The paper in Florida bills this weekend's package, The Money Machine, as its latest of 13 major investigative stories about the Church of Scientology since June 2009. The new series reflects a year's reporting on Scientology's fundraising practices, the paper says. Part 1 opens with a "registrar" who sells counseling and training services at Scientology's worldwide spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida
Hy Levy lived in terror of what would happen if he didn't make his number, a weekly sales target of $200,000. The money was due every Thursday by 2 p.m.
Often when he failed, his bosses exiled him to the kitchen to scrub pots. Sometimes they made him eat only beans and rice for a week. They publicly humiliated him, calling him a loser, a saboteur. They got in his face, screaming, swearing. You soulless bastard!
He said they used profanity a lot where he worked: the Church of Scientology.
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