Two members of the Theological Wrecking Crew arrived at the Farmer's Market about 5:20pm yesterday. We split up, one to walk about with the usual 'find out xenu.net' sign, the other to enter the Mi$$ion for deeper reconaissance. "DuritzFan" would later report walking in, seeing nobody, and then-- whoomp!-- instant appearance from backrooms of multiple staff members. She wanted the price of the whole Bridge. They had a price list but wouldn't show it to her, she only got numbers for e-meters ($2,000-3,000) and the Purification Rundown ($1,575, niacin included!). Staff was very evasive, saying this was a strange conversation, and trying to find out if she were a reporter, doing a school report or something to that effect; however, DuritzFan simply persisted in asking for the price list. She thanked the staff member for their information, staff member did not want to shake hands (BT's?). He just stood there.
Upon exiting, DuritzFan chatted with the guy with the sign (in plain view of Mission windows) and received a Xenu pamphlet.
Soon thereafter, novice operative "Bob" arrived, entered the Mission, and tried to be helpful to the rather 'empty-headed' staff member. Bob included such insightful questions as, "When does one stop being a victim and start being a perpetrator?" Bob took the personality test, and was informed he'd need to return Saturday if he wanted the results. (This is despite the fact instant results can be acheived via the online version) The staffer seemed depressed and desperate, fairly out of it. They discussed working at Scientology "It's nonprofit, you don't get paid much. It's not a place to work as a job, but as a place to help people." He had a strong belief in inexplicable emotions. Bob, however, thinks most his emotions are pretty well explained. Bob got a tour after the test.
The length of Bob's time in the Mission prompted DuritzFan to initiate an extraction, which went seamlessly. Bob's overall impression was that this Mission was a depressing place.
Xenu leaflets were distributed, often to those who had just been handed something from a Scieno leafleteer. Conversations with Market goers again confirmed that Scientology is not held in high esteem.
DuritzFan and I were photographed by the sad-sack staffer.
When one of the leafleteers handed DuritzFan material, DuritzFan reciprocated with a Xenu leaflet, which was promptly handed back.
Sad-sack requested one later, however.
The Scienos seemed to pack up their efforts around 7:30-- moving the small table with books on it back inside, ending their leafleteering, etc. and the busy picketers dispersed soon thereafter.
Scieno body-routing efforts seemed unsuccessful-- DuritzFan and Bob were apparently the only "raw meat" of the two-hour time we were there.