The Houston Astros’ role in a sign-stealing scandal has stirred up a lot of frustration for the Dodgers and their fans, whereas others have stressed the importance of moving on. Most of the Los Angeles Dodgers were consistent when making one point – they have no interest in being awarded the 2017 World Series Championship.
Many want to move forward in 2020 and prepare for the season. The Dodgers want to get ready to win the right way and experience everything how it’s supposed to be – catch the last out, dogpile on the baseball field, put on the championship shirts, wear the championship hats, have a player become the MVP, spray champagne, and get sized for rings. They want to have a parade in Los Angeles and win the right way.
How the Sign-Stealing Scandal Began
Major League Baseball (MLB) has conducted an investigation that determined that the Astros used a camera at the center-field for real-time video of catchers’ signs. It subsequently banged a trash can to alert the hitters of incoming pitches.
This sign-stealing practice extended into the 2017 post-season games when the Astros ended up defeating the LA Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.
MLB released the findings from their investigation on January 13th and along came the punishments. The general manager of the Astros, Jeff Luhnow, along with the manager, AJ Hinch, were both suspended for the entire season and later fired by owner Jim Crane. The Astros team was also fined $5 million, and they were forced to forfeit four of their draft picks within the first two rounds of the next two drafts.
What Came Next for Los Angeles
In 2018, the Dodgers went back to the World Series and ended up losing in 5 games to the Red Sox, who are also being investigated by MLB for their use of their video replay room to make the baserunners aware of the catchers’ signs.
2019 brought the Dodgers a back-to-back World Series appearance with a 106-win regular season. However, they ended up losing to the Washington National in the National League Division Series.
They’re still waiting for their first title since 1988.
45+ Screenshots From People in MLMs That’ll Annoy Anyone Who’s Ever Been Hit With the Dreaded, “Hey Girl!”
Ah, multi-level marketing. MLMs and the people that get roped into their pyramid schemes never fail to be incredibly annoying and frustrating. From people trying to sell you products at the most inappropriate times to passive-aggressive comments about how you absolutely need their items to look or feel good, MLM supporters are a huge hassle. If you don’t already dislike people in MLMs, these screenshots will almost definitely change your mind.
Meeting in the Wild
MLM vendors are often so unimaginative in what they do that they have no idea how to respond when a situation develops in a way that they didn’t predict. Case in point, this is what happens when two MLM vendors meet in the wild.
With a potential sale going so noticeably awry, the first vendor can’t think of anything better to do other than block the person they failed to sell to, a fellow MLM vendor (or someone who used to be one). Something about that behavior is just so squirrely.
It’s Science, I Swear
It’s not like MLM vendors are the only people who use marketing schemes like this, but pseudo-science is a tried and true tactic they employ. Nothing is fishier than making some totally unsubstantiated claim about a product that they’re trying to sell.
Who the heck ever heard of something working better by “spinning in the same direction as your DNA?” The worst thing is, we know there are probably some people out there who would fall for that, no matter how stupid it really is.
Your Sympathy Is Noted
If there’s one thing that’s true about MLM vendors, it’s that they will take advantage of any situation to try and make a sale. That includes moments of depression and weakness in the lives of those they’re trying to sell to.
We’re just saying — there aren’t too many people out there that would so blatantly try to take advantage of one’s grief for money. Most other untrustworthy salesmen would at least be a lot more subtle about it.
Come Crawling Back
If you ever encounter a scenario where an acquaintance hasn’t spoken to you for several years, and suddenly they reach out in hopes of getting you to buy something, chances are they’re an MLM vendor. Who else would even do that?
Talk about rude, not to mention pathetically desperate. If you’re having to reach out to total strangers to try and con them into buying your crap, chances are that everyone who actually knows you has already seen through the charade.
Can’t Take a Hint
MLM vendors are often so desperate to make a sale that they are completely incapable of comprehending the word “no.” This one was either so desperate or so dense that they tried to make a sale mere moments after they were told that MLM groups weren’t allowed.
MLM vendors give us the same feeling as those salesmen that call you every day to try and sell you something, and no matter how many times you tell them no, they always ignore that and try again. How infuriating.
How Is This Related?
Leave it to an MLM vendor to try and connect something totally unrelated to their marketing scheme. Like… what does this have to do with anything, especially hair care tools? Why is the baby needed? Just for cute factor?
Frankly, most marketing is kind of shady in some way, but the way MLM vendors go about doing it is consistently one of the most irritating and questionable.
Sorry, Were You in the Middle of Something?
Remember when we said that MLM vendors have no concern for your hardships and will take advantage of them to try and make a sale? It doesn’t get much worse than this. Imagine that you’re about to go in for serious surgery, and this is asked of you.
