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(KCCI)   Man has wrapped gold coins in $1 bills and dropped it in charity buckets for past six years   ( divider line
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13075 clicks; posted to Main » on 05 Dec 2002 at 6:09 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-12-05 06:12:12 AM  
We need more people like this.


p.s. Worst toast.
2002-12-05 06:13:29 AM  
It takes a really generous person to be able to give so much without wanting any recognition.

2002-12-05 06:15:29 AM  
I'm going to stop talking to myself now.

2002-12-05 06:19:46 AM  
Some dude has been doing that for years in St. Louis.
If it occurs The Salvation Army might list it.
2002-12-05 06:30:51 AM  
i know im being like i dunno stupid but maybe its a way to dump evidence

2002-12-05 06:31:06 AM  

Feel free.

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2002-12-05 06:52:55 AM  
This reminds me...I gotta go buy some red pails...
2002-12-05 06:53:18 AM  
If it occurs The Salvation Army might list it.

they enlist in drafts now? GET IT???//
IS TEH FUNNAY!!11oneone
2002-12-05 07:15:47 AM  
Nice to know there are still some humans left on this planet...
2002-12-05 07:27:30 AM  
Time was when I would read stuff on Fark and then see it the next day in the local paper. Now it's happening the other way around. I know the local paper isn't getting any better, so is Fark getting worse?
2002-12-05 07:32:52 AM  
Gives you hope for the human race.........
2002-12-05 07:40:09 AM  
they're all stolen......
2002-12-05 07:42:13 AM  
it was me but its chocolate inside
2002-12-05 07:52:23 AM  
Charity - the tax you CHOOSE to pay!
2002-12-05 08:15:23 AM  
Damn, JOHNDX beat me to it.
2002-12-05 08:21:44 AM  
I don't mind dropping some cash in the Salvation Army pail, but those damn bells drive me farking nuts!
2002-12-05 08:35:49 AM  
Interesting. I do the same thing. Well kinda... I drop in a handful of washers so they think I am giving them a boatload of quarters. Then they give me a couple of tootsie rolls and I'm on my way!

2002-12-05 08:51:49 AM  
why does it have to be a man?
2002-12-05 08:58:22 AM  
Perhaps they are making this up in the hopes of inspiring giving by others?
2002-12-05 09:06:36 AM  
I stopped giving to The Salvation Army after I found out the charge people to sleep in beds at there homeless shelters( I know this becuase i was homeless for a while and at the check in station they had it posted :( also they wouldn't let you bring anything in the shelter with you as well) end of my rant
2002-12-05 09:09:03 AM  
On the lighter side the guy in Chicago that drops the gold coins is a russian vampyre :) I worked on his hearse(if you look up the news reports on the Chicago ones it states they are old russian coins)
2002-12-05 09:19:40 AM  
good use of the hero tag at least.
2002-12-05 09:19:54 AM  
Good for him/her/it...Seriously, without the sarcasm. I wish I could afford to do better things for people.
I read that John Candy used to do something like this. When the "Christmas Toy Drive" came up short in Toronto, they'd get a cheque from John C, to always make up the differnce....
The world would be a better place if we all gave a little bit more, and expected a little bit less.
2002-12-05 09:30:39 AM  
Wow two Quad City stories in the same day. I feel so special.
2002-12-05 10:00:01 AM  
Maui Haui: You get tootsie rolls!?

RandyJohnson: I'm from the QC, too! I could just cry.
2002-12-05 10:07:47 AM  
JohnDX: What, no pelicans?

Has anyone checked to see if the gold coins aren't in fact wrapped around chocolate?
2002-12-05 11:36:39 AM  
Here's a pic of the gold coin that's wrapped inside a dollar bill

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Thanks for the $2.00!
2002-12-05 12:31:53 PM  
Charity bucket jockeys have been finding & pocketing gold coins wrapped in dollar bills for the past six years.
2002-12-05 12:48:29 PM  
Headline on fark article reads: Man has wrapped gold coins in $1 bills and dropped it in charity buckets for past six years. Yet, in the story it says an anonymous person. Why automatically assume it's a man?
2002-12-05 12:55:55 PM  
Why automatically be open minded enough to assume it's a woman? and who said it was a white man??
2002-12-05 01:01:35 PM  
Of course it can't be a woman, after all the person is doing the donating at a retail store.....We all know women can't leave retail locations with cash (the bell ringers are OUTSIDE) closed!
2002-12-05 01:11:43 PM  
I heard that Philip Smith, principle trumpet for the New York Philharmonic, gets all bundled up every winter and plays on the sidewalk with a Salvation Army brass quintet with a charity bucket in front.

Not quite the same thing, but still.
2002-12-05 01:14:29 PM  
well of course it was a man, men do everything that's worth mentioning.
2002-12-05 01:35:53 PM  
Charity rocks! It's a shame more people don't act on it throughout the year instead of just around the holidays. That being said, I have the habit of going to the "angel trees" in malls (you know the ones where kids who otherwise won't have a Christmas write down what they want) two days before the time is up and snatch all the names that are left and buy presents for all the kids that no one picks. It isn't much, but it's something.
2002-12-05 04:01:22 PM  
You know, I've heard a story about anonymous people donating gold coins in Salvation Army buckets EVERY YEAR in EVERY CITY I'VE EVER BEEN IN. This is just a little suspicious to me. The whole thing has such a romantic cheesiness about it that it sets off my BS sensors. It's not a bunch of anonymous strangers dropping in $50s or $100s, but a lone, unknown hero depositing GOLD COINS not just once, but EVERY YEAR! When you hear this story, don't you feel a compulsion to go anonymously donate $20, or $50, yourself? How many people act on this compulsion? How many extra dollars does this fable bring in for the Salvation Army every year?
2002-12-05 05:15:50 PM  
Screw Bill Gates "giving" $100 million to India as a pompous advertisement for Microsoft and to make them feel like they owe him something. THIS is true charity: someone being selflessly generous and not wanting any recognition for it.

Applause for the anonymous donor, whoever it is.
2002-12-05 05:34:25 PM  
In Iowa they call this guy "The Phantom."
So IOWA is where somebody actually reads the Phantom newspaper cartoon. Mystery solved.

BTW, I looked for similiar stories, and yes, anonymous gold coins seem to be sprouting up in many places. Could this be a tradition rather than a fraud? Some of the articles mentioned auctions where specific donated coins were sold. Were those staged?
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2002-12-05 10:12:00 PM  
Good to know there are some people with heart out there. F.Y.I. the gold coin tradition is a fairly old one with the Salvation Army. This happens at cities all around the country. It's not made up, it's something that started a number of years ago and has grown. Also, the post about the Army charging people to stay in their homeless shelters is an urban legend. It's simply not true. I work for the Salvation Army, so I know of what I speak! :)
2002-12-05 10:14:51 PM  
There are plenty of people who make big donations to the red kettles. We regularly get checks for $500 or $1,000. You'd be surprised how common that is, part of the reason is that the Army is generally considered to be one of the best charities to donate to. The Wall Street Journal, Worth Magazine and others listed the Army as the best, or one of the best, charities in the world.
2002-12-12 11:08:13 AM  
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