Here’s my Top 22 list of suspicious shenanigans and red flags surrounding the COVID narrative:submitted by secretymology to conspiracy [link] [comments]
Ferguson, with a terrifyingly consistent track record for hyping minor viruses that fail to transpire into pandemics (Swine Flu, Bird Flu, BSE etc), failing upwards as a ‘safe pair of hands‘.
EDIT: I‘ve reposted, but thought I’d put back the 95% that disappeared some minutes ago....
2) Ferguson’s blasé attitude to his affair during lockdown - clearly not too worried for his lovers’ family, if he genuinely believed COVID was a threat. No "error of judgement", just a man who knew there was nothing to fear.
3) Hospitals cleared of patients in readiness for a pandemic that never came. Desperate for cash, doctors and nurses were financially incentivised to put down patients dying with/ of COVID on death certificates to gain payments. In US $13,000 per patient, and $39,000 per patient on ventilator etc.
Footage of empty hospitals worldwide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrJ9yaUOVKs
Nurses furloughed, sent home for suspected virus without testing. Nurses - with nothing better to do - on TikTok etc:
Nurses slammed for filming TikTok showing them carrying coronavirus 'body-bag':
4) Games played with age and numbers, proof that only the elderly and very sick elderly were dying, but less of pneumonia and flu than in previous years. Median age of 79 in US and 82 in UK. Meanwhile whole country on lockdown.
"The median age of the deceased in most countries (including Italy) is over 80 years (e.g. 86 years in Sweden) and only about 4% of the deceased had no serious preconditions. The age and risk profile of deaths thus essentially corresponds to normal mortality."
(table from 2/7 down the page...)
5) When this became apparent, initial scare stories in press about children dying of virus, later proven to have no merit, just to ensure the hysteria was generalised. Meanwhile, probability of a child dying from the 'virus' is 35m to 1.
"The second row shows that 2 deaths have been recorded among over 7 million school children aged between 5 and 14 (around 1 in 3.5 million), an extremely low risk — although additional deaths may be reported following coroners’ investigations. Over the last five years, there has been an average of 94 deaths registered over this 9-week period for those aged 5–14, and so the 2 Covid deaths represents only 2% of the normal risk faced by this group. That is, whatever average risk they would have faced in these 9 weeks if Covid had never existed — a risk which was extraordinarily low — was increased by Covid by only 2%."
6) The ludicrous claim that they had never considered economic and psychological DEATH toll of lockdown.
There was a press conference in June on BBC, where they said "saving lives" from the virus was considered more important. Hard to believe, but I can't find the footage yet...
"One of the most consistent themes that emerges from the minutes of SAGE meetings is how the Government repeatedly expected its scientists to account for the economic impact of lockdown restrictions – even though SAGE was not doing any economic modelling."
7) Doctors globally openly being told they can save paperwork and earn money by basing cause of death on ASSUMPTION of COVID, based on the vaguest of pretexts and symptoms.
Also, from the UK...Health Secretary Matt Hancock calls for urgent review into coronavirus death data in England.
It follows confirmation from Public Health England that reported deaths may have included people who tested positive months before they died.
8) The propaganda campaign against any form of alternative to vaccine (Vitamin C and D, African cures, HCQ etc)
“The Government’s leading body for Covid19 drug trials – led by the controversial character Professor Peter Horby – Oxford’s Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health and heading the vaccine programme - stands accused of grossly misleading negative trial results for the coronavirus management drug Hydroxychloroqhine. (Conflict of interest, surely?)
The lead story in today’s France Soir – a long-respected and unaligned French daily – presents compelling evidence to suggest that the Whitehall/Cabinet Covid19 “advice” team cannot be trusted….and raises yet more doubts about BBC complicity in a false Coronavirus narrative.”
http://www.francesoir.fsociete-sante/remdesivir-une-molecule-dinteret-therapeutique-tres-discutable-sur-le-covid-19-partie ( in French)
The [Lancet’s] claim that hydroxychloroquine increases the risk of death in Covid-19 patients has been used by rivals as a stick to beat the US President, who has himself been taking the drug and hailed it a 'game-changer' in the war on coronavirus**.**
Mounting doubts over the study's reliability culminated yesterday when the authors retracted their study from the Lancet medical journal, whose editorial standards have also been thrown into question.
“The Deputy Chief Investigator of the Recovery Trial, Prof. Martin Landray, gave an interview to France-Soir. What he revealed was quite remarkable.
Firstly, the mortality rate of the hydroxychloroquine patients was a staggering 25.7%.
The recommended hydroxychloroquine dose for an adult in the UK is no more than 200 — 400 mg per day. In France, 1800 mg per day is considered to be lethal poisoning.”
9) The saturation of Gates into the narrative at every level. His hallowed and unquestioned presence in media as expert, the only Moses who can lead us out of this wilderness with his magic potions, release us from our prisons with his benevolence. His financial connections through BMGF to NIH, CDC, WHO, BBC, Guardian, CNN etc and of course every pharmaceutical company in existence....
Amazing Polly (pretty much every video this year):
“Transforming lives through media”? Gates and the CIA? Can we give up the pretence that neutral Auntie speaks for - or represents - us and our best interests?
Charities and foundations - without transparency, oversight and apparently universally trusted. Call your genocidal plans ‘charity’ and not only will you look like a philanthrApist, but people will even donate to their own demise.
EDIT: For further information, I just found this webpage:
UK Guardian compromised:
Hear the Guardian is regrettably letting 180 staff go this week. Hopefully BMGF can find them suitable homes...
From the article:
“This story came from a Guardian sub-section called ‘Global Development‘.
But then I came across this 2010 Guardian story about how the Guardian has started up this new ‘Global Development’ site in partnership with… the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
So much information on Gates...almost “paralysed” with possibilities. Ideas?
10) Recent US and UK stories where people clearly dying of other things - cancer, suicide, motorcycle accidents etc are ascribed to COVID. Officially, George Floyd’s death should have been ascribed to COVID, since I believe he tested positive during autopsy. Might have led to a very different world...
