoon. Here are the subdivisions we know this guy has been: In Hernando: Forked Creek, Green Village, Edgewater, and Forrest Hill Estates. In Southaven, Bell Point, Dicken’s Place, and Broadmore near DeSoto Central School. In Southaven, there is a transient vendor ordinance. It states you can sell door to door but cannot take payment, only an order. You can only sell 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset. You do not have to have a vendor’s permit.
Contributor: News Desk
ABC24 Eyewitness News CW30
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Mississippi
Door-To-Door Book Salesman Alert !!!

August 18, 2007
Sneaky Salesman has Parents on Alert!
ABC24 Eyewitness News CW30
Last Update: 8/18 9:50 pm
A group of angry moms in Hernando, Mississippi say a man posing as a salesman is targeting their kids. The moms say he has a list of all the families in the neighborhood with kids, and is relentless when it comes to getting closer to their children. Carla Alexander says, "I have a son. I have a daughter. I don't want anything to happen to them." Alexander says the guy usually asks for the woman of the house. Sometimes he says he is selling textbooks. Other times he says he selling tutoring sessions. The man says he is from the country Estonia and has a very strong accent. Police are now waiting at school buses in the neighborhood after school to make sure kids make it home safely. People in other neighborhoods in Desoto County have reported seeing this same man.
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Multi-Level Marketing Industry’s Lobbying Organization:
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Sri Lanka
Pyramid scam alert !!!

July 22, 2007
Pyramid scam alert
The Sunday Times Online
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Financial Times Vol. 42 - No 08
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Once again, thousands of consumers have been duped by a “multi-level marketing” scheme, based in the USA. More than 50,000 consumers are now caught up in a federal prosecution. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against BurnLounge, Inc. and is seeking a permanent halt to the illegal pyramid practices alleged in the complaint. The Sunday Times FT has been in the forefront in alerting the public of pyramid scams including GoldQuest that swamped Sri Lanka some years ago. As a result of these reports and investigations by the newspaper, the Central Bank stepped up public awareness against the scam and the probe against pyramid schemes is an ongoing process. In a new column today titled ‘Pyramid Scam alert”, the newspaper will provide news and information about MLM scams across the world as an when new stories like these are available. The information is provided courtesy Robert L. FitzPatrick, President of the PYRAMID SCHEME ALERT in the US. The organisation’s website is: http://www.PyramidSchemeAlert.org.
FTC charges MLM – BurnLounge
Once again, thousands of consumers have been duped by a “multi-level marketing” scheme, based in the USA. More than 50,000 consumers are now caught up in a federal prosecution. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against BurnLounge, Inc. and is seeking a permanent halt to the illegal pyramid practices alleged in the complaint. BurnLounge is one of the hottest multi-level marketing schemes. Its "product" is downloaded music, similar to i-Tunes. Some of its top promoters were previously recruiters with the MLM, Excel Communications. (now bankrupt). Burnlounge attracted superstars from sports, such as Shaquille O’Neal, and from the music industry – e.g. Justin Timberlake – to endorse it.
Evidence of scam against Usana
An investigative article in the prestigious New Zealand business magazine, National Business Review, reveals that thousands of New Zealand consumers are being solicited by Usana without getting true or complete facts about almost certain financial losses they will suffer in the scheme. Entitled, “Most People Won’t Get their Money Back” the article quoted government statistician Murray H Smith, who has served as an expert witness in New Zealand pyramid scheme cases, “you can make a very strong argument that this could be a pyramid scheme.” A new report shows that Usana operates in a very similar manner to Burnlounge Inc. which is now being prosecuted by the Federal Trade Commission as a pyramid scheme. Very little revenue is gained from actual retail customers (consumers who are not in the pay plan) and even less distributors’ profits come from retail sales.
Texas AG wants to stop Mannatech from operating in Texas
The Texas Attorney General claims that Mannatech, a publicly traded multi-level marketing (MLM) company – very similar in product, size, operation, publicly traded status and many other features to Usana Health Science – is deceiving and misleading consumers with its product claims. The Texas AG did not charge the company with operating a pyramid scheme as it did in a recent prosecution of the “gas mileage pill” company, BioPerformance, also a multi-level marketing company. The Texas AG said BioPerformance was a pyramid partly because it had almost no retail revenue. Neither does Mannatech. Both companies gain most revenue from new participants in the pay plan, not from retail customers, and recruiting is crucial to earn a profit in the pay plan. Why didn’t the Texas AG charge Mannatech with violations of its anti-pyramid scheme statute? One obvious reason is that the multi-level marketing industry’s lobbying organization, the Direct Selling Association – Mannatech is a member of the DSA! – lobbied to change the law in Texas in 2000 so that MLMs are now generally exempt. The law says that if payments and rewards are included in the price of products, the scheme is excluded from the law’s definition of a pyramid scheme.
Amway recruiting stopped in the UK?
Amway’s operations have been halted in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The government of England is prosecuting Amway for deceptive marketing. Some of the claims involve Amway’s infamous “tools” business in which distributors are lured into buying bogus “motivation and training” books, tapes and seminars in addition to large amount of Amway inventory. The promoters claim these tools help the distributor to be "successful". Much less than 1% of Amway’s distributors ever earn a profit. Millions of consumers worldwide lose money and quit the Amway scheme each year.
Is MLM a scam?
Questions pour in from all over the world asking about multi-level marketing companies. The answer is usually the same: If (1) recruiting other participants is the main basis for the scheme’s income promises; (2) the pay plan offers money from multiple levels of a “downline”; (3) most of the money is going to top levels (4) the income scheme requires you to make initial and/or monthly purchases and (5) there is very little retail selling (to people other than the salespeople) occurring --- it is a scam. This description fits nearly all MLM operations. Bottom line: A wise consumer should generally consider all MLMs a scam. Warning: Before you join any MLM, read the fine print of the “contract.” Like Amway, most MLMs impose severe restrictions to limit “competition” and to prevent the consumer from seeking legal recourse. Few consumers understand these extraordinary restrictions on their freedom or their legal jeopardy when they sign up at an MLM “opportunity meeting.”
The Sunday Times Online
Financial Times
Vol. 42 - No 08
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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South Carolina
Southwestern Company
Door-To-Door Salesman Warning !!!

