Ah yes, good old Amway...
Back in high school I had a really close guy friend named Rich (no, I'm not changing his name to protect the innocent). I had it bad for him for a long time, it was a kind of messed-up relationship. We drifted apart after graduation, mostly because he realized I'd stopped pining for him and was no longer willing to be his stand-by date when he couldn't get anyone else to spend time with him. I did see him briefly when we both attended the same community college and had a biology class together, but other than that we were kind of out of each other's lives. He wasn't a bad person, just a little manipulative and self-absorbed.
A few years down the road, I was living with my DH, to whom I was then only engaged. I happened to stay home from work one night and the phone rang; it was Rich! I was floored. He'd called my mom's house to talk to me, and she gave him my new number. I was really happy to hear from him, thinking maybe we could catch up, possibly double-date with his fiancee and my fiance. Instead, he started talking to me about "Wouldn't it be great if you could make money just by buying things you need anyway?"
I let him go on for a few minutes, confused; then I commented, politely, "It sounds like Amway."
"Well...yeah, it is."
"No." I explained that I knew someone who had been involved in Amway for a time and had needed to resort to rather drastic measures (changing phone numbers, etc.) in order to get out of the mess, and I preferred to keep my distance. Besides, I liked my job. We chatted a bit longer, I told him I hoped we could hang out sometime, and he said we'd keep in touch.
That was spring of 2000. I haven't heard from him since.