HighImpactFix video about case number “massage” and motorcycle anomalies:
11) Recent US and UK stories of the deceitful practices by which:
i) the case numbers are conflated with all death numbers on certain days
ii) Dying "of" vs "with" COVID
iii) anyone who dies after testing positive is a COVID death
iv) cases being reported and subliminally conflated with deaths by the media, when death numbers fell too low to keep the public sufficiently terrified to accept coming measures
v) case numbers merely made up or inflated by a factor of ten, in Florida’s case last week.
Too many to include all here, but the recent Florida 'mistake' is here:
If this is a genuine event, what possible reason would there be to commit fraud in so many ways to keep it looking genuine, besides the need to control demolish the world economy and vaccine-shill?
12) Event 201. Drill gone live. Nuff said.
13) The fact that there have been no surprises at all since the crisis began. Every next step had been telegraphed in the media well in advance. Everything began with the notion that a vaccine would be the only solution and the narrative has remained remarkably consistent to Event201.
14) Even with all of these statistical somersaults, the death numbers this year are not far from what they’ve been in previous years. Pneumonia and flu deaths are suspiciously down.
2020 - 6509 flu deaths in five months (Feb-June)
2020 - 6509 flu deaths in five months (Feb-June)
2019- Flu killed 34,157 - more than twice amount for a similar period of five months this year.
2019 Flu killed 34,157 - more than twice amount for a similar period of five months this year.
MUCH, MUCH MORE DATA NEEDED HERE....
15) That in the space of four months, they have managed to capitalise on this crisis and remove so many rights from us permanently. An opportunity for which they’ve been waiting for years, COVID sped up the process and kept us otherwise preoccupied.
Here is my list of achieved or achievable hidden agenda:
In no particular order:
”You don’t need a mask.”:
To the NEJM, he described COVID in March as a flu, with similar numbers predicted to suffer.
“WOW! Dr. Fauci in New England Journal of Medicine Concedes the Coronavirus Mortality Rate May Be Much Closer to a Very Bad Flu”
Why the u-turn? Surely we define our experts by their consistency.
F William Engdahl article:
Christine Grady (Fauci’s wife):
17) Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and Nadine Dorries - The statistical chances (14%) of three members of the UK Cabinet (made up of 22 people), including the prime minister, actually catching it and one almost dying apparently, right before reversing his decision to let it pass.
A very intentionally dramatic start to our lockdown, announced by Johnson from his "death-bed", ensuring all were in the appropriate state of panic:
"Boris Johnson: Hospital doctors were ready to announce my death"
18) Meanwhile, racism knocks the virus off the front pages and our minds for a few weeks, but we’re meant to go right back to taking it seriously when requested.
19) The many proven fake media stories...of long lines for testing and hospital footage from NY, mannequins in beds etc
20) International care home scandals - Deliberately mandating coronavirus carriers into crowded care homes to bump up death toll and concomitant hysteria, kill off elderly...murder?
"It is remarkable how many deaths during this pandemic have occurred in care homes. According to the Office for National Statistics, nearly 50,000 care home deaths were registered in the 11 weeks up to 22 May in England and Wales — 25,000 more than you would expect at this time of the year. Two out of five care homes in England have had a coronavirus outbreak; in the north-east, it’s half.
Not all these deaths, however, have been attributed to Covid-19. Even when death certificates do mention it, it is not always clear that it is the disease that was the ultimate cause of death..."
"The daughter of a 91-year-old gran who died of Covid-19 she contracted in a care home is demanding to know why her mum was “sacrificed” by ministers.
Retired teacher Anne Duncan died in Edinburgh’s Western General Hospitaltwo days after her family managed to force a move out of the care home in the city where they feared she would die alone.
Her daughter Linda hit out at what she called a “scandalous” policy to release coronavirus patients into care homes and called for her mum’s death to be investigated as part of a wider review."
Also, more than 40% of US ‘virus‘ deaths occur in nursing homes:
21) (thanks to law of confusion!) Ventilators - All of the sudden, a clamour for them generated panic demand and buying. Cuomo desperate, while he sat in front of a warehouse wall full of them. Hegelian dialectics at play. Trump apparently withholding, Trump giving them out like Oprah, then the evidence that they were killing most people on them.
“A giant study that examined outcomes for more than 2,600 patients found an extraordinarily high 88% death rate among Covid-19 patients in the New York City area who had to be placed on mechanical devices to help them breathe.”
22) Testing inconsistencies:
Half of CDC Coronavirus Test Kits Are Inaccurate, Study Finds.
”The study's lead author, Sin Hang Lee, MD, director of Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, found that the testing kits gave a 30 percent false-positive rate and a 20 percent false-negative rate.”https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/half-of-cdc-coronavirus-test-kits-are-inaccurate-study-finds/ar-BB16S6M6
“According to the creator of the PCR test, Kary Mullis himself, it cannot be totally and should never be used as a tool in “the diagnosis of infectious diseases.”
Also, this about CT testing irregularities:
Funny how all the “mistakes” err on the side of positive...
