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2013-09-20 03:22:56 PM
What a bunch of assholes in TFA's comments
 
2013-09-20 06:05:51 PM
That's great that he's getting some help to buy a house.  How will he maintain it, pay the utility bills, and property taxes?  Perhaps someone can give the guy a job as well.
 
2013-09-20 06:14:33 PM

slayer199: That's great that he's getting some help to buy a house.  How will he maintain it, pay the utility bills, and property taxes?  Perhaps someone can give the guy a job as well.


That's always been thoughts on certain kinds of charity.

Kids: GRANDPA!
Grandpa: Here's a puppy!
Parents: He's your responsibility, kids.

This scenario ends one of one ways: someone's picking up dogshiat.
 
2013-09-20 07:31:40 PM

manwithplanx: What a bunch of assholes in TFA's comments


Doesn't that describe everything on the Internet?

/Not you guys, you're all right.
 
2013-09-20 10:43:42 PM
Half of the money goes to taxes. suxars, doesn't it!
 
2013-09-21 04:21:26 AM
It's a good thing he turned the money in. I had a friend in a similar situation and it didn't turn out well for him.

My buddy was out hunting(He lived in Texas) and stumbled across a great big bag full of cash. so he takes it home. later he thinks better of it, and has his wife leave the area, and he goes off to a motel, alone, to make sure the money isn't "dirty". long story short, the money was dirty, and he was being followed because the bag had some sort of home made tracking beacon or something. he said he barely made it out of the motel alive(and with the money that he stashed in an air duct) and was even shot at while at another hotel later on. The last I talked to him he said he was staying at a hotel near the Mexican border and had "stashed the cash". Just before he got off the phone he said he was going to get the money that night after he checked out some women at the pool who was flirting with him earlier. No one here has seen or heard from him(or his wife) since.

sad story. I guess in life there are no clean getaways.

brb, someone is at the door.
 
2013-09-21 04:34:31 AM
Hate to be a downer, but there's good reasons he's homeless. All that money will most likely be wasted somehow and he'll still be homeless most likely.
 
2013-09-21 04:35:09 AM

log_jammin: long story short, the money was dirty, and he was being followed because the bag had some sort of home made tracking beacon or something.


Lesson one: switch the bags, maybe soak the money as well to short out active electronics... after all, cash can go through the dryer. And I guess wrap it in foil... or something.
 
2013-09-21 04:44:33 AM

ladyfortuna: log_jammin: long story short, the money was dirty, and he was being followed because the bag had some sort of home made tracking beacon or something.

Lesson one: switch the bags, maybe soak the money as well to short out active electronics... after all, cash can go through the dryer. And I guess wrap it in foil... or something.


Or don't live near Hollywood
 
2013-09-21 04:59:51 AM
Six figures isn't a lot. Even a quarter million, like the article says has already been collected, can only go so far. For someone with a meager lifestyle it might last two years at the most.
 
2013-09-21 05:02:49 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Six figures isn't a lot. Even a quarter million, like the article says has already been collected, can only go so far. For someone with a meager lifestyle it might last two years at the most.


You know there are millions of people living on $30k / year or less, right?
Seems like a quarter mil could stretch a bit more than two years.
 
2013-09-21 05:37:18 AM

log_jammin: It's a good thing he turned the money in. I had a friend in a similar situation and it didn't turn out well for him.

My buddy was out hunting(He lived in Texas) and stumbled across a great big bag full of cash. so he takes it home. later he thinks better of it, and has his wife leave the area, and he goes off to a motel, alone, to make sure the money isn't "dirty". long story short, the money was dirty, and he was being followed because the bag had some sort of home made tracking beacon or something. he said he barely made it out of the motel alive(and with the money that he stashed in an air duct) and was even shot at while at another hotel later on. The last I talked to him he said he was staying at a hotel near the Mexican border and had "stashed the cash". Just before he got off the phone he said he was going to get the money that night after he checked out some women at the pool who was flirting with him earlier. No one here has seen or heard from him(or his wife) since.

sad story. I guess in life there are no clean getaways.

brb, someone is at the door.


thelistofshame.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-21 05:40:20 AM
Dude had better hire a financial planner or like other people have mentioned, it'll be gone in a year, if that.

