This one is from Craig Jensen and it describes in detail the lengths to which these events go to squeeze every last dollar they can out of the attendees….
Nothing really new here, but Jensen manipulating the crowd by doling out his $100,000 (“strategically”) at various times to goad others into giving money is a “shame game” that is pretty repulsive.
Reading this is like reading a write up produced by Reed Slatkin or some scam artist that sells fake “investment opportunities” to the elderly door-to-door. But here, we have the added factor of the victims believing the church would NEVER lie to them and that by giving their money they are truly doing something noble to “save the planet.” And now they probably look at that empty org and are too ashamed at how gullible they were to believe that a different building was somehow going to change things. So they “see” the “amazing expansion”, just like the people saw the Emperor’s fine new clothes.
The first section where he explains how to get the suckers to commit by telling them a lie that they were competing with 4 other orgs to have a “management speaker” (who then “fell through”) is a perfect opening that sets the tone for the whole, slightly slimy write up.
Need to take a shower after this….