|Why is only one person in jail for the financial crisis?||There's a great story on this and I highly recommend it. The writer is really handsome, too: Link to www.propublica.org|
|What are your thoughts on Bitcoin and its potential to eliminate the socialization of risk by the taxpayer that corporations have taken advantage of?||Bitcoin is a mad, technoutopian fever dream that will end in tears, if it hasn't already.|
|This may be an unpopular post but here goes. We all agree the financial crisis was really bad, but were laws really broken or were people just exploiting known holes in the system? I'm talking about unethical vs illegal. Are we just angry and wanting to jail people over ethics or were actual laws broken?||I believe the financial crisis was caused not by fraud but recklessness, stupidity, exploitation of legal loopholes and inadequate regulation. That doesn't mean that crimes weren't committed. I believe there were many crimes -- and in fact, I've never spoken to a prosecutor or former prosecutor who did not agree. they simply say that they themselves didn't see any.|
|What one proposed law or legal change do you think would make the most significant difference?||I don't think enough attention has been paid to the fact that the white collar laws are inadequate, so there haven't been many proposed remedies. One thing the DoJ should use is the "willful blindness" or "conscious disregard" charge. As Judge Jed Rakoff wrote recently in the New York Review of Books: Such a charge "is a well-established basis on which federal prosecutors have asked juries to infer intent, including in cases involving complexities, such as accounting rules, at least as esoteric as those involved in the events leading up to the financial crisis. And while some federal courts have occasionally expressed qualifications about the use of the willful blindness approach to prove intent, the Supreme Court has consistently approved it."|
|What was the biggest threat you ever got from a major political/business figure?||Well, financial reporters got it pretty good. The worst that happens to us most of the time is that high-priced PR people yell at us on the phone. Once, in the late 1990s, two detectives from the Manhattan D.A.'s office were sicced on me by someone about a story I wrote on a Canadian billionaire pharmaceutical fraudster. I was so naive, I thought they were coming to feed me some information about their investigation of the guy. I didn't realize they were questioning ME until halfway through our meeting. Another time, my boss at the WSJ and current boss at ProPublica was summoned when he was on his honeymoon in Paris by Bernard Arnault, the French billionaire who owns LVMH, to complain about some of my columns. My columns stood up to the scrutiny and my boss backed me. I was deeply sorry my boss had to talk about accounting arcana on his honeymoon but very glad that I had pissed off Arnault that much.|
|As a journalism student in college, what should i be doing to get a job as a reporter when I graduate? Do you think the seahawks can repeat for the title? and if not who do you think will win?||Read as much journalism as you can, figure out what you like and who you like, cold call those reporters and try to meet and get a coffee. Study something that imparts real knowledge: science, statistics, economics, history etc. so you have some knowledge base and skill set. Look at all the start-ups: Vox, 538, Fusion, BuzzFeed (which is established, of course) and seek to get in on the groundfloor of those places.|
|Obviously not and it will be apparent on week one, when the Packers crush them in Seattle.|
|when the Packers crush them in Seattle. HERE IS YOUR HISTORY LESSON MR EISINGER.||Obviously the wrong call.|
|If I'm ever In NYC i'll give you a ring! thank you! As far as the NFL, I'm a Broncos fan. How you see their season shaping up?||Please do so. I think the Broncos are on the downswing. Peyton can't deny age three years in a row.|
|Is the criminal behavior limited to theft/fraud, or are there specific types of financial transactions corporations engage in that are/should be outlawed?||Fraud writ large yes. There were many misrepresentations to the public that I think were worth deeper, more aggressive investigation. I write about the Lehman Brothers executives' representations of their liquidity in the weeks and months leading up to their collapse, which was clearly factually and materially inaccurate. Did they know it at the time? I don't believe the DoJ adequately investigated that question. And Lehman isn't alone.|
|What would it take to change the status quo?||A change in the culture of the DoJ, where the leaders were more ambitious, were less afraid to fail and devoted more resources to the most complex cases. Also, the DoJ needs to start thinking about statutory fixes to address its loss of tools over the last decade.|
|Jesse, thanks for doing the AMA.||I have made so many mistakes, I've given speeches about them. Fortunately, I've never made the kind of huge factual error that meant the story required retraction. Thank God.|
|What would you consider the biggest mistake of your career?||One of my best stories was also one of my biggest mistakes. In Oct 2007, I wrote for Conde Nast Portfolio that the Wall Street investment banks were going to fail. I wrote that it would be Bear Stearns first, then Lehman Bros, and maybe even Merrill, Morgan Stanley and even Goldman. Pretty good, right? But I didn't follow up on it, probe deeper, write more. So I kind of blew the opportunity of a lifetime to really own the story of the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Oh well.|
|Why should so many people in the financial sector be making absurd amounts of money? Does the value they add to society really justify their compensations?||They shouldn't and what they provide isn't worth it. Some well-placed taxes, like a Financial Transactions Tax, would help society.|
|Hi Jesse. Love reading your work in the NT Times and ProPublica. What do you think about Lawrence Lessig's approach? I'm assuming you are familiar with him. He seems to think not much will change unless campaign finance is addressed, and in ways that go beyond the Amendment propositions. The reason i wonder, is because it seems implausible that there will be a majority of Elizabeth Warrens in Congress, as long as big money can block challengers to other Wall Street sympathizers. Do you think the Warrens and Sanders can accomplish the job without massive campaign reform? Can they put enough heat on the regulators and AG to prosecute effectively?||I used to think that campaign finance reform was the great solution to our broken political system. Now, I'm less certain. What that wouldn't solve, for instance, is the level of special interest access. The access that banks and their proxies have to regulators utterly dwarfs that of financial reformers. It's not really a campaign finance question. The banks care about the details of rules; the public doesn't understand and cannot be easily mobilized. It leads to regulatory capture, which is something that campaign finance reform doesn't solve.|
