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(Huffington Post)   Robynn Fried was two weeks away from being homeless when she heard a knock at the door, that's when a 14-year-old boy selling newspapers helped turn her life around   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 52
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2013-04-05 07:52:06 PM
Awesome.

I'd like to think my son would do the same, but he seems to be all about GIMME GIMME GIMME.

:(

I don't know what else to try.
 
2013-04-05 08:01:31 PM
He gave her two dollars?
 
2013-04-05 08:29:39 PM
photos1.blogger.com

/eh, close enough
 
2013-04-05 08:30:58 PM
Mio
Smao
Mio
Smao!
LA LA LALALA
 
2013-04-05 08:31:20 PM
She could have taught that "homeless" junkie journalist a thing or two.
 
2013-04-05 08:33:53 PM
She sold Grit and made from $1 to $6 a week!

/dnrtfa
/get off my lawn
 
2013-04-05 08:33:56 PM
Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.
 
2013-04-05 08:37:12 PM

xanadian: Awesome.

I'd like to think my son would do the same, but he seems to be all about GIMME GIMME GIMME.

:(

I don't know what else to try.



Make him earn it? Don't buy him things? Don't ever give in to him? And pay him exactly what the job is worth if he wants to earn it around the house. I've seen too many parents give kids $50 to mow the lawn and crap like that. I remember as a kid we had to earn our allowance by doing all the jobs on our respective lists. If the list wasn't 100% complete by church on Sunday we got no allowance that week. My mom was hard on us in the respect, but at least today I understand the value of saving and I appreciate the things that I'm able to buy.
 
2013-04-05 08:38:15 PM

Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.


No such thing to a 14 yo kid.
 
2013-04-05 08:39:47 PM
I don't understand, it says he was selling subscriptions in an effort to win a trip.  Was it actually his money or just money he collected selling subs?  Because if its the latter, isn't that a crime since it wasn't really his money?
 
2013-04-05 08:41:44 PM
Good headline subs! Ya fooled me.

I thought I was going to be reading a story about her having sex with the youngster and how she would no longer need to be worried about having a place to stay as she was going to be staying in the slammer.
 
2013-04-05 08:41:53 PM

Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.


Pay him back for what? He offered her the money, but she didn't take it. I know that's not very clear in the written article, but it's pretty clear from the video and Ms. Fried's own comments. She got hope out of the deal, and she wants to buy him dinner now that she has a job. What more do you want?
 
2013-04-05 08:44:08 PM

xanadian: Awesome.

I'd like to think my son would do the same, but he seems to be all about GIMME GIMME GIMME.

:(

I don't know what else to try.


Whew. Article threatened my usual Fark cynicism, but this brings it all back.
 
2013-04-05 08:44:21 PM

Canton: Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.

Pay him back for what? He offered her the money, but she didn't take it. I know that's not very clear in the written article, but it's pretty clear from the video and Ms. Fried's own comments. She got hope out of the deal, and she wants to buy him dinner now that she has a job. What more do you want?


Videos are hard!
 
2013-04-05 08:44:35 PM
Lousy entitled generation...
 
2013-04-05 08:47:43 PM

SN1987a goes boom: I don't understand, it says he was selling subscriptions in an effort to win a trip.  Was it actually his money or just money he collected selling subs?  Because if its the latter, isn't that a crime since it wasn't really his money?


By the way, where's my magazine, you thieving little shiat
 
2013-04-05 08:48:38 PM

Canton: Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.

Pay him back for what? He offered her the money, but she didn't take it. I know that's not very clear in the written article, but it's pretty clear from the video and Ms. Fried's own comments. She got hope out of the deal, and she wants to buy him dinner now that she has a job. What more do you want?


Thanks, I didn't watch the video. Not only is it not clear from the article, it states pretty clearly that she did take the money:

In a twist of events, the California teen ended up donating all of his money to a complete stranger when he knocked on Robynn Fried's front door.

Fried, a Lodi resident, told CBS News in Sacramento that she was unemployed at the time and two weeks away from being homeless when Smao approached her for a donation. When she explained that she could not afford to, the teen did not hesitate to hand over his envelope full of cash.


Lousy writers. Bah!
 
2013-04-05 08:49:50 PM

unicron702: Canton: Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.

Pay him back for what? He offered her the money, but she didn't take it. I know that's not very clear in the written article, but it's pretty clear from the video and Ms. Fried's own comments. She got hope out of the deal, and she wants to buy him dinner now that she has a job. What more do you want?

Videos are hard!


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-05 08:54:42 PM
At least show him a big flabby boob lady.
 
2013-04-05 08:56:00 PM
www.comicbook.com
 
2013-04-05 09:00:58 PM

xanadian: Awesome.

I'd like to think my son would do the same, but he seems to be all about GIMME GIMME GIMME.

:(

I don't know what else to try.


ccinsider.comedycentral.com

Have you tried hitting him?
 
2013-04-05 09:04:13 PM

Canton: Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.

