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(WTAE)   Shoeshine man saves his tips for Children's Hospital Free Care Fund. For over 32 years. Totaling over $200,000. Man that shine really shows off the dust on my shoes   (wtae.com) divider line 55
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2013-02-21 11:34:15 AM
 
2013-02-21 11:37:24 AM
Dollar dollars...
 
2013-02-21 11:37:31 AM

blatz514: Was it spit shine Tommy?

NSFW language


I wish it was

/"here's some change" as he drops off a suitcase full of money
 
2013-02-21 11:40:26 AM
I think the guy with the dog in the shelter wants his cut.
 
2013-02-21 11:40:55 AM

Benjamin Orr: Dollar dollars...


Exactly what I came here to say...
Troll Subby is successful...
 
2013-02-21 11:41:28 AM
$200,000 or two hundred thousand dollars.

Not both.
 
Skr
2013-02-21 11:46:03 AM
Hmm my first thought is he should have saved the money and invested it over those 32 years and donated a larger amount all said and done. I guess he directly invested in the children instead. Awesome guy.
 
2013-02-21 11:46:31 AM
Typical mortality rates for children that take advantage of the Free Care Fund (FCF) are upwards of 65%.  That means the majority of the children who received his money for treatment didn't survive more than a year after admittance.  From my perspective, that's a lousy investment.  He would've been better off socking the money into an aggressive growth fund at first and then slowly transitioning it to safer investments as time passed.  That $200K could have been $2 million, easy.

It just backs up my argument - don't tip service industry people.  They do not know what to do with the money and will most likely sink it in poor investments such as dying kids.  If you really want to help, then do not tip them!  Take that money over the years and give it to a fund manager like me.  Then, when you're fat, rich, and incredibly happy, you can take the original nest egg and do what you like with it - while keeping the profits for yourself.

If I was one of those dead kids, I'd say, "Thanks a lot shoe shine man.  Thanks a lot for nothing.  Now go get a clean rag and wipe this dirt off my face.  I'm farking starving!"
 
2013-02-21 11:51:21 AM
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www.wtae.com
 
2013-02-21 11:59:48 AM
I wonder if this guy has been / will be receiving public assistance?

Because making a doctor's BMW payments is something that can be subsidized through a middle man too. Giving away your retirement savings to a high-cost / low benefit industry doesn't make that much sense.

/yeah, I know I am being douchie
 
2013-02-21 12:00:29 PM
Hey, Tommy, if I was gonna break your balls, I'd tell you to go home and get your shine box ...
 
2013-02-21 12:08:56 PM
He made a lump sum donation. Just in time to cover his tax debt for not claiming any income for the last 40 years.
 
2013-02-21 12:09:32 PM

spentmiles: Typical mortality rates for children that take advantage of the Free Care Fund (FCF) are upwards of 65%.  That means the majority of the children who received his money for treatment didn't survive more than a year after admittance.  From my perspective, that's a lousy investment.  He would've been better off socking the money into an aggressive growth fund at first and then slowly transitioning it to safer investments as time passed.  That $200K could have been $2 million, easy.

It just backs up my argument - don't tip service industry people.  They do not know what to do with the money and will most likely sink it in poor investments such as dying kids.  If you really want to help, then do not tip them!  Take that money over the years and give it to a fund manager like me.  Then, when you're fat, rich, and incredibly happy, you can take the original nest egg and do what you like with it - while keeping the profits for yourself.

If I was one of those dead kids, I'd say, "Thanks a lot shoe shine man.  Thanks a lot for nothing.  Now go get a clean rag and wipe this dirt off my face.  I'm farking starving!"


8/10. You came on a little strong. Perhaps something along the lines of leveraging it into a fund that could help low income children in survivable situations, or going to medical school himself.
 
2013-02-21 12:12:14 PM
www.jrj-socrates.com
Thank you, Shoeshine Boy.   You're humble and loveable.
 
2013-02-21 12:22:54 PM
He worked for 30 years to build that up and it will be spent on the same doctors in a few weeks.
 
2013-02-21 12:23:33 PM
Kudos Shoeshine Man.
 
2013-02-21 12:24:23 PM
Now go get your farking shine box!
 