Who asks for a party promoting an MLM brand of someone who is about to have a C-section? Not like that woman is about to have one of the most meaningful and potentially dangerous moments of her life or anything. MLM vendors are often this unbelievable.
How About “Or Not?”
MLM vendors use this passive-aggressive tactic where they imply you are lacking in some capacity or another, and that’s why you need their product. They have different levels of subtlety for this kind of thing, but it’s also insulting one way or another.
Either way, coming back after years of absence, implying that someone needs your product to live happily and shamelessly trying to sell it to that person is a classic and infuriating MLM move.
How Young Can You Start Them?
One of the things about MLM vendors is that they constantly come across as so pathetically desperate — so desperate that they would even use their toddler child as a means to try and sell more products, without any shame whatsoever.
This kind of thing also just really makes us cringe. Nothing about it is good and it’s hard to acknowledge that someone, somewhere thought it was not only OK but that it was a good idea to do this. Wrong on all accounts, for sure.
Many people would consider certain places to be sacred grounds, where certain things aren’t allowed. We promise that the majority of MLM vendors don’t hold anything sacred at all. They’ll even go into ED recovery groups to try and sell products.
Never mind the pretty rude implication of saying the prospective customer is lacking and needs your product, another scummy thing that we mentioned already. Seriously, nowhere is safe from a desperate MLM vendor.
But They’re Right, Though
We’re a little unclear on this one — was this Scentsy fundraiser something that the school was actually doing as an organization, or was it something the teacher was just trying to do for themselves? Either way, it’s still a pyramid scheme.
This teacher is trying to take a position of moral superiority here, but whichever kid called Scentsy out for being a pyramid scheme was absolutely right, so that really doesn’t work out, now does it?
Or Did It?
Some MLM vendors work pretty hard to try and defend themselves and what they do from others. However, they rarely manage to do this in any sort of effective way. Sometimes, they make glaring, silly mistakes like this MLM vendor right here.
She’s trying to pretend that her pyramid scheme paid for all of her groceries, but she’s not even holding up the card she used to pay for the groceries, as we can see on the receipt. Nice try lady, but better luck next time.
Seems Like a Real Emergency to Us
Remember, there’s no hallowed ground for an MLM vendor. Oh, did you have to go to the emergency room because something bad happened to your spouse or yourself? What better way to share with everyone that you’re alright than to use the opportunity to promote your MLM business?
Really, of all the times you would consider this inappropriate, this seems like it would be pretty high on the list. But hey, MLM vendors have no shame, so we can’t say we’re surprised that they would resort even to something like this.
Even Less Than Minimum Wage
Leave it to an MLM vendor to offer payment in the form of credit towards their own products. You can’t really get much lower than that, though MLM vendors are notorious for carrying shovels around so they can dig deeper any time they want.
But really, though, who would agree to work under these conditions and circumstances? Only someone who could literally find nothing better to do with their time, and we find it hard to believe that such a thing could apply to anyone.
Use the Baby
There’s just something really low about the idea of using a baby to try and sell your products. Like, the baby doesn’t really get a say in the matter, and it’s kind of scummy to try and sucker people by misleading them with cute things.
If you have to rely on cheap gimmicks to sell your product, it raises some questions about how good the product really is. Besides, can’t you just demonstrate them on yourself if you have to go that far?
Now, That’s Just Sad
Generating hype for a multi-level marketing scheme is not an easy thing to do, because most people are aware that MLM organizations suck. That’s why MLM vendors will try just about anything in order to get attention for their products. Even shave their mom’s head, apparently…
And when that strategy didn’t work, they just tried again with the same thing. This is exactly why MLM vendors annoy just about every sane person in the world.
Copy, Paste, Repeat
MLM vendors are often so bad at selling their products that they have to rely on templates in order to try and make a sale. And yet, even then, they often manage to mess it up somehow. There’s something to be said about this level of incompetence…
At least they had the foresight to edit the template a little bit, but that’s like putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. The fact that they thought this had any chance of working is what is so mind-boggling.
Not an Isolated Incident
Speaking of MLM vendors who can’t even do templates right, here’s another sterling example. It’s not quite as bad as the previous example, but it certainly doesn’t do any favors for the image of MLM vendors either.
But hey, at least this kind of mistake makes it really easy for anyone to identify the conversation as an MLM scam. For normal people who would want to avoid that, it’s probably a good thing that most MLM vendors are this incompetent.
MLM vendors are willing to ply their trade almost anywhere, which is one of the things that makes them so annoying. You can’t escape from them even on dating apps, where there’s literally no reason for them to be present. What a pain.
We’re not sure who this particular MLM vendor plans to nab with this strategy, but for the life of us, we really can’t see what her plan is or how she expects it to work. Seriously, there’s a place for this kind of thing and this is not it.
