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Old 12-13-2017, 08:47 AM   #1
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First, let me say that I have no problem with GoFundMe when used appropriately. Crowdfunding is a great concept and I think it is great for those who need it.

That said, below are a few GoFundMe requests I have received in the last few months...

- For vet bills (dog tore something in its leg)
- For a down payment on a new home
- For a senior trip
- For an engagement ring
- For plane tickets to go see best friend

I have no problem chipping in for needs/wants for friends and family but the volume of people who are using this tool to ask others to fund their lifestyle is just startling.

Thoughts?

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Old 12-13-2017, 08:54 AM   #2
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There are some really good causes but the ones you listed are the internet version of the wino on the corner.
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:57 AM   #3
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So you're not gonna help with my plane tickets to go see our best friend? Fine. Be that way. Hope you have a Merry Christmas anyhow.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:05 AM   #4
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I belong to some local FB groups and I am surprised (I shouldn't be) by how many people post asking for help with stuff. One lady was complaining she needed money to get back to the doctor but talked about her DirecTV bill being expensive. Seriously, priorities people.

I never donate to the "causes" like Buckley99 posted. If it is a friend or family member I more than likely already offered help if I knew they needed it.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:08 AM   #5
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"A Fool and his money are easily parted"
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:14 AM   #6
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Guy from my hometown set one up to pay for his wedding. No one donated any money.


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Old 12-13-2017, 09:19 AM   #7
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Zero chance I'd loan money for any of the reasons listed. I've been dirt poor before and it took a lot of financial discipline to get where I am at. People that know me wouldn't even send me a gofundme request for that kind of stuff bc they don't want to hear my ranting.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:36 AM   #8
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First, let me say that I have no problem with GoFundMe when used appropriately. Crowdfunding is a great concept and I think it is great for those who need it.

That said, below are a few GoFundMe requests I have received in the last few months...

- For vet bills (dog tore something in its leg)
- For a down payment on a new home
- For a senior trip
- For an engagement ring
- For plane tickets to go see best friend

I have no problem chipping in for needs/wants for friends and family but the volume of people who are using this tool to ask others to fund their lifestyle is just startling.

Thoughts?
Thoughts? They need to get off their azz and take care of it themselves. Here are 2 more that I know the people and they started a GoFundMe

1) hi we,are the Turnip Family. Ronny has accepted a job for the 19th time in Midland, Tx. We are in need of money for the move and would like to have 25 Gs. Thank you
Btw.......Ronny cant hold a job as a LEO and his cluck of a wife Sherry got canned also from her prior jobs. She likes to cuddle.

2) hi my name is Jimmy. My daughter Anastasia will be playing summer soccer indoor league abd plans on making the Olympics in 3098. The out of town trips are very expensive. Nice hotels, beer, steaks etc. We are looking to raising 15,000 to help Ant in her life long dreams.
Btw........mom and dad make 180,00 per yr
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:37 AM   #9
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Thoughts? They need to get off their azz and take care of it themselves. Here are 2 more that I know the people and they started a GoFundMe

1) hi we,are the Turnip Family. Ronny has accepted a job for the 19th time in Midland, Tx. We are in need of money for the move and would like to have 25 Gs. Thank you
Btw.......Ronny cant hold a job as a LEO and his cluck of a wife Sherry got canned also from her prior jobs. She likes to cuddle.

2) hi my name is Jimmy. My daughter Anastasia will be playing summer soccer indoor league abd plans on making the Olympics in 3098. The out of town trips are very expensive. Nice hotels, beer, steaks etc. We are looking to raising 15,000 to help Ant in her life long dreams.
Btw........mom and dad make 180,00 per yr
These made me laugh....a lot
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:37 AM   #10
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First, let me say that I have no problem with GoFundMe when used appropriately. Crowdfunding is a great concept and I think it is great for those who need it.

That said, below are a few GoFundMe requests I have received in the last few months...

- For vet bills (dog tore something in its leg)
- For a down payment on a new home
- For a senior trip
- For an engagement ring
- For plane tickets to go see best friend

I have no problem chipping in for needs/wants for friends and family but the volume of people who are using this tool to ask others to fund their lifestyle is just startling.

Thoughts?


Was the Vet Bill go fund me account request from a gentleman by the name of Tim?
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:08 AM   #11
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I saw one guy asking for money to pay his probation after he killed 2 brothers driving drunk.
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Old 12-13-2017, 10:23 AM   #12
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I've been thinking of starting one to help my daughter pay her student loans... TIA for the support
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:27 AM   #13
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Those are the online equivalent of setting up in front of Walmart and having your kids beg for donations to fund their sports teams and whatnot. Maybe if the kids spent all day mowing grass or washing cars or something instead of panhandling, they'd get the money they need and learn a better life lesson on where it comes from.