Pay him back for what? He offered her the money, but she didn't take it. I know that's not very clear in the written article, but it's pretty clear from the video and Ms. Fried's own comments. She got hope out of the deal, and she wants to buy him dinner now that she has a job. What more do you want?


It would have clearly been creepy if she had accepted it.  Wondering why that wasn't t mentioned in the article.
 
2013-04-05 09:04:46 PM
Did he clue her in to a new fishing technique ?
 
2013-04-05 09:25:03 PM

skantea: Canton: Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.

Pay him back for what? He offered her the money, but she didn't take it. I know that's not very clear in the written article, but it's pretty clear from the video and Ms. Fried's own comments. She got hope out of the deal, and she wants to buy him dinner now that she has a job. What more do you want?

It would have clearly been creepy if she had accepted it.  Wondering why that wasn't t mentioned in the article.


Definitely. And I think Atomic Spunk has it right. Lousy writers. I'm glad she's weighing in on the comments there. Seems like a good, honest woman.
 
2013-04-05 09:28:05 PM
There are wonderful young people all over America that give of themselves every day. More things you'll almost never see on broadcast TV news and I don't know why. Other countries make sure viewers receive some happy content every day instead of trying to turn people into paranoid scared wrecks.
 
2013-04-05 09:28:13 PM
I saw the name and thought "that's the same name as a girl I've seen post on my highschool friends' FB posts", looked at the article, and what do you know it WAS her! And a good story from my hometown :)
 
2013-04-05 09:28:35 PM
"Always, if you have a choice, be kind. Remember the poor, the hungry, and the miserable. Always remember the suffering, and those who need. The greatest creative power you have on Earth, whether you are an angel, a spirit, or a man or a woman or a child is to help others... the poor, the hungry, the oppressed. To ease pain and give joy are your finest powers. Kindness is a human miracle, so to speak. It's unique to us humans, and our more developed angels or spirits, to be kind."

One of three instructions given by a sorcerer to a demon he raised that wanted to become human.  From "Servant of the Bones" by Ann Rice.
 
2013-04-05 09:32:56 PM
'if only this kid ran your school lunch and healthcare dept'. amahrong? Hope he fries for this.

/up yours, kid. You commie little gobshyte.
//he did the hipxster version of crowsourcing his skiing trip.
///why not rebrand socialist medicine as being crowdsourced?
 
2013-04-05 09:35:12 PM

BarkingUnicorn: "Always, if you have a choice, be kind. Remember the poor, the hungry, and the miserable. Always remember the suffering, and those who need. The greatest creative power you have on Earth, whether you are an angel, a spirit, or a man or a woman or a child is to help others... the poor, the hungry, the oppressed. To ease pain and give joy are your finest powers. Kindness is a human miracle, so to speak. It's unique to us humans, and our more developed angels or spirits, to be kind."

One of three instructions given by a sorcerer to a demon he raised that wanted to become human.  From "Servant of the Bones" by Ann Rice.


I always wondered who wrote the king james version.
 
2013-04-05 09:37:57 PM

kronicfeld: He gave her two dollars?


i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-05 09:54:15 PM
I think I already saw this movie. It also had the pizza guy in a bit later right?
 
2013-04-05 09:57:08 PM
I think the act of kindness needs to be appreciated independently from the dollar amount of help rendered.  In my minimal understanding of karma, I think you lose karma points if you even think about things in terms of karma points.  And now I've just lost karma points just for saying that.  Damn; there I go again.
 
2013-04-05 10:12:26 PM

Jimmysolson: Good headline subs! Ya fooled me.

I thought I was going to be reading a story about her having sex with the youngster and how she would no longer need to be worried about having a place to stay as she was going to be staying in the slammer.


That's for next week.
 
2013-04-05 10:17:47 PM

Dijon Ketchup: I saw the name and thought "that's the same name as a girl I've seen post on my highschool friends' FB posts", looked at the article, and what do you know it WAS her! And a good story from my hometown :)


So you're not stuck in Lodi again?
 
2013-04-05 10:36:09 PM

revrendjim: Dijon Ketchup: I saw the name and thought "that's the same name as a girl I've seen post on my highschool friends' FB posts", looked at the article, and what do you know it WAS her! And a good story from my hometown :)

So you're not stuck in Lodi again?


Oh Lord ...    NOPE

I love visiting - the wine industry has exploded in the last 20 years so there's great wines & wineries, and good food to be found these days.  It was a nice place to grow up, but I'll never live there again.
 
2013-04-05 10:44:07 PM

KrispyKritter: There are wonderful young people all over America that give of themselves every day. More things you'll almost never see on broadcast TV news and I don't know why. Other countries make sure viewers receive some happy content every day instead of trying to turn people into paranoid scared wrecks.


