The Real Costs of Joining the Church of Scientology | Sapling.com

Please note that this article was taken down after the website owners/company was threatened by the sinister, insidious, law-breaking, psychological abusive CULT of Scientology, of a huge lawsuit. Therefore it has been mirrored. Too bad, ‘church’, you can’t erase what was posted to the internet.

Original URL: https://www.sapling.com/12675535/the-real-costs-of-joining-the-church-of-scientology

Suing me would prove my point, including millions more. The tekch doesn’t work, OT powers don’t exist, or I wouldn’t have typed this.

“Most of us were a little taken aback when Tom Cruise jumped on the couch on The Oprah Winfrey Show over his love for then new girlfriend, Katie Holmes. We knew he was a Scientologist, but because of the mystery surrounding the religion, we didn’t know whether any of his behavior had to do with Scientology or if he was just a bit off (don’t forget that argument with Matt Lauer about psychiatry).But the secrets of this mysterious “religion,” with celebrities like Cruise and John Travolta as the unofficial spokesmen, have been revealed over time.

First, there was a South Park episode that detailed parts of Scientology’s doctrine in 2005. It was shocking for Non-Scientologists to learn the doctrine that only Scientologists of the highest levels are privy to. This is what the big secret was? Something that could be out of a sci-fi novel? The gist is: Frozen galactic Lord Xenu sent other frozen aliens to earth 75 million years ago and put them in volcanoes. These volcanoes then exploded and now these souls float around to cling to us and cause us pain and problems in our current lives. Scientology’s aim would be to rid us of those once frozen aliens so we could become “clear.”

Which brings us to 2015 and the award winning documentary Going Clear (based on a book of the same name) that completely shredded the veil that separated the general public from the secrets of Scientology. Former members and experts –like The New Yorker writer and author of the book Going Clear, Lawrence Wright – revealed everything from the full doctrine, to disconnection (a form of shunning), to auditing, to billion year contracts minors can sign, to “the hole” as a form of punishment (it’s even worse than it sounds), and other abuses.

But this past year, it would be Leah Remini, a former Scientologist, who would focus specifically on the abuses Scientology has committed in Scientology and the Aftermath, as well as focusing on the mindset of people in the religion and why they do not leave when abused. Just this week, the show was renewed by A&E for a second season, undoubtedly making some parts of Hollywood very unhappy.

Whether Scientology is a religion or a cult is debatable (and people do debate it). But one thing that differentiates it from other religions is the cost. You must pay to “move up the bridge.” Scientology also makes certain promises at each level, motivating people to pay to move up “the bridge” and even pressuring people to pay to “to help save the planet.” So, what does it cost if you aren’t a celebrity but want to be a Scientologist? And what do you get for your money?

Remini has claimed she has spent millions of dollars, but that the average person pays over a quarter of a million dollars in their lifetime (as well as spending hours each day studying their teachings).

The books

There are twelve basic books a Scientologist needs to buy. These cost about $4,000. But there is a catch. Every time there is an update to the books (as in oh, we missed this part of L. Ron Hubbard’s writings last time but now it’s fixed), a Scientologist needs to buy a new set. Apparently, this happens quite often. There is also pressure to buy sets to donate to libraries as well as to buy CDs and lectures from the now deceased founder’s, L. Ron Hubbard, teachings.

Scientology 101

The most basic level courses can cost as little as $15 to $35. Remini says these courses are used to hook people so that eventually they will pay a much steeper price to reach higher levels in the religion. Frankly, it’s good business sense not to ask for much at the beginning. It’s only once people are fully entrenched that the bills start to mount.

The Bridge

In order to become “clear” and reach complete spiritual enlightenment, one has to climb “The Bridge to Total Freedom.” These courses are about $650 each but there are a lot of them and they can also require hours of studying. Some courses, Remini claims, require studying from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m seven days a week.

The upside? Once you get to the higher levels like Remini did, you’re promised that you can move things with your mind or even cure cancer. Former members, like Remini, claim they never experienced such this, though.

Auditing

The simplest way to explain auditing is to call it therapy, but that is not wholly accurate. It involves a machine called the E-Meter (which is technically one-half of a lie detector test) that Scientologists believe has the capability to measure the mass of thoughts.

