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(My Fox Phoenix)   "Layaway Angel" shows Christmas spirit by paying off $5,000 worth of Walmart customers' layaway debts and she didn't know any of the recipients   (myfoxphoenix.com) divider line 70
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2013-12-16 08:44:16 PM
Meh, that money would be better spent given to Doctors Without Borders or the American Red Cross.

/humbug
 
2013-12-16 08:54:57 PM
My faith in humanity was restored by the headline and then promptly dashed by opening the thread.
 
2013-12-16 09:10:33 PM

vernonFL: Meh, that money would be better spent given to Doctors Without Borders or the American Red Cross.

/humbug


Or for any number of charitable collections of children's toys for those families who can't even do layaway?

Money for the food bank, perhaps?
 
2013-12-16 09:19:03 PM
Why is the deadline a week before Christmas? That sounds like some bullshiat in the first place.
 
2013-12-16 09:54:56 PM
Fortunately, I still break into houses and steal Christmas presents so the universe remains balanced.
 
2013-12-16 10:11:16 PM

NickelP: Why is the deadline a week before Christmas? That sounds like some bullshiat in the first place.


I'm guessing so that anything that has to be placed back in stock has a chance to sell before Christmas.  While there's some gift-card and exchange business right after Christmas, it doesn't compare with the frenzy in the week leading up to it.

Making sure you can keep something in stock is the only reason I can see layaway making any kind of sense anyway - if there's a chance to lose the deposit if you can't come up with the rest, why not just set the money aside yourself and buy the stuff when you have the full amount available?  If you never get all the cash you won't get the stuff, but at least you won't lose your deposit in the process.
 
2013-12-16 11:05:46 PM
She must have been hot in high school!
 
2013-12-16 11:06:26 PM

TuteTibiImperes: NickelP: Why is the deadline a week before Christmas? That sounds like some bullshiat in the first place.

I'm guessing so that anything that has to be placed back in stock has a chance to sell before Christmas.  While there's some gift-card and exchange business right after Christmas, it doesn't compare with the frenzy in the week leading up to it.

Making sure you can keep something in stock is the only reason I can see layaway making any kind of sense anyway - if there's a chance to lose the deposit if you can't come up with the rest, why not just set the money aside yourself and buy the stuff when you have the full amount available?  If you never get all the cash you won't get the stuff, but at least you won't lose your deposit in the process.


Because the people putting this stuff on layaway know that somebody will bail them out? Think of the children!
 
2013-12-16 11:09:07 PM

TuteTibiImperes: NickelP: Why is the deadline a week before Christmas? That sounds like some bullshiat in the first place.

I'm guessing so that anything that has to be placed back in stock has a chance to sell before Christmas.  While there's some gift-card and exchange business right after Christmas, it doesn't compare with the frenzy in the week leading up to it.

Making sure you can keep something in stock is the only reason I can see layaway making any kind of sense anyway - if there's a chance to lose the deposit if you can't come up with the rest, why not just set the money aside yourself and buy the stuff when you have the full amount available?  If you never get all the cash you won't get the stuff, but at least you won't lose your deposit in the process.


Its the way its always been, but layaway forces the layawayee to come up with the payment weekly. Some people can't save that money if a deposit isn't on the line every 7 days.
 
2013-12-16 11:11:49 PM
Lay away is a poor man's savings account. A few dollars here or there can be immediately dropped onto a purchase rather than shooting out of the wallet for everything else.  If you're really poor you can see 100 places to spend $5 right away, not even counting emergencies.  With layaway you get the small satisfaction of doing something for yourself, or more likely, getting a small toy for your kids in spite of the fact that the rent is due, the car has a broken piece, and the light bill was a little higher than expected this month.  It's the way to save when there's no way to save.
 
2013-12-16 11:13:01 PM
I wonder how I could take a shiat in this thread?

Hmmm..should I biatch about Walmart? Snark about the council of Nicaea stealing solstice? Hmmm maybe I'll just whine about how some one chooses to use their charitable donations.
 
2013-12-16 11:13:29 PM
Actually Walmart layaway was this year free to due at least, and had no weekly payments. I used it to keep a new nexus 7 in line for Christmas without worrying it would be sold out later.
 
2013-12-16 11:16:03 PM
Let me get this straight. People pay up front for things they can't afford, then lose that deposit because they can't afford it? So, instead of providing a Christmas they can afford they provide little to nothing? Oh, who am I kidding, that's what credit cards are for.
 
2013-12-16 11:16:47 PM
Money would have been better spent by purchasing a yearly TotalFark for a 100 homeless folks, in order to bring up the average IQ of fark. ;-)
 
2013-12-16 11:20:05 PM
Encouraging people to shop at Walmart is heroic?
 
