Ted Mayett Picket Reports
Some of my picket reports. Available through the courtesy of, and because of the archiving skills of, Paper Tiger. Some reports are missing as they never did make it to the Newsgroup alt.religion.scientology.(Note: As of November 2003, still some reports are missing. Ted Mayett)
(Note: November 2003, I am now updating these web pages of mine to xhtml, but I am not updating these old reports of mine. They go as they are, typos and all. Some of these reports are embarrassing to me today, but they did happen, they should be left as they were originally entered. Any other alterations will carry a notice like this notice. Ted Mayett)
7/95 I opened up an internet account and went WOW learning about the crime I had been supporting. I had the co-audit Bridge to Clear paid for, had already completed the Purification Rundown, Student Hat, Method One Co-Audit, PTS/SP Course and maybe 8 other lower level courses. I had paid over $12,000.00 into Scientology in 1994. I had been a member for 10+ years when I did this first picket for a refund.
As these are my reports, I have taken the liberty of editing them where needed.
This batch of reports covers when I first left the cult of scientology. These are about a "picket" I did for a refund.
Subject: Vegas Picket, Day One
Date: 1 Aug 1995 02:43:48 GMT
They were tipped off, I wanted the element of suprise and lost it. Somewhat.
11:00am I called the police dept. to advise them that I would be picketing the CoS at 4:30pm. I was asked to hold the line and then spoke to a Sargent, wish I had gotten his name.
He asked me questions, why are you picketing, will you be alone, then he said tell me about. So i told him, they owe me money and will not pay.
Then he wanted me to talk some more. I told him, you know you sound like one of them yourself. They owe me money, I'm going to picket, and etiquette requires I notify the police. Asked if there was any problem and the man said no.
Then I called the Las Vegas Sun and spoke to a reporter. He was interested when I said it was the cos. He said yes they had the internet and agreed to the churches rep of harassing journalists. I told him I would dearly love some little article that I could post to the net.
Then I dialed 3 local TV stations and advised them that I would be picketing at 4:30pm. Gave everybody I called my name address and phone number. One of the stations requested that I fax them some documents, which I did.
Now i shoot down to an art supply house for materials for the actual picket. Total cost less than $2.00.
When i get back to the apt. there is a message from the DSA Las Vegas. DSA = deputy of special affairs. So I call her back and she asks me how is everything going. I say fine, what could possibly be a problem. I was promised a thousand down on the money so i would not picket and when I agreed to this, two days later I received $500.00. Everything is fine. She said that was really great and that she was real happy to hear that everything is working out. I just repeated that everything is fantastic, I agreed to one thousand and received five hundred what could possibly be a problem. She repeated that that was really great that everything is working out because she did not want to have me picket in the hot sun. We exchanged banalities and hung up. The cop I spoke to, or the media, somebody tipped them off.
Going to make sure this is posting well then I'll finish
Subject: Vegas Picket cont.
Date: 1 Aug 1995 03:29:50 GMT
The picket sign reads:
7" letters made with the Print Shop and taped to a white background. Now I ride a motorcycle so I had to tie this thing up and sling it over my shoulder like Robin Hood does his arrows.
When I arrived at the building there were 5 cars parked there. I park across the street and through the glass storefront I look at them and they look at me as I approach. And now I'm right in front of the glass, on the property, as I proceed to unsling and untie the picket. Before I get off the property. You may find this hard to believe. The door opens and one of them comes flying out. And it's the DSA Las Vegas. She happened to be there.
Well, the picket never happened. We stood in the heat for an hour, this woman and I. I do not mention her name because I am not sure of the legality of it. Ted, what is the problem? ____you are being fed lies, this entire church is built on lies. She wants to know what lies. These people are truly brain dead. I tell her the people in this building alone have lied to me five times regarding this money.
Check this out...She wants me to bring me the documents off the internet regarding what I claim are real facts about cos. And she is willing to sit with me to handle them one by one. Gracious, no?
I tell her she will be getting them anyway, that I'm a little slow starting but that by the third day I will have information packets regarding cos for her, staff, passing motorists.
Now it is 5:30, the picket is unfurled but not displayed. I tell her that my shift is 4:30-6:30 and I wonder where the media is.
One of the boys comes out with a check for $500.00. I had already declined another partial payment, told them it was no big deal. That when they had the full amount I would be right out here and they could give it to me.
Now I have two of them asking me to take the five hundred and not picket.
