Writing Prompt Wednesday #8

Per last week, here’s part two of this story

After a quick brainstorming session, Nora decided to reply back to Catherine’s message. “Hey,” Nora started, “I appreciate anyone caring about me, but I promise you I am not in a position to try your products, whatever they may be. I am busy with my children and my husband, so I don’t have any free time to spend on myself.” Nora stopped for a moment to think about how she was going to word the next part of her reply. She wanted Catherine to understand that she wasn’t trying to be rude or unkind, but that she was not interested in what Catherine had to offer. “Also,” Nora continued, “if this is a pyramid scheme, I’m here to tell you right now, I am not interested. If not, reply. I would love to chat”.

Catherine sent a reply right back which made Nora laugh. “What are you laughing at,” Joe asked.

“Joey,” Nora said as soon as she stopped laughing, “look at this.”

Joe looked at the reply Nora received from Catherine which said, ” I’m not in a pyramid scheme. I’m just trying to make some extra money on the side”. Joe laughed hysterically when he read this. “Oh, boy. That’s hilarious,” he said as he continued laughing at Catherine’s reply.

Nora turned back to the email and replied, “Okay, let’s put you through a test. Name your company, how much you make, what your duties are, and list your qualifications. I’m doing this because I have certification in nutrition and the last thing I want is for some quack bitch to sell me shit that doesn’t work”. It must have taken Catherine back because she realized that Nora wasn’t going to fall for it. She turned to her upline for guidance on how to respond to Nora’s message. Her upline, Kerry, didn’t know what to do either, so she turned to Amanda, the crypto lady from earlier. Amanda sent this reply for Kerry to send to Catherine, “We partner with several Fortune 500 companies to sell amazing weight loss products that can help with losing the baby fat. We share products on social media for a bit of extra cash and we do it in pockets of time.”

Nora wasn’t impressed. “How do you know they work? Have you tried them yourself?” It would be another 5 minutes before Catherine replied back to Nora’s message.

” I’ve tried the products myself and they work amazing. I lost about 20 pounds in a month and it was so easy!”

“That’s bullshit,” Nora thought. It’s impossible to lose 20 pounds in a month. She had struggled with weight her whole life and the last 2 years were the first time in a long time that she felt great about her body. Still, she pressed Catherine for info that she did not get earlier.

“That’s great and all,” Nora replied, “but you did not tell me what company you’re with or how much you make”

“I can’t tell you that,” Catherine replied. “You’ll have to sign up yourself.”

“Wow,” Nora thought, “this girl is trying to play me”.

Joe asked, “any progress?”

“Progress?” Nora shrieked, “this girl told me she lost 20 pounds in a month and won’t tell me the name of the company”

“Yikes,” Joe replied sarcastically, “I’m sure she’s a lovely person”

Nora ignored Joe and sent another message to Catherine. “And may I ask why you won’t say the name of the company? Are you afraid that if you tell me, I would look it up to see if it’s a scam or not?”

“It’s not a scam,” Catherine replied, “but I really don’t want to get into an argument with you”

“I’m sorry,” Nora said sarcastically, “I wasn’t aware that this was an argument. Who knew getting basic info is problematic haha.”

At this point, Catherine sent one final but angry message to Nora, but before Nora got a chance to reply, she found herself blocked. She showed the message to Joe and they both started laughing.

Joe would then go on and post the interaction between Nora and Catherine on a subreddit dedicated to exposing scams.

Author: dezbee2008

33-year-old math enthusiast, Pokemon fan, Eurovision fan, Bingo player, anti-MLM watcher, meme consumer, YTP watcher, stans news reporters when no one else wants to, inconsistent in real life, a complete human mess, and professional social media lurker

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