2013-12-16 11:22:24 PM

what_now: I wonder how I could take a shiat in this thread?

Hmmm..should I biatch about Walmart? Snark about the council of Nicaea stealing solstice? Hmmm maybe I'll just whine about how some one chooses to use their charitable donations.


OK, poop is coming out.
 
2013-12-16 11:23:02 PM
"Layaway Angel" Walton family shill

/christ, some people are so gullible
 
2013-12-16 11:24:48 PM
My conspiracy theory: This is a hoax perpetuated by WalMart (by just paying it's layaway fund the $5000) itself to get more dumb people to shop there hoping that will be some "Layaway Angel" out there who will bail them out.
 
2013-12-16 11:28:18 PM
Walmart could have easily paid off the layaway debts for so many of their customers and workers and at the same time bought some great PR.
 
2013-12-16 11:28:59 PM
I know, right? Those impoverished fools should be shopping at Neiman Marcus and Whole Foods. That's way more righteous, and classier too.
 
2013-12-16 11:29:57 PM

what_now: I wonder how I could take a shiat in this thread?

Hmmm..should I biatch about Walmart? Snark about the council of Nicaea stealing solstice? Hmmm maybe I'll just whine about how some one chooses to use their charitable donations.


Have you considered, "Rewarding people for being poor only makes it more fun to stay poor." or, "Meanwhile, thousands of unwanted pets are put to death each year so kids in the ghetto can have Playstations."? Perhaps, "Hope she didn't say 'Merry Christmas' to anyone!!!"

I dunno, they need work but hopefully they get you started.
 
2013-12-16 11:34:06 PM

gadian: Lay away is a poor man's savings account. A few dollars here or there can be immediately dropped onto a purchase rather than shooting out of the wallet for everything else.  If you're really poor you can see 100 places to spend $5 right away, not even counting emergencies.  With layaway you get the small satisfaction of doing something for yourself, or more likely, getting a small toy for your kids in spite of the fact that the rent is due, the car has a broken piece, and the light bill was a little higher than expected this month.  It's the way to save when there's no way to save.


No, it's a way to buy shiat you don't need in the 2 weeks before christmas rolls around instead of having the foresight to do budget shopping well in advance.

Especially when it comes to buying toys for your kids. Nobody should be paying layaway on toys if they're near the poverty line. Hell, it's not unrealistic to find sales on bikes at Toys R Us for 25 bucks. I just saw some of the lower end Air Hog helicopters on sale for under 10 there today.

I have been through a christmas as the sole family income, trying to keep us going under the poverty line. If you are putting shiat on layaway for christmas because you have no cash in the bank and are hoping to scrape it together somehow... that 5 bucks would have been better spent on clearance legos or an actual small toy.

It was a nice thing this woman did, all that aside.
 
2013-12-16 11:50:18 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: My conspiracy theory: This is a hoax perpetuated by WalMart (by just paying it's layaway fund the $5000) itself to get more dumb people to shop there hoping that will be some "Layaway Angel" out there who will bail them out.


Came to say this, see my job has been done. Hope you don't expect to be paid for doing my work -- you'd probably only spend it at WalMart anyway.
 
2013-12-16 11:51:56 PM
Was it actually $3k USD, or did she do Walmart a solid and convert it to Yuan first?
 
2013-12-16 11:52:18 PM
$5K for priceless PR? It's like a lottery for shopping at whichever store is featured.

I wish I had thought of it first. It is way cheaper than putting on a big show. Just convince shoppers that thier overspending may pay off if you do it at a certain store..you know...cause I saw it on the news...free stuff...etc.
 
2013-12-16 11:53:08 PM
oops, $5k USD
 
2013-12-17 12:03:20 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: perpetuated by WalMart


this.. it's $5000 of great marketing. The media picks it up as a "feel good" story and poor people put stuff on layaway hoping for the "kind stranger" lottery to hit.
 
2013-12-17 12:10:26 AM

vernonFL: Meh, that money would be better spent given to Doctors Without Borders or the American Red Cross.

/humbug


Most definetely

i215.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-17 12:27:56 AM

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Fortunately, I still break into houses and steal Christmas presents so the universe remains balanced.


and this was the only pic i could find:

images2.wikia.nocookie.net

/simpsons did it
 
2013-12-17 12:31:05 AM

gadian: Lay away is a poor man's savings account. A few dollars here or there can be immediately dropped onto a purchase rather than shooting out of the wallet for everything else.  If you're really poor you can see 100 places to spend $5 right away, not even counting emergencies.  With layaway you get the small satisfaction of doing something for yourself, or more likely, getting a small toy for your kids in spite of the fact that the rent is due, the car has a broken piece, and the light bill was a little higher than expected this month.  It's the way to save when there's no way to save.