July 12, 2007
Door-to-door salespeople apparently pretending to work for Lexington One
Reported by Angie Goff
Posted by Chantelle Janelle
WIS10 TV
wis10.com
July 12, 2007 05:12 PM CDT
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Investigators say people posing as school officials selling supplies are targeting children's homes. More than a dozen reports of men and women saying they are with Lexington School District One have been reported. The school district says it never hires anyone to do anything door-to-door, which put many parents on alert. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts tells WIS News 10 their investigation shows there is no immediate threat. "There reports all over the county of these people out there selling, trying to sell material, trying to gain entrance by using the fact that they're with the school district when they're not." Trey Campbell, a spokesman for "Southwestern Company," spoke to WIS News 10 about this matter. The company's website says it hires 3,000 students from 350 colleges around the country every summer. They sell books and educational software to students - who in turn go out and resell the items to residents. Their company has a strict code of ethics that says salespeople should make no statements that may mislead consumers. Campbell says the company will look into the matter and if it's found some have violated the policy they could be terminated. Metts says they're questioning some of the salesmen - students from Texas - whose unethical behavior could end with charges against them. If you have a run-in with one of these salespeople, you are asked to call the sheriff's department.
Reported by Angie Goff
Posted by Chantelle Janelle
WIS10 TV
wistv.com
Lexington County, South Carolina
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South Carolina
Southwestern Company
Door-To-Door Salesman Warning !!!