The auditor is able to read the E-Meter to tell if an individual is “clear” or not. The church charges around $800 per hour and auditing is a necessary part of moving up The Bridge. You can’t skip it.

The church may also require you to do extra auditing if they think you are committing “transgressions.” Many types of religions require you to make amends or confess if you have erred or sinned. But they don’t charge you $800 an hour to do it. By the way, it may be $800 an hour but a minimum session is two and a half hours long.

And that’s just the bare bones. Members are pressured to give to certain Scientology causes and to constantly continue up the bridge. Once you reach the highest levels, you would still require auditing.

Since the Church of Scientology has tax exemption status – hence their do or die rally against the IRS in the 1993 – their coffers are full AF of cash they don’t have to pay taxes on. If you think it’s messed up, then don’t miss Leah Remini’s next season of Scientology and the Aftermath. According to Remini and the victims on the show, the money is the smallest abuse this “church” commits against its followers.”


Scientology leak, The Auditor, is now up on the internet in 5K video form, portrait style

Here is the video that was put together by one toronto anon who lost many hours of sleep scanning documents from 9:00 pm until 11:00 am the next day, putting the huge scans into a video of a short length, at the highest resolution possible.

May we present to you, the auditor! This wasn’t supposed to be posted on the internet, but like always, it’s here now!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqu4kf2ItDI

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What PETA (People for the Unethical Mistreatment Torture and Abuse of Animals) really is like… A CULT!

If you saw all of the shit PETA has caused over the years, relentlessly targeting video game makers, suing companies for no reason at all, putting up very sexual ads, misusing of donated funds, embezzlement, swindling, fraud, targeting video game makers…. Attacking Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise, the infamous killing, mistreatment, abuse, torture and neglect of animals they “rescue” from obscene places, puppy mills, etc.

If you only knew how fucked up in the head they were, then you would reconsider and HOPEFULLY REVOKE your membership! They are as FUCKED UP as SCIENTOLOGY is. They are a dangerous cult. People who have left were shunned/ex-communicated/disconnected from and never were spoken to again. Web searches can prove that too. I direly suggest and strongly recommend that you research that cult before you even consider joining peta’s ranks.

There is an article where this member of peta is suing nintendo and mcdonalds for emotional distress, just because her daughter got a nintendo DS from her boyfriend as a gift, she BROKE it, DIVORCED her husband and SHUNNED her daughter from going to school AND seeing her boyfriend! This just shows PETA HURTS FAMILIES!!! The indoctrination is so high up there it is not even funny anymore!! I hope PETA gets shutdown soon, I mean it!! I also hope they get SUED FOR FRAUD (all of those sexual misleading advertisements put everywhere, commercials, to recruit more people, majority of the money is put into THOSE, only 10-20% of it for anything else), MURDER, ABUSE, TORTURING and KILLING INNOCENT ANIMALS!!

Here is a video about PETA that I made and I actively encourage anyone and everyone to SPEAK OUT NOW!!


WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY JOURNEY IN AND OUT OF SCIENTOLOGY By Jeffrey Levine

Reposted with permission. Originally on facebook.

1) There is nothing essentially wrong with Psychiatry: When I had my depression and was feeling suicidal, My love for my wife and not wanting to leave her alone was greater than my apprehension and fear of Psychiatry. My psychiatrist was always there for me when I needed her and I would have never gotten through that part of my life without her. I’m sure that there are also Psychiatrists who are assholes but then again, asshole-ism is career independent

2) There is also nothing essentially wrong with Scientology; (The subject, not the “church”) c’mon, is The Xenu story really any more outrageous than Virgin Birth, Noah and the Ark or The Parting of the Red Sea? Looking up words in the dictionary is probably a good idea and clay demos
are mostly harmless

3) Freedom of religion does not give anybody the right to hold someone hostage, fair game them or do any of the other shenanigans that we all know that OSA is doing; I’ve heard so many time that The First Amendment does not give one the right to cry fire in a crowded theater. If someone were to use a defense for murder that they were a Mayan and were exercising their freedom of religion by performing a human sacrifice,
they would still hopefully get a needle in their arm

