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    Judi Shervell

    Mike Rinder: Surly to the Extreme

    Working with Mike Rinder was probably the least pleasant experience I have had in my staff career of 35 years. He was surly to the extreme, rarely smiled and when he did it was usually at someone else’s expense after he had said something particularly derogatory to or about them in their presence.


    F.C.

    Mike Rinder: A Compulsive Misogynist?

    I presume that most people checking in on this site will have seen the video footage and the posts and sworn testimony of Mike Rinder viciously attacking and injuring his former wife. Don’t make the mistake of assuming this was a one-time occurrence.


    Rita Parkin

    Mike Rinder: Some People Never Change

    Some people never change and Mike Rinder is one of those. He was a liar when I knew him, and is still a liar. I worked with him for several years and he was a disgrace. Not one honest bone, no pride, no integrity. It was embarrassing working for him as he would regularly get caught in a lie.


    Andrew Milne

    Mike Rinder Makes a Racial Slur

    One night Mike Rinder was driving home from the office and I hitched a ride with him. He stopped at a gas station. A black man walked out to service us and he seemed to be limping. Mike made some derogatory racist remark about him. It was disgusting.


    Sue Goodban

    Mike Rinder: Assault Without Provocation

    In 2007, just prior to his being expelled from the Church, I was violently assaulted by Mike Rinder without provocation. We were standing about 8 feet distant from one another when he became irritated and angry with me.


    F.C.

    Mike Rinder: A Calloused Soul

    I saw on the web that many people are relating experiences and events that have the common tenor: that Mike Rinder is a self-centered bastard with a heart of stone and calloused soul. Well, I can't help but weigh in with my own. They support these reports.


    Jan Olsen

    Mike Rinder: A former colleague’s experience

    I have a specific incident to relate which illustrates how Mike Rinder could lose his temper, way out of proportion to circumstances. This incident was at a meeting and Mike lost his temper yelling at me like a complete madman.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder: An Uncaring Father and An Uncaring Son

    Mike’s mother and father (Ian and Barbara) used to travel from Australia to America, every six months, to visit. Mike never did anything to accommodate his parents’ visits.


    Karen Hollander

    Mike Rinder: He denigrated others and wouldn’t let up

    I worked with or around Mike for many years. His manner was very unpleasant because he was arrogant and routinely talked down to others. Mike rarely smiled or laughed, unless it was at the expense of others with sarcastic, cutting remarks meant to degrade them.


    Hans Smith

    Mike Rinder: An aggressive guy who wasn’t very popular

    In relation to Mike Rinder, I can say one thing: I’ve been working for the Church of Scientology for 24 years and in those 24 years I’ve worked in a lot of places. And he’s the only person in the last 24 years that I’ve been on Church staff who’s punched me.


    Cheryl Azevedo

    Mike Rinder’s attitude to others

    Mike Rinder’s attitude to the staff was always really condescending, looking down at others. This would happen whether it’s a single person passing him in the hallway or in a meeting with him. Mike is the epitome of haughty. His view of other people is that they are lesser minds.


    Claire Edwards

    Mike Rinder: No care for others or their feelings

    Mike Rinder was the best man at my wedding in 1997. Reason being is that he grew up with my husband in Adelaide in the early 70’s. Years after my wedding, I would see Mike and run into him and I was stunned that he was so cold. Never interested, never asked me how I was doing, never anything.


    Marion Pouw

    Mike Rinder: Cold, Condescending and Heartless

    He treated me as his lackey. And not even a “thank you” to boot. I have never ever worked with someone like Mike Rinder. He is disgusting.


    Amber Mellor

    Mike Rinder: Uncaring, with no Humanity

    I was driving my bike and Mike Rinder had driven past me and he actually knocked me off my bike. I fell and was on the ground. Any normal human being with any form of care or compassion would feel bad, like “oh I just knocked her off her bike” and offer to help. But not Mike.


    Linda Simmons Hight

    Mike Rinder had a terrible time dealing with women

    Mike Rinder had a terrible time dealing with women in a professional setting. It was 10 times worse for the women than it was for the men. It’s not that he was pleasant to the men or complimented them, but it was very, very mild compared to the treatment the women got.


    Elaine Siegel

    Mike Rinder was pure nasty

    I remember one time Mike Rinder came over to another staff member and he had a pencil in his hand and he said, “You do this one more time and I am going to stab you in the eyeball.” And he had it right close to Richard’s eye. It was just completely unbelievable, the intention was so violent.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder: Endangering his family for fun

    Nothing would stop Mike from acting irresponsibly around our daughter. Mike would drive like a maniac with our kids in the car. One time, I had our infant daughter on my lap in a seat. Mike was speeding so fast he was swerving. The more upset I got the more he laughed at me.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder: Getting his kicks putting his family at risk

    One time we were driving down a dimly lit two-way, single lane country highway coming back from the movies when Mike decided to play “chicken” with another car. He starting driving into the oncoming lane to “beat” the other car.


