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(NBC News)   After Martin Shkreli, "total shiatbags who are released early from prison" trifecta is in play as Billy McFarland of Fyre Festival fame is let loose   (nbcnews.com) divider line
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2022-05-19 1:34:39 AM  
Cut the poor guy some slack. He just wanted to set up the world's best music festival, with great food, drugs, and loose women, but it turns out he was just really, really bad at organizing things.

Of course he couldn't give the money back - that would be unAmerican.
 
2022-05-19 2:23:28 AM  

Farking Clown Shoes: Cut the poor guy some slack. He just wanted to set up the world's best music festival, with great food, drugs, and loose women, but it turns out he was just really, really bad at organizing things.

Of course he couldn't give the money back - that would be unAmerican.


No.

He's just like a landlord.  Trying to make money on some thing he doesn't actually have a lock on.
No different than a drug dealer connecting with 75 percent of someone else's money and giving that person 1/16 of product.
Scumbags
 
2022-05-19 2:24:25 AM  
Next we'll hear the murderer of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman has been released
 
2022-05-19 2:26:52 AM  
Is that why I just got a text and an email and a voicemail from someone trying to sell me Front Seat tickets to 'The Moon'?
 
2022-05-19 2:30:14 AM  
Yeah scamming people is not good but the people he scammed I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for.  "Influencers", "For The Gramers", proliferators of social media garbage.  The only sympathy I have is for the local construction workers who didn't get paid.
 
2022-05-19 2:33:22 AM  
Next Bill Cosby will be free...Oh wait.

Well, we still got Harvey Weinstein so far...
 
2022-05-19 2:42:44 AM  

Farking Clown Shoes: Of course he couldn't give the money back - that would be unAmerican.


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"The money's gone."

"It burned!"
 
2022-05-19 2:47:13 AM  

Dr. DJ Duckhunt: Next Bill Cosby will be free...Oh wait.

Well, we still got Harvey Weinstein so far...


And Ron Jeremy.
 
2022-05-19 2:48:53 AM  

FarkingSmurf: Yeah scamming people is not good but the people he scammed I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for.  "Influencers", "For The Gramers", proliferators of social media garbage.  The only sympathy I have is for the local construction workers who didn't get paid.


Same. I have sympathy for all the little businesses on the island he wrecked, but the rich idiots who bought tickets?
fark'em.
 
2022-05-19 2:53:17 AM  
Fyre Festival was almost designed for everyone to spite-read in schadenfreude. Influencers taking selfies in misery! Rich kids eating the same cafeteria slops the rest of us had to choke down at school! Oh no, the cheese is processed and THERE'S NO SALAD DRESSING!
I'm still not sure whether it was fraud or if the organizers were just that dumb.
 
2022-05-19 2:54:39 AM  

culebra: Dr. DJ Duckhunt: Next Bill Cosby will be free...Oh wait.

Well, we still got Harvey Weinstein so far...

And Ron Jeremy.


Ron?
Google.
......
😟
Jfc.

21  Jane Does'

Wait.
Wtf are the odds
 
2022-05-19 2:57:16 AM  

psychosis_inducing: Fyre Festival was almost designed for everyone to spite-read in schadenfreude. Influencers taking selfies in misery! Rich kids eating the same cafeteria slops the rest of us had to choke down at school! Oh no, the cheese is processed and THERE'S NO SALAD DRESSING!
I'm still not sure whether it was fraud or if the organizers were just that dumb.


Fake it till you make it

THE Drop Out.
/
In her defense, her employees should have spent as much time trying to succeed, instead of questioning their boss.
 
2022-05-19 2:59:05 AM  
So is everyone who goes to festivals a pretentious buttmunch, or is it just this festival?  oh farkers who know all.
 
2022-05-19 3:03:43 AM  

Lady J: So is everyone who goes to festivals a pretentious buttmunch, or is it just this festival?  oh farkers who know all.


/
To be fair I wish I had gone to Burning Man before it got took over by rich ppl.

//
But realistically before that you had to bring something beyond your person. So. Probably SOL anyway.
///
A festival is the only thing on my bucket list.