2013-02-21 12:25:21 PM
Typical mortality rates for children that take advantage of the Free Care Fund (FCF) are upwards of 65%.  That means the majority of the children who received his money for treatment didn't survive more than a year after admittance.  From my perspective, that's a lousy investment.  He would've been better off socking the money into an aggressive growth fund at first and then slowly transitioning it to safer investments as time passed.  That $200K could have been $2 million, easy.

It just backs up my argument - don't tip service industry people.  They do not know what to do with the money and will most likely sink it in poor investments such as dying kids.  If you really want to help, then do not tip them!  Take that money over the years and give it to a fund manager like me.  Then, when you're fat, rich, and incredibly happy, you can take the original nest egg and do what you like with it - while keeping the profits for yourself.

If I was one of those dead kids, I'd say, "Thanks a lot shoe shine man.  Thanks a lot for nothing.  Now go get a clean rag and wipe this dirt off my face.  I'm farking starving!"

8/10. You came on a little strong. Perhaps something along the lines of leveraging it into a fund that could help low income children in survivable situations, or going to medical school himself.


Please. You're not qualified to grade.
 
2013-02-21 12:32:33 PM

madgonad: I wonder if this guy has been / will be receiving public assistance?

Because making a doctor's BMW payments is something that can be subsidized through a middle man too. Giving away your retirement savings to a high-cost / low benefit industry doesn't make that much sense.

/yeah, I know I am being douchie


Pretty much. Not the nice springtime fresh kind, either. Did *everyone* get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?
 
2013-02-21 12:42:01 PM
I hope the IRS is not reading that article. They will want to give him a talking to.
 
2013-02-21 12:43:58 PM
MisterTweak:   Pretty much. Not the nice springtime fresh kind, either. Did *everyone* get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

That's Fark,  charity is giving away other people's money.
 
2013-02-21 12:44:12 PM

Bruce the Deuce: $200,000 or two hundred thousand dollars.

Not both.


2 hundred 1000 dollars?
 
2013-02-21 12:47:20 PM

dkimball: He worked for 30 years to build that up and it will be spent on the same doctors in a few weeks.


Few weeks?  $200k is dinky-town.  I bet it was spent (ie. wasted) within hours and did nothing whatsoever for kids in need.
 
2013-02-21 12:47:46 PM

StrangeQ: Bruce the Deuce: $200,000 or two hundred thousand dollars.

Not both.

2 hundred 1000 dollars?


No no, it's "two hundred dollars thousand dollars."
 
2013-02-21 01:00:44 PM

MisterTweak: Did *everyone* get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?


Not me.
/Successful troll subby
 
2013-02-21 01:01:24 PM

reductive: StrangeQ: Bruce the Deuce: $200,000 or two hundred thousand dollars.

Not both.

2 hundred 1000 dollars?

No no, it's "two hundred dollars thousand dollars."


Two Hundred Thousand McDoubles?
 
2013-02-21 01:05:12 PM
100,000 $2 bills
 
2013-02-21 01:20:41 PM
Cmon guys lighten up. He did a good deed. The docs would be driving BMW's even if he didnt give the money.
 
2013-02-21 01:27:52 PM
Oh for fark's sake, America. You have the largest economy in the world, you spend more on your military than the next ten biggest spenders put together ... and you're happy to let children from poor families die unless the shoeshine guy outside the hospital donates his tips to save them?

Do you have any idea how bizarre this sounds to every. other. farking. industrialised. country. in. the. entire. farking. world?
 
2013-02-21 01:28:11 PM

fappomatic: He made a lump sum donation. Just in time to cover his tax debt for not claiming any income for the last 40 years.


Charitable donations are limited to 50% of your adjusted gross income. Cunning plan and all that.
 
2013-02-21 01:32:11 PM
A real American hero would use this information find a way to exploit the good works of philanthropist shoe shiners around the world.

/It's called unenlightened selfish interest or something by that nasty foot-faced broad... Atlas 4ever!
 
2013-02-21 01:33:41 PM

Red Shirt Blues: fappomatic: He made a lump sum donation. Just in time to cover his tax debt for not claiming any income for the last 40 years.

Charitable donations are limited to 50% of your adjusted gross income. Cunning plan and all that.


