I was invited to a free all-Paths meet-up with some six or seven pagans and occultist in a bar -my first time ever going to their meet-up group- and one polite ceremonial magician leaned over to ask me what I was "interested in", no sooner had I mentioned that I was into Wicca and studying at the WSI, when all of a sudden a woman in the group -who I hadn't been introduced to yet- looked straight over at me and exclaimed; "Oh no, don't tell me you're studying with them! They're a money-making racket!" And she continued to tell me that, "As you go higher up in the degrees, it's nothing but scientology."
I was shocked to be castigated by someone whom I have never met before. I made sure that she understood I was studying Correllian wicca, but she reaffirmed her conviction that "They're all scientologist!" I wasn't convinced of her claims, but asked her what tradition or path she followed, she said she was an Alexandrian. It was the first time I met an Alexandrian witch before, never mind a bigoted Alexandrian witch.