Poor people aren't known for their money management abilities.

Hope it works out for him.

/once drove 80 miles to return a found wallet
 
2013-09-21 05:45:41 AM
Only a few good people get rewarded, the rest have to be corrupt in order to get a stable life.
 
2013-09-21 05:54:08 AM
So is running and setting up a crowd funding site for anyone that does something the new fad?

What ever happened to just setting up a twitter account?

/@homelessguythateturned42K
// "Got a new box. Addition! LOL" RT
 
2013-09-21 06:31:46 AM

SauronWasFramed: Half of the money goes to taxes. suxars, doesn't it!


A gift of less than 5 figures doesn't have taxes, for either givers or receivers of multiple gifts from different people.
 
2013-09-21 06:41:51 AM

SwiftFox: SauronWasFramed: Half of the money goes to taxes. suxars, doesn't it!

A gift of less than 5 figures doesn't have taxes, for either givers or receivers of multiple gifts from different people.


Yes but they'll consider the paypal account one source. And probably tax both the homeless guy and they guy that set up the site. Win win! For the gubmint
 
2013-09-21 07:02:48 AM

abhorrent1: SwiftFox: SauronWasFramed: Half of the money goes to taxes. suxars, doesn't it!

A gift of less than 5 figures doesn't have taxes, for either givers or receivers of multiple gifts from different people.

Yes but they'll consider the paypal account one source. And probably tax both the homeless guy and they guy that set up the site. Win win! For the gubmint


Hmm. from gofundme.com: "Unfortunately, we're unable to provide specific tax advice since everyone's situation is different. While this is no means a guarantee, most donations on GoFundMe are simply considered to be 'personal gifts' which are not taxed as income in the US. Additionally, only donations made to a legally registered non-profit or charity may be considered eligible for donors to claim as a tax deduction. Again, every situation is different so please consult with a tax professional in your area."

So - they don't even mention taxes due from the receiver of the funds, so I'll assume you are correct.
 
2013-09-21 07:09:37 AM

SwiftFox: abhorrent1: SwiftFox: SauronWasFramed: Half of the money goes to taxes. suxars, doesn't it!

A gift of less than 5 figures doesn't have taxes, for either givers or receivers of multiple gifts from different people.

Yes but they'll consider the paypal account one source. And probably tax both the homeless guy and they guy that set up the site. Win win! For the gubmint

Hmm. from gofundme.com: "Unfortunately, we're unable to provide specific tax advice since everyone's situation is different. While this is no means a guarantee, most donations on GoFundMe are simply considered to be 'personal gifts' which are not taxed as income in the US. Additionally, only donations made to a legally registered non-profit or charity may be considered eligible for donors to claim as a tax deduction. Again, every situation is different so please consult with a tax professional in your area."

So - they don't even mention taxes due from the receiver of the funds, so I'll assume you are correct.


Which is why if you ever intend to gift someone a large sum of money, go cash. Seriously. Fark those guys.
 
2013-09-21 07:14:16 AM
Hopefully some of that money goes to psychological councilling, else he is likely to lose the house pretty fast after getting it or simply drinking himself too death...
 
2013-09-21 07:23:45 AM
Cool, I just hope someone also donates some financial planning with it.
 
2013-09-21 07:26:15 AM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Cool, I just hope someone also donates some financial planning with it.


Read that the guy who organised the fund raising is himself a financial planner and has offered his services to help the guy get back on his feet.  So he has a White Knight in his corner, just hope it all goes well (a psychologist will be more important at first than a financial planner ;)
 
2013-09-21 07:53:15 AM
He probably doesn't need a quarter million to buy a house. If they're doing this right, they're setting him up in a $150k house and putting the other $100k in a managed trust that will cover the taxes and utilities.
 
2013-09-21 08:01:09 AM

abhorrent1: So is running and setting up a crowd funding site for anyone that does something the new fad?