I said yes and that I would be back Tue. for the balance. The said they would not have the balance by then. I said no problem, five hundred a day would keep me from picketing. But not less.
Also, after getting the check I went back across the street and sat on the bike till 6:15. I sat where they could see me. Two reasons. I wanted to be there if the media showed up, they never did. I wanted them to know that I was serious about my 4:30 to 6:30 shift. When I left my apt. the telephone temperature was 105.
While day one was uneventful on a national level for me it was a stress releiving day. I've been promising them I would picket. And by golly I've done it. And I feel good.
Subject: Vegas Picket Day Two
Date: 2 Aug 1995 18:18:33 GMT
It did not happen again. I was leaving the apartment at 4:05p to picket when they called and said they have another $500.00 for me.
It seems that this affair is being handled fairly by the Celebrity Centre Las Vegas.
Subject: Vegas Picket Day Three
Date: 3 Aug 1995 01:00:07 GMT
Did not happen again. Called them and asked if I should bring my sign. They said no and I picked up another check for $500.00.
Subject: Vegas Picket Day Four
Date: 4 Aug 1995 06:36:07 GMT
It did not happen again. Picked up another $500.00.
Subject: Vegas Picket - A Cute Ending
Date: 7 Aug 1995 04:46:30 GMT
Day five, Friday.
By way of introduction. The number of cars were down Thur. which put me on warning for Friday. So Fri I call the man at 3:30p and say that I'm on the way. Is there a check? He said yes. Something was off on his voice so I grabbed that weapon they fear so much, my picket sign, and took off to the Celebrity Centre.
The man was not there when I arrived. His car was gone. So I looked in the storefront and someone came out and said ____ was not here. I said I would just picket till he came back, no problem. The kid said wait a minute and very quickly an older man in the black and white sea org style came out.
He had the check for $500.00 and receipt book. I know you, I said, with a big smile. You're OT, right! he said yes. I asked him and he said OT V. I grabbed his hand and shook it and told him that was fantastic.
Asked him if he knew of the internet. He said he'd never seen it. I told him the OT materials were on it, that he could see the next levels if he wanted to. "I wouldn't want to do that"
By now I'm finished signing the receipt and confirming the check amount.
I cross the street smiling and waving goodbye. I'm smiling and he's not.
All this preamble is for what happened the next day, Sat.
So now I'm even more pissed. Had I not carried the sign with me I would be standing in the sun like some fool waiting for ___ to come back with the check.
Sat. and Sun. they close early, 6pm. My plan was to make the obligatory afternoon call and not show up at all for the check. To keep them waiting till they got bored.
But I get a call from them asking would I show up early for the check. When I got there at about 3:00 pm I was handed a check for $2,209.00. The total balance due.
The secrecy is such that I have a staff member who feeds me information, this staff member is not aware of what is happening. And so has no problem answering carefully worded questions.
The Sea Org OT V i spoke with is named Val. I don't have a last name for him. My guess is that the remarks I made about the OT material so unnerved him that I was just paid off totaly. The complete lack of respect I displayed may have helped also. Val was called in to handle raising the money. This money was raised locally and I would imagine that the bulk of the local scieno's don't know what the "reg" cycle was for. Before this month ends they'll know.
I'm not sure this is really a victory. On the one hand picketing would have hurt them. On the other hand this represents $5,200.00 that cannot be used to pay lawyers.
Within the next few days I will be sending a check to both the DE fund and the FACTnet. They will be generous checks.
This money I received... Well I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever had gotten it without stumbling across ARS.
The home pages, the links, and the private e-mail. In particular the word-slapping. Kept me going, kept my voice strong, kept my body language aggressive. THANK YOU ALL. Each and everyone.
This story, this Vegas Picket is not yet over. The final check has yet to be cashed, and other things have to be handled.
I have to remember who I am posting this to. It is to you lurker. It's lonely, and it's frightening. And it's tough to break conditioning. But I did it. I did it. And so can you.
IF YOU HAVE MONEY COMING GO AND GET IT!!!
Subject: Vegas Picket
Date: 10 Sep 1995 02:47:30 GMT
My picket went smooth enough. I was the only one there and walked back and forth from 12pm - 2pm. The temp. was over 95 degrees.
They were not notified that I was coming. It caught them by suprise. My sign was, Stop The Raids. I handed out two flyers, both to scien. The flyers were something I downloaded from some web page, it listed the raids. I didn't hand out the flyer titled, "what scien doesn't want you to know".
At first they tried keeping up with me but the heat was too much. One woman [Holly] was walking with a dianetics poster. Very quickly I was the only one on the street.