Already followed Metallica .
Did the Snake Pit.
Did an evening with.
🤭 humble brag.
 
2022-05-19 3:11:25 AM  
They sound white.
 
2022-05-19 3:17:40 AM  

TorpedoOrca: Is that why I just got a text and an email and a voicemail from someone trying to sell me Front Seat tickets to 'The Moon'?


No, that was these guys:

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2022-05-19 3:28:12 AM  

Lady J: So is everyone who goes to festivals a pretentious buttmunch, or is it just this festival?  oh farkers who know all.


Plenty of festivals exist that are not the equivalent of velvet-ropped nightclubs.
 
2022-05-19 3:52:24 AM  
On a scale of meh this is a fully hard meh
 
2022-05-19 3:56:20 AM  
For those not familiar with the story:

The Failure of Fyre Festival
Youtube UBPg5ftCMv8
 
2022-05-19 4:36:17 AM  
What do y'all think his next scam will be?
 
2022-05-19 4:38:15 AM  
If someone wanted to make an argument for vigilantism, releasing people genuinely deserving of punishment back into the public could be one of their points.
 
2022-05-19 4:52:29 AM  

padraig: Lady J: So is everyone who goes to festivals a pretentious buttmunch, or is it just this festival?  oh farkers who know all.

Plenty of festivals exist that are not the equivalent of velvet-ropped nightclubs.


I'll just leave this here - although I will add that the documentary "Full Metal Village" is the one really worth checking out, if you can find it (you don't have to like the music, it's a brilliant film on its own).

Harder, faster, louder - Wacken 2016 | PopXport
Youtube WVEbeW__8Hk
 
2022-05-19 6:42:08 AM  
Well, the bright spot is that if you're a big bag of shiat, you won't be allowed to eat any more sesame cake.
 
2022-05-19 7:05:48 AM  
Fyre, you say?


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2022-05-19 7:17:20 AM  

FirstDennis: Fyre, you say?


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I see you are a person of refinement.
 
2022-05-19 7:19:06 AM  
But don't you dare sell weed that could be seven years or more if your skin pigment is on a darker shade.

/waiting for George Floyd's murderer to be released or win on appeal...
 
2022-05-19 7:37:26 AM  
I saw that documentary (well, one of them, at least). McFarland came across as someone either deep on the spectrum or missing a chromosome. Like an oafish, oversized leprechaun that found some other leprechaun's pot of gold and used it to get drunk under a rainbow that never existed.

/that metaphor was forced
//and painful
 
2022-05-19 7:51:19 AM  

james_scam: What do y'all think his next scam will be?


Covid 5th Booster shot!
 
2022-05-19 7:53:34 AM  

RowdyPants: But don't you dare sell weed that could be seven years or more if your skin pigment is on a darker shade.

/waiting for George Floyd's murderer to be released or win on appeal...


Just like the old Gypsy woman said:  "Rodney King's beating, then George Floyd, and next..."
 
2022-05-19 8:03:33 AM  
Those weren't punative sentences.

Those were timeouts
 
2022-05-19 8:11:58 AM  
I really can't bring myself to feel bad about that guy bilking a bunch of self-aggrandizing influencers out of their money and embarrassing them.

FarkingSmurf: The only sympathy I have is for the local construction workers who didn't get paid.


I guess I feel sort-of bad for them, but not enough to toss this guy in jail.

But I am a horrible person, so there's that.
 
2022-05-19 8:21:24 AM  

Swampmaster: james_scam: What do y'all think his next scam will be?

Covid 5th Booster shot!


I hope not.  Covid is only killing the stupid now.  If the stupid get shots, then they won't die.
 
2022-05-19 8:23:11 AM  
As long as all this fellas money is gone and he has to go live in a 2 bedroom apartment with 3 other people, picking up a job at wendys and having to start life over, I don't care if he's out of prison.
 
2022-05-19 8:33:12 AM  
A lawyer for Billy McFarland, who was sentenced to six years behind bars in 2018, said he was transferred to a halfway house in New York on Wednesday.

Finally they're sending away the lawyers too!
 
2022-05-19 8:42:08 AM  
Silly subby, you think America actually punishes the rich and powerful? That's just for poor folks.
 