July 12, 2007
Deputies: Sales People Posing as School Officials to Sell Books
Updated: 7/12/2007 7:28:13 PM
First Posted: 7/12/2007 11:22:55 AM
WLTX-TV
(Lexington County) - Lexington County deputies say various people claiming to work with Lexington School District One have been going door to door in West Columbia neighborhoods, asking to speak with children and their parents. Investigators say they were tipped off to the college-aged imposters when the district began receiving complaints from parents. Deputies say they received at least eight phone calls regarding the people Thursday alone. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the people are actually sales associates that work for a book company. Metts says they ask to speak with the children, asking questions about them, as part of their sales pitch. Investigators say the questions are what alarmed the parents. School officials say the salesmen are not employed with the district, and they say they do not send their employees door to door. Authorities say the concern of deputies and parents was for children's safety: "That's a little scary to know that there are people out there doing this and you're not sure as a parent how to fell about it. For example, whether you should let them into your house or not. There are so many people nowadays going and doing things and you're not sure who is genuine and who is not," said Dawn Coulter. Coulter lives in one of the West Columbia neighborhoods targeted by the sales reps. Deputies say the seller canvassed Steele Road, Brookedale neighborhood and Hamlet South neighborhood among others. "As parents I feel like we can never be too careful or over protective of [our kids]," Coulter said. Deputies say they received varied information on the appearance of the suspected man, so they believe there were more associates working with him. Metts says posing as a school official is not a crime, so they cannot file any charges against the associates. Investigators say the people were trying to sell text books for The Southwestern Company, out of Nashville, Tennessee.
WLTX-TV
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COLUMBIA, South Carolina
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VANCOUVER Canada
Slamming The Door On Travelling Salespeople