What ever happened to just setting up a twitter account?

/@homelessguythateturned42K
// "Got a new box. Addition! LOL" RT


What ever happened to doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do?
 
2013-09-21 08:13:08 AM

manwithplanx: What a bunch of assholes in TFA's comments


Fark's overflow has to go somewhere.
 
2013-09-21 08:28:17 AM
"Luck, you see, brings bitter friends."
― John Steinbeck, The Pearl
 
2013-09-21 09:10:58 AM
That's a lot of Mad Dog.
 
2013-09-21 09:15:34 AM
Look, we all know from a factual standpoint that it's untrue to say "No good deed goes unpunished".  It's an absolute, absolutes are NEVER true.  Including that one.

But as a whole, for most of us, if you go out of your way to do a good deed, prepare for the backlash, the punishment.  It sucks, but that's how life works.  If you're a good person, you learn to deal with it.  If you're a smart person, you stop doing good deeds.
 
2013-09-21 09:18:58 AM

MrHappyRotter: Look, we all know from a factual standpoint that it's untrue to say "No good deed goes unpunished".  It's an absolute, absolutes are NEVER true.  Including that one.

But as a whole, for most of us, if you go out of your way to do a good deed, prepare for the backlash, the punishment.  It sucks, but that's how life works.  If you're a good person, you learn to deal with it.  If you're a smart person, you stop doing good deeds.


Nah you just do them more sneakily.
 
2013-09-21 09:41:44 AM

log_jammin: It's a good thing he turned the money in. I had a friend in a similar situation and it didn't turn out well for him.

My buddy was out hunting(He lived in Texas) and stumbled across a great big bag full of cash. so he takes it home. later he thinks better of it, and has his wife leave the area, and he goes off to a motel, alone, to make sure the money isn't "dirty". long story short, the money was dirty, and he was being followed because the bag had some sort of home made tracking beacon or something. he said he barely made it out of the motel alive(and with the money that he stashed in an air duct) and was even shot at while at another hotel later on. The last I talked to him he said he was staying at a hotel near the Mexican border and had "stashed the cash". Just before he got off the phone he said he was going to get the money that night after he checked out some women at the pool who was flirting with him earlier. No one here has seen or heard from him(or his wife) since.

sad story. I guess in life there are no clean getaways.

brb, someone is at the door.


That would make a great movie, what?
 
2013-09-21 09:42:26 AM

Terrible Old Man: Hate to be a downer, but there's good reasons he's homeless. All that money will most likely be wasted somehow and he'll still be homeless most likely.


Your right. He lost his job.
 
2013-09-21 09:57:08 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Six figures isn't a lot. Even a quarter million, like the article says has already been collected, can only go so far. For someone with a meager lifestyle it might last two years at the most.


Step one:
Rent an apartment
Step two:
use some money to take some vocational classes to gain marketable skills
Step three: profit
 
2013-09-21 09:58:23 AM
He'll change his tune after the first person comes out of the woodwork to lay claim to a portion of that money.
 
2013-09-21 10:20:38 AM
I can't wait for the train-wreck followup thread
 
2013-09-21 10:28:30 AM

log_jammin: It's a good thing he turned the money in. I had a friend in a similar situation and it didn't turn out well for him.

My buddy was out hunting(He lived in Texas) and stumbled across a great big bag full of cash. so he takes it home. later he thinks better of it, and has his wife leave the area, and he goes off to a motel, alone, to make sure the money isn't "dirty". long story short, the money was dirty, and he was being followed because the bag had some sort of home made tracking beacon or something. he said he barely made it out of the motel alive(and with the money that he stashed in an air duct) and was even shot at while at another hotel later on. The last I talked to him he said he was staying at a hotel near the Mexican border and had "stashed the cash". Just before he got off the phone he said he was going to get the money that night after he checked out some women at the pool who was flirting with him earlier. No one here has seen or heard from him(or his wife) since.

sad story. I guess in life there are no clean getaways.

brb, someone is at the door.


