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Stumbling Into the Moonies in Australia

A thread about strange people in the wilds of Australia yields this encounter:

“Nunawading in Eastern Melbourne there is/was a compound and bunkhouse for the Korean Moonies cult.

When I had just moved into a rental around the corner, two of them came knocking at my door. They said that they were language students and as part of their studies they had to practice their English with locals. I was waiting for the power to be connected, bored, and had no idea that they were a sect, so I agreed to help them out. They didn’t want to do this at my doorstep but at their “school”. I agreed to go with them despite my reservations because they were looking pretty desperate.

I got there and they asked me to wear slippers that they supplied, these had a picture of Homer Simpson on it. They took me to an interview room with a two way mirror and recording equipment (oh and a heavy duty door). Then they started reading their interpretation of the bible at me. I became annoyed at their dishonesty and asked what happened to the English practice.
It then got weird and they started to bark commandments at me instead trying to guilt me out of answering anything, I asked them to show me out but they kept going. DON’T WORK ON SATURDAYS! DON’T CALL SUNDAY SUNDAY! DON’T DRINK, DRUGS, OR HAVE PREMARITAL SEX!

I looked down at my feet to see Homer and realized what I had to do. I started singing “na na na na na na na na BATMAAAN! Batman! BATMANNNN!”.

They got really pissed but asked if I wanted to try their kim chi. Apart from not wanting to eat random kim chi, I was worried it was going to be drugged so I declined and made my way out the door. Then four others appeared to block my path and I noticed an open door leading to the observation room from the mirror. I got really angry and hip and shouldered my way out and grabbed my shoes and kicked the slippers into the garden. The really weird thing was that they chased me down the street and tried to give me an umbrella and it wasn’t even raining.

I wondered if it was just cultural and I looked like a rampaging loon, but I read up on Korean church cults and they employ the same tactics.”

Full thread http://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/1xfolp/strange_communitiesencounters_in_australia/cfb7r3i?context=3

Image of Sun Myun Moon from Wikipedia

Chuck E. Cheese and Shattered Dreams

“As soon as I stepped out of the kitchen door as Chuck E. all of the playing and screaming stopped. The room fell silent, save for the occasional bleep-bloop of a video game. I was surrounded by a sea of startled, wide-eyed faces.Then they rushed me. All Hell broke loose. “Chuck Eeeeeee, Chuck Eeeeee!” I was honestly afraid that this approaching wall of children would knock me over. However, once they got close they slowed down and surrounded me. I had to basically wade through them to make my way around the room. I will always remember the look of complete reverence and astonishment on these kids faces as they followed me around the room. It made me feel like a demigod or cult leader. They trailed me as walked, like acolytes trying to catch the attention of their savior. It was going well and I was starting to return to the kitchen when they suddenly became more aggressive, grabbing at the suit. Then they started pulling and pushing me like they wanted to take a piece of me home. I had lost control at this point. Thats when they pulled a little too much on my glove, revealing a flash of skin of my forearm. It was just an instant, but they saw. They fell silent like before, but this time I only saw bewilderment and hurt in their eyes.Suddenly one kid yelled, “Chuck E.s a MAN! Chuck E.s a MAN!”The place erupted. It was chaos. The two kitchen staffers who were serving as my handlers quickly grabbed me by both arms and escorted me to the kitchen, like bodyguards protecting some dignitary from an assassination attempt. Completely exhausted I went and stood in the walk-in cooler to recuperate. Part of me was amused by the situation until I realized that I had just shattered the dreams of hundreds of children.”

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