When I was around 13-14 years old I was tricked into joining the Scientology Church. I used to be a young insecure girl who couldn't say no to anything, and this one day I was walking around in a town shopping for Christmas presents. On the town square there was a big red tent where they were performing stress tests on people, and I really wanted to try it out, not really knowing what I was getting myself into. I didn't even know what Scientology was. So there I was, being questioned by this english speaking man (which was a bit scary in the sense that I had to speak english) and eventually he obviously tells me I'm super stressed and that he has something that can help. It's a book, The Dianetics, that he wants to sell to me for £50, a book I said I couldn't afford because I only had that amount for Christmas presents. He kept insisting that I needed this book and I didn't know how to say no to this. I tried casually saying stuff like "I still need to buy stuff for my dad", "maybe not now" and so on, but he wouldn't let me leave. At this point I was almost crying because I was like I said, super insecure and scared, so I eventually bought the book. He also made me write my address on some papers (making me a member or some shit like that).
I then left together with my friends to continue buying christmas gifts, which I no longer could afford. I was freaking out, and eventually I started having a panic attack. I asked my friends if one of them could return it because I couldn't do it, I was to shy, but they wouldn't do it either since they were super shy as well. So eventually they walked up to an old lady in a store who kindly returned the book for me and got my money back.
Once I got home I was so ashamed that I hid in my room for the rest of the day, I remember being so angry at myself for not having more courage and walking away, but mostly that I put myself in that situation. A situation I have been in before I must add...
It wasn't until they started sending out mails to me about a fee that my mother got involved, she called them up yelling at them saying that I was underage and that they aren't allowed to sell these things on me. They told my mom that she was right and that the seller must have made a mistake or whatever, and then they promised to take me away from the list. They didn't. They never made me pay for anything but to this day I keep getting their newsletters in the mail. It's not to often, but once in a while I do get them, and every time I am forced to remember this horrifying day.
The reason I am writing this is because I remembered something a friend said, that once you're in you can't get out, and I am wondering if that is what's going on. Maybe they think I am still involved in their "church"? Even if I was just a 13-14 years old little girl who's mother (my legal guardian) told them to delete me from their records.