Dude, this one time, my family had a ranch with lots of mineral wealth, but an angry guy with a big mustache conned us out of it, then beat my brother to death with a bowling pin.  Not cool, bro.
 
2013-09-21 10:33:59 AM

Terrible Old Man: Hate to be a downer, but there's good reasons he's homeless. All that money will most likely be wasted somehow and he'll still be homeless most likely.


It's interesting that most Farkers are left of center on the subject of skin color, but right of center on the subject of peoples' bank accounts and the life-given opportunities to swell them, or not.  People can't help being of a given skin color, but they apparently can help being born into a given financial stratus?  Or do most Farkers believe the Ragged Dick Struggling Upward tripe of that Victorian pedarast Horatio Alger?
 
2013-09-21 10:37:28 AM

Ricardo Klement: He probably doesn't need a quarter million to buy a house. If they're doing this right, they're setting him up in a $150k house and putting the other $100k in a managed trust that will cover the taxes and utilities.


If he wants to stay in Boston, $150K will get him a nice parking spot- outdoors and not downtown.
 
2013-09-21 10:37:43 AM

BolshyGreatYarblocks: log_jammin: It's a good thing he turned the money in. I had a friend in a similar situation and it didn't turn out well for him.

My buddy was out hunting(He lived in Texas) and stumbled across a great big bag full of cash. so he takes it home. later he thinks better of it, and has his wife leave the area, and he goes off to a motel, alone, to make sure the money isn't "dirty". long story short, the money was dirty, and he was being followed because the bag had some sort of home made tracking beacon or something. he said he barely made it out of the motel alive(and with the money that he stashed in an air duct) and was even shot at while at another hotel later on. The last I talked to him he said he was staying at a hotel near the Mexican border and had "stashed the cash". Just before he got off the phone he said he was going to get the money that night after he checked out some women at the pool who was flirting with him earlier. No one here has seen or heard from him(or his wife) since.

sad story. I guess in life there are no clean getaways.

brb, someone is at the door.

Dude, this one time, my family had a ranch with lots of mineral wealth, but an angry guy with a big mustache conned us out of it, then beat my brother to death with a bowling pin.  Not cool, bro.


I can see it.  This one time, I was hanging out at my bar, and then this girl I used to date walked in right as the Nazis invaded.  Long story short, she was married the whole time, but it didn't really matter a hill of beans anyway so I just joined the French Resistance.
 
2013-09-21 11:02:17 AM
thats like, going to bump him into a different tax bracket, man.
 
2013-09-21 11:21:43 AM

toraque: BolshyGreatYarblocks: log_jammin: It's a good thing he turned the money in. I had a friend in a similar situation and it didn't turn out well for him.

My buddy was out hunting(He lived in Texas) and stumbled across a great big bag full of cash. so he takes it home. later he thinks better of it, and has his wife leave the area, and he goes off to a motel, alone, to make sure the money isn't "dirty". long story short, the money was dirty, and he was being followed because the bag had some sort of home made tracking beacon or something. he said he barely made it out of the motel alive(and with the money that he stashed in an air duct) and was even shot at while at another hotel later on. The last I talked to him he said he was staying at a hotel near the Mexican border and had "stashed the cash". Just before he got off the phone he said he was going to get the money that night after he checked out some women at the pool who was flirting with him earlier. No one here has seen or heard from him(or his wife) since.

sad story. I guess in life there are no clean getaways.

brb, someone is at the door.

Dude, this one time, my family had a ranch with lots of mineral wealth, but an angry guy with a big mustache conned us out of it, then beat my brother to death with a bowling pin.  Not cool, bro.

I can see it.  This one time, I was hanging out at my bar, and then this girl I used to date walked in right as the Nazis invaded.  Long story short, she was married the whole time, but it didn't really matter a hill of beans anyway so I just joined the French Resistance.


That's NOTHING!! I knew a little Jewish girl who barely escaped a guy who was trying to kill her and she joined the French resistance and owned a movie theater and a buch of dudes committed a mass shooting and burned the place down!
 
