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2013-09-22 11:23:21 AM
"they saw opportunity where others would see only tragedy"

This a all great, but what tragedy? what happened to the daughter?
 
2013-09-22 12:42:21 PM

Godscrack: "they saw opportunity where others would see only tragedy"

This a all great, but what tragedy? what happened to the daughter?


Raped and murdered by a homeless drifter, ironically
 
2013-09-22 12:44:07 PM
At least now they can write it off

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2013-09-22 12:44:24 PM
Why would OP link to a freaking msn.com one paragraph summary instead of the original article?
 
2013-09-22 12:46:58 PM

ggecko: Why would OP link to a freaking msn.com one paragraph summary instead of the original article?


Just be thankful that there isn't a pay-wall.
 
2013-09-22 12:47:46 PM
I wonder how long until someone catches wind of this and slaps them with a huge fine for feeding the hungry without the permission of the Overlords.
 
2013-09-22 12:53:16 PM

Esroc: I wonder how long until someone catches wind of this and slaps them with a huge fine for feeding the hungry without the permission of the Overlords.


They're black.  That's not going to happen without somebody screaming racism.
 
2013-09-22 12:53:19 PM
I've been thinking. When life gives you lemons? Don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought is could give me lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's going to burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm going to get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!
 
2013-09-22 12:55:22 PM
Do they have to endure the whole reception, including the chicken dance, in order to eat?
 
2013-09-22 12:57:46 PM
When you're rich you can do nice things, like sluf off a bill like this.

In todays world if you can have a reception for 200 people... you're rich
 
2013-09-22 12:59:08 PM

Godscrack: This a all great, but what tragedy? what happened to the daughter?


There are allusions to her "taking it well", so I'm presuming that the guy backed out.
 
2013-09-22 01:01:22 PM
I thought that you burned life's house down, with lemons!?

/ moon rock is poisonous
 
2013-09-22 01:01:23 PM

netcentric: When you're rich you can do nice things, like sluf off a bill like this.

In todays world if you can have a reception for 200 people... you're rich


or you can get a couple of kegs, a couple of whole pigs, and a dj and have a blowout bbq for 200 folks for close to cheap
 
2013-09-22 01:03:55 PM

i.r.id10t: netcentric: When you're rich you can do nice things, like sluf off a bill like this.

In todays world if you can have a reception for 200 people... you're rich

or you can get a couple of kegs, a couple of whole pigs, and a dj and have a blowout bbq for 200 folks for close to cheap


like back in the old days

/cousin married into an Italian family, fark that was a big wedding gig
 
2013-09-22 01:09:52 PM
Is sub alluding to some kind of Lemon party??
 
2013-09-22 01:10:14 PM
So does this charitable donation to the homeless qualify for a tax write-off? If it does, that's a pretty clever way to recoup what was probably quite a large expenditure of cash.
 
2013-09-22 01:10:41 PM
 
2013-09-22 01:15:04 PM

WordyGrrl: So does this charitable donation to the homeless qualify for a tax write-off? If it does, that's a pretty clever way to recoup what was probably quite a large expenditure of cash.


How in the hell would it qualify as a tax write-off? Unless you think they legally set up their own charity just to make this donation? That's why you think, isn't it? Jesus
 
2013-09-22 01:15:40 PM
What I think is best about this is the family is calling this the 'first annual' Fowler Family Celebration of Love. Obviously next year the money spent on the arrangements, menus, location, etc., will be better directed to create a nice rather than extravagant atmosphere able to feed even more. Getting into such efforts, any type of charitable work, is often hard, but the moment you do those build fast.
 
2013-09-22 01:17:25 PM
And then the government crashed the party, confiscated the food, loaded it into dumpsters, and poured bleach on it. All because they didn't get their percentage cut of the money for the food via taxes and reallocation. Only "The Man" is allowed to be the provider to the poor. Dependence on the State must be maintained.
 
2013-09-22 01:27:11 PM
Did a homeless person get up to give a toast as the assumed best man?
 
2013-09-22 01:27:27 PM

Ravage: And then the government crashed the party, confiscated the food, loaded it into dumpsters, and poured bleach on it. All because they didn't get their percentage cut of the money for the food via taxes and reallocation. Only "The Man" is allowed to be the provider to the poor. Dependence on the State must be maintained.


They actually did that at a homeless shelter a few weeks ago. They bleached several hundred pounds of perfectly good deer meat, because "they couldn't determine if the meat had been properly butchered" or something like that.
 
2013-09-22 01:34:59 PM

talkertopc: Do they have to endure the whole reception, including the chicken dance, in order to eat?


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2013-09-22 01:35:12 PM
Groom came out ahead.

cptjeff: Godscrack: This a all great, but what tragedy? what happened to the daughter?

