« Last post by Raintree on Yesterday at 11:17:16 PM »
This happened a few years ago but I am still unsure what I could/should have done:
Basically, how can you extricate yourself from an MLM situation when you're also the recipient of hospitality?
I was a member of a business networking group, new to the scene, and we were encouraged to meet with other members one-on-one. So this senior member invited me to a "business lunch" to meet some other people who might have some common interests. At the time, I had never heard of MLM schemes; this was my first introduction.
I agreed, and he told me to meet at his office and he'd give me a ride there. Turned out the "business lunch" was at a private home, and a very nice lunch was prepared by the hostess. We chatted a bit, and then things started to get ridiculous. They launched into a discussion of their special miracle water, complete with "I was sick, and doctors told me I'd never walk again...and then I began drinking this water." A few other supporters then shared their stories. All while still sitting around the luncheon table, ie, I was a lunch guest in this lady's home, so I couldn't really just get up from the table and leave. They launched into their physiological explanations of how this water was supposed to work in the body, and it was clear they didn't have a clue about physiology but just believed the story they'd themselves been given. (I have a background in biology and it was definitely nonsense they were talking).
Then dessert was served and they did "demonstrations" of various other products, and then came the stories about "I bought my vacation home on the money I've made as a distributor for this product, and don't we all want financial security?"
They really wanted me to become a distributor, it was apparent, and I managed to put them off with polite smiles and "it looks really wonderful but not at this time" or "I'll think about it and get back to you" etc. Bearing in mind that I was young and didn't want to offend the senior networking club member who had brought me, nor the woman whose living room I was sitting in and whose delicious lunch I had just consumed. Also, the person who had driven me was driving me back, though I could have also quite easily have got a bus.
If it had been a pushy salesperson at a booth at a trade show, I could have walked away, but in this situation I felt I needed to stay the course. What's a lunch guest to do in this situation?