|Is part of the regulatory problem that technology (financial, corporate, communications etc) is evolving too fast for regulators to keep up?||Absolutely. They are outgunned technologically. The markets have become too complex for them. But that's not the only problem. A lot is will and leadership.|
|Hello, Mr. Eisinger. If corporations are now considered to be "people" - could the corporation itself get the death penalty? In other words, could the gov. force it to disband or put all majority shareholders in prison?||In theory, yes. In practice, this is what prosecutors are afraid of. I think it's a legitimate fear. They should think about the consequences of their actions. But letting crime flourish because you are afraid of the collateral consequences has a terrible effect on society too.|
|So in your opinion, what would it take to properly sanction big business? Also is it fair or right that a corporation is considered a person with rights equal to an individual?||To properly sanction corporations, indictment has to be on the table. That includes seeking admissions of guilt and/or being willing to take corporations to trial. However, I think prosecutors are justified in being concerned about an indictment leading to a corporate death penalty. But doing justice may require it. A dangerous, recidivist company might deserve to be put out of business.|
|Also, they must go after individuals as well. One way to do this should be to try to design fines that hit individual executives, not shareholders. Another is to charge individuals.|
|Corporations have rights as individuals and responsibilities. This is a long established precedent and won't be overturned anytime soon. I don't think the principle is a problem; corporations can make contracts, be sued, etc.|
|Corporations have rights as individuals. Then why are criminal charges for board members and CEOs so rare, even when company policies break laws - for instance, Duke Energy dumping coal ash into rivers? Can the corporate veil be reconfigured to promote less harmful, less fraudulent, and less illegal activity?||My piece is an attempt to explain why criminal charges for people at the top echelons of Corporate America are so rare. I hope you get a chance to read it.|
|Should Barney Frank be sanctioned for his role in the housing crisis and subsequent financial meltdown? Imprisoned?||No. The idea that Barney Frank caused the housing bubble and/or financial crisis is a silly myth.|
|Also, who do you think is most likely to win the Super Bowl next season?||It's too painful a question to contemplate since the Packers are still in the second tier.|
|Is a Pulitzer Prize a medal, a statue, or a certificate? Can you wear it around your neck?||It's a certificate but they make a statue of you out of butter and put it on the lawn in the middle of the Columbia campus.|
|What do you foresee as the next bubble/crisis? What can be done now to stop it?||Always dangerous to predict the next bubble. But we have febrile debt markets now, with junk bonds yielding too little for the risks. We are starting to see M&A overheat. Tech and biotech stocks sported absurd valuations, esp earlier this year. Greek sovereign debt seems to have recovered way too much. We have bubbly pockets almost everywhere in the capital markets. I would worry about China and the European banks as the nexus of the next crisis.|
|How were you approached to be Lex Luther in the upcoming Superman movie? What is Zack Snyder like?||Snyder wouldn't know how to shoot a YouTube video if it wasn't for me.|
|Some prosecutors and prosecutions tend to stew and/or languish because of the enormity of the task involved. Complex financial crimes and frauds tend to require a great deal of focus, resources and expertise. To what extent and degree do you feel prosecutors at DOJ are simply overwhelmed by the task at hand?||I agree it's a difficult task. But that's no excuse. Lots of folks' jobs are hard. These are among the best and the brightest. They've got a hard job but they need to do it.|
|How do you feel about Matt Taibbi and his new gig at First Look (I heard they just hired Alex Pareene too)? His writing seems to be the standard for popular financial writing. Other than that, with the state of regulation and cronyism in the US being what it is (i.e awful), how likely do you think another financial crisis is in the coming years?||I admire Taibbi. I think he's a wonderful writer and underrated reporter. I recommend his book, The Divide. There's some overlap btn his book and my piece. We were fishing in some of the same waters. Pareene is witty, too, and had an all-time great appearance on CNBC last year.|
|What are your thoughts on the revolving door between financial regulators and Wall Street? Do you consider this an important issue? If so, what steps can be taken to improve it?||It's a big problem. They need to pay regulators and prosecutors more and do more to elevate their status (how, I am not sure) in order to make them more prestigious careers.|
|Thanks for this opportunity. Are you familiar at all with the private corporation, "AFCC, Inc." currently operating some family courts? Local and federal authorities have ignored the AFCC, Inc. no-bid contracts and the collusion members, owners, directors etc. of the corporation say is not collusion, but "collaboration". In our state, a small cluster of co-owners of the corporation have monopolized cases for so long, even though legislators are referring to what they're doing in the courts as "racketeering", the system they've set up for themselves is now, like the other systems is now "too big to fail". Is anyone in authority anywhere willing and able to draw the line so future cases aren't caught in their web? One journalist took the time to document AFCC, Inc. activities in Connecticut, posted the information in several articles and nothing changed. Any insight as to why a private corporation was allowed into the judicial system in the first place and why it's allowed to stay? Link to www.scribd.com.||I'm not familiar with it. Sorry.|
|What's so great about football anyway?||Ah, good question. The heart wants what the heart wants. Baseball is too slow and basketball is only relevant in the second half of the fourth quarter. I've heard there are other sports out there but I wouldn't know about them.|
|Hi. While clearly the executives at big financial product houses haven't been held accountable for their behavior, I am concerned that one important industry has been somewhat ignored, specifically, the ratings houses like Moody's and Standard & Poor's. These companies fostered bad behavior by hiding the real investment risk with circumspect ratings. Do you have thoughts on this?||I completely agree. That the ratings agencies skated by with so little regulatory and legal fallout is simply mind-boggling.|
|Hi - what are the best books about investigative journalism that you've read and would recommend?||To be honest, I haven't read any books about how to do investigative journalism. As for journalistic books, there are many. I recommend anything by AJ Liebling, Gay Talese, Michael Lewis and George Packer.|
|Came here for this. Opinions Jesse?||I haven't done much reporting on HFT. My understanding is that IEX is pretty small so far and hasn't made much impact yet.|