2013-09-21 11:38:20 AM

Ricardo Klement: He probably doesn't need a quarter million to buy a house. If they're doing this right, they're setting him up in a $150k house and putting the other $100k in a managed trust that will cover the taxes and utilities.


The guy lives in Boston.  If he stays here he'll be lucky to find a house for $250k, housing prices here are crazy.  A condo/renting an apartment makes way more sense.
 
2013-09-21 11:40:16 AM

Billy Bathsalt: Ricardo Klement: He probably doesn't need a quarter million to buy a house. If they're doing this right, they're setting him up in a $150k house and putting the other $100k in a managed trust that will cover the taxes and utilities.

If he wants to stay in Boston, $150K will get him a nice parking spot- outdoors and not downtown.


How's this?
 
2013-09-21 11:41:04 AM

satanorsanta: Ricardo Klement: He probably doesn't need a quarter million to buy a house. If they're doing this right, they're setting him up in a $150k house and putting the other $100k in a managed trust that will cover the taxes and utilities.

The guy lives in Boston.  If he stays here he'll be lucky to find a house for $250k, housing prices here are crazy.  A condo/renting an apartment makes way more sense.


True, but I was kind of operating on the assumption that by "house" they really mean "home". I mean, otherwise, he's unfortunate that he doesn't live in Manhattan.
 
2013-09-21 11:57:29 AM

BolshyGreatYarblocks: Terrible Old Man: Hate to be a downer, but there's good reasons he's homeless. All that money will most likely be wasted somehow and he'll still be homeless most likely.

It's interesting that most Farkers are left of center on the subject of skin color, but right of center on the subject of peoples' bank accounts and the life-given opportunities to swell them, or not.  People can't help being of a given skin color, but they apparently can help being born into a given financial stratus?  Or do most Farkers believe the Ragged Dick Struggling Upward tripe of that Victorian pedarast Horatio Alger?


The fark are you talking about? You saying this guy was homeless since birth?
 
2013-09-21 12:31:01 PM

starsrift: BolshyGreatYarblocks: Terrible Old Man: Hate to be a downer, but there's good reasons he's homeless. All that money will most likely be wasted somehow and he'll still be homeless most likely.

It's interesting that most Farkers are left of center on the subject of skin color, but right of center on the subject of peoples' bank accounts and the life-given opportunities to swell them, or not.  People can't help being of a given skin color, but they apparently can help being born into a given financial stratus?  Or do most Farkers believe the Ragged Dick Struggling Upward tripe of that Victorian pedarast Horatio Alger?

The fark are you talking about? You saying this guy was homeless since birth?


Poor since birth, likely, which is very near the same thing.
 
2013-09-21 12:36:24 PM

TwowheelinTim: What ever happened to doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do?


Because John Galt!
 
2013-09-21 01:34:45 PM

Ricardo Klement: He probably doesn't need a quarter million to buy a house. If they're doing this right, they're setting him up in a $150k house and putting the other $100k in a managed trust that will cover the taxes and utilities.


He could always put in a bid for a house in Detroit.
 
2013-09-21 03:11:28 PM

slayer199: That's great that he's getting some help to buy a house.  How will he maintain it, pay the utility bills, and property taxes?  Perhaps someone can give the guy a job as well.


THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 
2013-09-22 01:28:59 AM
yeah, the marketing guy who started the crowd-funding thing aint gonna change the world one person at a time.  its nice you change this guy but there's over 7 billion people on the planet.  you aint got the time and someone doesnt lose $42k every damn second, at least not physical money found in bags you can return.

and the author is so pro that Whittington became Withington later in the article.  meh.
 
2013-09-22 07:26:05 AM

slayer199: That's great that he's getting some help to buy a house.  How will he maintain it, pay the utility bills, and property taxes?  Perhaps someone can give the guy a job as well.


Not necessarily. Some homeless people prefer to be homeless.  Maybe he'll blow it on a sweet shopping cart with 8" rims, and the best 40s money can buy.
 
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