You get free advice shining a lawyer's shoes.
 
2013-02-21 01:33:51 PM

orbister: Oh for fark's sake, America. You have the largest economy in the world, you spend more on your military than the next ten biggest spenders put together ... and you're happy to let children from poor families die unless the shoeshine guy outside the hospital donates his tips to save them?


"Happy" is such strong word.

I'd say "content".
 
2013-02-21 01:34:07 PM
He only made $20 in tips a day?
 
2013-02-21 01:34:26 PM

spentmiles: They do not know what to do with the money and will most likely sink it in poor investments such as dying kids.


Someone think of the shifty offshore bankers' kids!
 
2013-02-21 01:39:38 PM
Holy crap - this guy has his own website, writes books, and basically screams "LOOK HOW GOOD OF A PERSON I AM" at every opportunity he gets.

Ok I am being overly harsh and cynical, but I haven't had my 2nd cup of coffee yet, and the "tooting my own horn" crap always bugs me. Plus the article says $200,000 and his own website says $100,000. Tomorrow it will be $500,000 plus three kidneys.

/toot toot
//coffee time
 
2013-02-21 01:41:04 PM

orbister: Oh for fark's sake, America. You have the largest economy in the world,


1% of the country enjoys have THAT economy, the rest of us are just their ass-monkeys. Their demented worshipers (the monkeys that enjoy ass-rape) are ready to rip our economy apart so that 1% does not have to pay a few more bucks in taxes. The thought of poor kids dying in pain probably gets them off.
 
2013-02-21 01:43:43 PM
$200 thousand dollars.
 
2013-02-21 01:48:43 PM
www.luxuryloft.com
 
2013-02-21 01:58:55 PM
A dollar that he received as a tip in 1981 is now worth only about $0.37, due to inflation.

He would have done more good by donating the money as fast as he received it, instead of hoarding it for three decades... but then nobody would have written a news story about how selfless he is, would they?

/"Charity is when you do something for people while other people are watching!"
 
2013-02-21 02:02:35 PM
$200 thousand dollars

Srsly?
 
2013-02-21 02:04:06 PM
That's real nice and all, but after factoring the effects of inflation over those 32 years the buying power of that money would have been much more powerful if he donated it as soon as he earned it.
 
2013-02-21 02:22:27 PM
That should be enough to keep one of those kids alive for another 17 and a half hours.
 
2013-02-21 02:24:28 PM

Stoj: Holy crap - this guy has his own website, writes books, and basically screams "LOOK HOW GOOD OF A PERSON I AM" at every opportunity he gets.

Ok I am being overly harsh and cynical, but I haven't had my 2nd cup of coffee yet, and the "tooting my own horn" crap always bugs me. Plus the article says $200,000 and his own website says $100,000. Tomorrow it will be $500,000 plus three kidneys.

/toot toot
//coffee time


Damn, even the first page of his book is all about him.  That is a bit of a turn-off; like a great bj with uneven teeth.  Reminds me of the motivational speaker/realtor who went around to schools teaching kids to document their acts of kindness in exchange for rewards.

"Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame."  Samuel Coleridge.
 
2013-02-21 03:15:09 PM

Jument: $200 thousand dollars

Srsly?


Would someone please address the redundancy of the headline already?
 
2013-02-21 03:17:36 PM
Pretty amazing if it's true.
 
2013-02-21 04:00:11 PM

xooxox: Now go get your farking shine box!


Muddafarkin' mutt! You you piece of farkin' shiat!
/Keep him here!
 
2013-02-21 04:30:27 PM
 So all that work and time will cover about..30 seconds of care in Intensive care for one kid..

Our system is broken...
 
2013-02-21 06:26:38 PM

xooxox: farking shine box


You motherfarking mutt.   You, you farking piece of shiat
 
2013-02-21 07:57:38 PM

orbister: Oh for fark's sake, America. You have the largest economy in the world, you spend more on your military than the next ten biggest spenders put together ... and you're happy to let children from poor families die unless the shoeshine guy outside the hospital donates his tips to save them?

Do you have any idea how bizarre this sounds to every. other. farking. industrialised. country. in. the. entire. farking. world?


I do.
 
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