|Hey I heard you on NPR yesterday! You discussed the apprehension about going after companies since the Arthur Andersen conviction was overturned. What do you think needs to happen before companies are brought up on charges for criminal activity like this again?||The DoJ is starting to try to bring charges against companies. It charges two subsidiaries of foreign banks, UBS and RBS. They are making noises about charging the parent entities of Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas. But that won't be enough. They need to structure the charges in such a way that causes real pain, which would have true deterrence. And more importantly, the DoJ needs to go after individuals at the highest echelons of corporations.|
|Where do you keep your Pulitzer?||It's gathering dust on a bookshelf in a closet.|
|What about the argument that if bailouts, QE, and socialization of risk did not exist, these bad actors would not be able to grow so large and the market would dispense of fraudsters in short order (and also create means of ensuring transparency).||The financial markets would always need fairly heavy regulation. It is an obvious problem that our banks are so large and complex that they have become impossible to manage and impervious to legal sanction. So we should probably move to break them up. But that wouldn't solve the interconnectedness of our financial system, so we need other laws and regulations. The 2007-09 bailouts were too generous to the existing banks, but the authorities were right not to let the biggest banks simply fail on a massive scale.|
|What was it like to portray Mark Zuckerberg in "The Facebook" Edit: And bang Emma Stone.||I made a vow never to talk about Emma.|
|You were great in The Social Network and Zombieland. You're like Michael Cera except more awkward, its awesome.||I know it. I was robbed of the Oscar for both of those roles. Cera is a punk.|
|Thank you! I'd absolutely come to you for my next purchase, but 3000 miles is just a tiiiny bit too far. I'm officially a fan of yours now though!||Thank you! Get in line! :P Everyone loves me!|
|That is the number one reason I enjoy getting my toys at my local shop. Nothing beats a helping hand and a few tips here and there.||"Helping hand" :P.|
|I've taken a number, don't worry.||Lol. <3 Feel free to contact me if you ever have any quesitons! My main username is somewhere in this post.|
|What do your friends and family think about your occupation? Do you often see the cliche creepy customers?||My friends and family always look down about it, but who cares. They dont pay my bills or put food on my table. Plus, im working towards ownership. So yea. They can bite it :P.|
|Care to answer the second question please? :D.||Sorry friend.|
|As far as cliche creepers? Yes. Theres a bunch of them, but there are also a bunch of regular customers. Id say 70/30 Normal/Creepy ratio. A lot of people are discouraged of coming in because they think its full of creepers waiting at the door for them to come in so they can be mauled by perv vision lol. Its not as bad as people make it seem. Usually the creepers are LGBT and are looking for other LGBT. Single women usually are not on the checklist for who to hunt down lmao.|
|How did you end up in your current career? I mean, it's not like you said when you were 13 "I want to work in a sex shop!" ( or did you? )||I personally have been on my own since I was 16, so ive jumped jobs ALOT for obvious reasons. This is my 22nd job in the past 10 years. I got this job (as previously answered) from a friend who asked if I needed a job, I said yes. Done.|
|Also, what kind of experience do you need for this type of work?||I am personally a great salesman. I have a lot of knowledge about relationships and sex. I just needed to come in and up my knowledge on toys. I am a very good people person and have a great judge of character. Its really easy for me to take nervous and embarrassed people and turn them into "FUCK YEA THIS STORE IS AWESOME" and have them tell me their life story (not always wanted).|
|What has been the funniest question a customer has asked?||Lets see, funniest...It's kind of hard. I look at things differently. For example, there have been a handful of women aged 25-35 that don't know how to stimulate their clit or gspot. I had to show a woman on a doll exactly where her clit was and what it does. Some people find this funny, but I find it...I dunno...not funny. Its educational. Poor thing didnt know how to get off.|
|If I had to choose one...its probably the creepers who come in and ask me if I know of any prostitutes. Even if I did, who the hell says "yea man, heres a number to call".|
|It's kind of hard. Ha.||I see what you did there.|
|It was you. ;) Hey also, as I read through I saw something about Powerzens. How many come in a pack of them, and how much are they? I'm sure I could google it, but you need more karma.||Lol. One pill is 20 bucks for the extremes. (2000mg) and about 15 for the Golds. (1500mg). Everything is one pill, lasts about 3-4 days. Advertised as 5.|
|That's not bad, if it works as well as you described. Do you recommend?||For sure. Once you try one, you will be hooked.|
|I feel bad for wasting your time by asking all these silly questions... but, what exactly does it do? What IS male enhancement?||Lol. Makes you harder, gets your blood pumping, but the biggest kicker is the recovery time. Once you finish, you are right back up again. Then you finish again...Right back up for some more. The cycle continues for days.|
|I would imagine your sexy time threshold is very high, being surrounded by sex all the time. Do you feel like you need more stimulation to get turned on?||Yes. Its a bit tough when it comes to vanilla sex. I can honestly admit that if it isnt interesting enough, I more than likely go limp in the middle of it, which is a bit of a problem.|
|Interesting. What have you done to try to mitigate the problem?||Find women that arent vanilla when it comes to sex :P Im more of a bdsm kind of guy anyway.|
|I totally thought you were a chick. Now a lot of your responses make a lot more sense. I'll have to look for you on fetlife.||I don't have a fetlife account. Was totally thinking of it though.|
|Also, what made me seem like I was a chic? :P.|
|Easier said than done. Im glad me and the wife clicked with that situation lol.||Indeed easier said than done. Which is why im single! :P Im glad that worked out for you!|
|Single dude that is into bdsm that WORKS at a sex shop and you aren't on fetlife??? Come on son! Your opening line is "I can get you cheap sex toys" BAM! Instant blowjob. Works 90% of the time a 100% of the time.||Lol. Nice.|
|Standard retail shit, right? Easy. Been doing that for... far to fucking long.||I'm not following. Regarding what? Im trying to imply his first question and your statement. You mean "Hire people just like you would for standard retail." ? Or maybe "Sounds like the job contains standard retail shit, which is easy". Im having a hard time.|
|Do you get discounts on the items that you sell? What have your past/current significant other thought about your job?||I do get a discount. Can't really go on about how much :P.|
