This is especially true on the Internet, and it’s certainly true of an individual who dubbed herself “Anna Banana” two years ago when she created a blog called “Married to An Ambot.”
She began ranting about how much she hated her former sponsor and others in the Amway business—specifically those who were in her “upline” in the World Wide DreamBuilders (WWDB) organization.
And she hasn’t stopped since, racking up more than 400 rambling, profanity-filled posts in that time.
Based on the sheer volume of Anna Banana’s rants, and her cynical attempts to draw people to her site, there’s little doubt that she has been on a mission to hurt Amway and those attempting to build their own businesses.
Before tonight, I’ve hardly ever visited the site, finding it to be so over-the-top crude and ridiculous as to not merit my time.
Besides, it’s obvious that Anna Banana doesn’t speak from any significant business experience, so her posts are histrionic fiction that I found not only boorish, but boring.
To anyone who has spent even a little time attending business meetings and working to build an Amway business, Anna lacks credibility.
She repeatedly makes vague claims about how terrible people and experiences related to Amway were at some unspecified previous timeframe. And she attributes quotes to her sponsor and others that are laughably far-fetched.
So why am I giving Anna Banana attention now?
It’s because David Steadson, the creator of The Truth About Amway, devoted attention to Anna—in a big way—yesterday. Or, I should say, he turned the spotlight on the identity of the Canadian woman who is behind Anna: Cheryl Rhodes of Cloverdale, British Columbia.
Steadson’s outing of Ms. Rhodes here, came despite the great lengths she has taken to hide her identity. Could that be at least partly due to the fact that she and her husband, filed a class-action lawsuit against Amway in October of 2009?
(By the way, it was among the lamest class-actions in history, going from two plaintiffs to one before being tossed out of court.)
As I wrote last month, Steadson also recently provided a detailed history of his unmasking of the man who has used the “Joecool” handle to make wild and unfounded accusations about WWDB, Amway and leading Independent Business Owners (IBOs).
I appreciate Steadson’s efforts in exposing “Joecool” and, now that he’s peeled back the banana, the person we now know to be Ms. Rhodes.
Doing so now allows everyone who comes across their claims to do the one thing that can never be done too much, particularly when you’re dealing with anonymous communications: consider the source.