More Complicated Than it Needs to Be
If someone is trying to rope you into something, but they go out of their way to make it as needlessly complicated a possible, you may be dealing with an MLM. We’re just saying — never trust anyone who needs three voice memos to get their point across.
If you ask a simple question and they direct you to a video, that seems kind of sketchy, doesn’t it? We just think that any reputable businessman would have been able to give straight answers via text.
No Shame at All
MLM vendors will do anything, and we mean anything in order to try and make a sale. Even riding on the influential wave of a tragedy is fair game to them. Here’s a perfect example of an MLM trying to do just that.
Needless to say, this kind of thing is absolutely disgusting and shows no respect for the reality of the situation and how terrible it is. We can’t find forgiveness in our hearts for any MLM vendor that would do that.
Do a Jig for Foolishness
What’s funny about MLM vendors is that they will often try to demonize normal store chains and act as though MLM businesses aren’t the same or even worse. Buying from an MLM is praiseworthy, but buying from Walmart is not, for some reason.
It’s just another thing that is really irritating about MLM vendors. The ones who think they’re better than everyone else while doing the exact same thing as them (or worse things than them) make us sick.
Why Not Us?
MLM vendors do a great job of making it seem like other people are at fault for not buying their products. Often by condemning them for shopping at “faceless corporations” instead of with people they know.
What’s funny about this is that those MLM vendors seem convinced that they are not working for a corporation themselves. They often claim to be “running their own business” even though they’re literally working for someone else.
Seems Sketchy to Us
Lots of MLM vendors try to hide the nefarious things they do under the guise of charity and goodwill. We admit, everything sounds pretty good in this screenshot, but there’s that underlying sketchy current that you just can’t shake, isn’t there?
Maybe it’s all of the emojis. Why do MLM vendors use so many of those anyway? It always gives them away and it’s always very annoying. Maybe they would get more people if they didn’t sound like they were trying to sell stuff all the time?
Pyramid Schemes Are Illegal
We’ve been condemning MLM vendors a lot today, but we also believe there are some who are deserving of pity. After all, there are many MLM vendors who are just well and truly delusional.
One of our favorites is the MLM vendor who believes they’re not a part of a pyramid scheme. Whenever someone brings that up, they vehemently oppose the notion and act as though such a thing is ludicrous. Oh, to be so ignorant.
The Imperfect Time to Advertise
Here we are again with another example of an MLM vendor trying to make a sale on the back of something tragic. Fallen police officers? Perfect time to try and advertise for your products, right? Some MLM vendors would say yes.
We’re sure there are other scummy people out there besides MLM vendors who would do this, but that doesn’t change the fact that this type of behavior is so easily associated with multi-leveling marketing and those who engage in it.
Who Are You Again?
You wouldn’t believe how often an MLM vendor goes through a list of all their acquaintances and tries to sell them something they probably don’t need. It’s pretty much a universal constant.
What also makes MLM vendors annoying is that they often base their whole identity around what they’re selling, and who wants to be acquainted with someone like that? Just sounds like a hassle all around.
No One Is Safe
You know someone is part of a multi-level marketing scheme when they rope their kids into helping them sell products. That’s kind of the definition, after all. Like, do you see Walmart bringing their kids to work to try and sell you things?
It also just makes you seem like a really bad salesman. Are you so bad at your job that you can’t sell your product on your own? Do you have to forcibly enlist the help of a child instead? That’s just sad.
Not as Subtle as You Think
Lots of MLM vendors think they are oh so clever with their subtle ad placement, but that’s rarely the case. This is a perfect example of something that is seemingly innocuous but is really an obvious advertisement ploy upon closer inspection.
And you don’t even have to look all that hard, so you know it wasn’t that subtle in the first place. After all, why post this stuff before you begin the challenge at all, instead of during or after it?
In a Perfect World
If you feel like someone is trying to sell you something, chances are, they probably are. It’s really easy to pick out this feeling if someone is talking about a miracle panacea that would solve all of your problems, like this fictional coffee here.
If there was coffee out there that could really do all of these things, it’s guaranteed that a huge corporation would be making a killing selling it at this point. It definitely wouldn’t be in the hands of an MLM.
Meeting a new neighbor doesn’t always have to be a pain, but you can be sure it’s going to be rough if they try to introduce themselves by inviting you to an MLM party. If they can’t even introduce themselves without trying to sell you something, that’s a red flag.
But hey, at least you can just ignore their invitation and not go since they were nice enough to alert you via the mail. If they had tried to invite you in person the whole situation would have been way more awkward.
Looking Around for Who Asked
Imagine not even being able to give birth to your own child without promoting an MLM product. That’s the kind of persona a lot of MLM vendors are. This woman is introducing her child to the world by promoting an MLM product. Wow.
There’s something to be said about someone who can be a brand new parent, but part of their mind is still focused on trying to make a sale. That type of person doesn’t strike us as being very trustworthy.