|Previous SO was pretty jealous of my job and she left. I am currently single because every woman I come across thinks its hot, wants a fling, but cant actually be with someone who does this for a living. Too many jealousy problems.|
|I am so sorry to hear that! I don't see the big issue for you doing that as a living. I would think it is a bigger perk than anything! I'm not a jealous person, so I'm a bit confused. What jealousy issues arise?||"You hit on girls all the time"...Its my job. "You get hit on all the time"...Same as getting hit on in the street? "You look at all the girls that come in there because you know they are freaks"...Uhh?|
|I can relate to that some what I used to bouncer and body guard strippers at one point, I looked at them like clients and money on the table and my ex saw it as an opertunaty for me to cheat due to it being a sex entertainment field... Le sigh.||^ This. All I see that walks through that door is a big dollar sign. Once in a while we get a girl who just knocked the breath out of your body, but picking girls up in here is near impossible.|
|They are either: 1) Getting a toy, which they dont need you at all for. 2) Picking up something for her and her SO, which she doesnt need you for.|
|The only time you really "pick up" a girl is when they come in, look around, decide they are broke and slip you their number or hit on you.|
|How silly. It's quite a shame. If my husband worked at an adult shop, I would just want to know his funniest stories of the night and the weirdest combo of things he sold. (or at least something along those lines). I hope you find someone who doesn't care where you work! =)||Help me find her! Ill give you a discount! :P.|
|Do you ever get people coming into the shop that yell at you or chew you out for working in an "immoral" profession or any BS like that? Conservatives saying the shop shouldn't exist? Protestors?||Nope, never.|
|Also do you have to deal with rude customers like other retail? Any notable examples?||Rude customers are just every day retail customers. Nobody is particular. Nothing sex or toy related. Maybe a couple of women who try to chew me out for thinking that I know what feels good for them better than they do. (Im usually right, since they are inexperienced and coming to me for help to begin with. Dont know why they fight it so much.)|
|Where is the Store located? I know in some parts of the states this can be a big issue...||Connecticut.|
|Where in CT?||Eh...Southwestern. Lol.|
|Ever have anybody ask you for beastiality stuff?||Yes, but in my state its illegal, so I direct them to New York.|
|You should probably send them to Bad Dragon instead.||Don't know what that is and I don't think I want to know :P.|
|It's not illegal in NY?||Videos. No.|
|tilts head Never heard of videos being legal here in NY... TIL.||Last I recall, purchasing bestiality videos in particular is legal. Which is why I send my customers there.|
|Me: "Unfortunantly, that item you are trying to return was already returned once, so we dont take things back twice." Customer: "Thats fucking disgusting, you sold me something that was...oh. Right. I see" Me: "Have a good day". That's very clever. Did you come up with that?||Yes. I will indeed take all the credit for that one.|
|Most interesting story?||To be completely honest, that's way too vague to answer. There are countless number of interesting stories that happen. As you can imagine. Getting hit on multiple times by guys, girls, couples. Lesbians coming in and trying to rattle the cages after I tell them that "Nothing surprises me anymore". (They started making out and moaning in front of me and left pissed when I didnt give them what they were looking for.) Tons of stuff.|
|Ever had to call the cops? Why?||Yes. Had a couple of hoodlum kids come in here and cause a scene. They got upset because I asked them to leave after they made the rest of the customers feel uncomfortable. They would point and laugh at things and go "lololol look its a vagina lololol". Once I kicked them out, they started shouting death threats and calling the store non-stop. We close at midnight. One of the girls that works here was scared, so I made sure she was safe.|
|Lesbians making out and moaning left pissed? wha twere they looking for? why were they pissed whe nthey did that infront of you?||They did it in front of me to try to get me...worked up. They were pissed because I wasnt effected at all. Im surrounded by sex, talk about sex and am very sexually active. They are used to making out or showing off in front of regular guys and have the guys be all over them. Not me. I just kept playing on my phone and told them to try harder. Lol.|
|Kids are allowed in the store? Jeez. Can they purchase products? I was just wondering... It's for my girlfriend I swear.||"Kids" being 19-20 Legal policy is anyone 18 and up. Store policy is 21 and up, but its bendable. If I have a 19 year old couple that are mature enough to actually walk in and discuss the needs and wants and not be a child about it, no problem.|
|I imagine that's a bit like pointing a hair dryer at someone in a sauna. They can feel it, it just doesn't matter.||Pretty much nailed it with that statement.|
|How many people have you caught "testing" out products?||Absolutely none. We keep a close eye on that kind of stuff.|
|I've been trying to talk a friend of mine into opening a sex shop. Any advice for her? Any cool avenues sex shops aren't, but could/should be, pursuing?||It's really tough to fight the internet. I honestly wouldn't do it. Unless you have some amazing plan to fight the internet with, then you won't make much money. Retail in general is dying a very painful death to internet prices, which only causes them to jack their prices even more to put themselves deeper.|
|Ah, yes. We gotta do what we gotta do. What does your username mean? Does it relate to your work? Or is it a toy?||I tried to make this AMA on my main account seeekay but it wouldnt let me :( So i made a new one. Also, Seekay is just a nickname IRL. As well as my online handle in mostly...everything. :P.|
|Have you ever used any of your own products?||Yes, I mainly use some of the pills from time to time since they are awesome. (Powerzens, make sure you get a real one and not a ripoff). I usually test out all the new stuff that we get ahead of time. Reps try to push product on us and the first thing I say is send me a tester and we'll talk.|
|What do they do?||Powerzen makes men fuck like gods. No bullshit.|
|These actually work? And any brands or things I should look for when trying it?||Make sure its real. Coloring on the package is pure. The date is on the top right corner of the back. And you see the "Pld" logo in the front. Make sure the image of the woman on the front is crisp and not blurred.|
|I just googled this to know what it is and this is the top website, I trust you, but this is really funny : Link to www.herbsexenhancement.com.||Thats it. But the extremes at my shop (2000mg) Usually run 20 bucks. Anything more than that and you are getting ripped off. Anything that is way cheaper is most likely a fake. Dont buy any online because you cant check the authenticity before hand.|