It's easy to ignore those requests.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:31 AM   #14
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Those are the online equivalent of setting up in front of Walmart and having your kids beg for donations to fund their sports teams and whatnot. Maybe if the kids spent all day mowing grass or washing cars or something instead of panhandling, they'd get the money they need and learn a better life lesson on where it comes from.

It's easy to ignore those requests.
You are correct,sir.
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:32 AM   #15
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I saw on FB recently that a girl I went to HS with posted a GFM for her young daughter to get a new iphone. I saw that zero people donated, so that was cool.

Saw another where a lady posted one for her niece so that she could buy an SUV because the niece had so many kids and they could not all fit in her car.

Edit: The only time I ever donated to a crowd fund was when a very good friend suddenly was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. We did benefit golf tournaments, auctions, all kinds of stuff. He didn't make it, and left behind a wife and 3 young kids.

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Old 12-13-2017, 11:35 AM   #16
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First, let me say that I have no problem with GoFundMe when used appropriately. Crowdfunding is a great concept and I think it is great for those who need it.

That said, below are a few GoFundMe requests I have received in the last few months...

- For vet bills (dog tore something in its leg)
- For a down payment on a new home
- For a senior trip
- For an engagement ring
- For plane tickets to go see best friend

I have no problem chipping in for needs/wants for friends and family but the volume of people who are using this tool to ask others to fund their lifestyle is just startling.

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idiots IMO
get out and work!!
yes there are people that need help and I will be the first to help but the ones you listed I am not helping!!!
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Old 12-13-2017, 11:37 AM   #17
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how about for a trophy hunt?
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:03 PM   #18
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Going to start one for a new bay boat. Anyone who donates get a fishing trip, but they have to buy the fuel and beer.

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Old 12-13-2017, 12:07 PM   #19
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I only donate to ones that someone I know can vouch for the authenticity.


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Old 12-13-2017, 12:10 PM   #20
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How about directing them to a "GoJobMe" site.
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Old 12-13-2017, 12:30 PM   #21
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Those are the online equivalent of setting up in front of Walmart and having your kids beg for donations to fund their sports teams and whatnot. Maybe if the kids spent all day mowing grass or washing cars or something instead of panhandling, they'd get the money they need and learn a better life lesson on where it comes from.

It's easy to ignore those requests.
Exactly! We used to have to wash cars and such just to raise enough money to play all stars in our area. These kids will have signs like "help us go to Florida". Its just insane!
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:05 PM   #22
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pure idiots.....some people have no class or shame!!!!

Heck no to all those
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:07 PM   #23
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I wish i could shake the hand of every person who saw that GFM account and refused to send that dipwad a penny
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:18 PM   #24
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just online panhandling is all it is.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:36 PM   #25
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So you are saying I shouldn't start a go fund me page for my aunts dog with a torn ACL? I'd like to do it just to see how many stupid people donate.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:36 PM   #26
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Do you tithe 10% to a or your church?
I'm not trying be "Preacher Man". OK?
If you really want to fund someone or something and "help" people?
I'm just sayin'.
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PS: I haven't been to church a handful of times in the last 13 years since our kids left the nest. We still tithe 10% of our gross and I'm good with that. My wife still goes to church on a semi-regular basis mainly Sunday school. I'm positive God has blessed us 10 fold for doing so and we are helping people that need help.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:40 PM   #27
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how about for a trophy hunt?
That's just plain greedy.

My gofundme is only for a management buck hunt
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:44 PM   #28
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The GoFundMe concept is definitely being abused. Some of the ones I see make me want to throw up..
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:47 PM   #29
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I'd be okay with someone asking for cash donations to go towards their wedding in place of gifts.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:50 PM   #30
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how about for a trophy hunt?
Iíve seen it. There was one a couple years ago on Facebook wanting to go on a trophy elk hunt. It floated around for months and only made about $500 or so. I canít remener what the sob story was.
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Old 12-13-2017, 01:59 PM   #31
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Do you have to know the people somehow to see these? Or are they sent out to everybody?
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Old 12-13-2017, 02:03 PM   #32
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This one gets me every time!
Get off FB or change friends non issue.
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Old 12-13-2017, 03:39 PM   #33
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Consider today's culture of entitlement---none of this surprises me a bit.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:00 PM   #34
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This one gets me every time!
Get off FB or change friends non issue.
To clarify, I’m not on FB and I received these requests as an unwilling participant of a mass email blast.
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Old 12-13-2017, 06:47 PM   #35
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It's even lazier than actually getting out and panhandling .
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:31 PM   #36
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I have no problem giving to those in NEED.
I have no desire to give to those in WANT.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:34 PM   #37
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The best one I saw was the guys family trying to collect money for the pos that broke in our house and robbed us so he could pay for a new trail. I didn't donate if your wondering because I had already donated about $12,000 of my stuff I actually worked for.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:39 PM   #38
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To clarify, Iím not on FB and I received these requests as an unwilling participant of a mass email blast.
Man you misread that from me. I was trying to be funny thatís why I posted the scene from The Jerk. They can all kiss my *** unless I know itís legit.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:42 PM   #39
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Worthless people, no honor. No pride.
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:47 PM   #40
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Do you tithe 10% to a or your church?
I'm not trying be "Preacher Man". OK?
If you really want to fund someone or something and "help" people?
I'm just sayin'.
God bless!
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PS: I haven't been to church a handful of times in the last 13 years since our kids left the nest. We still tithe 10% of our gross and I'm good with that. My wife still goes to church on a semi-regular basis mainly Sunday school. I'm positive God has blessed us 10 fold for doing so and we are helping people that need help.
What does tithing 10% and helping a need vs giving to fund someone's vacation?
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:55 PM   #41
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:22 PM   #42
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Man you misread that from me. I was trying to be funny thatís why I posted the scene from The Jerk. They can all kiss my *** unless I know itís legit.
I gotcha man. Thanks for clarifying.