4) There is nothing in Scientology that isn’t already someplace else; Check the Kabalah, I-Ching, Tao de Ching, Torah, Bhagavad Gita or any of the many Self-Help, Religious or Philosophical books sitting on the shelf. Go watch What the Bleep do we Know? Marley Matlin is much better looking than Ron

5) Miscavige’s height has nothing to do with anything; Holding hostages, Fair gaming, breaking up families and their general harassment does. Asshole-ism is hight independent
6) Most Scientologists are good people who want to make a difference in the world; I really wanted to make a difference (I still do) and just as I was, these people are really mis-guided. It was really hard for me when I finally realized that I had been duped, it will be hard for others too! These people are going to need our understanding, compassion and friendship

7) The Church of Scientology will fail per it’s own policies; Didn’t Hubbard say in Science of Survival that when children become unimportant to a society, that society has forfeited it’s future? Well, what do you call forced abortions? What do you call some of the stuff that the people are posting about on the ESK site? I cried when I read what was done to some of those kids and that I was responsible because I had empowered
The Church for all those years.

8) Scientology has no idea of the power of the Internet nor has any idea of how to use it; I remember that the first policy of the Church of Scientology is to maintain friendly relationships with the community. They are not doing this at least in regards to the On-Line Community. That is how they provoked Anonymous! Before demanding websites
or videos be taken down someone at OSA should Google The Barbara Streisand Effect and then apply that policy. They won’t though because they have totally underestimated the power of the Internet. Hubbard dropped dead before he could tell them all how to use it.

9) Dislike of Scientology has reached “The Tipping Point;” Take a look at the book by Malcolm Gladwell. The hard work of the critic community as well as years of OSA blunders have had an exponential effect,creating its own antagonism. Scientology is going down, and there is absolutely nothing they can do about it.

10) The religion of Scientology will probably be with us forever; The present church will be
gone though. The stuff is out there though and you just can’t close the box. After the Church is long gone however, there will still be someone who finds a Creation of Human Ability book at a used book store or estate sale and try to do the procedures in the book with a friend. Thats OK, some of the stuff may be useful, If delivered in a
different context that is! A context without Fair Game, the RPF, disconnection and Internet Harassment!

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Citizens Commission (Against, Violating) on Human Rights (CCHR) Scientology Front is at 788 King Street West in Toronto

Just to alert people about this nonsense, the church (cult) of scientology is going to be hiding behind a front group known as CCHR at 788 King Street West at Bathurst (or Niagara street, just a block away, near stanley park ) with their misleading seminar and all, slandering psychiatry and saying it’s very evil.

It would be very great to protest every single day! I did today, somebody who lives in that area DOES NOT want the cult to be there at all either. I hope more anons, critics, Ex-Scientologists also join in as the days go by. DO NOT be afraid at all! Bring a buddy if you must. It is not wise to do it alone at all, unless you can handle yourself physically and mentally.

This way, their fair game and bull-baiting doesn’t work and you don’t get sucked in yourself! I am writing this entry to educate people who search for it. I would hate to see people get sucked into the cult of scientology! Worst of all, they never use scientology in any of their front groups! It is a very evil thing they do. Scientology is after your mind, family, money, CHILDREN and your sanity.

Don’t be sucked in, fooled or tricked. For those in that can think for themselves, BLOW, Think, Run, Escape while you still can!!

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Scientology abuses written in detail (from a post in a facebook group) I wanted to cross-post

By Rod K. on 4:19pm, Aug 9 2013.

I don’t recall when I wrote this. I probably distributed about 5,000 of these outside the DC org back in the day. I skimmed it just now, and I think it holds up.

Why I protest.

This is why I protest against Scientology: I object to (1) use of bait-and-switch tactics, (2) illegal practice of medicine, (3) undue financial pressure, (4) physical abuse, and (5) psychological abuse.

1. Bait-and-switch

Scientology is a bait-and-switch scheme. People come to Scientology hoping for increased intelligence, improved personality, and help in dealing with personal problems. They don’t come in to learn a system of beliefs based on science fiction stories, infestations of alien spirits and exploding volcanos. People deserve to know the content of the upper levels when they sign up.

