There's also a growing trend of people who throw "parties" that are really scams for selling merchandise. Unsuspecting guests accept an invitation and plan to spend a normal, social evening at someone's home. Instead, they're subjected to a hard-sell pitch for household goods, clothing, cosmetics, or other products.
I know a few people who have actually have the presence of mind to get up and walk out. Most people, though, are too polite or shy -- and too shocked by what's going on -- to cause a scene. They sit through the sales presentation and, all too often, buy something simply because they feel so uncomfortable.
Lori F. is owned by:
Sadie, the four-legged dog
Martin, the three-legged cat
Paul, the two-legged husband