    Taryn Teutsch

    Mike Rinder, my father, would make fun of my weight

    Mike used to call me “chubby” to my face, or comment about me being chubby. I remember him seeing one of my friends and insensitively saying, “She’s pretty.” I can’t think of one time he complimented my looks or said something nice like that about me.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder: Always putting people down

    Mike Rinder made fun of anyone and everyone he could. It gave him a sick pleasure, whether it was calling someone I worked with named Lester “The Molester,” or taunting a friend of mine who had very curly hair about her looks. He never stopped. Mike Rinder made fun of anyone and everyone he could.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder: Harassing his wife’s friends

    It was embarrassing having my friends around Mike Rinder. He would humiliate me. Once, Mike went after one of my friends and tied her up to a rail as a “joke.” I was shocked. I intervened and untied her.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder’s taunts over his wife’s fears

    I remember how Mike harassed me when I was trying to get over a fear of heights. Mike was smug and would tell me to quit being a “scaredy cat.” He forced me to climb a tall ladder and stood there and said he wasn’t leaving until I did it. I “froze” and he didn’t care.


    Taryn Teutsch

    My loveless father, Mike Rinder

    He gave me the distinct feeling I had done something wrong, was a bad person, and that he did not love me.


    Taryn Teutsch

    My emotionally sterile and vicious father, Mike Rinder

    One time I tried to visit my father, Mike Rinder, at work. He stuck me in a conference room to watch TV all day. He never came to talk to me the entire time I was there. His associates came to visit and talk to me but not Mike. Eventually, Mike had his assistant drive me back.


    Taryn Teutsch

    There was no bonding with Mike Rinder, a very cold man

    When I did see Mike Rinder, my father, he treated me like he did everyone else, with disdain. I felt inferior, and it felt like he saw me because he thought he had to do it, not because he wanted to talk to me. Our conversations were really awkward and had no warmth. But that is Mike Rinder.


    Taryn Teutsch

    Mike Rinder was emotionally abusive as a father

    Mike Rinder was emotionally abusive as a father. While at boarding school different parents would come each week and see their children. Mike never came. I really didn’t understand why my dad wouldn’t come see me. I felt traumatized by the consistent obvious absence of my father.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder Making fun of his son’s looks

    My son told me years ago that he was unable to handle the fact that Mike berated the way he looked. He would tell him that he was too small physically, that he should be a certain way. Benjamin from early on knew that Mike didn’t give a sh_t about him or actually care or show any affection.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder screams at his son for getting sick

    Mike knew our son got car sick and didn’t care. Mike was “rushing” to get down a hill and driving too fast. The kids were freaking out and Benjamin asked Mike to stop because he had to throw up. Mike didn’t stop and Benjamin started to throw up and was sick. Mike then yelled at him for getting sick.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder’s advice for a kindergartner

    Benjamin had gotten upset at school (Kindergarten) and told us about it. Mike’s unbelievable response was to tell his 5 year old son that he was “not being man enough to take it.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder making fun of his own son

    Mike wouldn’t just put down adults. He put down our son Benjamin as a kid. This was a constant thing, like one time I took the kids shopping with Mike. Benjamin didn’t want the clothes Mike picked for him.


    Sharon Johnston

    Mike Rinder was the most uncaring and nasty person I ever encountered

    Mike Rinder was the most uncaring and nasty person I ever encountered. One staff member happened to be with Mike Rinder and tripped and fell and smashed his face and broke his glasses which then cut his nose. Worse yet, he also broke his wrist.


    Theresa Pratt

    Mike Rinder’s mad rage

    Mike Rinder’s bullying was not one isolated instance. He eventually was removed for it. One morning after I had come into the office, Mike Rinder charged at me from one end of the room yelling and being outraged while holding his fist and swung it up at me about an inch away from my face.


    Theresa Pratt

    “Are you over it yet?“ Mike Rinder never apologized

    While working for him in a secretarial capacity he was routinely abusive to myself and others either just straight out verbally as well as physically threatening and abusive regardless of whether you were a woman or man.


    Kathy O’Gorman

    Me to Mike Rinder: You’re out of your mind

    I knew Mike Rinder and worked with him for 30 years, and this was probably 20, 25 years into our being colleagues. And what happened was that he was told that a TV show was airing and when it was airing and we went back to look at it because o ne of my staff members was in charge of taping the show.