Bait-and-switch is also used by Scientology front groups. A school board isn’t told that Applied Scholastics is Scientology. A judge isn’t told that Narconon is Scientology. A youth group isn’t told that Drug Free Marshals is Scientology. Front groups hide the name Scientology from people who deserve to know exactly what they are being asked to contribute to or endorse.

Bait-and-switch is the point of the personality test. It is deceptive to let the people who take the test think that the analysis they receive of their results are based on their test results, when in fact the analysis is scripted, written before they ever take the test. The recommendation is always the same: Scientology. It is deceptive to offer this as a genuine test of personality.

Bait-and-switch is the purpose of the “Now Hiring” signs posted at every Scientology church. This is not a genuine job offer, but a recruitment ploy. Even after the recruit understands that there is only token payment, they are led to believe that they will receive training or auditing (counseling) as a staff member. This offer is not genuine, staff are not routinely trained or given free auditing.

Bait-and-switch is the purpose of the claims that Scientology is compatible with all other religions. A devout member of another religion is assured that joining Scientology does not mean giving up hir or her previous religion. Scientologists are not told about tapes and writings by L. Ron Hubbard where he disparages other races and religions, belittles Christianity and Islam specifically, or about the filing Scientology made to the IRS where they admit that members are expected to give up other religion practices when they join Scientology.

2. Illegal practice of medicine / Criminal negligence

The Lisa McPherson case is not so much a matter of practicing medicine without a license as it is criminal negligence. She died after 17 days of isolation, lack of food, lack of water, and lack of medical care. Even if the Scientologists who saw Lisa had been properly licensed, the care she received at Scientology’s spiritual headquarters prior to her death was criminally negligent. She should have seen a non-Scientologist medical doctor.

Scientology pushes chiropractic and other “alternative” care as a substitute for medical doctors. Members are urged not to visit medical doctors for checkups or for chronic conditions, but to see chiropractors who are also Scientologists. Scientologists are urged to discontinue taking prescriptions from medical doctors, and discouraged from having physical exams that could reveal serious disease while it is still treatable. Scientology auditing is suggested as the preferred method of treating disease. Staff leave Scientology when a serious disease reaches the stage where it interferes with their ability to perform as a Scientologist. Scientologists have died from cancer and other diseases that could have been treated if diagnosed early.

3. Financial pressure

Scientologists are encouraged to expend large amounts of money on courses and training. Those members who don’t have the money are put under pressure to extend themselves by means of credit cards, second or third mortgages, borrowing from friends or family, emptying trust funds and retirement accounts, and selling off assets. Registrars are trained not to take “no” for an answer; they will even accompany members to the bank so the money can be taken from them as quickly as possible. Scientologists are frequently sent directly from an auditing session to the registrar, so they can be sold additional courses while they are still on the auditing “high”. Members are encouraged to keep the level of spending secret from non-member spouses and other family in order to avoid alarm for as long as possible.

Business owners are urged to join the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, where they pay a percentage of their earnings for no real benefit to their business. These funds flow back to the cult. WISE members are expected to implement management by statistics, overly aggressive sales techniques, and other of L. Ron Hubbard’s business theories that can cause their business to suffer. WISE companies are expected to hire expensive Scientology management consultants and other experts.

4. Physical abuse

Physical abuse in Scientology is best exemplified by the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF). Prison camps are run for “Sea Org” members in Los Angeles, Clearwater FL, Copenhagen and other sites, for those who have fallen behind in their work or have questioned authority in Scientology. The program can include solitary confinement, hours of running around a pole, hard labor, feeding on food from the garbage, confinement behind barbed wire. RPF facilities are patrolled using guard dogs and armed guards, making escape impossible. Months can be spent in the RPF, which contains an even worse prison within it, the RPF’s RPF. Imprisonment in dark, cold or wet places, in wire cages or with chains has been reported in the RPF’s RPF.

Overboarding is another traditional Sea Org punishment, where the victim is thrown off the deck of a ship. Locations far from the sea can use ponds, streams, showers, garden hoses, or even toilets to simulate overboarding.

Members who suffer a psychotic break can be placed on the Introspection Rundown, where the person is isolated until they show signs of recovery. During this time they are not restrained, and self-inflicted injury is likely. Lisa McPherson died from the Rundown with bruises, scratches, cuts and abrasions all over her body.