Layaway doesn't make any farking sense.

Even if you're too poor to have an account in a bank, you can put $5 a week (or whatever) under your mattress and if you miss a payment or the deadline you don't lose out on the deal.

And if you need it for an emergency, you've got a little cash to deal with.
 
2013-12-17 12:31:35 AM

sawzallz: $5K for priceless PR? It's like a lottery for shopping at whichever store is featured.

I wish I had thought of it first. It is way cheaper than putting on a big show. Just convince shoppers that thier overspending may pay off if you do it at a certain store..you know...cause I saw it on the news...free stuff...etc.


s3-2.kiva.org
 
2013-12-17 12:31:39 AM
If she actually cared about other people she'd have donated the money to people who actually need it. Instead, she decided to play white-trash Santa to make herself feel good. Worthless.
 
2013-12-17 12:32:45 AM
So what I get from this is that while it was a nice gesture, poor people make bad decisions. Therefore we should crap on the whole concept. I mean, Jesus Christ... there is Doctors Without Borders and curing cancer and shiat. Someone did something nice for other people, that should be good enough. Lighten up. Philanthropic snobbery is about the stupidest damn thing I have ever heard of.
 
2013-12-17 12:37:15 AM

discgolfguru: So what I get from this is that while it was a nice gesture, poor people make bad decisions. Therefore we should crap on the whole concept. I mean, Jesus Christ... there is Doctors Without Borders and curing cancer and shiat. Someone did something nice for other people, that should be good enough. Lighten up. Philanthropic snobbery is about the stupidest damn thing I have ever heard of.


^This^.
 
2013-12-17 12:37:38 AM

gfid: gadian: Lay away is a poor man's savings account. A few dollars here or there can be immediately dropped onto a purchase rather than shooting out of the wallet for everything else.  If you're really poor you can see 100 places to spend $5 right away, not even counting emergencies.  With layaway you get the small satisfaction of doing something for yourself, or more likely, getting a small toy for your kids in spite of the fact that the rent is due, the car has a broken piece, and the light bill was a little higher than expected this month.  It's the way to save when there's no way to save.

Layaway doesn't make any farking sense.

Even if you're too poor to have an account in a bank, you can put $5 a week (or whatever) under your mattress and if you miss a payment or the deadline you don't lose out on the deal.

And if you need it for an emergency, you've got a little cash to deal with.


dailypicksandflicks.com

/Duke sucks!!!
 
2013-12-17 12:38:39 AM

discgolfguru: So what I get from this is that while it was a nice gesture, poor people make bad decisions. Therefore we should crap on the whole concept. I mean, Jesus Christ... there is Doctors Without Borders and curing cancer and shiat. Someone did something nice for other people, that should be good enough. Lighten up. Philanthropic snobbery is about the stupidest damn thing I have ever heard of.


C'mon now, you've been around Fark long enough to know that there is a snob for every topic. We could be discussing granny tranny midget beastiality bukkakee gang bangs and I'm sure someone would be somewhat seriously snobbish about it.
 
2013-12-17 12:39:41 AM
The recipients are high school dropouts. They're divorced and have kids. They have American flags that are made in China. In short: idiots.
 
2013-12-17 12:43:01 AM

Danger Avoid Death: discgolfguru: So what I get from this is that while it was a nice gesture, poor people make bad decisions. Therefore we should crap on the whole concept. I mean, Jesus Christ... there is Doctors Without Borders and curing cancer and shiat. Someone did something nice for other people, that should be good enough. Lighten up. Philanthropic snobbery is about the stupidest damn thing I have ever heard of.

^This^.


WHOA WHOA WHOA FARK has told me there is no sky person and that we as a collective in fark do not give a fark about anyone...sorry to piss on you parade but yes we dont give a fark....

/has made "bad decisions"
//still working them off....
///credit cards are the demons toys
 
2013-12-17 12:46:05 AM

discgolfguru: So what I get from this is that while it was a nice gesture, poor people make bad decisions. Therefore we should crap on the whole concept. I mean, Jesus Christ... there is Doctors Without Borders and curing cancer and shiat. Someone did something nice for other people, that should be good enough. Lighten up. Philanthropic snobbery is about the stupidest damn thing I have ever heard of.


...apt phrase.

Charity isn't a competition. Don't like how she gave her money? Well, make your check payable to whatever your pet cause is.

/ta-da
 
2013-12-17 12:49:44 AM

gfid: Layaway doesn't make any farking sense.


Sure it does.

That doodad the kid wants is normally $100, but this week it's on sale for $75. You know you can come up with $75 in the next month or so, but you don't have it right now - you sure don't have $100 right now. So, you put the doodad in layaway, and now that $75 price is locked in until you can come up with the money.
 
