Ah, yet another COBRA story...I only got as far as the "ob day" so didn't learn any of the jargon, but how funny it was to read all the stories previously posted and realise how lucky I was to escape halfway through the day.
Our Leader drove myself and another girl an hour away from our town and we basically walked around in 30 degree heat toting this complete crap that the leader was trying to sell door to door to businesses. I mean he had a torch, a digital camera and a knife set - he even tried to sell to charities and thrift shops.
We got what I suspect is the "company spiel" in the car - how great the company is, how it is life changing etc etc.
The girl that I was with and I decided we had to get out of there - and fast. While our leader was ordering lunch, I ducked into the optometrist next door (on the pretext of looking at sunglasses) and asked where the railway station was. On hearing it was just around the corner, I quickly drafted a note to my fellow "ob" and slipped it to her as I sat down. The note read "We have to get away. Station around corner. I will buy tix. Are you with me?" She gave a thumbs up and we basically finished our lunches and told the leader that we didn't feel that we were suited to the company and that we were seeing ourselves home.
I wonder how often this happens as surely the fields being so far away are a ploy to "trap" potential recruits.
I feel glad that I was smart enough to see this company for what it was before I gratefully accepted any "job" off them and urge any readers to consider the adage that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.