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Last October, Bobbitt came across Kate McClure after she had become stranded on the side of I-95 in a bad section of Philadelphia. Even though he was living on the streets, he used his last 20 dollars to buy her some gasoline so that she could get home. To thank him, McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help Bobbitt get off the streets. The original goal was to raise $10,000, but the story went mega-viral and the campaign ultimately raised a total of $403,000.
originally posted by: Krakatoa
I wonder if they could be charged under mail fraud for this?
originally posted by: Ameilia
I hope they both lose their jobs and go to jail. This is theft on a HUGE scale.
originally posted by: Nyiah
Something about this seems off, and not the couple alone. I've been paying attention to comment sections in various news articles, and it seems there's a number of people claiming they gave him a LOT more than he says (i.e all of it) and he blew through it via old debts, giving it away, booze, drugs, etc. It might not be that out of the question, big jackpot lottery winners can go broke faster than a homeless guy with a couple hundred grand.
Before we tar and feather the two, we really should wait and see what the records inquiry finds. If that shows they did in fact end up giving it to them, piecemealed or not, then it's gone of his own poor handling, not theirs.
originally posted by: Cornczech
I too stopped giving when I, time and again, got burned....then when I started to read news stories about large organizations getting caught with their hands in the till....well that ended it for me....I stopped giving after that...friends and that's it (I have no family alive except for the husband...so there's no family to help out any more......)
a reply to: SR1TX
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: Deplorable
Human nature in all its flawed greatness. Bobbit's great act of giving her the $20 and her great act of starting a GoFundMe are a credit to them. Then it's all spoiled by greed and drugs. Bobbit's sold a camper and a SUV and is still homeless. He's spent $75k in 9-10 months...on the streets...which sounds like a heroin habit.
The couple will have started off with great intentions until the greedy little voices started whispering in their heads. "He doesn't really need all this money. It'll go on drugs. Somebody will steal it from him. We'll look after it. We're good people. Why shouldn't we have nice things?"
I'm surprised to say I feel sorry for all concerned. It looks like a case of theft or obtaining money by false pretense.