July 5, 2007
CITY COUNCIL
Coquitlam considers slamming the door on travelling salespeople
IAN BAILEY
theglobeandmail.com
July 5, 2007
VANCOUVER -- The welcome mat could soon be rolled up for door-to-door salespeople in suburban Coquitlam if a proposed ban, with fines to punish violators, is instituted. City council in the community of 114,000 unanimously asked staff this week to draft two bylaws - one to ban door-to-door sales of natural gas, and a second to ban all commercial door-to-door sales. They will decide whether to pass them in September, after the summer break. One councillor said he thinks some form of a ban is a done deal. "This is going to go through," Doug Macdonnell said. "There is enough will on council to put this thing through. The day of door to door is past." The issue came to council because of complaints about aggressive sales of long-term gas contracts resulting from a regulatory change in B.C. that allows Terasen Gas customers to buy from other companies. But now councillors and the mayor are talking about a much wider ban, with some arguing door-to-door sales have no place in a world of big-box stores and Internet shopping. "Fifty years ago, the door-to-door sales was probably a legitimate part of our communities, but we don't shop that way any more," said Counsellor Richard Stewart, who proposed the motions. "We've heard from residents, 'The front porch isn't the place I want to buy my commercial goods,' " the former Liberal MLA said. "We shop on the Internet. We shop at the shopping mall. We make our decision to purchase something, and we go do the research of that subject rather than waiting for a salesman to come with encyclopedias and buy them on the door." And Mr. Stewart, recalling an unpleasant personal experience with a zealous salesperson, said that problem isn't restricted to gas vendors. The salesman "was trying to sell me frozen beef, roasts and steaks and stuff out of the trunk of his car," Mr. Stewart said. "And I told him, 'I don't buy my beef on the front porch,' and he got offended that I would denigrate his chosen profession of selling door-to-door meat." Coquitlam would be following the smaller Lower Mainland community of Langley if it enacts a ban. Langley, with 25,000 residents in 10 square kilometres, enacted a ban in April on sales for commission paid by third parties, although registered charities can still make their case on Langley-area porches. "We want to let people enjoy their evenings at home without being besieged by door-to-door canvassers," Langley Mayor Peter Fassbender said. In Coquitlam, Mr. Stewart said council is discussing various exemptions for newspaper sales - because papers are a product that comes to the door - as well as landscape contractors, religious groups and non-profit organizations. "We would obviously exempt Girl Guide cookies and other not-for-profits, non-commercial sales. There's widespread support for making sure those avenues of fundraising are still available," he said. Council will also have to eventually reach a consensus on fines, he said. Coquitlam municipal fines run between $100 and $500 per offence, and he expects residents visited by offending salespeople could call bylaw enforcement officers, who would impose a fine. "We're not talking capital punishment here, but we obviously have to make the fine large enough that it's an actual deterrent," he said. "It has to have the effect of prohibiting that kind of practice. If it's just a cost of doing business, then we have failed." The president of the Direct Sellers Association of Canada, Ross Creber, said a ban is inappropriate, calling on Coquitlam to target the specific vendors who have prompted complaints. The head of the Consumers Association of Canada also slammed the idea, acknowledging complaints about the work of some salesmen, but suggesting it is unfair to penalize all such salesmen. "We don't have a problem with door-to-door sales as long as they are done on an ethical basis," Bruce Cran said. "An outright ban is overkill." Mr. Cran said door-to-door salespeople are now too rare to warrant the effort of bans. "I am surprised Coquitlam would think there were enough surviving to be a problem."
IAN BAILEY
theglobeandmail.com
VANCOUVER, Canada
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Kansas
June 26, 2007
Jackson County Book Scam
CBS 13
WIBW-TV
Posted: 9:34 PM Jun 26, 2007
Last Updated: 9:34 PM Jun 26, 2007
In Mayetta, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office says a man is claiming to sell books for the Parents as Teachers Association of Topeka. A woman told police the man is white, around 5'10" - 6'1" with sandy to light brown hair, carrying a dark backpack and speaking incredibly fast. He asks for payment up front and says he'll deliver books at the end of summer. Parents as Teachers says it does not have anyone selling these items. If you have any information on this individual please call Jackson County Sheriff's Office at (785) 364-2251.
CBS 13
WIBW-TV
wibw.com
Topeka, Kansas
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Illinois
June 26, 2007
Southwestern Company's negative impact
Voice of the People
A Chicago Tribune blog for letters to the editor
Originally posted: June 26, 2007
This past Saturday my wife and I were shocked when we found a young woman walking around Elmhurst looking for a place to sleep. I am very sympathetic to the homeless and this young woman had an added factor that made her case even more distressing. She and two other young people were dropped off in Elmhurst and told that they had to find their own shelter. Then the circumstances began to come to light. They are Bulgarian students on J-1 visas, which allow them to work in the U.S. for four months in the summer. College students like them come to the U.S. to sell the products of the Southwestern Company. When these students find a family who is willing to host them, they give the family a sheet that clearly states that the students are expected to work an 80-hour, six-day week. Sundays are reserved for group meetings. The students have no cars or means of transportation. They have little money. Yet the three Elmhurst salespersons are expected to cover the entire town door to door. We know that similar efforts are also being made in surrounding communities. The company protects itself by making sure that each student is registered as an "independent contractor," which absolves the organization from legal responsibilities. To talk to the students, one gets the impression that they have almost been brainwashed into a cult-like admiration of the business mode they are in. Yet we think that using these international [as well as national] college students as the lowest rung of a multi-layered management business without even giving them the benefit of being employees is not acceptable. Door-to-door sales are very hard to do. Cold-calling people in a community to ask for a place to stay is even more difficult and potentially dangerous. If the Southwestern Company is going to bring students from overseas, they need to make sure that their basic needs are met and not just in Tennessee but in every placed community. It is our opinion that Southwestern is also using Americans who, out of the goodness of their hearts, take in these students to keep them safe. That is double exploitation. It is disgusting to think that an American business association could stoop so low as this effort seems to be. We have been previously involved in exchange programs. It upset us greatly to hear that these students were told that it would be a great character-building experience for them to go into a community and knock on doors asking for lodging. The Southwestern Company is making money as a result of these students' work, and Southwestern is also using the people who host them. Southwestern has the moral responsibility to find safe housing prior to their arrival in any community. As consumers we don't think we should support or purchase products from such a company. We are appalled at what one company can do to harm innocent young lives and hurt the American image abroad.

