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VICE: Hairdresser Lynn Campbell claims Scientology is trying to ruin her business

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Meet the Hairdresser Who Claims Scientology Is Trying to Ruin Her Business | VICE

    By Mike Pearl

    The Church of Scientology's West Coast base of operations on Temple Avenue and L. Ron Hubbard Way in East Hollywood is LA's answer to the Sistine Chapel. The church bought the world-famous Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, painted it sky-blue, and mounted a giant Vegas-style sign reading SCIENTOLOGY on it. Viewed from the 101 freeway, the logo etches itself into the landscape of Hollywood, making sure passing motorists know who is in charge here.

    Just 350 feet from Big Blue, Lynn Campbell operates a hair salon called Shear Perfection. The shop is a stone's throw from daily goings-on at the church campus, prime real estate for attracting any of the devout who are looking shaggy. But according to Campbell, Scientologists get their hair cut elsewhere. The Guy Fawkes mask hanging in her shop window, and the sign that directs Scientologists to a number they can call to 'blow' (leave the church), serve as giveaways that devout Scientologists aren't the clientele she expects.

    It turns out she's not just some barber who trolls Scientology for fun. Campbell was heavily involved in the church for decades. Marty Rathbun, who was once Scientology's second-in-command, said he remembered her when I spoke to him. In contrast to Scientology's larger-than-life characters, she stood out for her introversion. "I just remember her being quiet and nice", Rathbun told me.

    Last week, Campbell cut my hair and told me about what it's like to run a business as an ex-Scientologist in Scientology's front yard.

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  2. Vice: Meet the Hairdresser Who Claims Scientology Is Trying to Ruin Her Business

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    The Church of Scientology's West Coast base of operations on Temple Avenue and L. Ron Hubbard Way in East Hollywood is LA's answer to the Sistine Chapel. The church bought the world-famous Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, painted it sky-blue, and mounted a giant Vegas-style sign reading "SCIENTOLOGY" on it. Viewed from the 101 freeway, the logo etches itself into the landscape of Hollywood, making sure passing motorists know who is in charge here.

    Just 350 feet from "Big Blue," Lynn Campbell operates a hair salon called Shear Perfection. The shop is a stone's throw from daily goings-on at the church campus, prime real estate for attracting any of the devout who are looking shaggy. But according to Campbell, Scientologists get their hair cut elsewhere. The Guy Fawkes mask hanging in her shop window, and the sign that directs Scientologists to a number they can call to "blow" (leave the church), serve as giveaways that devout Scientologists aren't the clientele she expects.


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  3. anon8109 Member

    For about nine months, Campbell says, she was even a member of Sea Org, an elite group of Scientologists famous for signing "Billion-Year Contracts" and working long workweeks, normally for $50 a week. She only lasted eight or nine months, she said, before the workload was too much. "Anybody who asks to leave is by definition insane," and subject, she says, to a grueling ersatz mental health treatment called the Introspection Rundown before they can leave. Campbell claimed she was locked in isolation for four months.
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  4. Lynn,

    Great to read your story, and best wishes always.

    Scientology is a for profit mind control corporation. It's not really a religion, despite the giant cross on the building.
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  7. BlooAnon Member

    "We offer Sea Org Members a free roll of toilet paper with haircut." Oh, I like her.
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Tony Ortega published this today. Quote:

    Big Blue is a bad neighbor

    Lynn Campbell sent us this report about Scientology’s neighbors in Los Angeles getting fed up with its noisy indifference.

    Neighbors who live close to Scientology’s ‘Big Blue’ headquarters in Los Angeles say they have been dealing with trucks and buses idling outside their homes and construction noise late into the night coming from the complex.

    One of the local residents, Tracy Walker, documented the incidents and then set up a meeting with the field representative of our City Councilmember, held at the LAPD’s Northeast Station. I was there.

    George Hakopiants (Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s field deputy) facilitated the meeting and provided a written agenda and format. His purpose for the meeting was to address ongoing quality of life concerns reported by neighbors about Scientology’s activities and to “establish ways to move forward in a way that mitigates these issues.” He was hoping for the outcomes of (1) having addressed some of the issues that are causing distress for the neighbors, and (2) having everyone get a better understanding of next steps that will be taken to mitigate these issues.

    There were 11 people at the Thursday morning meeting. Scientology officials Janet Weiland and Ken Long brought Tess Fraser with them (I guess as their “neighborhood support.”) She lives on Kenmore and is Scientology public who I believe has a daughter in the Sea Org, so she’s well and truly under their thumb.

    In addition to Tracy Walker, who set up the meeting, three other neighbors were there. The police officers present were Sgt. Ruben Arrellano, who’s in charge of the eight Senior Lead Officers who patrol the area, and Detective Rodrigues, who’s investigating an incident Tracy said a Scientology worker on a cherry picker was staring at her through her second-story window.

    After the introductions, Hakopiants had the neighbors speak about the issues they were experiencing. Tracy has documentation and pictures for everything she mentioned. She started out with Scientology’s 21 precepts from ‘The Way to Happiness’ and showed how Scientology was not practicing their own precepts, regarding their activities in the neighborhood. Her documentation showed how she’s tried to handle the issues numerous times, and nothing effective has been done to address them.

    At one point Weiland got defensive and tried to interrupt Tracy to make a point. Hakopiants had to verbally smack her down and tell her it was the neighbors’ turn to speak and that she would get her turn later.

    Weiland and Long did a good job of smiling and nodding and looking concerned, while Tracy and the other neighbors were speaking. But when it was time for them to answer, they couldn’t come up with anything effective that had been done to address the issues. Janet made various excuses and several statements attempting to “blame the victim,” but Hakopiants picked up on it. When Janet said that Tracy should have curtains or blinds to prevent people looking into her window, George called her on it. She backed off and said that the cherry-picker situation “absolutely can be corrected.”

    While Janet was asking for details, I wondered if she wasn’t trying to figure out if there was a main complainant that they could single out for harassment.

    Ken Long attempted to provide her some cover by taking on the question of construction noise at odd hours of the early morning and late night. He took the PR position that the complaints were caused by the increased activity of their “expansion.” Each time he spoke he said, “We are big, and we are growing.”

    He said they’ve had a lot of expansion in the last three years, so they’ve had more activity with deliveries. (We know they’re not expanding, so I’d love to know what’s really behind the increase in activity over there.)

    Then we got to the mitigation part of the meeting. George suggested that Scientology appoint a single point of contact to address any future issues. They supposedly did that already. Susanna Furios is the one they appointed, but she hasn’t been effective, and Janet had previously admitted this to Tracy. So Ken said the neighbors could contact him about the delivery trucks honking their horns at odd hours, because there isn’t usually anyone at the loading dock to let them in. He said again, “We are big, and we are growing. We’ll be there and we’ll deal with it.”

    George said they can’t do loading and unloading at 3:00 a.m., and it’s not negotiable. Ken “completely agreed.” George recommended that Scientology share their schedule for receiving deliveries with their vendors, so the trucks don’t have to stand with their engines idling for long periods, blasting exhaust fumes into the neighbors’ windows.

    Detective Rodriguez wanted to talk to the person who was looking into Tracy’s window, and he came over to Janet to show her the pictures Tracy had taken of him. Janet was smiling and nodding and looking concerned, but I think she was having an “Oh Shit!” moment.

    Lynn Campbell

    Source: https://tonyortega.org/2018/12/16/w...ientology-ideal-orgs-will-be-popping-up-next/
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