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Ok, so have you ever come across this at some point in your life?
One fine day, your old high school friend whom you've never been close to suddenly messages you like, "Hey stranger! Long time no see.". And you get friendly too for old times sake, until he asks you what you're doing now, You tell him that you just finished your studies and currently looking for a job, and he gets all excited about it. Next thing you know, he's inviting you out for coffee to 'catch up', to which you happily accept, not suspecting a thing.
Then when you meet up, he suddenly gets into this 'great opportunity' MLM thing and insists you sign up too. On top of that, he's called in his 'senpai' so that they both can convince you to join the scheme as well.
Sounds familiar? Yeah, I can't stand people like that too.
Just the other day, a random person I knew from the university tried to pull that same shit with me too. She was like, "What if I told you that there's this opportunity where you don't have to work so hard, and you can STILL earn tons?"
And I was like,
Long story short, I'm a little wiser now to tell 'friends' like that to just fuck off. I don't need users like that in my life.
Usually, I've always been wary of people who seems like they're out for my money. But not Amway guy. I remember that day so well.
So I was on my laptop, watching a movie as usual when suddenly an unfamiliar name popped up and started messaging me. Let's call him Ash Ho.
Now, I don't recall adding an Ash Ho on my Facebook, but his face looked very familiar. It was only after a while that I remember he was a kid I knew from my primary school days. But I remembered calling him by his Chinese name.
I asked him how he's doing, Ash was like, yeah I'm doing fine and all, just catching up with friends. Speaking of friends, we should catch up sometime! I know this fantastic Nasi Lemak place in PJ. Quite famous too!
Now, if you know me well enough, I've always had a weakness for food. Especially good food. When Ash Ho mentioned Nasi Lemak in PJ, I immediately assumed it was the one in Village Park, famously known for its excellent food and the Nasi. I was hooked.
Did someone say 'Nasi Lemak'?
So we agreed to meet up that weekend. Apparently, because I 'wouldn't know how to get there', Ash suggested that I meet up at his place so that we can go to the Nasi Lemak place together. I suspected nothing.
So there I was in his car, just talking about what we're currently doing an all. He told me he was doing some middleman work and what not and how he's doing so much better now for his family, etc...
SO as we're turning into PJ, suddenly Ash Ho was like, "Oh yeah, if you don't mind, I need to drop by to pick up a few things here." and before I knew it, we were turning into Amway.
Fine, I thought. I'll just wait for him in the car and we'll be on our merry way after that.
NOPE! He parked his car and looked at me as he was getting out. So I followed suit and walked out of the car too. It was then that I started thinking that something fishy's going on.
When we arrived at the lobby of Amway, Ash started talking to me about the history of Amway, showing their timelines and good works they have done, yadda, yadda, yadda. I didn't know why the hell was he taking me on a random tour. Like, I didn't even ask anything about Amway, but there he was just droning on.
So yeah, I was about to ask what exactly does he need to do and if we can move on to Nasi Lemak, when he goes "Here we are! The Nasi Lemak here is pretty damn good."
It was the Amway cafeteria. The fucking cafeteria.
I was in so much of a shock, I didn't know what to say. If I was there now, I would've just said "BOY, BYE!" and called myself an Uber to go home.
But no, I was still a college student at that time before Uber or Grab was a thing. Plus, he drove us there so I could not escape by driving myself either. Fine, I'll just go along with the silly lunch, but I ordered something else besides Nasi Lemak. I refused to layan him after that.
As he paid for the lunch (might as well get a free meal out of it), I was planning my escape until he came over and sat next to me. Just as I had suspected, he started telling me that he's looking to recruit some 'promising' people and the opportunities and benefits are out of this world!
And there I was thinking
As he goes on talking about how good a deal it is to join Amway, I just smiled and nodded politely, agreeing where needed and such, when he goes, "OK! Since we both agree, let's sign you up right now." And out of nowhere, he pulls out a form and gets me to fill it in before handing over the fees.
I was like "Wooah! I did NOT agree to join anything man."
And then he goes "But you just said it was a good deal!"
To which I said, "Yeah, but I won't sign up right away. Give me time to think about it."
Of course there was more negotiations coming from him, but luckily my young self stood firm and said no. Finally, he resigned to it and drove me home.
Now, I don't have anything against Amway. In fact, I honestly do think they have some great products. However, what I did not appreciate was the sheer dishonesty coming from Ash Ho's actions.
You invite me on the pretense of a great Nasi Lemak lunch, but suddenly try to con me into signing up for something I don't need for your personal benefit? Sorry, I will not support such practices. Its pretentious, its dishonest and its just unethical. If anything, I'd be more appreciative if the person tells me in advance that they'd like to talk to me about a good business opportunity. At least I won't feel wrong footed when we meet up, because I was genuinely interested in catching up with old friends.
Sorry Ash, you lost a business and a friend there. Thanks for the free meal anyway :)
Anne is the author and founder of this blog. She likes to write about current issues, travels, food and the general struggles of a millennial.