|Also anything comparable for women?? I have a crappy sex drive.||Comparable for women, i believe i answered this. Try sex shots (liquid) ive been told they work by plenty of women. If not, try spanish fly (liquid or pills) and then you've got max desire and viva herbal.|
|Agreed. That's how I got him into one once before!||Nice! :)|
|Is it blatantly obvious when people are coming in for the first time, and is there anything you do to try and help them relax?||First I give them time. Once they start whispering to each other, I usually start with "You should ask the guy who works here!" for an ice breaker. Then they are either super shy or just ask. Based on what happens, I either joke with them and open them up through laughter or get very professional with them and open them up through the "you can ask me, im a professional" lol.|
|How many customers is there daily? Per week\month? What about the profits of the shop? Any legal issues?||Its hard to put a number on that. Everyday is different, usually in the week (Mon-Thurs) There can be 3 customers a day or 20. Its really random. On the weekend is when we get busier. Usually around...I dunno...I'd say about 20-40 customers a shift. It is starting to kick up due to christmas and holidays. Both for the lonely people and the couples.|
|I cant go into exact profit details, but the average transaction is about 40 dollars. Some people are cheap and come in looking for what they can get for 5 bucks and some people come in and blow 200-400 in one sitting. Like I said, its -really- hard to gauge.|
|Legal issues: Nope. We have to be careful when it comes to poppers. (Use google) Other than that, we just have to be careful with window advertisement. (We blacked out the whole store, thats how we deal with that) :P.|
|Is it even possible to buy something for 5 bucks lol?||Hardly. We've got like...sample pills and sample lubes for 2-5 bucks. Thats about it...|
|Also would like to ask a few more questions: the shop is 24\7? If yes, how are the sales at night? How many people own\work at that place? It's a part of someone's sex empire or just a small local store? And the last one, funny question: do you have to deal with horny teenagers? You know, like asking them to leave the moment they walked into the store? Thanks.||Sales in the day are mostly older gentleman with videos. When it gets dark, thats when people deal more with the toy side. Then really late, around midnight, its a toss up. 3 Employees total, including me. One owner. Owner used to own 7 stores, after the economy got bad, he now has just this one.|
|I deal with immature teens all the time. I simple ask them to leave. If they ask why, I tell them they have to be 21 and up. They throw the "No, its 18 and up". I reply with "No, its what I say it is".|
|What is your favorite part of the job, the thing that keeps you coming back?||The coversations. The connection. I am a people person. I build rapport. When those customers come in and tell me that everything I told them made them a better husband/wife/lovewhatever, it really gets me going. Im all about teaching and learning the ways of relationships and sex.|
|What's the kinkiest toy you sell?||Link to www.amazon.com|
|In my eyes anyway. Either that or the straight jacket from fetish. Or maybe the dick rambone 14 1/2 inch dildo...theres a lot to choose from :P.|
|Link to imgur.com I'll just leave this here.||Nice.|
|What is your finest, most expensive sounding dildo?||Seriously sounding? No clue.|
|Seriously expensive? We used to carry the lelo brand. Once it started to collect dust because nobody wanted to spend 150-200 dollars on a vibrator, we got rid of it. We just picked up Picobong. Lelo makes it, lower end toy, but still up there. Think of a mercedes. Lelo being an S class, Picobong being a C class.|
|I never knew lelo made picobong. You've given me a bit more to research...||Picobong = lelo without being rechargeable. Its battery operated. Same everything else.|
|Weirdest customer off of the top of your head?||Jesse. That guy is weird as shit. He will literally buy the same two toys on the same day of the week, every week like clockwork. He buys a bullet and high intensity massage toy. He never remembers that he bought it and while hes "looking around" he is constantly talking to himself. He walks fast into the store and runs out. Hes nice, just weird.|
|Some times pornstars will film a small thing in these shops. has that ever happened in yours?||Never anything filmed in our store, but we had a couple porn stars come in here and sign our wall and stuff. Maybe Ill get a picture for you guys.|
|What would you say is your best selling product? Also, can you send me a toy? ;P.||Someone asked this question. Answered. And maybe :P.|
|Well if you're just giving out toys, may I please have one? I don't care what it is, I will find a use for it. :)||I was just joking..|
|Do you except Bitcoin?||I wish we accepted it. I personally do :P.|
|What is the male to female customer ratio visiting your store and buying your products?||Its really mixed. One day Ill get nothing but guys, the next nothing but women.|
|Overall, id have to say about 60/40 Men/Women.|
|What is your most popular product among men? Women? Or even both?||Welcome to the realm of asking the same question that every person asks me as soon as they walk through the door. :P.|
|Its absolutely situational. Everyone comes in for different things. Its -really- hard to put any type of "guesstimation" of the "most sold" product. There are tons of "fads" and "flavor of the month"s as well. Its really hard to judge.|
|Some things that sell on a consistent basis no matter what?|
|Women: Pocket rockets (cheaper versions), Doc Johnson Realistic Cocks and rabbits mainly.|
|Men: Dr. Joel Kaplan products, delay spray and penis thickening creams. (This is a whole other topic of "it pisses me off". So many guys compare themselves to porn stars and feel inadequate. Women watch porn and think every guy is hung like one as well. Society sucks balls when it comes to penis length. But hey, it makes money)|
|Couples: Vibrating cockrings, wevibe products, under the bed restraints.|
|No offense man but as a manager you should know a lot more numbers.. Its not that hard to keep track of how many customers a day, what sells the most/least.. They are all pretty important stats..||No offense, but I try not to tell everyone what the personal business does as far as profit and numbers go. Which is why I try to answer the question with "rough estimates".|
|Here's an idea. Give me your address, I'll mail you our ledger.|
|Hey I'm not trying to be mean. If there was a tv show, lets call it Dildo Rescue, with a successful sex shop owner, lets call him Mr Cox, going around, they would tear you a new one for saying 'guesstimation.' I only bring it up at all because you said you were working to be owner.||Cool.|
|Are there video booths in the back? Do they have glory holes?||Yes. And no. Just regular booths.|
|Is it your job to mop up cum?||Nope.|
|Well you do have booths so I'm wondering what pour soul has to clean them?||I personally don't. (Cough) Lackeys.|