5. Psychological abuse

Psychological abuse takes place to enforce Scientology policy. Members can have their families used against them to enforce compliance with Scientology directives. The policy of “disconnection” is used to separate members from their families; a member may be ordered to never speak or communicate with their family again. Pressure is applied to coerce financial donations to Scientology, sometimes with disastrous effects. Suicide and psychotic breaks are not uncommon among Scientologists under financial pressure. The revelation of the upper levels can also cause this type of stress, when the much-touted “sacred scriptures” full of advanced spiritual insights are discovered to be bizarre science fiction stories. Rejection of the upper levels by a member can be grounds for disciplinary action, mandatory “counseling” at the member’s expense, or in the case of Sea Org members, imprisonment.

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Re-Blogged: Justice For Janine (from worldcultwatch.org)

Reblogged from source: http://worldcultwatch.org/justice-for-janine/

The church of Scientology promised her a cure for dyslexia using Tom Cruise as an example.  Instead, she had 18 years of her life and her sanity ripped away.
We ask that you please help make this post go viral so that justice can finally be done for this family.

Ex Scientologists, Anons and people who just care about justice who live in South Africa and around the world who can help with free legal advise, helping to set up legal funding in S/A, and people who want to help in other ways, please contact me through the Contact the Author button at the top of this page and leave me your name, e-mail address and how you can help, so I can send it along to Jane.

Jane contacted me and said “I am at my wits end and don’t know what to do.  I have never exposed these crimes.  Besides this they also owe me about 200 Thousand Rand which they refuse to refund.”

She goes on to say “I, live in Cape Town, and am the 62-year old mother of  a 40-year old severely dyslexic daughter Janine, (which disability leaves her functionally illiterate and innumerate and which has increased in severity after being trapped in the cult for 18 years, without life-or work experience, despite the fact that she has mostly spent all of that time on paid services.)”

I asked Jane about her experience in Scientology.  She told me, “I was in for 12 months. I met David Miscavige at St hill. That did it – I was not in for years and years thus not a blind ‘follower’.   That was way back in 1993, but my daughter was stuck in the cult for all these years, until June 2009, when she literally fled in terror one night, from her marital home, taking her 6 year old daughter with her.  Since 1993 I kept a low profile to prevent disconnection.  I thought that the ‘weirdness’ that I detected in the cult, was unique to my family.  I only really found out (that my family was not alone in this boat) in July 2009, when I connected to the Internet to search for the email address of ‘The International Justice Chief’’ – but I found more than what I bargained for when I typed into Google ‘Justice / Scientology’.

I asked her to tell me about Janine.  She responded:

Janine and Trinity in happier times.
“She is currently separated from her husband (Ian Nel, a Patron who lives in Johannesburg with his girlfriend).  Janine is a gentle, trusting soul, but I can testify to the most shocking abuse of my disabled daughter – information that came to my attention since 2009, and especially last year – just before my daughter eventually succumbed under the stressors of 4 years – of being ‘fair gamed’ which lead to her having a devastating nervous breakdown in August 2012, from which she has not yet recovered.  If she was still ‘on lines’ when this happened – I know without a shadow of doubt she would have suffered the same fate as Lisa McPherson. I stood by her side in hospital, day and night and at a moment’s notice as she was hospitalized for four months. 
I am now the voice for my daughter, of her extreme abuse in the hands of the cult and her Patron husband.  A life not lived.  At nineteen, my daughter’s life, and her dreams ended in reality, as she was kept under the complete life and mind control – of this Multi-National Corporation trading it’s ‘Science of the mind’ services here in SA.”

She wrote the following to another friend, X-Women radio show host Colleen aka Sautez, online:

At the age of 19, I enrolled my daughter at the “Dianetics Centre’ (not knowing it was the Church of Scientology in disguise) – to be cured of dyslexia.  At the time, I was assured that Tom Cruise was cured of the same disability by the Church. My daughter remained ‘on lines’ mostly full time for the past 18 years, which in the end became a desperate bid for her to become ‘clear’ – to be acceptable as a human being to her husband (of 15 years) as her ‘state of clear’ – had become his pre-requisite for him to treat her, or to consider her as ‘a proper wife’. 