It's the simple truth again, I'm afraid. Paranoia sells. And divisiveness. Even though my family wasn't particularly sociable, when and where I was growing up, there was more er, encouragement? to maintain contact with neighbors, friends, family, etc. That's Step 1: If you know "them", it's kind of hard to think "they" are coming to get your ass. Step 2: If you phone up your friend/uncle/cousin/guy in Denver you met on a bender 5 years ago and he says "Dude. That's complete BS. Don't buy that crap." that's another preventative stopping you from going bugnuts and watching Fox News in your bunker. Step 3: Fox News. Not specifically, but you know what I mean. If you make people think the world's going to hell faster every day (it's not), then they're going to want to buy things to prevent it, avoid it, ignore it, etc. Even if it's Aunt Millie's Downhome Bread, made with authentic cow shiat and chemicals (I really don't like that brand).

And even now down here my family is much smaller, we don't go out as often, and I do have to occasionally go "Jesus, it can't be THAT bad". I gotta get out more, see more people. :)
 
2013-04-05 11:24:35 PM
Darn kids today with all that goodness.

/s
 
2013-04-05 11:32:25 PM
It's a rare 14y/o that knows something about money laundering.
 
2013-04-06 12:17:51 AM
Kids and really, people in general, given a fair chance, are a pretty damn decent lot.
It's just that everyday kindness's don't make the evening news and the really horrific stays with us.
This article highlights a couple of positives and they were really pretty great but it's the small and private efforts at kindness that keep the world turning.

That's been my experience at least.  If your's hasn't been the same, I'm sorry for you.  That sucks.
 
2013-04-06 12:18:37 AM
That whole "selling seeds door-to-door" thing is a farked-up scam.
 
2013-04-06 12:19:10 AM

xanadian: he seems to be all about GIMME GIMME GIMME.


So what you're saying is he's exactly as selfish as virtually every other human being that ever lived.
 
2013-04-06 12:23:22 AM
Last month, 14-year-old Artem Smao was selling newspaper subscriptions to fundraise a trip to Tahoe, a popular West Coast ski destination.
...  Fried, a Lodi resident, told CBS News in Sacramento that she was unemployed at the time and two weeks away from being homeless. When she explained that she could not afford to, the teen did not hesitate to hand over his envelope full of cash.
...  Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.


img1.fark.net acehole.fateback.com  Robynn Fried arrested after giving delivery tip to 14-year-old boy.
 
2013-04-06 12:26:25 AM

blipponaut: If the list wasn't 100% complete by church on Sunday we got no allowance that week.


This behavior would be illegal if you were talking about an adult laborer. It's dangerous to teach children that their employers are allowed to withhold pay for arbitrary rule violations, both because they might be later exploited by an employer, and because it sets an example of how they might exploit their employees.

That being said, you need not be your children's employer in the first place; there are other ways to structure your interaction. But if that's the scenario you're constructing you should probably follow the same rules the rest of society applies.
 
2013-04-06 12:32:40 AM

Theaetetus: Last month, 14-year-old Artem Smao was selling newspaper subscriptions to fundraise a trip to Tahoe, a popular West Coast ski destination.
...  Fried, a Lodi resident, told CBS News in Sacramento that she was unemployed at the time and two weeks away from being homeless. When she explained that she could not afford to, the teen did not hesitate to hand over his envelope full of cash.
...  Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

[img1.fark.net image 77x27] [acehole.fateback.com image 54x11]  Robynn Fried arrested after giving delivery tip to 14-year-old boy.


HAHAHA!
 
2013-04-06 02:36:22 AM

Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.


More or less what I was thinking.

 Give that kid the trip to Tahoe...or put payments towards it. Something!
 
2013-04-06 02:37:16 AM

Canton: Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.

Pay him back for what? He offered her the money, but she didn't take it. I know that's not very clear in the written article, but it's pretty clear from the video and Ms. Fried's own comments. She got hope out of the deal, and she wants to buy him dinner now that she has a job. What more do you want?


Okay, my bad.

/didn't watch the farking video...
 
2013-04-06 02:39:08 AM

cuzsis: Atomic Spunk: Less than a week after Smao's act of generosity, Fried was offered a job and said she wants to take the 14-year-old out to dinner to thank him.

Instead of taking him out to dinner, why don't you use the money you earn from your new job to pay the kid back? I was going to suggest a handjob or something, but she's kinda do-not-wantish.

More or less what I was thinking.

 Give that kid the trip to Tahoe...or put payments towards it. Something!


Jesus H. Christ, people, the little farker didn't hook her up with the job!
 
2013-04-06 09:44:43 AM

Marcintosh: kindness's


Dude. No.
 
2013-04-06 07:50:12 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Marcintosh: kindness's

Dude. No.


Jesus's's give it a freakin' rest and go get your OCD treatedly betterly-

there, that oughta do itness'
 
2013-04-06 08:36:37 PM

SN1987a goes boom: I don't understand, it says he was selling subscriptions in an effort to win a trip.  Was it actually his money or just money he collected selling subs?  Because if its the latter, isn't that a crime since it wasn't really his money?


This.
 
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