ED Magedson – Founder
GC (Formerly Golden Circle) Distribution1049 Queen Street Southington, Connecticut USA
Golden Circle Distribution, Rob Boyle: Threatened with physical violence for exposing unethical standards to fellow new hires. Southington Connecticut
Saw an ad in craigslist for Customer Sales Representative in Southington CT. It was a bit of a drive but as I got called into the office for an interview immediately I figured I would check it out. Couldn't come in until the next morning at 8:30 for the interview. Rob Boyle, my interviewer, didn't show up until around 45 minutes after he had scheduled me.
The interview went by very quickly. He barely skimmed over anything that I had written down and nodded at all my answers. I was in and out in only 10 minutes and he said he hoped to give me call back by the end of the day. 2:00 rolls around and I get a phone call from Rob telling me that not only have I gotten the job, but that I PERSONALLY am the best of all the candidates interviewed! Imagine that!
I didn't stop to consider that it was fishy that they had run a background check in the span of 4 hours. Or that after weeks of trying to find a job, this perfect position that paid 500 a week had just fallen into my lap. Was told to come in for orientation the next day at 12.
Showed up at the building and was told to go and sit in a room with 8 other applicants already there. There was a large television playing the movie "Transformers" on the wall, presumably as entertainment. I should have stopped to consider this too, was strange.
We were all handed emergency contact sheets to fill out. As other reports have stated, there were at least 3 slots for emergency contacts, which was odd as I had only ever seen two on most other applications. Before I could fill it out fully, Rob Boyle came into the room and started orientation, which was more like a (very well designed) sales pitch.
He asked everyone to please go to the bathroom if we needed to so there wouldn't be any interruptions during the demonstration. He also told us to hold our questions, and that if we had any questions we should "write them down."
He started in with a lot of jive about positive thinking directed at jazzing up the group about what we would be doing. And then he introduced the Kirby Sentra II.
Now, I had never heard of Kirby before, and I was a little skeptical of this vacuum. With its polished Dai-Aluminum head and patterned collection bag, it looked like it was a "vacuum of the future" circa 1960. But he went on to demonstrate a couple of things the product could do, including shampooing your carpet without needing to actively dry it. It honestly looked like a pretty cool product!
But what I should have been thinking was "Wait, this doesn't seem like a customer service position at all. This seems like sales." As the presentation pressed on, I was told success stories of Rob Boyle and his coworkers. I was told about all expense paid vacations and fabulous prizes like rolex watches that I could win if I worked there.
Stack this up with 500 dollars a week just for completing 15 in home presentations (don't even have to sell a single one!) and it sounded wonderful! I have since looked online and found reports about how they use this dynamic to take advantage of people. Because they tell you they will handle the appointments, they have ultimate control over how many appointments you end up having a week. I have read one report that claims that one employee, who turned in 25 households interested in a free cleaning, was not even provided a full 15 of the 25 demonstrations he was entitled, and was thus denied his 500 dollars. How do they do this, you ask?
See, Golden Circle (whoops, they changed it to GC Distribution so folks wouldn't find information on them online) doesn't hire people as employees. It enlists them as "independent contractors." Which means you are not paid for training, and that no matter how much time you put into the business, if you do not get 15 sales a week you make nothing. No reimbursement for gas. No all expense paid vacation, no rolex. Nothing.
Also turns out GC distribution faced legal action from the Connecticut Consumer Protection Agency in 2010 for unethical business practices including targeting senior citizens too gullible to realize they're being taken advantage of. So, after reading this, I obviously resolved I wasn't going to work for this place.
But what about the people who were in orientation with me? What about the woman looking to put herself through nursing school? The gullible kid just out of High School who didn't know any better? The father of two children who needed work to support his kids? What if they didn't look into this company, like I did? What if they ruined someone's life?
I couldn't just let these people be sucked into this scam. I went back the next day during the time everyone was supposed to be coming back in, with printouts of negative employee reviews from various sources, which I intended to pass out to the people who were there, and then leave. When I arrived I realized that only two people had returned from yesterday, one being the father of two kids. Rob Boyle was standing in the doorway and greeted me with a handshake.
I walked in and said I just had something these guys might want to take a look at, and handed one of them a piece of paper with these reports on it. Rob then proceeded to grab the piece of paper out of his hands before he could read it, saying "Oh, what's that?"
I told him I had enough here for both of them to have one. He saw what it was and panicked, grabbed the second paper I had handed the guy out of his hands again, and grabbed me by the shoulder before beginning to march me out of the room. As he was doing so I called out over my shoulder, as neither of these two had gotten any of these papers before Rob jumped on me-
"You guys, just go online when you get home and look up GC Distribution, Golden Circle! It's a scam!" I managed to get it all out for them to hear before Rob pulled me out into the hallway and shut the door. He was notably agitated, and was saying things like "you're going to f**k with my business?" as he pulled me out towards the parking lot.
As he opened the door and pushed me out he called me a loser. I turned around and replied that "at least I don't make my living on the backs of innocent people!" He got visibly mad and walked up to me, removing his cheap suit jacket and stepping up to me in the middle of the parking lot, then got up in my face.
"You got somethin' to say? You wanna' fight me? I'll kick the s**t out of you." His nose was no more than 3 inches from mine. I'm like, 150 pounds no muscle and this dude is probably 230. I was scared.
"No, I don't wanna' fight you! Obviously, look at me! What are you going to do, beat me up right here in the parking lot in front of where you work?" I stepped back from him.
"Get the f**k out of here, and don't ever come back dude, just get in your car and go."
So I left.
I mean.. Do I even need to say anything else? Avoid both GC Distribution, Rob Boyle, and his Southington office at all costs!
Oh, and if you're going to buy a Kirby vacuum clenaer? Go online to do it! I saw 'em for as low as $899 unused and in box!
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