She begged me to help her financially, to go clear – and in Jan. 2009 I paid for her to have 156 hours of NED auditing in Cape Town, and she came the thousand miles from Johannesburg to receive these services in Cape Town.  Her husband demanded a divorce, as he had met a new woman. She was devastated and begged the church of Scientology to help her. 

Once on PAID SERVICES in Cape Town – instead of administering the paid for auditing services to her, (to go ‘clear’)  she was put on ‘ethics handlings’. Her crime? She communicated. After an absence form Cape Town of two and a half years, people greeted her with ‘how are you Janine.’ And her answer was to the effect, of ‘not well, my heart has been ripped out, my husband is committing adultery, and I am here for auditing to fix up the scene.’ The ‘ethics handlings’ carried on for three months, and she was amongst other things required to paint the church’s doors and windows – whilst her life fell apart. Not once was she given one hour’s worth of counseling to help her overcome her emotional distress during the entire three months. 

Thus done so, Janine became trapped by the church in Cape Town painting walls – whilst the new woman shared her marital bed back home. By the end of March, she was allowed to go home to fetch her child back into her care, after agreeing to the divorce. She wrote to the church in Johannesburg, asking for help to get protection, as she was afraid of her husband. Instead of help, the Church of Scientology pulled quite a few strings to cater for her husband’s wishes not to let Janine recover her child back into her care, to Janine’s horror and really no understanding of legal process or her civil or even human rights being violated – the crunch came when her eternity was threatened if she did not sign ‘holiday papers’ in her husband’s favor for their child. The latter papers came to light to have been ‘primary custody papers’ that Janine being dyslexic, signed under duress. 

After 18 years, my daughter was left homeless, stripped of the right to be her child’s mother, and having lived in a bubble for 18 years – she has no life experience or any work experience, and still dyslexic, which disability leaves her unable to express herself in writing or to work with numbers. 

 

Note:  I have written this poem as a dedication by Janine to her daughter, after the child was literally taken from her arms, by Urgent High Court Order – obtained by her Patron husband – based on deceit, lies, make-believe-scenarios’, insinuations, and by slandering Janine’s name.  Janine did not have money to defend herself in the High Court, and this was also the last time, that Janine could be a mother to her own six year old child.   Her daughter is now ten and a half years old. 

To Trinity

I love you little girl, more than words can say
And each day I pray
That you will be returned to me one day.

We were together, only a fleeting few years
When Sacred Malice decreed 
and the Church of Scientology took you away
You were torn out of my arms indeed 
But not from my heart and I have cried so many tears
My heart ripped open by Sacred Betrayal, decreed that I had no say.
Terrified and numbed I could not speak 
Of this a most Sacred evil deed. 

Gripped in a Sacred Vice, years turned into more years
My little girl, we had only fleeting moments to play 
As mommy had a Sacred Study at night and day
To become Clear for daddy to consider me okay.

But – It was not to be 
On that day when he replaced me with another she
A Sacred Patron with Money was he
The one with nothing but dyslexia was me
And the Sacred Stat calculated my fate conspired to be
In whispered Sacred betrayal that I was never to see 
My little girl or her mommy continued to be.

Now that you are gone 
Remember your blood is running through my veins
And for a wisp in time 
Your little star could shine 
Little princess of mine
When we were as one 
Reading stories each night 
Of adventures and little Bo Beep 
Until drifting off to sleep
I kissed you on your cheek
before I turned off the light
and you said ‘love you mummy, nite-nite.’ 

Little princess of mine
I can’t turn back the hands of time
Although you live a thousand miles away 
you will forever live in my heart every day.

I still talk to you 
I ask the angels to watch over you
And wonder if their wings you hear
Sometimes I feel you so very near
I listen to you whisper in my ear
‘Mommy I love you”
Even in my dreams I talk to you I do
And I can put my arms around you 
And wipe away those tears 
When you sob for your mommy I have been told
And beg to see me to have and to hold.

How can I say good-bye my little Trin-trin?
I am your mommy and my life is with you
I have nothing else to give you – but my love
It is for you and is yours to keep.

I ask the angels to take my place to keep you night and day
To watch over you when you sleep
And put that last kiss upon your cheek. 
I love you my little girl – more than words can say.

Won’t you please help?

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