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How could I get a $300 Kirby? If I called the local Kirby office would they sell me one? A Kirby for <$500 and not have to deal with the free carpet cleaning sales clown act would be perfect!
I wonder if they still remember me? I made their crap list back in October. I answered an ad on Craigslist for "Carpet cleaners wanted". The local office was something like "CLH Enterprises". What I didn't realize at the time, this little office was nothing more than a hiring office for Kirby. They interview and hire you then put you in a company van at the office and take you to a town 60 miles from here, then they first have you sign the employment papers. Of course they are in a big hurry because we got to the office in the second town late and they said these are just standard employment papers, just hurry up sign them and read them later when we get back on the road.
They kept yelling at me to hurry up, they were late, so I jumped back in the van, the I looked at the papers and my reaction was "OH HELL NO!" The papers were an agreement to be an independent Kirby sales person. I was basically assigned someone to shadow and they said to follow him quietly and just observe, no talking whatsoever. I told them they could just take me back now because I wasn't interested and they said "NO! we don't go back until we are finished at around 10pm." They expected to be back at the office where I parked my car around 1:30 or 2am, then we leave again the next morning at 10am.
The first house we stopped at by the grace of God while now 90 miles from home was very close to a cousins place. I sent them a text, slipped outside, my cousin picked me up out back and we was gone! When they called my cell I told them I didn't appreciate their bait & switch hiring practice - oh they were pissed. The guy screamed over the phone at me, but I didn't pay much attention, I just hung up.
I always wondered if someone had an adverse reaction when they learned they were selling Kirby door to door if they would leave you stranded hundreds of miles from home or if they would still take you back home. My cousin told me I just got really lucky since I signed the papers and agreed to do the job, I might have had to play along for the rest of the day without somebody being right there to get me.
I like the Kirby vacuum, I don't like the sales practices and I don't like they way they hire.