Have you ever noticed that in a relationship, if one of the parties starts out with a lie, the relationship is doomed? It is hard to change a first impression. This is the experience I have had with The Student Achievement Center. For six weeks now they have been calling me about once every two weeks and asking to speak with the parents of Matthew Muir. In the past I have broken down or become angry, but today I must had had it. I pretended like I was interested in the product so that I could get all of the information from them so that their own words would condemn them.
Him Hello! May I speak to Matthew Muir's mom or dad?
Me Yes, I am Matthew's mother.
Him Matthew was at a college fair earlier this year and signed up at our booth indicating he was interested in being better prepared to apply for college.
Me Really! How did you get his name?
Him As I said, he signed up at a college fair for information about how to be better prepared to apply for college.
Me What is the name of your company?
Him We are the Student Achievement Center. We focus on preparing students to take the ACT and the SAT. You know how competitive it is to get into a good college these days.
Me Where are you located?
Him We are located in Norwalk, California.
Me Well, what is your name?
Him I am David Rogers.
Me Do you have a phone number where I can reach you?
Him Yes. It is 1 800 503 6964.
Me Now, where did you say Matthew signed up for this?
Him Our records indicate it was at some college fair.
Me That would be interesting. Matthew died 14 years ago right before his 2nd birthday. I do not know why your company has continued to call me every two weeks for six weeks now, when I told you this very information on the first call.
Him No mam, this is our first call.
Me No it isn't. I am just wondering how we got on your list and why you won't leave us alone?
Him We will take you off the list right away.
That is doubtful. At least he didn't hang up on me this time. Maybe that was because I had his name and phone number. You can find this company at the following website:
So again I pose the question, does any relationship, business or personal, which starts out with a lie ever improve with time? Not in my experience. How can you trust a company which is not forthright in answering the first question a parent would ask, as to how they got your child's name.
This comes three days after what would have been Matthew's 16th birthday. Not a good day for me. As I was going about the busy May routines all I could think about was how this day could have been a wonderful day. Matthew would be excited about getting his driver's liscense. I would be reminding him that as soon as he completes his Eagle Scout requirements the liscense would be his. He would be wishing he had a date planned for the weekend but somehow it wouldn't work out. My children's first akward attempts at entering the dating scene are always entertaining to me, kind of like watching a child learning how to walk. We would probably be planning a surprise party for him and would have had the party this very night instead of going to the New Member Mingle at the church. Okay, I have allowed myself to fantasize about what can not be long enough. It is just hard sometimes to keep myself in the here and now, especially on a birthday, especially when I am getting phone calls about Matthew preparing to take the ACT, which I would really enjoy prepping him for myself. The Muir's have done pretty well on the ACT by using a combination the Barron's Review Book, flash cards, taking killer classes in high school, and having Mom as the ACT study enforcer. So even if Matthew had signed his name to this stupid, dishonest company's list, the answer would be Heck No!
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