I donít hate you anymore!
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:25 PM   #43
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What was the question?
Iím sorry, I thought the question mark gave it away.

What are your thoughts on the misuse/overuse of GoFundMe campaigns?
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Old 12-13-2017, 08:33 PM   #44
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Worst one I saw was from a mom at the kid's elementary school. Since she took up running, her "dream" was to run a marathon in Europe. She needed help to fund her run in a marathon in Paris. They live in a half-million dollar house. What bothers me most is how crass some of these are. People solidly upper-middle-class by income level need help with luxuries. Get real.....

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Old 12-13-2017, 08:48 PM   #45
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I have no problem with "go fund me's", however I do have a certain criteria for them.

1. They can't be started by the person receiving the $. If you're not enough of a friend to have one support you, you're not worth it.

2. You have to have done your due diligence to avoid the situation you were put in. Riding your motorcycle at 100 mph with no helmet or health/life insurance doesn't qualify. Your 4 year old daughter being diagnosed with leukemia does.

3. No pets. Sorry, but if you can't change your spending habits to fund the medicine or surgery, your dog can go to the great rainbow in the sky. I speak from a place where I'm not going to spend $5,000 for a knee replacement for my 11 year old lab. The time that the $30/month medicine keeps working is the time he has left. I'm not going to ask strangers to fund his continual suffering.

FWIW, I have contributed to several "Go fund me's" for people that met the above criteria, things like $5,000 to remove a kind and generous man's brain tumor in Peru, who is very good friends with a guy I know well.

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I'd be okay with someone asking for cash donations to go towards their wedding in place of gifts.
Had some people I know ask for that for their honeymoon. I'm totally ok with that, as I've found trips/experiences to be better gifts than more junk that gets stacked up, or thrown out. Asking strangers for it is a different story though.

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Old 12-13-2017, 08:53 PM   #47
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I just found out a guy I helped after Harvey had a $8K Gofundme account. Things I miss by not being on FB. A friend and I worked 2 days at his house without his help. Busted our butts drilling up hardwood floors. $500K+ house, kept his nanny and just paid $2K to have Christmas lights installed. Some people.
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What does tithing 10% and helping a need vs giving to fund someone's vacation?
I believe the theory was that if the people posting the GFM's would tithe 10% to their local church, God would meet their needs (not wants) and they wouldn't need GFM in the first place. If that is correct, I agree, and have many stories to prove it.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:05 PM   #49
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Young lady lost her front tooth in a horrific animal attack.

https://www.gofundme.com/6n35eg

PLEASE READ.* I recently lost my job due to the company cutting back and unfortunately our rescue dog (a Olde English Bulldogge) accidentally head bunted me yesterday and I lost my front tooth because of it. *My mother barely makes it herself so unfortunately she can't help me. I have no way of getting the money to get it fix and I just want to smile again. Please please..anything helps. *I'm a hard working tennis instructor who has always helped others and never thought I would have no where to turn for help myself. A smile can help change my life not only emotionally but for health reasons.* I'm worried because my gums are swelling and now I talk looking down and trying to hide my smile from* others.* I'm ashamed and have no where to turn for help.*

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Old 12-13-2017, 09:10 PM   #50
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This guy will die if he does not get a treadmill

https://www.gofundme.com/coldrun


My dear friends and family, I am cold and weary. I need a treadmill. My son needs me to have a treadmill. My girlfriend needs me to have a treadmill. My employer needs me to have a treadmill. Without a treadmill, I will die. (Or be overwhelmed by the logistics of trying to run in the middle of winter.)

I am asking you to help me out. If you can afford it and would love for me to be the safest, healthiest, happiest, sanest version of myself, please contribute to my treadmill fund.*
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