    Marcy McShane

    Mike Rinder had no regard for the feelings of another

    At one point, Mike Rinder and I had gone out of town on a work trip. On returning, I had one bag of Mike’s that I hadn’t had time to put away for him before getting back to work and it was still in my apartment.


    Marcy McShane

    Mike Rinder was nuts

    What I experienced while working as Mike’s secretary was an ever-increasing anxiety, because he was such a volatile person. I was always on my guard and often in fear of him because I just never knew when something was going to tip him over the edge. It was like working for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


    Marcy McShane

    My humiliating experience with Mike Rinder

    I had the terribly upsetting and humiliating experience of Mike trapping me under his desk, being lewd and physically restraining me. He was having trouble with his phone (so he said) and told me to go under the desk and see if it was something with the connection to the box.


    Marcy McShane

    Mike Rinder was the champion of bullies

    I had been Mike Rinder’s Secretary for several months when I witnessed Mike, yelling at a junior and bullying him. Mike violently grabbed this person by the shirt collar, lifted him off his feet and slammed him into the walls in the corner of the room.


    Elizabeth Ingber

    Mike Rinder didn’t give a damn that I was fighting for my life

    I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the doctor told my husband that I had only a number of months to live. After surgery I underwent extensive treatment in San Diego and Mexico, both medical and alternative medicine, living in San Diego full time. This daily treatment was exhausting and heavy.


    Elizabeth Ingber

    Mike Rinder is a sexist

    I have known Mike Rinder since he was a teenager and we were both young. Later Mike Rinder and I shared an office so I spent many years knowing him. Mike Rinder is a sexist. At first I thought Mike’s snide remarks and bad jokes about girls was just a teenage boy being stupid and trying to be witty.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder: Had no emotion at the death of our second daughter

    In 1982 our second daughter passed away from kidney failure. I was extremely upset and a complete wreck. Mike acted demeaning toward me and as if I was weird for being so upset. He did not shed a tear and had no emotion about the entire matter.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder wanted our son to feel unloved

    Mike Rinder accused me of “doting” on our son. Mike “explained” to our son that my behavior of caring for him and wanting to spend time with him was not normal and that he should not let me “dote” on him (meaning show him love and affection) or else our son would turn out like me and be a pussy.


    Cathy Rinder

    Turning his back on a son with life-threatening cancer

    A few months after Mike left us, our son, at the age of 24, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Mike never responded to the letters I wrote to inform him of this. Benjamin needed all the help and attention I could give him.


    Cathy Rinder

    Using his daughter to flirt with girls

    The only time Mike seemed to show interest in our daughter was when he thought he could use it to flirt with girls. I went to get our daughter from the nursery one night and I was told Mike took her. I went to the Lounge/Bar where I found Mike.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder violently shaking his infant daughter

    One night our infant daughter Taryn cried in the middle of the night and I didn’t get up fast enough. She was really loud. As I got up Mike jumped out of the bed. He picked up Taryn and started to shake her hard, yelling at her to shut up. I ran over and grabbed Taryn away from him.


    Cathy Rinder

    Too busy for the birth of his child

    When I went into labor I called Mike who said he was too busy. I was about to give birth to our first child, and he showed no interest or emotion. I actually walked to the hospital by myself in labor and checked myself in.


    Cathy Rinder

    Mike Rinder treated me like dirt when I was pregnant

    Mike Rinder barely spoke to me when I was pregnant with our daughter. He was always upset, never supportive or asking how I was doing. I kept asking him about this. Once he told me to quit asking him questions and ordered me out of the room and to leave him alone.


    Cathy Rinder

    The day Mike Rinder physically assaulted me

    When I finally saw Mike Rinder, he violently grabbed my left wrist, my lower forearm and my right forearm near the elbow. My husband of 35 years was physically assaulting me. I tried to get away from him. He would not let go, and the intense pressure was so severe the pain was killing me.


    Taryn Teutsch

    The abusive father. What it was like growing up as Mike Rinder’s daughter

    Child abuse takes many forms. It can be violence, neglect or years of abusive comments from a loveless parent who believes his children can do nothing right. That’s Mike Rinder. He’s a cold-hearted man, especially to his own children.


    Cathy Rinder

    Married to a bully. What it was like being Mike Rinder’s wife. The story of an abusive relationship.

    Like countless abused women, I stayed way too long with my now ex-husband. In fact, it was 35 years. You’ve heard similar stories before. I thought he would change. I worried about my kids. I believed in the institution of marriage.