Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

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Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:35 am

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wo ... e6c04f48f3

I saw headlines about this before, but what do you think?

Makes me think it would be easy to scam people with a good story to pull the ol' heartstrings.
Woman Raises Over $300,000 For Homeless Man Who Gave Her His Last $20

“Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break.”

By Sara Boboltz
After her car ran out of gas on a dark New Jersey highway last month, Kate McClure pulled over and tried to walk to the nearest gas station on foot. But a nearby homeless man didn’t let her go far, telling her to climb back in the car and lock the doors while he went instead.

McClure said the man, Johnny, spent his last $20 on a can of gas for her. Now, she’s trying to help him get back on his feet.
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While she didn’t have cash to repay him at the time, McClure told The Philadelphia Inquirer that she and her boyfriend returned to Johnny’s spot along the side of the road the next day to return the money. Over the following weeks, she kept stopping by to chat with Johnny and give him a few dollars. Finally she decided to set up a GoFundMe page for him earlier this month.

“I wish that I could do more for this selfless man, who went out of his way just to help me that day,” McClure wrote on the page. “He is such a great guy, and talking to him each time I see him makes me want to help him more and more.”

To date, the campaign has raised over $300,000 ― far surpassing its $10,000 goal. Many of the 10,400 donors chipped in with $10 or $20.

McClure originally intended to use the funds to set Johnny up in his own apartment with some essentials and enough money to last him a few months while he looked for employment.

“He is very interested in finding a job, and I believe that with a place to be able to clean up every night and get a good night’s rest, his life can get back to being normal,” she wrote.

“Truly believe that all Johnny needs is one little break. Hopefully with your help I can be the one to give it to him.”

Before he became homeless, McClure said Johnny served with the Marine Corps and worked as a firefighter and paramedic. She shared some photos of him from an old Facebook page.

As support kept pouring in, McClure briefly suspended the campaign earlier this week on the request of Johnny, who didn’t want to take advantage of the kindness of strangers. She restarted it, however, by popular demand.

Faced with a huge surplus of funding, McClure said Johnny has “more than a few ideas of where this money can go.”

“He is fully aware of the world wide interest in this over the last few days,” she wrote. “It will be his decision and his decision only on what organizations and or private parties he decides to help!!”

Donations can be made on GoFundMe.
So, find a bum, preferably a veteran who's down on his luck. Concoct a good samaritan story. Watch the money roll in (agree in advance to split the proceeds 50/50).
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by ed » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:50 am

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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:56 pm

I truly think that all little Doug needs is one little break. Where do I send the check?
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Bruce » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:57 pm

Ok, if we must choose...
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:38 pm

Hey ed! Is NatLamp truly and completely out of business?

Or are the royalties from Animal House keeping the corporation if not the publication alive after all these years?
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:40 pm

Side note:
If you had asked me in 1975 to predict which humor magazines would still be around in 2017, the one I would not have guessed is Cracked. :lmao:
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Skeeve » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:26 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Side note:
If you had asked me in 1975 to predict which humor magazines would still be around in 2017, the one I would not have guessed is Cracked. :lmao:
Didn't you mean Image ?

Ironic considering one LAMPOON COVER WAS:
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by gnome » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:44 pm

Kind of a dark side to these. While it's nice that one person got helped, each charming story may make it easier to disregard the ones that didn't have a plucky benefactor.

Speaking of Cracked,

http://www.cracked.com/blog/inspiration ... thing-but/

Though, it's a problem as old as humanity, I suppose.

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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by ed » Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:12 am

Anaxagoras wrote:I truly think that all little Doug needs is one little break. Where do I send the check?

you can send checks to me, I have an account at a bank. Poor little doug appreciates all the help. :cry:
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by shemp » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:06 am

ed wrote:
Anaxagoras wrote:I truly think that all little Doug needs is one little break. Where do I send the check?

you can send checks to me, I have an account at a bank. Poor little doug appreciates all the help. :cry:
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by ed » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:36 am

shemp wrote:
ed wrote:
Anaxagoras wrote:I truly think that all little Doug needs is one little break. Where do I send the check?

you can send checks to me, I have an account at a bank. Poor little doug appreciates all the help. :cry:
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I'll have you know that a proportion of ALL money received goes to little Doug :x :x :x
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by shemp » Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:54 am

ed wrote:
shemp wrote:
ed wrote:
Anaxagoras wrote:I truly think that all little Doug needs is one little break. Where do I send the check?

you can send checks to me, I have an account at a bank. Poor little doug appreciates all the help. :cry:
fuckin cunt scammer
I'll have you know that a proportion of ALL money received goes to little Doug :x :x :x
You mean "percentage" not "proportion"! You're an illiterate fuckin cunt scammer!
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Anaxagoras » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:23 am

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3727886
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Doctor X » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:07 am

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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Bruce » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:45 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nationa ... -1.3727886
"Lindsay was buried Saturday, the day that was meant to be her wedding day. "
Hey ladies, there's a new widoweredsingle man that's available! And he's got life insurancemoney!
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by sparks » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:35 am

Merry Christmas Bedford Falls!!
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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by Skeeve » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:37 am

sparks wrote:Merry Christmas Bedford Falls!!
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...And a Happy New Year to you too, in Jail!

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Re: Skepticism about "feel-good stories"

Post by sparks » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:12 pm

Donna Reed? Sure.
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