Charlie and Betty Laliberte
Elmhurst
Charlie and Betty Laliberte
Elmhurst, Illinois
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com
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Pennsylvania
Door-To-Door Salesman Alert !!!

June 7, 2007
Sentinel Morning Update: Salesmen's license revoked in Upper Allen Township
By staff reports, June 7, 2007
The Sentinel
Last updated: Thursday, June 7, 2007 7:35 AM EDT
Upper Allen Township police revoked the transient retail business license for Michael Ford this morning after an investigation Wednesday into complaints about aggressive door-to-door salesmen who claimed their product was endorsed by the Mechanicsburg Area School District, when that was not the case. Ford, representing the Southwestern Company, had been in the area for the past three weeks going door to door to sell books for children of all ages. The township's press release said that Ford does work for a legitimate company and any previous orders placed with him should be fine. The release also said that Upper Allen Township residents should contact the police department if any further solicitation is received from Ford. They may call 717-795-2445 or 717-238-9676. Township police chief James Adams said his department received calls Wednesday afternoon from local parents concerned about the tactics of the salesmen. The police then launched an investigation, interviewing school officials, callers and other township residents. MASD spokesman Dennis Baker said the biggest concern school officials have is the claim that their "Young Learners" books and CDs were endorsed and being used by the school district. "That is not true," Baker said, adding the salesmen were using such questionable techniques as making parents feel guilty about not buying material the men claim would benefit their child.
By staff reports
The Sentinel
cumberlink.com
Allen Township, Pennsylvania
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Madison, Wisconsin
Door-To-Door Sales Legislation

June 1, 2007
Legislation Seeks To Curb Abuses By 'rogue Van Crews'
Violence, Drug Use, Cheating Customers Reported By
Young Magazine Sales Workers
BY JENNY PRICE
Wisconsin State Journal :: CAPITAL REGION BUSINESS
JOURNAL :: 12
Friday, June 1, 2007
A Tennessee-based direct sales company that uses college students to go door-to-door on its behalf is taking issue with a bill that would make it harder for traveling sales crews to operate in Wisconsin. The legislation, which the state Senate approved this spring, has been in the works since 1999, when a van carrying a traveling magazine sales crew on the Interstate crashed near Janesville, killing seven teens and seriously injuring seven more. A similar bill passed the Senate last year but did not come up for a vote in the Assembly. Senate Bill 80 would change the definition of traveling sales workers from independent contractors to actual employees. That's one of the main provisions The Southwestern Company objects to, according to spokesman Trey Campbell. "At the heart of the matter, the safety of the young people making up those crews and the protection of Wisconsin citizens is the driving force behind this bill," Campbell said. But while the bill "seems like a quick fix to prevent operators of traveling sales crews from abusing the independent contractor status by avoiding worker's comp and scheduled paydays," Campbell said its initial language would also prevent law-abiding and legitimate companies, like his, from operating as direct sellers. A similar bill failed to win passage in the New Jersey Legislature last year, but Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, the main sponsor of the Wisconsin bill, said action on the issue is long overdue here. "There are just horrific stories out there and examples as to why this is needed," Erpenbach said. A New York Times story published earlier this year -- based on interviews with more than 50 current and former members of magazine sales crews -- found many traveled in unsafe vehicles operated by unlicensed drivers. Those interviewed for the article also reported incidents of violence, drug use and cheating customers. "I'm sure there's examples all over the country everyday where something goes wrong or an employee is mistreated," Erpenbach said. Campbell agrees there's a need to curb the abuses by "rogue van crews" but maintains those enterprises are vastly different from other kinds of door-to-door sales enterprises that operate within the law, including Southwestern, which contracts with thousands of college students each summer who live with a local host family. "The superficial similarities end once you get past the youth of the college students and the fact they 'travel' in order to relocate to another town for the summer," Campbell said. And Campbell said the bill could take away a significant entrepreneurial opportunity for students who are essentially running their own small business. Last summer, 30 UW-Madison made $387,665 gross profit, he said. Still, Erpenbach said Southwestern's request to amend the definition of traveling sales crews in his bill is not realistic. "To exempt one company is ridiculous," he said. "They think it's a good idea except for them," Erpenbach said. "They may be a fine company but that's not the point. They're in an industry that isn't really regulated at all." The bill also has vigorous support from families of the Janesville van crash victims, led by Phil Ellenbecker, whose 18-year-old daughter, Malinda Turvey, died in the accident. The driver of the van was trying to switch out of his seat to avoid being detected for operating without a license. Ellenbecker has been fighting for the bill for several years and spoke in favor of it during a Senate hearing last year. Ellenbecker testified the bill was intended to protect young sales people and their potential customers in Wisconsin "from the brutal violence that has plagued the traveling door-to-door sales industry both here in Wisconsin and across the country. "The bill is a matter of public safety and as such requires that the needs of the many must outweigh the needs of the few."

