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The Constitution protects individuals from "Cruel and Unusual Punishment", otherwise known as torture. Waterboarding, whereby the victim is immersed in water and unable to breathe, is considered a form of torture and prohibited by the United States Constitution. Mormon Sheeple claim that one day, when the Constitution is "Hanging by a Thread", they will be the ones to save it. That is, of course, if they have their Leaders permission to do so, and it doesn't involve any pain, sacrifice, or time away from their families.
Enter Prosper Inc:
"A manager at a motivational coaching firm in Utah waterboarded an employee with assistance from co-workers and then told employees he wanted them to work as hard at selling as the waterboarded employee did at breathing, according to allegations in a civil lawsuit filed in Utah state court in January.
Former Prosper, Inc employee Chad Hudgens alleges he was waterboarded last spring and is suing the firm and his former manager for unspecified damages. Hudgens alleges that the waterboarding damaged him physically and emotionally and that the company’s human resources department ignored his immediate complaint." (Source)
According to the former employee:
"The suit describes Joshua Christopherson, a Prosper, Inc manager, as a supervisor who routinely punished employees by drawing fake mustaches on them, removing their chairs and slamming a paddle down on their desks. On May 29, 2007, Christoperson asked for volunteers for an unspecified ”new motivational exercise,” which plaintiff Chad Hudgens volunteered for to prove his loyalty, according to the suit.
Christopherson then marched his subordinates up a hill near the office, told Hudgens to lay with his head facing downhill and ordered other employees to hold him down, according to the suit.
Christopherson then “slowly poured a gallon of water over Hudgens’ mouth and nostrils, thereby making it impossible for Hudgens for breath (sic) for a sustained period of time.”
Hudgens soon developed depression and anxiety due to the trauma and left Prosper, according to the suit." (Ibid)
The Manager, a Mormon named Joshua Christopherson, states that he is still employed by Prosper as a Manager. (Source) In some places, he would have been prosecuted for assault and battery, or some other criminal infraction. Not in Mormon, Utah. You see, Prosper made a donation to Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff shortly after this story went public for the amount of $15,000. As a result, it appears that the company wasn't even cited or fined.
Apparently, $15,000 goes a long way in Utah politics. Huggins tried to sue in Utah's 4th District:
"A 4th District judge dismissed Hudgens' case in August 2008, saying there was no intent by Prosper or supervisor Joshua Christopherson to injure Hudgens, therefore the issue should have been handled under the Worker's Compensation Act." (Source)
How the Court ruled on intent, and not on the facts of the case, will remain a mystery. Apparently Civil and Constitutional protections against "cruel and unusual punishment" are suspended once you enter the borders of the State of Utah. Especially if you donate to the Mormon Attorney General. The Deseret News, owned by the Mormon Church, also appears to shade the matter in favor of Prosper (Source)
Neither the Mormon Church owned newspaper, nor the other Mormon owned media decried the practice of water-boarding on employees working for Utah companies. Nor did they report on the fact that Shurtleff received $15,000 from Prosper when the case went public.
It appears that Prosper has a few other issues, according to a consumer complaint forum: (Source)
"I was (led) to believe that prosper could show me how to make as much money as I set my goals to.
Now the sales men (double) teamed me by switching one to the other and just conned me into signing , I was on the phone with them for over 3 hours.
For (10) grand I did not want to sign but they convinced me I would make my investment back within 6 months.
(Their) contract gives me no guarantee (of) making any amount of money.
This pretty much say's it all. (To) give any company 10 grand and they do not have the confidence to guarantee (their) work.
Prosper Is a Fraud. Everybody that defends them has taken on there fraudulant way's.
No I was not a committed student that is why I put up 10 grand.
The only success with prosper is learning how to scam strangers out of the money.And those that claim they succeeded give me a call at 909-206-8573 after 5 pm pacific."
1/13/09 AFTER PAYING $950 FOR THE COACHING PROGRAM JOSH CHRISTOPHERSON E-MAILS ME:
I wanted to personally take a moment and again congratulate you on being welcomed aboard the? SUCCESS TEAM?. I want you to expect good things to happen! We feel that you are an exceptional candidate and truly look forward to helping you achieve the level of success you desire.