Speaking for Everyone, Are We?
Never trust someone who speaks on the behalf of others, especially if they are trying to tell you what they do and do not want. Chances are, those people are trying to persuade you to buy something — usually something that they are selling.
People are far too diverse to say that all people do or do not want certain things. Blanket statements are something that a lot of MLM vendors will try to use to justify their silly pitches.
Language of the MLM
Do you ever notice how those who are MLM vendors tend to have their own language? It involves a whole bunch of annoying phrases and a ton of emojis. Seriously, what’s with all of the emojis? It gives away an MLM vendor every single time.
There’s really not a whole lot to say about things this time. This whole post is just annoying to read, and that’s all we really have to say. Only an MLM vendor could write something particularly irritating.
Any Potential Excuse
For an MLM vendor, any situation is a good situation to try and sell things, even a fender bender. That’s exactly what makes them so irritating. True — maybe this MLM vendor really had no other card available, but that seems unlikely, doesn’t it?
We would definitely be annoyed if we were handed a card for an MLM company when we were just asking for insurance information, that’s for sure.
You Don’t Even Know?
Sometimes, an MLM vendor tries to sell you things without even knowing what they’re truly selling. This person apparently bought six weeks’ worth of product before even knowing what the product was really capable of.
There’s something to be said about the fact that an MLM vendor is the exact type of person that MLM companies are targeting when it comes to selling their product. You just have to be a certain type of gullible.
Better Than 24/7
A lot of MLM vendors make weird posts about how superior their “job” is compared to the traditional nine to five and stuff like that. Usually, there’s some talk about how much more freedom you have as an MLM vendor.
But, considering that MLM vendors are plying their trade almost 24/7, aren’t they actually working even more than people in traditional jobs? It seems like they’re never allowed to stop thinking about their next sale, and that just seems tedious.
Not Suspicious at All
We have to wonder how many people actually fall for schemes like this. After all, could it not be more obvious that someone is trying to sell you something worthless here? This seems just like those ads that tell you that you’re the millionth visitor to the site.
And would you not be super suspicious of anyone trying this hard to convince you that something is legit? If it was really legit, they wouldn’t need to try so hard to make that obvious, right?
Not the Time, Karen
Big shocker — here’s another example of an MLM vendor taking advantage of a bad situation to inappropriately make a sales pitch. Oh, did your kid get sick with something serious? Let me tell you all about my MLM products!
We have no idea how more MLM vendors don’t get punched in the face, in all honesty. They seem to be the most infuriatingly annoying people on the whole planet.
Press X to Doubt
The more unverified and unbelievable claims that are uttered, the more likely it is that the person you’re talking to is an MLM vendor. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is too good to be true.
This whole post reeks of that kind of talk, and, as mentioned earlier, it’s filled to the brim with unnecessary emojis. It’s impossible to miss the fact that this person is an MLM vendor.
Admire the Tenacity
We’ve said a lot of bad things about MLM vendors in this list — but you know, in some ways, you have to admire their tenacity. It’s just too bad that they use their tenacity to constantly irritate and annoy people like us.
This MLM vendor is so tenacious that she’ll try to sell something to a person that just made it explicitly clear how much they hate multi-level marketing. Maybe that’s just foolhardy, more so than tenacious…
You Made Your Point
MLM vendors are great at trying to shift the responsibility of sales to you, the customer. Somehow, it’s always your job to “shop at the right place” rather than their job to offer something good enough to get your attention.
Besides, just because a friend runs a business doesn’t mean you’re obligated to go there. People should go where they can get the best product for the best price, and at the most convenience. That rarely applies to an MLM.
Ever Hear of a Job?
We don’t know why MLM vendors are so against the idea of a normal job. Something about it just really rubs them the wrong way. It’s even more annoying here, though, with a woman asking for donations so she can work with an MLM instead of raising her own money.
If you make your own money and want to spend it on MLM inventory, whatever. But, don’t go begging other people for handouts so you can get started with your crappy pyramid scheme.
Always Hustling, Are You?
Here’s another post with an MLM vendor trying to shift the weight of obligation to the customer instead of themselves. There’s something so annoying about a person who wants you to buy their product out of pity or charity rather than it being a good product.
Maybe, if what you do requires you to hustle all the time instead of ever getting a break, what you do isn’t really worth it. Doesn’t that seem sensible?
No Free Advertising for You
If an MLM vendor had $300 to spend, they probably wouldn’t give it away for free. Schemes like this are often used to acquire free advertising. It’s a very scummy thing to do, but unfortunately, some people fall for it.
Once again, if this amount of emojis is involved, you can be pretty sure that whatever you’re dealing with is not legit. It’s trying way too hard to try and convince everyone that everything is perfectly fine and that nothing suspicious is happening.