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Wisconsin Legislature: www.legis.state.wi.us

The Southwestern Company: www.southwestern.com
BY JENNY PRICE
Wisconsin State Journal :: CAPITAL REGION BUSINESS
JOURNAL :: 12
madison.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
Ripoff Report
Report: #250520
Report: Southwestern Company
Category: Sales People

May 26, 2007
Southwestern Company Lied, Harassed, Threatened, Exploited, Cheated, Raped
Nashville Tennessee

Southwestern Company
2450 Atrium Way
Nashville, Tennessee, 37214
U.S.A.
Phone: 800-843-6149

Submitted: 5/26/2007 8:55:47 AM
Modified: 5/27/2007 12:46:00 AM
Kristen Rae
Lawrenceville, Georgia
The Southwestern Company is a company which recruits students to door-to-door sell their books in America over the summer. The issues with this company are limitless. Many concerns have been raised about the way this job is marketed to students and not an insignificant number of students have had extremely bad experiences while working for Southwestern. I had Southwestern Company recruiters sit at my kitchen table and tell my parents and boyfriend that I would be selling in safe neighborhoods, that I would be accompanied by another person for safety, that I would have time to attend church on Sundays, and that I would make $8500. I sold books door to door in the 4th ranked highest crime city in America. I was not accompanied for safety. I was not allowed to attend church. I made -$150. At the end of the summer I had totaled my car, been raped by a coworker (no background check was run on him) and owed the company $150. I walked away with nothing. However, the company made $5,822.48 off my summer from hell. I was not compensated for the car wreck, the rape, or the mental and physical distresses. I put up a site to educate students and parents regarding issues within the company:

http://southwesterncompanytruth.com

The company has sent threatening letters to me and my family trying to shut the website down. According to my attorneys, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the site. It is a personal site and meant to educate parents and students. Now, the company is in the midst of filing suit against me for $250,000 in punitive damages for the website with another $50,000 in attorney fees. So to sum things up: I was lied to, in a car accident, raped, and scammed. I posted a website. Southwestern is filing suit. What a monster of a company!
Kristen Rae
Lawrenceville, Georgia
U.S.A.
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Athens, Georgia
Death of a saleman's internship
Book Sales Company: Southwestern Company

May 26, 2007
Death of a saleman's internship
Contributed By Allie Byrd
The Red and Black Publishing Company Inc.
Issue date: 4/17/06 Section: Opinions
Last week, I received a very exciting and potentially careerchanging phone call. A friendly man on the phone informed me I had been "recommended for a summer internship" and he was a "corporate recruiter for the University."