I would like you to begin this exciting educational journey with the following thought From me to You.
Our Deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of god.
Your playing small doesnt serve the world.There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of god that is within us. It is with in us. It is not just in some of us: It is in everyone...."
THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN ME A COACH. I HAVE CALLED SEVERAL TIMES COMPLAINING THAT NO ONE IS COACHING ME OR CALLING ME. THEY NEVER CALL ME BACK WHEN I HAVE QUESTIONS. I ASKED FOR A REFUND BECAUSE I WAS UNSATISFIED WITH THEIR SERVICES AND THEY FLAT-OUT REFUSED TO GIVE ME A REFUND!!! THIS COMPANY HAS DUPT ME, AND FILLED MY HEAD WITH THEIR PROMISES THEY NEVER FULLFILLED TO ME. THEY JUST LIED TO ME ABOUT THEM GIVING ME A COACH THAT WOULD TAKE ME BY THE HAND AND MAKE ME A SUCCESS STORY. THEY SAID THEY WOULD COACH ME AND WALK ME THROUGH MY FIRST FEW REAL ESTATE DEALS TO THAT I WOULD MAKE SOME MONEY.
Dawn of Las Vegas, NV
My name is Bunny. I am a single, 61 year old therapist living in Oxnard, CA. I hold a Ph.D. in clinical Hypnotherapy.
I am filing a complaint against a company that represents itself as a financial coach for individuals and small businesses. The name of the company is Prosper, Inc. They are located at 5072 North 300 West, Provo, Utah 84604.
I invested a total of $11,920.00.00 with their company.
I have been in business for myself for over 35 years and am in good standing in my community. I hold Hall of Fame status with the Better Business Bureau of the Tri Counties and am a member in good standing with the Ventura, Oxnard and Camarillo Chambers of Commerce. I am a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary, International and have been a Soroptomist as well as a member of many other organizations. I have been on the board of over 25 non-profits over the years.
Due to my busy schedule and community outreach, I contacted Prosper, Inc. with the specific goal of attracting potential consumers to purchase my educational CDs on my website. I really wanted to focus on and draw attention to my website which showcases my educational CDs. After I signed the contract, I noticed immediately that things werent as promised. Not only did I did not receive all the appropriate materials, I only received half of the shipment of materials and found out later, by accident, that I was missing much of my product. In addition, they sent me faulty and inferior CDs, DVD and workbooks. Some of the items had to be sent back because of the poor quality of the materials.
At that time, I told Prosper that the subject content was clearly not appropriate for my needs and 80-90% of the materials sent to me had nothing to do with the goals we spoke about. It went downhill from there.
During my numerous conversations with their staff I reiterated that selling my CDs was my highest priority. I continuously shared my specific needs and goals with Prosper and they continuously tried to put me in a cookie cutter mold that did not apply to my business or me. As I look back, I realize that, instead of addressing my agreed upon needs, they tried to make me fit into their cookie cutter program.
This is my major complaint against Prosper, Inc.; They werent honest with me regarding the promises they made and, instead, took my money and strung me along for two years. At this point, they are trying to take credit for my successes that I have worked very hard for, over the years, instead of refunding my money as I have requested. To date, I am not only out my $11,920.00 original investment but have seen absolutely no profit connected with Prosper, as promised.
The career coaching I received was inconsistent, had no continuity and the follow-up was incomplete. It was obvious that they were/are still trying to fit me into their business model. I shared with them my concern and seriously questioned if my goal was realistic with their business program. They repeatedly reassured me and promised me that if I worked with them, I would not only make my money back but went so far and to have one of the staff members, Damon Willis, promise me that I would double my money within a year or Prosper would return my investment. I questioned this and he repeated it 3 times.
The reason I am contacting you is because Prosper, Inc., stated they wanted to provide 100% customer satisfaction. It is apparent, in my case, that this did not happen. To add insult to injury they now trying to take credit for my personal successes which has nothing to do with Prosper. Presently, they are trying to manipulate the situation to their advantage by offering me further useless services instead of refunding my money as I have requested many, many times