4/30/07

I ask you this...

my lovelies... (especially my online hotties, because this is something you may or may not have to think about down the line...) When you apply to become a success story, you have to have a document notarized, swearing that you IN FACT followed the weight watchers program on your weight loss journey. Now, if that document costs you $50 - 75 to have notarized, would that stop you from applying and telling your story? Sharing your success with hundreds of Canadians? Inspiring men and women across a nation? Inspiring yourself if maybe you're slipping a bit? Now, I can see why the notarized affidavit is necessary. Meeting members have membership booklets that have been kept track of and verified by others along the way. But who's to say that we didn't follow some crazy crash diet only to come here and claim we did it all on WW? It's just WW covering their legal behind. Fine by me, but then how does this lawyer or public notary knows that telling we're telling the whole truth?? I went to a small firm I know for mine and although I tried to be light-hearted about it, apparently it's no laughing matter when they ask you to swear things to be true (but then it was all jokes after and the office manager can call the male lawyer "Chrissy". I love my clients!). But these people saw me through my ENTIRE journey, poking and prodding at me every month, asking me how much I lost and congratulating me along the way. I couldn't lie to them even if I wanted to... But what do you think of the process? Would you let a fee stand in your way of telling your story? I personally wouldn't. I was willing to pay them over $100 if I had to. I'm a walking, talking free advertisement for WW already, I wanted the pretty picture too! :P But I want to know about you... Thoughts? Feelings? Opinions?

14 comments:

Angie All The Way said...

I was always under the impression that you had to pay your travel arrangements to the photo shoot etc. and that firstly was a little peeving to me. I figured they had it that way because if your not willing to, someone else will and it's true because when you accomplish something like this, you DO want to tell the world. I was not aware that they made you swear an affidavit to the fact that you lost your weight on WW. I suppose it's a good move on their part, but that's another expense for the person who is nothing but benefiting THEM by being the success story. In this case, the notary or lawyer doesn't necessarily have to know themselves that it's true, but just make sure that you are swearing under oath that you are telling the truth. I am lucky enough to work at a law firm, so I would not have to pay for this fee, but STILL.

We WW bloggers are doing them the BIGGEST service by singing the WW praises to the whole friggin world who want to listen and they can't even foot the bill in this case? Wow, not only do we pay to be a member, but we "apply" for them to accept us to be a success story and then make us pay out of our own pockets further for them to do it! Wow, I'm starting to feel a little bit taken advantage of now and I haven't even applied.

I totally get still wanting to pay it because really there isn't a price to tell this story because it is so near and dear to our hearts. I am not saying I wouldn't pay it, but I am not 100% sure I will when I get there.

There may be some letting go of the online membership in the future.

Mandy said...

I agree with Angie on some points, but I do want my story to be told (should I ever reach goal in my life time) - I want the publicity. I want to inspire someone else to join WW and change their life the way it changed mine. I do think it's completely unfair of them to require us to pay for everything when, like Angie said, they are getting free advertising and promotion from us at every turn and every step of the way. How many times have I said on my blog that I love WW and it has changed my life? 20,000+ visitors have read that. I think that WW needs to recognize the promotion we do for them and atleast foot the costs involved in becoming a success story. I too was not impressed when I heard about having to get notarized. If they don't come to Winnipeg, will I have to travel to TO or elsewhere to get my success story done (if I apply and if I'm accepted)? And will I have to pay all of my travel expenses, food, hotel everything to give them free advertising? Hmmmm. We onliners don't even get lifetime - if we want it, we gotta pay for it for life. Shouldn't there be some sort of compensation here?

So there ya have it! :) You wanted opinions! I laid it bare for ya!

But honestly, I will apply to be a success story because I want it! :) Now if only I could lose these last stubborn pounds...

Shirls said...

I come at this from a little different view point, working in the legal field and swearing my own fair share of affidavits as both writer and person commissioning them..

I think its a great idea, I don't want a fraud saying they did something the WW healthy way and then finding out later they starved themselves and shot themselves up with vitamins to get there. I want honesty, I want truth, I want the whole story as hard as it is to tell sometimes and as much as others don't want to hear that there is no magic pill, I want the truth. The truth inspires, the truth prompts healthy ways, the truth is always the right path to take.