There are allusions to her "taking it well", so I'm presuming that the guy backed out.


Groom came out ahead.  Avoided eventual divorce costs, child support, and alimony.  Hopefully he doesn't fall into the same trap with another woman.
 
2013-09-22 01:36:11 PM
Checks link:  

Please sign into MSN.

/No, thank you.
 
2013-09-22 01:36:31 PM
I'm sure they got a form from the homeless so they could write this off on their taxes?
 
2013-09-22 01:36:37 PM

netcentric: When you're rich you can do nice things, like sluf off a bill like this.

In todays world if you can have a reception for 200 people... you're rich


It was a last minute cancellation, which generally means they can't get their money back. They may or may not be "rich" but the fact remains, they would have had to foot the bill regardless so why not do some good with it?
 
2013-09-22 01:38:31 PM
Weddings that are not simple affairs at city hall are already pointless ceremonies which have mutated into extravagant wastes because the already spoiled want to feel like princesses for a day, and that's the 50% of the time when the marriage lasts.  Either this is a non-story, or you're a selfish biatch for feeding the well-to-do guests at your wedding instead of donating that food (and the money you spent on dying flowers, the dress you wore once, the artificially expensive rock on your finger, etc.).

A family had invested thousands in a wedding, dinner for 200 at the Villa Christina restaurant, complete with gold plates, crystal glasses.

First, unless this marriage was written into the contract of a business venture, that money wasn't invested, it was spent.  Second, If they had donated that money instead of planning a wedding, I could see the point of reporting it as a way to encourage others to do the same.  That's not what happened.  I'm supposed to be impressed because they didn't just throw the food away?  People are shiatty, but my bar's not quite that low yet.

"We prayed about it."

Thanks again, religion, for your moral teachings.  There's no way they'd have otherwise known the right thing to do.

"So this was an educational opportunity [for the homeless children] as well, because now they all know how to eat at a four-course meal and the etiquette involved in that."

It's just like that time Jesus fed 200 people with Pacific bluefin tuna and Roquefort & almond sourdough.  "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who useth the wrong fork to enter the kingdom of God."  Zagat 22:19
 
2013-09-22 01:45:23 PM

Precision Boobery: Weddings that are not simple affairs at city hall are already pointless ceremonies which have mutated into extravagant wastes because the already spoiled want to feel like princesses for a day,


Or they're an excuse to have a giant party and share a big life moment with a bunch of family and friends that you care about?

Loosen up a little.
 
2013-09-22 01:47:29 PM

netcentric: When you're rich you can do nice things, like sluf off a bill like this.


The way I see it, they can't return it for a refund.  So they lost the money either way.  Might as well make it a somewhat useful loss instead of throwing everything in the dumpster.
 
2013-09-22 01:58:35 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Godscrack: "they saw opportunity where others would see only tragedy"

This a all great, but what tragedy? what happened to the daughter?

Raped and murdered by a homeless drifter, ironically


Glenn Beck is homeless now?
 
2013-09-22 02:18:20 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom : How in the hell would it qualify as a tax write-off?

Charitable donation.

To be deductible, charitable contributions must be made to qualified organizations. Payments to individuals are never deductible. See Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. To determine if the organization that you have contributed to qualifies as a charitable organization for income tax deductions, review Exempt Organizations Select Check on the IRS.gov website.

"and teamed up with Hosea Feed the Hungry in Atlanta"
 
2013-09-22 02:46:48 PM

Precision Boobery: Weddings that are not simple affairs at city hall are already pointless ceremonies which have mutated into extravagant wastes because the already spoiled want to feel like princesses for a day, and that's the 50% of the time when the marriage lasts.  Either this is a non-story, or you're a selfish biatch for feeding the well-to-do guests at your wedding instead of donating that food (and the money you spent on dying flowers, the dress you wore once, the artificially expensive rock on your finger, etc.).

A family had invested thousands in a wedding, dinner for 200 at the Villa Christina restaurant, complete with gold plates, crystal glasses.

First, unless this marriage was written into the contract of a business venture, that money wasn't invested, it was spent.  Second, If they had donated that money instead of planning a wedding, I could see the point of reporting it as a way to encourage others to do the same.  That's not what happened.  I'm supposed to be impressed because they didn't just throw the food away?  People are shiatty, but my bar's not quite that low yet.

"We prayed about it."

Thanks again, religion, for your moral teachings.  There's no way they'd have otherwise known the right thing to do.

"So this was an educational opportunity [for the homeless children] as well, because now they all know how to eat at a four-course meal and the etiquette involved in that."