2013-12-17 12:51:19 AM

vernonFL: Meh, that money would be better spent given to Doctors Without Borders or the American Red Cross.

/humbug


Direct Relief [International].  (Apparently they dropped "international" recently, tho they still operate internationally.)  100% fundraising efficiency.  0% of your donation goes to overhead/administration thanks to a large bequest they received a while back.
 
2013-12-17 12:53:36 AM
Good deed, but pretty sure the homeless (aka those people who forget about on Xmas and through the year) could have used that for blankets, food, shelter (that may be a stretch considering the costs), and not freezing to death. Good deed nonetheless, but don't forget the homeless, especially since many homeless children couldn't care less about toys.

Wow, for a moment, as a 10 year Farker, my usual snarkiness is taking a backseat for once? And my heart grew 3 sizes? That last part I gotta get checked out.
 
2013-12-17 12:59:58 AM

kling_klang_bed: but pretty sure the homeless (aka those people who forget about on Xmas and through the year) could have used that for blankets, food, shelter (that may be a stretch considering the costs), and not freezing to deat


I've found that many of the people who do anonymous stuff like this often do a lot of it for a lot of different people. I suspect the local homeless are also being helped.
 
2013-12-17 01:02:08 AM
So, Christianity?
 
2013-12-17 01:06:44 AM

bunner: So, Christianity?


Yes, Jesus Christ was *all about* buying crap you can't afford to fill the void in your life.
 
2013-12-17 01:10:08 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: bunner: So, Christianity?

Yes, Jesus Christ was *all about* buying crap you can't afford to fill the void in your life.


I tried to think of something useful to type about such meaningless vitriol and all I could come up with is merry Christmas.   :  )
 
2013-12-17 01:17:17 AM
In before 'still no cure for cancer?'  Well at least there's not a pope that would go to the most impoverished, highest aids per capita, and resource handicapped country in the world and preach "No condoms".  And while we are at it, these layaway gifts that the parents cannot afford are merchandise they have helped teach their kids is a path to happiness.  We're not talking about material goods anymore, we are talking about a main feed, right into the heart of the happiness of children.  They need stuff.  Isn't it worth the smile on a child's face to come close to their expectations you've helped to build up by supplying them with duck dynasty gear and miley cyrus dvd's?  It's about the joy of seeing them unwrap their disney toy that brings a tear to my eye.  So we keep addressing the symptoms and not the disease.  But at least no one is putting up billboards saying that santa brings more to white children.  Just to the rich kids.  No paying off of student loans, just some contribution to our commercialism.  Because we wouldn't want young sally or jeffrey to understand what going without meant.  Meanwhile the elite clubs of ceo's have "office parties" in the bahamas with politicians looking to end this deplorable tax waste that is welfare.  And so the media holds up this 5K hero so we all take a moment and pause and oohh and awww and think we can get by another day.  Because snowmen.
 
2013-12-17 01:19:33 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: bunner: So, Christianity?

Yes, Jesus Christ was *all about* buying crap you can't afford to fill the void in your life.


Eh...that in no way describes what the person did. Actually, she gave her money away. Seems sort of Jesus-y to me.
 
2013-12-17 01:20:44 AM

trappedspirit: In before 'still no cure for cancer?'  Well at least there's not a pope that would go to the most impoverished, highest aids per capita, and resource handicapped country in the world and preach "No condoms".  And while we are at it, these layaway gifts that the parents cannot afford are merchandise they have helped teach their kids is a path to happiness.  We're not talking about material goods anymore, we are talking about a main feed, right into the heart of the happiness of children.  They need stuff.  Isn't it worth the smile on a child's face to come close to their expectations you've helped to build up by supplying them with duck dynasty gear and miley cyrus dvd's?  It's about the joy of seeing them unwrap their disney toy that brings a tear to my eye.  So we keep addressing the symptoms and not the disease.  But at least no one is putting up billboards saying that santa brings more to white children.  Just to the rich kids.  No paying off of student loans, just some contribution to our commercialism.  Because we wouldn't want young sally or jeffrey to understand what going without meant.  Meanwhile the elite clubs of ceo's have "office parties" in the bahamas with politicians looking to end this deplorable tax waste that is welfare.  And so the media holds up this 5K hero so we all take a moment and pause and oohh and awww and think we can get by another day.  Because snowmen.


I'll take some of whatever the fark you're smokin'. That's gotta be some good shiat.
 
2013-12-17 01:23:22 AM

bunner: Quantum Apostrophe: bunner: So, Christianity?

Yes, Jesus Christ was *all about* buying crap you can't afford to fill the void in your life.

I tried to think of something useful to type about such meaningless vitriol and all I could come up with is merry Christmas.   :  )


LOL! That's telling him!
 
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