Nowadays, the money tree probably accepts credit cards.
I made my Neo-living as a junk trader. I had people send me their unwanted s****y items in bulk for nothing, then I individually sold them at my store as cheaply as possible. By the time I stopped playing, I had a million Neopoints in the bank, about 20 paintbrushes, and had tricked all my neighbors into giving me their passwords. If you know what the the hell I'm even talking about, then you know I was a f*****g God of Neopia. Now my pets are probably all dead.
Oh, well that's reassuring.
So as you can imagine, it was quite a shock when I learned that the site's investment group were actually diehard Scientologists. A guy named Doug Dohring bought the company in 2000 and implemented a series of L.-Ron-Hubbard-based organizational structures that supposedly were used trillions of years ago, called the Org Board.
In case that sounds sinister as f**k, it was! One of the site founders, Donna Williams, was just as startled, and explained in a Reddit post about how Cruise & Co. actually bounced plans around to implement Scientology teachings directly into the site. That plan was shut down, because for some reason, Williams felt compelled not to expose millions of impressionable children to a cult (other than Disney). She even said that new hires were forced to answer strange questionnaires about which lines looked "friendlier" and weird s**t like that. This must have caused some internal tension, because all of sudden in June 2015, the moderators stopped policing the forums and the profanity filters broke down, which likely resulted in more than a few awkward parental conversations about furries.