The Bill You Get When You Leave Scientology

When Astra Woodcraft was seven years old, she became indoctrinated by the Church of Scientology through Sea Org, the unit of the church that Tom Cruise reportedly wants six-year-old Suri to join. Woodcraft tells The Daily Beast all the horrible things that she had to endure, including deciding to get pregnant at the age of 17 so the church would disown her. When she was finally “routed out,” the church gave her a bill for $89,000 for “classes” she had taken at Sea Org, including $600 for a “cleaning course” which was basically sweeping and scrubbing toilets in the compound she was forced to live in. I hope Suri thanks Katie Holmes when she gets older and realizes the massive bullet she’s dodging right now.

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Megano! (#124)

Oh man, I would be sending that bill to my stupid mother who put me there SO FAST.

How could you possibly hold someone accountable for that bill? I can’t watch the video (worrrrk), but I imagine this resulted in a long, drawn out court battle. Come to think of it: how do you prove you got what you were promised from ANY educational course? Can I sue if I felt that the quality of the education was lacking, and that the course wasn’t what I was told it would be? Like, shouldn’t there be SOME culpability-there doesn’t seem to be any sort of returns process for some ridiculously crappy education (I’m looking at YOU, University of Phoenix (which I did not attend, don’t worry-my shitty grad school courses were from an entirely accredited rip-off))

@Jake Reinhardt seriously, if you weren’t told in advance of the cost, can it really be legal to demand it after the fact?

thecoffeestain (#1,483)

@redheaded&crazy: Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was legal. It strikes me as a situation where if they could prove you attended they could just say “Sorry we were late on the billing, but here’s your invoice and where’s our money?”

Still, those Scientologists give me the heebie-jeebies.

ThatJenn (#916)

@redheaded&crazy My understanding is that you (or your parents, on your behalf) sign a contract to this effect when you join Sea Org. Rumor has it you sign the contract obligating you to a billion years of service, so your next 10 million incarnations are obligated, too, I guess. So: legal? Tenuously – enough that their lawyers will have enough ground to engage you in an exhausting legal battle. Moral? No.

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