A psychics’ advocacy group is warning that the recent ads blitz in which drug rehabilitation companies like Alamo Spirits, Home Depot and Target all tried to recruit new psychics has done more harm than good.
“Alamo Spirits is the poster child for the new psychic recruiting ad blitz,” said Tara Dannenfelser, co-founder and president of The Psychic Community Foundation.
She added that ads like these have caused a lot of anxiety among the new and veteran psychics who rely on the support of their families.
“I think we’re seeing a lot more of the same things, so it’s not that the ads are not effective,” she said.
“It’s just the results that are different.
I mean, we’re looking at the same ad, we get the same results, and yet the results are different.”
Alamo’s campaign, which aired in New York City and Los Angeles on Thursday, used several ads to encourage psychics to apply for a job with the company.
In the ads, a man says: “I’m going to make sure your job is as good as possible.”
Another man says, “I promise you, I will do my best to make this job as good for you as possible.
This is what a good job looks like.”
Another man says the job will be: “When you want to be in the spotlight, you’ll never get there alone.”
Another ad tells the psychics: “We are a very dedicated team of psychics working together with a group of talented applicants.
You will be the next Alamo Spirit to join our team.
You’ll be a great addition to our team.”
Dannenfelers said the ads appear to be “a continuation of what we’ve seen before” but it is hard to say if they actually do anything to help.
She said some of the ads do appear to encourage people to apply, but the problem is that many of these psychics are not able to handle the job.
“We’re seeing some of them who have been doing this for decades have become unable to handle it,” she told CNN.
“They just have no capacity for it, they don’t know how to handle their workload and they’re just not going to do it,” Dannefelser said.
The Psychics’ Association of New York said the campaign is “totally ineffective.”
The group called the ads “a complete waste of resources” and said the company should have hired more people to do the job rather than using psychics.
“Instead of trying to find new people, they should be focusing on recruiting them,” the association said in a statement.
The group also urged Target to change its hiring practices so that it is more transparent and does not hire “a new batch of psychic recruits every year.”
The company has already started an internal investigation into the ads.
Target has not yet commented on the issue.
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