August 27, 2018
It was the feel-good story of the year, when homeless man Johnny Bobbitt used the last of his money to help stranded motorist Kate McClure, and she started a GoFundMe page to help him. But now, the story has soured. http://str.sg/oWBV
Gepostet von The Straits Times am Montag, 27. August 2018
I have often condemned get rich quick schemes as violating the laws of the universe.
Because nothing is free.
However, it seems I may have been wrong. It may indeed be possible to rip off the homeless with GoFundMe scams and get ultra-rich ultra-quick.
The act of kindness Johnny Bobbitt did for Ms Kate McClure when her car sputtered to a stop in front of him seemed destined to pull him from the depths of homeless and drug abuse he struggled with.
On that day in October last year, she was a motorist on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia who found herself stuck on an off-ramp, scared and out of gas.
He was a homeless veteran who told her to lock her doors, then spent his last US$20 (S$27) to bring her a canister of fuel.
Later, she sought to repay the favour, first with cereal bars, warm socks and spare dollars, then with a GoFundMe campaign to raise money so the Good Samaritan would not have to sleep under a bridge.
Bobbitt, she told anyone who would listen, deserved a fresh start.
“I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day,” Ms McClure said in the GoFundMe campaign, which she and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico crafted in the car after visiting Mr Bobbitt.
“He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.”
They hoped the GoFundMe would raise US$10,000, but the story resonated. It was featured in national newspapers, including The Washington Post.
The pair made an appearance on Good Morning America and were interviewed by the BBC – a feel-good story at the start of the holiday season. In a few months, the campaign had raised more than US$400,000 from nearly 14,000 donors, and Mr Bobbitt’s prospects had brightened.
But over the past 10 months, the sweet story has soured.
There are accusations of mismanagement and outright theft of the money raised on Mr Bobbitt’s behalf. The GoFundMe cash, Mr Bobbitt suspected, had been squandered on vacations, a luxury car and more than one addiction. And this weekend, the threat of litigation loomed.
Last autumn, Ms McClure said, the plan was to get Mr Bobbitt a house and his dream truck, a 1999 Ford Ranger. Mr Bobbitt also planned to donate money to people and organisations that had helped him as he struggled with homelessness.
The plan was to make the second act of his life a successful one, and for a while, things seemed happy.
Pictures showed Mr Bobbitt at Ms McClure and Mr D’Amico’s house at Christmas, posing next to the tree, wearing adult onesies and baking cookies.
In reality, things weren’t that rosy. Instead of a house, Ms McClure and Mr D’Amico got Mr Bobbitt a camper, which they kept in their names and parked on land owned by Mr D’Amico’s family, according to news reports. They bought him a television, a laptop and two cellphones, food and clothing – and a used SUV that was soon broken and idle.
What he didn’t get, though, was any type of ownership over the money raised on his behalf.
He met a financial adviser briefly, but there was never any lawyer or any trust, according to Philadelphia CBS affiliate WTVR. Mr D’Amico said he kept US$200,000 – what remained after buying the camper and the SUV and other expenses – in a savings account that he would gladly turn over to Mr Bobbitt once he kicked an addiction to opioids and managed to hold down a job.
But Mr Bobbitt said he saw troubling signs for the money that thousands had donated to him.
Ms McClure is a receptionist for the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Mr D’Amico is a carpenter, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
But suddenly she had a new BMW and the couple was taking vacations to Florida, California and Las Vegas, Mr Bobbitt told the Inquirer. He learnt of a helicopter ride they took over the Grand Canyon.
And he told the Inquirer that Mr D’Amico has gambled away some of the GoFundMe money. (Mr D’Amico told the newspaper he had used US$500 from the account to gamble on a night when he forgot his SugarHouse Casino card, but had “quickly repaid” the money with his winnings.)
This is simply brilliant.
If you need hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on drugs, vacations, helicopter rides and luxury cars, you may want to consider ripping off a homeless man on GoFundMe scam. Homeless people are worthless and stupid, or they would not be homeless. So not only is it okay to rip them off, they won’t even know the difference.
You could also presumably run the same scam on niggers and retarded people.
But if you do run this scam successfully, don’t spend it all doing lines off of a hooker’s ass in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon – donate some to the Daily Stormer. In fact, since I gave you the idea, you should really donate half of these hundreds of thousands you’re going to make. Minimum 30%.