After being asked to confirm I am a second-year journalism major, the man told me not only I could receive up to three hours of college credit for this internship, but also I could make an average of $8,400 in the process.

"Well sign me up," I thought excitedly. He also told me to come to an informative meeting about applying for this "internship" the next day at the University Career Center in Clark Howell Hall. He even told me I could bring along a friend to apply for the internship as well.

During the meeting, I found this "internship" was less of a career-furthering opportunity than I had been led to believe. After sitting in a room with 12 other students for about an about an hour and a half, I learned this so called "internship" was actually a job going door to door selling "educational textbooks and software." Not quite the summer internship I had in mind.

The job offered by the Southwestern Company actually entails moving to another state for the summer, most likely in the Midwest, living with a host family in a garage or basement apartment and soliciting to families door-to-door.

I was told I had the potential to earn as much as I wanted to, and some students made anywhere from $40,000 to $90,000 in one summer. I also had the potential to make no money. I guess that would all depend on my salesmanship skills. Maybe all those years of selling wrapping paper to my grandparents for elementary school fundraisers would actually pay off.

Astounded that the University would allow this company to use the Career Center for their business scheme, I wondered how much the University really knew about the way in which The Southwestern Company solicited to students.

Career Center Executive Director Scott T. Williams is fully aware of the company's doings and said they use "cold calls" to contact students.

Dictionary.com defines a cold call as "a telephone call or visit made to someone who is not known or not expecting contact, often in order to sell something." Gee, this sounds just like a summer internship opportunity phone call to me.

Students' phone numbers are retrieved when they are recommended by someone within the company and when students respond to internship surveys in classes, Williams wrote.

He added this opportunity is an internship only if it is alignment with "an individual student's career goals."

Perhaps I missed the memo, but I was unaware the University now offers a major in door-to-door salesmanship. In fact, I was under the impression door-to-door sales is a dying business because of the popularity of online purchasing. Maybe it's making a comeback. The next time my local milk delivery man stops by, I'll make sure to ask him how business is doing.

Yes, the Southwestern Company is a legitimate business. Yes, you can make a decent sum of money in one summer, and earn three hours of college credit. But, unless you a majoring in door-to-door sales, or perhaps want a future career as a spin doctor, students should know that this "summer internship" offered by the Southwestern Company is more like selling Girl Scout cookies than furthering your future career.

- Allie Byrd is a sophomore from Fayetteville majoring in political science and newspapers.
Contributed By Allie Byrd
The Red and Black Publishing Company Inc.
media.www.redandblack.com
Athens, Georgia
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Wisconsin
Door-To-Door Book Sales Scam !!!

