At times I find myself having to bite my tongue or almost ready to explode from the inside just because I know something I should not say but want to… or I was told something in confidence and asked not to share – but I want to. Today, I am going to loosen my tongue a bit and step over the line. If the subject of this post reads the post, I ask that you understand and not think ill of me for sharing this tidbit.
As usual, I cannot come straight to the point so here is a little background. First, this post came about because I have been following some pretty wholesome discussions at the Cubic Yard Linkedin Group. Discussions about order mills (OM), licensing and such as that. I try to read more than I respond because I like to watch and see if human beings in small groups are actually able to interact without unsubstantiated accusations, threats or conniptions. By and large all is okay in the Linkedin group but it is easy enough to recognize the passion each participant has for their side of the story. I like that. One cannot criticize another too harshly when they exhibit such passion. On the contrary, it should make one step back and investigate the other’s story.
I am just like you. I form opinions. None of us can not do that. It helps if one understands that each person’s platform was built upon their unique background, their unique experiences, etc. Love, hate, greed, envy – the list is long. Depending on the unique mix, one projects a certain image but uniquely to each observer. While I might envision one as greedy and corrupt, another might find them wholesome and entertaining.
All of this brings us to another bizarre observation that has been growing inside my head. Hate groups. Again it depends on who you ask. What is a hate group? Southern Poverty Law Center identifies hate groups as those groups that “have beliefs of practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” Wikipedia describes a hate group as an “organized group or movement that advocates and practices hatred,hostility, or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other designated sector of society.” The paragraph continues by stating that the United States FBI say that hate groups “primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.”
It may be time to ask if the pro order mill fans and the anti order mill fans might be specialized hate groups? Just one of those crazy things running around inside my head. I will leave you with the question while I tell you about a boy named Sue.
Sue stays very quite. He is busy running his business, most often with the help of a virtual assistant and relatives. Tucked away in a small town of the Midwest he has created a fairly successful property preservation business. Sue has eleven contractors that work for him. All 1099s – poor souls. The contractors hate the relationship so much that none has ever left. Most will come in and help with paperwork and phone calls and such. Sue does not work outside his home. He has never put a boot on the grounds of a property.
Sue is an order mill (OM). Pure and simple, he is an order mill. He finds it rather hard to put on boots since he has no feet. And no legs.
I am not trying to lead you to sympathize with Sue.
On the contrary he fits the profile of an OM.
On the contrary, he is the perfect representation of the present industry definition of an OM.
On the contrary, Sue has been profiled, according to the Merriam-Webster definition: (the act of suspecting or targeting a person on the basis of observed characteristics or behavior) as an OM by the industry.
I think Sue should be wiped off the face of the earth. Don’t you?