And I would occasionally shout to one of them, "didn't CSI tell you about this? It's a world wide picket. I told them I'd be here, why didn't they tell you" They wouldn't talk to me but they had to hear me, and like a broken record I kept saying, "if you knew the truth you'd be out here with me".
I had one threat from some kid, about 20, that he knows detectives and in one hour he can find what I'm guilty of and have me arrested. I told him to go for it, they have my name in the building. The brat would not give me his name.
Then one of them comes out to talk to me. Wants to know if I'll be mentioning the OT material. I assured her I would not and that I had no copies of it. She said she did up to OT3. Xenu, I said, You did Xenu?
Her face changed. I got through to one of them. A successful day.
[Note: at about this time I had been trying to get my Declare.
I had run the following ad three different times, 1995-1996, in the Classified Section:
Today, January 1998, they have still not given me my Declare!
[Note: I never did receive a Declare. Ted Mayett, Novemeber 2003]
Subject: Vegas Picket - Day One (again)
Date: 28 Dec 1995 05:25:59 GMT
My sign said:
I notified the police at 1:48pm and arrived at the Sahara building at 3:27pm, and they were ready. Normally there are 8-12 vehicles parked in the lot. When I arrived there were 17. In the short time I picketed 5 police vehicles cruised by. It certainly seems Scieno has someone sympathetic in the Police Dept.
3:27 I started marching. 3:33 about 7 of them crowded the glass door to smile and wave at me.
They crowded their side of the door. The street was mine. One of them, before they crowded the door, asked me about the sign. I told her I have been on the internet asking OSA for the Declare and they will not give it to me so I'm picketing for it. And that was all I said at that time.
Everything was uneventful for about 30 minutes. I made eye contact whenever I could and hit them with the baddest TR 0 they have ever seen. About 3:45 this older woman I have never met before came out to talk with me. I told her that she would have to walk with me if she wanted to talk because walking is a picket requirement. And so we walked and talked. I told her about 1995, 5 raids, 15 new lawsuits, 20 million in attorneys, Germany, Canada, The Netherlands. She asked me how I knew it was true. I told her I had asked OSA repeatedly to deny it. Which I did a few times those first few weeks on the net VIA e-mail to theta.com. She said the internet is full of lies, I said it has court documents and newspaper articles. But that she should ignore those and stay with Freedom mag, Auditor and Impact. I asked if she remembered when the study tech was used to teach 1.5 million children in S. Africa. She did. I told her the people in S. Africa never saw it happen. The bantering went back and forth for awhile. I almost slipped up once, told her scieno was the most barratrous, and I almost said cult, instead of religion. After awhile I wore her down, she really started to listen. I kept it all very, very gentle. I lied a lot. I took the stance that Hubbard and Scientology were good, that the problem was OSA. That OSA was out-tech and dragging scieno down. That the tech was not being followed by OSA. She asked why I was picketing. I said I care about scieno, that I am here to shake staff out of their apathy, that only Scientologists care if Scientology survives, and the Scientologists don't care. I waved at the traffic and said it's a real world out here, that staff is a laughing stock. That the modern science of mental health, the most technologically developed religion on the planet should be abreast of the times.
That the internet would save this org alone $220 a month in long distance fees, that planet wide this would amount to millions of dollars. And yet OSA does not allow it. That somebody has to handle OSA. That I am here as a bridge between management and staff, and that if I have to picket for a year to shake off the apathy I will picket for a year. Because I care about Scientology.
Well I made a sale today, this woman is a believer. Unfortunately she is nothing near an official spokesperson. We then discussed courses for a bit, very gentle conversation. She said she had to leave, we parted company smiling. As soon as she left me, 4:34pm, I raced across the street to my car and drove away. I'll be training them in the days to come. When they talk to me I will leave, but only if they've really listened.
One by one I'll get through to them, and I'll lie a lot. My only goal is to get them on the net. The web pages will do the rest.
OSA, you must Declare me. You have no choice. I have committed crimes against the church and I can prove them.
1) I have receipts from 7/28/95-8/5/95 proving I received money back from the church. Also I can subpoena CCLV staff to prove I received money back. I doubt you can get them all to lie.
2) I held a picket Sep 9 1995 with a sign saying 'stop the raids'. I do not have wog witnesses to this but at least a dozen staff and public witnessed it. Again I doubt that you can get them all to lie.
3) 12/19/95 I placed an ad in the newspaper publicly departing Scientology. I have a copy of the ad.