|Anyone ever take a shit in the booths? You know...just cause?||No. Someone took a piss in them before though. That pisses everyone off. (Pun intended).|
|You mentioned pills for guys that actually worked, and how to make sure they were real. Best pills (or gels, etc.) for ladies, and how to make sure they're legit?||Spanish fly or sex shots. They dont counterfeit those. They work. Or try max desire.|
|I'm looking for a bullet with a wireless remote. Do you have any suggestions? I'm so lost on what to look for :/ Price is kind of important but not too important. I just want it to work and to last lol.||Try one of the cheaper ones first. I know california exotics makes a cheap purple one. Once you decide you like it, go for a fetish brand. Its wireless panties, but its pretty much a wireless remote bullet put in a panty.|
|How do you explain that on a date?||That I work at a sex shop? I usually tell women I know everything there is to know about relationships, sex, and sex toys. If they are intrigued, I tell them where I work. If they look at me like a pig, then I dont get anywhere :P.|
|How much does one make in terms of a salary as the manager of such a shop?||Not much more than an average salary of any other retail store.|
|Sell any Tenga products?||Unfortunately not. There was a wave, we didnt get on it. The sales for tenga arent all as high as they used to. Also, we tend to try to not to carry what regular stores carry. (Like KY and condoms, where people can go buy at CVS or something.)|
|Do you ever get turned on at work?||Nope. Sad to say.|
|What caused you to become a manager at a sex shop? I imagine that could be a rather awkward job to apply for. Also, do you ever see anything items being sold in your store that make you think "what the fuck?"||Already answered, a couple of times.|
|How do you guys handle product recalls?||We haven't dealt with one yet. Im sure if there was a recall it wouldnt be too much of a problem. We order toys every two weeks, so theres not much backstock.|
|What's your best sellers and what's the weirdest thing someone's asked for?||Already been answered. A bunch of times :P.|
|Have you ever sold gay porn to a straight couple?||No but ive sold gay porn to married men.|
|Would u rather sit on a duck or sit on a dick?||Depends on how your mom feels about it.|
|Talking to women about what sex toys to use to get them off better. Not giving one fuck when two chicks were making out in front of you. Mainly I just wanted to beweeve!||Lol. I guess that makes sense.|
|Whats your funniest or most audacious attempt at someone trying to return an item.||Customer: "I want to return this item" Me: "Im sorry, there are no returns" Customer: "What do you mean no returns? Thats bullshit" Me: "Unfortunantly, that item you are trying to return was already returned once, so we dont take things back twice." Customer: "Thats fucking disgusting, you sold me something that was...oh. Right. I see" Me: "Have a good day".|
|What were they trying to return, if you don't mind me asking.||People try to return all types of things all the time. One guy tried to return 2/3 condoms. He pointed out the one he used he didnt like, so he wanted to return the rest.|
|What is the weirdest thing that's happened to you while on duty.||Id have to say the 300lb jacked up muscle head who walked in with a dress, bra and high heels. It was clearly not a joke. He/she had the voice/face/eyes/vibe of a murderer. I was legitimately scared, but he/she was so nice.|
|You must have some awkward situations deciding whether to say ma'am or sir..||When those times come. I dont. When they obviously want me to say ma'am. I do. When they want me to say sir, I do. Whatever floats your boat, I could care less what your preference is. As long as you leave my store happy.|
|That's respectful.||I try :)|
|Couldn't care less.||You got me. Funny thing is I usually correct people on that. Thats why I found it twice as humorous.|
|For some reason, there are a lot of muscleheads who are into crossdressing.||I've only seen two in my life. Well, in person.|
|"Ma it's not a sex shop! It's an adult boutique!"||That's actually hilarious. Except it doesn't apply to me :P.|
|Jesus Christ, I read every single comment on this thread. I just wanted to take the second and thank you for a very educational AMA.||Your welcome. I said I would stop at 10pm EST. Its not 4:22am. Gonna answer these last batch of questions and head to bed :P.|
|I've known a few employee's from different chains of stores, they have told me a story revolving around a robbery attempt thrwarted by being beating up the robber with a large fister or a dildo. Have you ever been in that situation or beaten an employee with a sex toy fight.||My go to for sex toy fights are the glass toys. Because once you take those out, everyone is like "hey man, thats not fair" and it ends. Lol.|
|Sorry if this question is stupid but i can just immagin what it would look like if i were a police officer looking at the video tape of the robbery lol.||As far as a stories regarding robberies and stuff like that. Sorry. No.|
|Have you ever had any complaints about TOKO lube products, me and the wife used it for a while and it actually destroyed some of her toys and caused... injuries. It wasnt a heat up lube or flavored or anything which is odd.||Some lubes eat up some toys. For instance, silicone lube eats a lot of toys up. Make sure your toys are labeled as "silicone friendly" or something of the sort. We do not carry TOKO ourselves. As far as "injuries" go, feel free to inbox me so we can get to the bottom of this. If you are talking about rashes or skin problems, you can go for "All Natural" lubes which are a bit more watery/less thick/less lasting but have a lot less ingredients for sensitive skin.|
|Would u rather sniff a penguin or sit on a frog..||Sniff a penguin, they are so cute.|
|Hey I just want to say thanks for being understanding and non-judgemental. I've only been to one sex shop, and the lady behind the counter was super helpful to my friend. She was also helpful to me, but I couldn't use any of the lubricant due to allergies.||No problem. You make it seem like I did something in particular :P But you should totally use all natural lube. It isnt as thick, its more watery, but it practically has nothing in it. If that fails, use silicone lube. Its really messy, but it literally has bar-none in it.|
|Wow.. this thread needs a NSFW tag, i looked at 2 pictures and im at work, both with dildos in them.. lol.||Im sorry :(|
|Never anything filmed in our store, but we had a couple porn stars come in here and sign our wall and stuff. Maybe Ill get a picture for you guys.||Imgur.com/b0z4oHR.|
|I think I need a pornstar signature wall in my room...||It would be a nice thing to have :P.|
|Do you sell spice and other stuff like that, if you do have you ever tried it yourself?||Im sorry, spice?|
|You know that fake weed stuff and those "bath salts?" I've seen some of the sex shops sell that kind of stuff?||Nope. Thats next door. They sell all that stuff.|
|Suck a big, black dick or a massive, bulging Asian one?||Depends on what your mom prefers.|
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