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I wish I knew the answer to this one, and as someone who used to hassle people over their "freeloader" debts, but I don't. All I know is that they're unfair, they prey on people's guilt, and fear of them (especially when one wants to continue getting services) keeps people in jobs they shouldn't be in if they no longer want to be there.
I finished my second contract, having broken my first one and been hassled about a freeloader debt, and staying that long was a mistake.
I still feel guilty about leaving, and I haven't been a Churchie in more years than I was one.
People do a lot of things in CofS they wouldn't have done otherwise, due to the constant pressure and nagging and indoctrination and even threats. That stuff clouds a person's thinking, makes him or her anxious, keeps him or her off balance- and that's exactly what the cult wants.
When I was on the goddamn HAS would try to get you to sign a new (five year) contract every year, so that you always had a freeloader debt honging over your head.
I'd never heard of that being done before. Maybe it was just him. Maybe he figured it was a way to get some stat up!
So, Olska, how are you sure this isn't a legal debt? I haven't seen a staff contract for years so maybe it's just obvious - I don't know. This is an important datum to know for sure for many people. Of course, even if it was "legal" the worst they could do is put it on your credit report in the U.S. -they could never actually collect it. But who would want Church of Scientology stamped on their credit report?
You know, I never had thought of it before, but the whole idea of a freeloader's bill being a legal debt sounds pretty ridiculous. Great thread, Olska!
Alright, I want to nominate myself for the "biggest loser" award. I paid off F/L debts TWICE, and went back on staff a third (or fourth?) time. The second freeloader debt was paid before Christmas so the money could go toward staff bonuses. But even worse than that was the Scientologists I worked for and the Scientologists I married. Two of my former employers collected pseudo F/L debts when I left their employ, and both of my ex husbands figured out a way to bill me after the divorce. THIS IS NOT A JOKE. The really sick part is I paid them.:confused2:
Will someone please just slap me????
It probably was his own unique solution, and since this was one of the orgs that won the birthday game, stat pushes and unique solutions would almost have to be part of the scene.
All of we exes got duped. It's sick how they use guilt and obligation and whatever other mind-f**k to get to you.