As a meeting member, I pay and pay WW, sure once I get lifetime I will stop paying but I've paid more than my fair share to get there, and I would and will continue to pay to share my story in the hopes of inspiring just one person to make the same change, why I blog, why I try to be so open about what I'm experiecing is in that hope, to inspire just one.

As someone who has been on the other side of an affidavit many times, the lawyer you swore your addidavit with, doesn't have to swear that the information in the document is true or not, all they are doing is swearing that you are you (as per your id) and that you swore that what the document states is true. And it is no laughing matter, if you get caught in a lie on an affidavit you can be sentenced to perjury and end up in jail for up to 14 years.. not worth the risk in my opinion.

Angie All The Way said...

And the bottom line to your question which may not have been clear after all of that ranting is still: Yes, I would likely pay the cost of getting my story publicized for a success story just like Mandy said. It is an incredible conclusion to a battle well fought and defeated.

(ahem...but they should still foot the bill!)

Natalie said...

I would definitely pay the $100 bucks for the affidavit if it meant that I could share my story with all those people and inspire them. I guess if I was really in a bad way financially I would need to think about it but otherwise, totally worth it I think! But it is kind of dumb that they won't pay for those legal costs... Hmmm....

Shrunk said...

WHATTTTTT? I didn't know it costs that much for the affidavit! I won't be doing it.

Pam, the belly dancing queen said...

I personally think it's rediculous that WW doesn't foot the bill--the entire bill! Figure out how much someone has probably paid to lose the weight AND it's the best advertising they've got! Real people, not movie stars, losing weight, keeping it off and ready to tell the world how they did it!
I have no problem with them having you sign an affidavit--I have the problem with it being your expense.

~paige~ said...

I think that ww should pay that fee but that being said, if i ever lost enough weight to be a sucess story i would definitely pony up

Green Girl said...

hm... I really think WW should cover the fee, and I wouldn't pay it out of pricipal...

Here's why - I run my own business, and there are numerous expenses that I can write off; the government allows me to do that because that helps me develop my business. You going to the photoshoot and telling your story helps ww to advertise and get more business... so not only they should cover ALL of your expenses, I think you should get PAID!

But that's just my opinion... :)

Jen said...

I definitely think that WW should foot the bill...but I don't know how I would feel once I reach goal...I don't think I would want to pay travel fees...I am so on the fence of this one, I just think how much the blogs have helped ME and that is free advertisement for success and people can CONTINUE to read them and not just the glamour story, they can read about the tough days and how you make it through...I don't know if I will ever apply to be a success story, but I am shy and sometimes modest...I can easier point out how great someone else did than myself...so I don't know if I would pay it...

Shrunk said...

So I emailed WW last night and already got a response about this. Here is what they said

"Oh please, that’s no reason for us not to produce your story! :p We’ll find a way around the notary fee. Frankly, we’re looking into revising that process across the board in Canada. I think we’re going to do away with the notary step all together. The only reason we ask for a notarized affidavit is to safeguard against fraud, since there’s no meetings leader tracking weigh-ins when you follow the plan online. Would you be able to get your affidavit signed or witnessed by a commissioner for taking oaths? That is one of the workarounds we’re currently looking into."

Looks like I'll still get to apply after all. The email went on to say that they really hope I'm still interested. What do you know about getting the affidavit signed or witnessed by a commissioner for taking oaths Mouse? Does that cost money? That's one of the other options she suggested.

Christina said...

I would do it anyways babe, I know that WW should pay but if it gets your story out there to others than it is well worth it. It has repaid the money in motivating others, that is priceless. Your story needs to be seen and heard and show others how amazing you have done :)

marie said...

shrunk - he emailed me to ask me how much i spent, that's why i wrote about it. someone is NOT applying because of the $$ and they're thinking about changing it because it's stopping people from sharing.

ask around though...you may know a lawyer, paralegal, notary who can help you out and not realize it.

I don't think it should stop anyone. If someone is driven enough to take on the journey, see it through and want to share, then they should.

I've paid for 9 extra months of WW online after my goal - approximately $198...what's 50 bucks for a piece of paper?

jodi said...

i agree - i think its important to get your personal story out there because so many of us, look to others for inspiration... finding someone else that is the same height and start weight can be a HUGE motivator... i would probably pay but nothing over $100... :o)

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