1999
Textbook sales tactics become major turnoff
By Phil Pfuehler
rivertowns.net
River Falls, WI
1999
Door-to-door salesmen are rare these days, but not rare enough for Brad Viney. Viney was visited several times this summer by a persistent young man peddling school books. "The thing that disturbed me was his very high-pressure schtick," Viney said. "He didn't let me get a word in. He wanted to come into my house and show me what others had purchased, including teachers. "He also knew that I had two boys in the middle school. At that point I told him that he knew more about us that I cared to have him know. He led me to believe he was associated with the school district. When I asked him about this, he backed off and said he wasn't really from the school district. It seemed like a scam." Since late July, Meyer Middle School Principal Elaine Baumann has gotten complaints similar to Viney's and other inquiries about school-book salesman. So Baumann investigated. She learned that two young salesman from a publisher called Southwestern Company in Nashville, Tenn., are working the River Falls area. "My concern is that parents want to do what's best for their kids in school and will feel pressured into buying these books because the school district is endorsing or recommending them," Baumann said. "That is not the case. The district has nothing to do with these books. You have to take what they're selling for what it's worth and make your own judgment." Just last week Baumann was visited at home by a Pierce County deputy. Two of her neighbors had called about a school-book salesman trying to get into houses. The deputy wondered if Baumann had seen the guy. Baumann hadn't but others had. Like Greenwood Elementary Principal Pat McCardle. "He was very aggressive, and I deal with salespeople every day at school," said McCardle, who was visited at his home by the book peddler last month. "He might have been using my name in is his sales pitch to the neighbors along with names of other school district employees. "The books were some kind of series focusing on basic skills in the core areas - reading, science and math. I didn't give him much time. I got him off my property in 5 minutes." McCardle's objection was simple: "It may have been a quality product, even priced appropriately, but what was offensive was his using as a sales pitch the endorsement by certain individuals from the school district." Middle school social studies teacher Sue Covill said the same young man visited her house three times. The first time he met Covill she was leaving with her daughters. "Somehow he knew my name. He came up saying, 'Mrs. Covill, you're the only teacher I haven't talked to yet.' He also said he was going around talking to parents of honors students," said Covill, whose eldest daughter, in fact, regularly makes the honor roll. The last visit to the Covills was a Saturday night, late, around 10:30 p.m. "We were inside watching a movie," Covill said. "We saw this car pull up in the dark and thought 'Who the heck is this'?" The young school-book salesman, of course. Covill said her daughters were "a little freaked" by this late-hour visit. Covill's husband, Ty, told the young man this was an improper time to visit and to leave. Another woman, who asked not to be identified, said the young salesman stopped to see her twice. "He addressed me by my name and said, 'Don't you know me?' I said, 'Well, no, I don't." And he said, 'You should,'" said the woman, who did invite the man in her house. "I thought he was representing the school district," she said. "He said he was here from the school as an exchange student." The woman said the salesman was evasive and inquisitive: "He had a map of the neighborhood.He even asked what time I went to bed at night and what my work schedule was." All the complaints about the Southwestern Company salesman were outside River Falls in the towns of Kinnickinnic, Clifton, River Falls and Troy. Police Chief Roger Leque said another Southwestern salesman obtained a direct seller's permit to sell within the city limits. "We haven't had any complaints about that person," Leque said. A seller's permit costs $10 a month, plus a $25 investigation fee. Leque said his department checks to see if applicants have a criminal background. Calls are also made to the state's Office of Consumer Protection to see if there are a "pattern of complaints" against an applicant's company. "It's not a rubberstamp procedure," Leque said. "We spend a fair amount of time checking." While the city requires permits to sell, nothing is required by towns or the counties. Baumann said she has sent a letter to Southwestern Company. In it she complained about the salesman's falsely representing the school district, and his way of violating people's privacy and security.
1999 River Falls Journal
By Phil Pfuehler
rivertowns.net
River Falls, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin Consumer Complaints
Source: Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Wi. Consumer Protection Website

March 15, 2006
Warning Letter:
Hartford, Wisconsin Consumer Complaint:
Direct Marketing-Face-to-Face Solicitations
Wis. Admin. Code ATCP 127, Subchapter IV
No person shall make an advertisement, announcement,
statement or repesentation which is untrue, deceptive or
misleading to induce a sale.
Wis. Stat. 100.18(1)
Warning Letter To Southwestern 03/15/06
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September 1, 2005
Warning Letter:
Wausau, Wisconsin Consumer Complaint:
Direct Marketing-Face-to-Face Solicitations
Wis. Admin. Code ATCP 127, Subchapter IV
No person shall make an advertisement, announcement,
statement or repesentation which is untrue, deceptive or
misleading to induce a sale.
Wis. Stat. 100.18(1)
Warning Letter To Southwestern 09/01/05
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December 2004
Warning Letter:
Thiensville, Wisconsin Consumer Complaint:
Direct Marketing-Face-to-Face Solicitations
Wis. Admin. Code ATCP 127, Subchapter IV
No person shall make an advertisement, announcement,
statement or repesentation which is untrue, deceptive or
misleading to induce a sale.
Wis. Stat. 100.18(1)
Warning Letter To Southwestern December 2004
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Wisconsin Bureau Of Consumer Protection
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