Teresa Osborne is a bookkeeper in Ontario, Canada who blogs at Georgian Blues. She formerly had several Mary Kay Associates as clients. She recently decided to fire them all, as she explains in her post The Cult of Mary Kay.
Here are a few excerpts from her colorful blog post:
…I am afraid of Mary Kay Ladies. My apologies…no wait…My condolences if you are one. I don’t mean to offend, but you scare the shit out of me.
Have you ever dealt with any of these freaks? They are like some scary screwed up cult. They try to sell you their ridiculously marked up, crappy cosmetics and skin care, and then when they have you fooled into doing that they try to recruit you into their coven. If you ever get into a room with a bunch of them, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Teresa describes the recruiting process… that the consultants will tell you about the nice people they meet, the places they go, the wonderful prizes they win, and all the money they make. However, she’s their bookkeeper and knows better:
…Trust me. They make no money. In fact they loose money. Between the conferences, the gas, the promotional stuff and the samples, their profits are eaten up damn fast.
They will show you the jewelry they have earned. Big ass, ugly, cheap diamond rings and crap. Then they tell you about their good friend Beatrice…she drives a Pink Cadillac! Tell me…who the hell wants to drive around in some ugly, gas guzzling PINK car?
And you know what you have to do to get that pink car? You have to buy thousands of dollars in product each year, PLUS recruit like 15 new people. That’s a pyramid scheme ladies. A well camouflaged one, but a pyramid scheme all the same.
According to Teresa, if they didn’t spend so much time and money on Mary Kay, they could afford to buy nice diamond rings and drive cars that aren’t pink.
Teresa became tired of living in fear… fear that she’d get caught by one of them at the cosmetics counter… fear that she’d one day attend one of their parties:
I am tired of being afraid one of them will see me at the Mac counter buying makeup, or in Shopper’s Drug Mart buying face cream. And I have totally run out of excuses to not go to their “Parties”. They scare me….they really do.
So Teresa Osborne took the bold step to do what she knew she had to do:
So I am now in the process of firing my Mary Kay clients. I can no longer in good conscience do bookkeeping for this clueless bunch, pretend like I agree with the stupid ass thing they are doing. It is just too freaky. I am sick of smiling nicely when they come to see me, and trying not to smack them up the side of the head for being happy that their quarterly profit was in the negative again.
Somehow I think that as soon as they visit her blog, Teresa won’t have to worry about having them as clients anymore.
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