Galleria Mall Testing Center

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Person Holding Cans
Sign of Stress Test
Empty Seat
Scientology Mall Kiosk

I stopped by the Dianetics kiosk in the Galleria Mall and chatted with a nice, but pale looking man. I asked what he did for a living. He replied that he was on staff at the Church of Scientology. I questioned if he was paid to work for Scientology and he replied that he was a volunteer. Wondering how this man supported himself, I queried. He answered that he was on staff at the Church of Scientology and that they paid him.

“Hum, how does this thing work?” I inquired, reaching for the black, oval, plastic contraption on the shelf. He answered, “It is an E-Meter and it measures stress. Let me show you. Have a seat.” I sat down and he placed the pipe like objects in my hands. “Hey, these are just a couple of cans,” I commented. The staff member replied, “Yes that is what we call them.” Does the heat from my hands make the needle move? What are all the dials for? Do the dials affect the needle movement? I had several questions about this how this instrument worked. “No your emotions make the needle move”, my demonstrator patiently proclaimed. I picked the thing up and started looking it over. Hidden from view, on the bottom of the meter, was the FDA court ordered warning. I said, “It says here that this meter is a religious artifact for the Church of Scientology. Are you here in the mall to promote your religion?” “Oh no!” The gentleman exclaimed, “I am here to teach people about Dianetics.”

I stood up and looked the Dianetics covered cart over. Are you sure that this booth isn’t here to hype the Church of Scientology? He explained to me that this booth was about Dianetics, which was not Scientology. I picked up one of the plethora of volcano covered books and started skimming the first few pages. I asked why Dianetics, if it is not part of the Scientology religion, begins with information about Scientology’s religious artifact, the E-Meter? His answer was that Dianetics is a division of Scientology. (Confused? Well members claim they can help you with that!) At this point, the young man went into a pitch about how I should buy a copy of the book, read it, and then I would understand. “What’s with the volcano on the cover?”, I interrupted. My new acquaintance sighed, “I don’t know,” he answered. He went on to explain that he thinks it must represent how one feels after discovering Dianetics, like how he felt after he discovered Scientology. As he tried to drive home a Dianetics book sale, I politely excused myself and stated that I don’t like to buy things impulsively.

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Waldon Galleria Mall is owned by Pyramid Brokerage Company

I have grave concerns regarding the behavior of the Church of Scientology. This organization occupied a kiosk at Walden Galleria last year, handing out literature describing its “religious philosophy.” My 14-year-old daughter, who was in the mall with friends, visited the kiosk with the coaxing of the individuals stationed there. They discussed with her “answers to stress” in life and gave her some “test” to demonstrate how “stressed” she was. My daughter described the couple as “nice elderly people, like grandparents.”

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Although I think these individuals are part of a crazed cult, they certainly have every right to peddle their literature. What concerns me is that they asked my daughter if she would like more information and then asked for her home address. My daughter, who has been taught not to give out personal information to strangers, felt sanctioned to do so. I feel strongly that obtaining a home address from a minor is crossing the line.

When my child started receiving their propaganda in the mail, I called the Galleria. The mall management was receptive to my concerns and contacted the group twice requesting that my child’s name be removed from the mailing list. Although the Scientologists complied initially, my child has again started to receive their propaganda in the mail. I believe soliciting personal information from a minor is fraught with dangerous implications. Beware the organization that stoops to this level.

Judith A. Feld
East Amherst

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