You must Declare me for these crimes. I will picket for this Declare until you do. This woman I mentioned asked me why I wanted a Declare. I told her to ask OSA, they know why. Locally the people do not know why I am pushing for this document. The net knows I will be airing the legality of the document in court. The locals don't. They are going to have to hear it from you.
Subject: Re: L. Ron Hubbard talks about Race
Date: 29 Dec 1995 01:39:09 GMT
I marched 3:30-4:40pm today. 14 vehicles parked when I arrived. Counting a pair of motorcycle cops as one unit, 3 police vehicles cruised by. They took a shot at controlling the street today with three men, a nice break from dealing with women. I hit them with a TR they have no number for, within 4 minutes I was alone again.
Today I puposefuly avoided eye contact.
Today I was photographed. The flash cube is what alerted me, I wasn't paying attention. So I smiled and posed and two more pictures were taken. She said I'm picketing the wrong place, "we don't make the declares here". I said I requested the declare by certified mail and with numerous postings on the internet.
Subject: Another day
Date: 30 Dec 1995 08:49:16 GMT
Today was 4:25-5:45pm. 16 vehicles were parked and one police vehicle raced by at 5:20p. None cruised by. I don't believe I was overreacting to there being more police than usual the first day. It was a completely uneventful picket. I never made eye contact and not one of them ever spoke to me. Already I'm becoming part of the scenery. Every now and then one of them would come out for a smoke then go back inside. I like the way these opening moves are coming down.
My picket sign was made on the thinnest and cheapest paper in the supply house. Already its ripping in several spots. It flaps in the wind and cannot be read unless I spread it out. I've been carrying it over my shoulder contemptuously. Since I'm bound to be called on this sooner or later I'll be constructing real signs soon.
Today was the last day for the sign that say's "I want my declare". First, its too hard to explain to people what a Declare is, and people have been asking. Second, I've already won this battle. For the next several months OSA will be holding it's breath waiting for me to take them to court.
Locally the staffers will have to wonder why there is no Declare being issued. 1996 will roll along and I'll be picketing, picketing, picketing. The more time that passes without a Declare the more doubt that will be planted in their minds. And whenever one of them does talk to me I'll ask them if they have heard anything about the Declare and what does OSA say about this, along that line. If I ever do get the document or if management ever contacts me I'll post it here.
So I'm in this for the long haul.
I purchased a pocket size camera with a built in flash. The next time I see the woman who photographed me I'll quickly take her picture. If they ever get too rowdy I think TR Camera will send them scurrying back inside.
It's truly fun to live in two worlds. I can say one thing on the internet and another to the locals in the street. If they ever learn what my plans are it will be from the internet. Which of course is fine by me. I want them to acknowledge the net. Once they get on 97.5% of them will blow the orgs.
Tomorrow's sign will read, "Pay Larry Now" This will be the banner I will be operating under.
No organization should be above the law and, etc. etc. etc. Once they get comfortable with me being there I'll be using a double sided picket sign. The Org side will carry choice tidbits of info. If any of you psych types have suggestions for psychological moves that will get them on the net or get them to talking to me, please e-mail.
OSA, do _not_ give me a Declare!
(maybe this will work?)
Date: 31 Dec 1995 03:59:04 GMT
TR Camera does not work. TR Camcorder would probably not do much better. M'Lady showed up about 5 minutes before the shift ended. This pocket camera has to be primed, it turns out, before the flash will work. She would not pose for me but she did not run inside the building either. I had to take a profile shot from a distance. A homeboy I've know for about ten years in scieno just stood there and gave me face on shot. "pay larry now", two "wog" girls passed by once. One of them asked, "are you Larry?"
M'Lady also asked who Larry is. I said Wollersheim, does the name ring a bell? She said yes, he is an SP.
This was devastating news. Here I am picketing to get this guy his money and it turns out he's an SP. I had no idea. But since the sign is made up already I'll probably keep on using it.
15 vehicles and no police passed. Another week and I should have made it past the tricky times.
I marched for an hour without any words spoken at all, again no eye contact by me. A young girl came out and gave me The Stare for about 30 minutes.
The homeboy and M'Lady looked ready for battle but they showed up too late, I was getting ready to leave. I'll play with them next year, tomorrow I'm taking off. They gave me an audience as I left and now they know where I park. Who says they never catch on.
OSA, tell them I won't be there tomorrow, they can have a day off. Silly me, you can't tell them that. It would shatter the illusion.