It's just like that time Jesus fed 200 people with Pacific bluefin tuna and Roquefort & almond sourdough.  "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who useth the wrong fork to enter the kingdom of God."  Zagat 22:19



Man, who shiat in your cereal?
 
2013-09-22 02:52:02 PM

Ravage: And then the government crashed the party, confiscated the food, loaded it into dumpsters, and poured bleach on it. All because they didn't get their percentage cut of the money for the food via taxes and reallocation. Only "The Man" is allowed to be the provider to the poor. Dependence on the State must be maintained.


This. It's nice to have a happy ending once in a while that didn't involve a dozen regulatory agencies rolling in, fining and jailing everyone there and setting all the food on fire because somebody didn't fill out a form.
 
2013-09-22 03:37:14 PM

lordargent: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom : How in the hell would it qualify as a tax write-off?

Charitable donation.

To be deductible, charitable contributions must be made to qualified organizations. Payments to individuals are never deductible. See Publication 526, Charitable Contributions. To determine if the organization that you have contributed to qualifies as a charitable organization for income tax deductions, review Exempt Organizations Select Check on the IRS.gov website.

"and teamed up with Hosea Feed the Hungry in Atlanta"


Ah, thank you for Googling up what I was too lazy to pursue. Yep, donations to that group are tax deductible. Bonus: Apparently "Hosea Feed the Hungry" has been in a bit of legal trouble regarding tax evasion by falsely claiming to be a church.
 
2013-09-22 04:10:53 PM

Esroc: I wonder how long until someone catches wind of this and slaps them with a huge fine for feeding the hungry without the permission of the Overlords.


Came here for this.
 
2013-09-22 05:07:15 PM
Lemon wedding

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2013-09-22 06:19:07 PM

Mister Peejay: netcentric: When you're rich you can do nice things, like sluf off a bill like this.

The way I see it, they can't return it for a refund.  So they lost the money either way.  Might as well make it a somewhat useful loss instead of throwing everything in the dumpster.


Don't the homeless get it either way?
 
2013-09-22 06:30:52 PM

Precision Boobery: Weddings that are not simple affairs at city hall are already pointless ceremonies which have mutated into extravagant wastes because the already spoiled want to feel like princesses for a day, and that's the 50% of the time when the marriage lasts.  Either this is a non-story, or you're a selfish biatch for feeding the well-to-do guests at your wedding instead of donating that food (and the money you spent on dying flowers, the dress you wore once, the artificially expensive rock on your finger, etc.).

A family had invested thousands in a wedding, dinner for 200 at the Villa Christina restaurant, complete with gold plates, crystal glasses.

First, unless this marriage was written into the contract of a business venture, that money wasn't invested, it was spent.  Second, If they had donated that money instead of planning a wedding, I could see the point of reporting it as a way to encourage others to do the same.  That's not what happened.  I'm supposed to be impressed because they didn't just throw the food away?  People are shiatty, but my bar's not quite that low yet.

"We prayed about it."

Thanks again, religion, for your moral teachings.  There's no way they'd have otherwise known the right thing to do.

"So this was an educational opportunity [for the homeless children] as well, because now they all know how to eat at a four-course meal and the etiquette involved in that."

It's just like that time Jesus fed 200 people with Pacific bluefin tuna and Roquefort & almond sourdough.  "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who useth the wrong fork to enter the kingdom of God."  Zagat 22:19


You sound poor and unloved.
 
2013-09-22 09:09:31 PM
Now it's a tax right off
 
2013-09-22 09:13:55 PM
Now it's a tax write off
 
2013-09-22 09:17:34 PM
i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-09-22 09:18:25 PM
/jeez louise
 
2013-09-22 10:01:42 PM

zorlack7: I've been thinking. When life gives you lemons? Don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought is could give me lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's going to burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm going to get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!


Yeah!

By the way, got any ideas what we should do with all these moon rocks?
 
2013-09-22 10:06:00 PM

KeelingLovesCornholes: /jeez louise


I know, write?
 
2013-09-23 02:15:11 AM

Vangor: What I think is best about this is the family is calling this the 'first annual' Fowler Family Celebration of Love. Obviously next year the money spent on the arrangements, menus, location, etc., will be better directed to create a nice rather than extravagant atmosphere able to feed even more. Getting into such efforts, any type of charitable work, is often hard, but the moment you do those build fast.


This. The fact that they went with "first annual" says that they've decided to do it again when it's NOT just 'well, let's get the tax writeoff'.
 
2013-09-23 12:27:42 PM
I work catering gigs for weddings on occasion at a local resort. Biggest wastes of food of any planned events on property, including corporate shindigs. Unfortunately, because of health code laws, we're required to trash all unconsumed food, instead of donating it. Damn shame that a family of four could eat for a week on what we have to throw out after one couple's Big Night.
 
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