Multi-level humbug

I am really getting mighty irritated with these multi-level marketing guys, the type where you are supposed to make millions without working your ass off. I had this friend from high-school, and we were good friends and then I lost all contact from him for a few years. Then, all of a sudden, I met him in Bangalore and found that he stayed very close to where I was staying(though I moved away from there a month ago). It so happened that there were a few other friends living nearby, all former school/college mates and we used to team up for dinner every night. I got to know that this guy was involved in some kind of multi-level business as they call it, which involves getting new people into your network and you get a payout from the parent concern for every guy who joins your network. I have asked these guys how will they earn money “as people are added to the tree”, but they insist that after just a few months, money will flow in like anything(guess their training involved deception).

I always had a feeling that this kind of business was BS and never thought of earning money just by getting people into the net. This business model will work(for the parent company at best) and a little for the guys who go around pleading for friends and family to join this network. But after a while, or even early on, you figure out that not many people are buying it and you end up with no one to sell your ‘stuff’ to. This ends up spoiling friendships and relationships amongst the seller and the buyer since most of the time, they should be well-known to each other and you just cant sell to any stranger on the road.

I really felt bad when this guy called me up and tried to get me into his ‘network’. He kept saying on his own that he did not want me to join and only wanted me to attend one of these meetings that they conduct everyday and that I could make thousands in days. He also said that of his 30K investment, he had ‘recovered’ 15K or so. And that he was making money fast..

I felt haggled when he kept explaining it when I was not interested upto the point when I politely hung up the call and that was the last I heard of him. Our friendship had turned sour just because he tried to push something onto me which I did not like and this is the major reason why I hate this multilevel crap.

Now my girl calls me to tell that her colleague had started doing something on similar lines and just casually started explaining this to her. She was wise enough to know what it had in store and jokingly asked him to share his millions if ever she was in need. Here comes another one.

I just have one question for such people, if ever you had a decent day job, would you ever try getting more people onto your ‘network’ after you have recovered the amount you had initially invested? 

Work hard and come up in life, money can be earned anytime, but friendships soured over such things as petty as money will take a beating for a long time and may never come to its previous state.

The Arrow of Time

During one of my sojourns on the Internet, I came across this web page, aptly titled “The Arrow of Time”. It is a web page which was put up by an Argentinian Photographer, Diego Golberg where he and his family took a picture of themselves every year on the 17th of June since 1976. The web page becomes a snapshot of them in time as every year rushes by.

The page has pictures of the couple from 1976 till 2007 as of now! We have to wait till June 17th 2008 to see the next round of updates! Makes me feel like taking a photo of myself every year too!

Check out this page and wish you a very Happy Diwali guys!

Army admits to stray bullet

Following my last post about the stray bullet that hit Niharika Jeena, I took today’s newspaper, again turned to page 3 and found an article informing that the Army had admitted that there were firing sessions that were going on around that time at the military camp.

The army had denied this fact earlier! An army official had told the Times of India that a DSC(Defence Security Corps) unit was engaged in firing practice around that time. The bullets were the same, and the bullet had apparently travelled 4 kilometers before hitting her! I couldn’t find an online version of that article, looks like it hasn’t been uploaded or something, but you can take a look at the e-paper provided by the Times of India.

Now that they have confirmed it, it remains to be seen whether they take the necessary steps to prevent bullets from going all over the city.

Problem Solving

I came across this via email, Really funny and the moral at the bottom speaks a lot too!

One day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route. No problems for the first few stops-a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well. At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet eight, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground. He glared at the driver and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!” and sat down at the back. Did I mention that the driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek Like JOOBY Well, he was. Naturally, he didn’t argue with Big John, but he wasn’t happy about it.

The next day the same thing happened-Big John got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down. And the next day, and the one after that, and so forth. This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him.

Finally he could stand it no longer. He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff. By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what’s more, he felt really good about himself. So on the next Monday, when Big John once again got on the bus and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!,” the driver stood up, glared back at the passenger, and screamed, “And why not?”

With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied,

“Big John has a bus pass.”

Moral of the story:
First be sure if there is a problem before working hard to solve one!