Your Name: Mary
Date Joined Mary Kay: May, 1997
When Left Mary Kay or Still Active?: Summer 2004
Initial Inventory Purchased: 2400
How were you recruited?: I got a company mailer about the opportunity from my rep who was also a SSD and I called her about signing up.
Memorable experience you had in Mary Kay:
Going to my second rah rah session – about 3 months after my first and noting instead of 4 directors renting the space, there was only one. Instead of a full room of people there were only 6 of us. Two of those six were “guests”, sisters just out of high school who worked at a local factory and lived in the cheapest of trailer parks with their mother. They were given make-overs and the more boisterous of the 2 was signed that night!! RAH! RAH!
I showed up the next week – the one and only time I did 2 meetings in a row, and the new recruit had bought a $600 inventory package and thus got to read the MK quote of the week – umm – this was awkward – she couldn’t – she stood there and stared at the slip of paper and screwed up her face trying to decode the words until her sister looked over her shoulder and whispered the MKism into her ear. I then knew this was a cruel con. My director lived 200 mlies away and when I told of my new objections to the business agreed with me that having someone who could not read sign a written contract for a business that communicates primarily by written word was unethical – I thought it was exploitive, personally. She gave told me this Director was an exception – most Directors she knew would never do anything like this. She found another area meeting for me to attend – which on the few occasions I attended only confirmed that there was NO actual market for this product; this was a con and like cons preyed upon what you wishes were true rather than what you know is true.
What did you learn from Mary Kay?: I prefer MAC.
What are you doing now?: What I want without guilt.
Additional Comments: None