2022-05-19 8:43:39 AM  

Farking Clown Shoes: Cut the poor guy some slack. He just wanted to set up the world's best music festival, with great food, drugs, and loose women, but it turns out he was just really, really bad at organizing things.

Of course he couldn't give the money back - that would be unAmerican.


He didn't have it to give back is my understanding.  There have been much bigger cons then Fyre Festival, and those behind them continue to enjoy elevated economic and social status even though the investors got jack back.
 
2022-05-19 8:47:29 AM  

waxbeans: culebra: Dr. DJ Duckhunt: Next Bill Cosby will be free...Oh wait.

Well, we still got Harvey Weinstein so far...

And Ron Jeremy.

Ron?
Google.
......
😟
Jfc.

21  Jane Does'

Wait.
Wtf are the odds


Several years ago Ginger Lynn accused him of raping her when they were working together. Because having sex for money doesn't mean you can just have sex with that person anytime you want without their consent.
 
2022-05-19 8:49:31 AM  

padraig: Lady J: So is everyone who goes to festivals a pretentious buttmunch, or is it just this festival?  oh farkers who know all.

Plenty of festivals exist that are not the equivalent of velvet-ropped nightclubs.


Fantastic Fest tickets are on sale now. Come to Austin and see a bunch of cool movies!
 
2022-05-19 8:58:21 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Farking Clown Shoes: Cut the poor guy some slack. He just wanted to set up the world's best music festival, with great food, drugs, and loose women, but it turns out he was just really, really bad at organizing things.

Of course he couldn't give the money back - that would be unAmerican.

He didn't have it to give back is my understanding.  There have been much bigger cons then Fyre Festival, and those behind them continue to enjoy elevated economic and social status even though the investors got jack back.


He agreed to forfeit $26 million. He owes that money as restitution.
 
2022-05-19 9:00:35 AM  
I don't think it was originally his intention to scam people. I think what you have here is a rich trust fund brand who's ambition far exceeds his achievement.

He wanted to throw a large event without the experience or knowledge of how to actually throw one.

And speaking as someone who has thrown large events, let me tell you: Event planning is by far the most arduous, mentally draining and soul destroying activity one can ever engage in, next to soccer. Depending on the size of the event, you have to account for thousands of variables and millions of points of failure, from accommodations to talent to security to the individual whims of each and every participant. The hours are long, the payoff is not worth it, and for anyone who has delusions of grandeur desires to throw a mega event, music or otherwise, my first piece of advice is: Don't.

To put it metaphorically: This dude wanted to win an Olympic marathon before he knew how to walk. And he hired other people who didn't know how to walk. And they coordinated with cripples, lame feet, and amputees to prepare for something that requires nothing but running. About the only thing he knew how to do was beg for money which apparently is 99% of the point of business, according to some TFGs.
 
2022-05-19 9:42:12 AM  
Call me old.  But I think it is that generation of thinking.  I was in charge of a trade organization and the guy behind me had all these "exciting plans."  and zero follow through, zero execution.  Hell his goal for the year was to hire a friend to set goals for the future leaders.  that was 20 grand you could have lit on fire and made schmores.  At least in that case you would have gotten something out of it.

The generation of ideas and hoping something magical happens to make it work.
 
2022-05-19 9:55:06 AM  

Lady J: So is everyone who goes to festivals a pretentious buttmunch, or is it just this festival?  oh farkers who know all.


Just the ones who charter a private jet to an island in the Bahamas to attend it.
 
2022-05-19 10:16:41 AM  

james_scam: What do y'all think his next scam will be?


Investing peoples' money for retyrement.
 
2022-05-19 10:41:28 AM  
He probably got better food in prison than what Fyre Festival provided.
 
2022-05-19 11:23:44 AM  

dbeshear: If someone wanted to make an argument for vigilantism, releasing people genuinely deserving of punishment back into the public could be one of their points.


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2022-05-19 12:03:35 PM  
That whole thing was so weird.  I couldn't care less about that kind of thing (I'd go to the Bahamas, and have, once, to get away from people).   Didn't really pay attention as it was on the news here and there as it went down.

Finally saw the Netflix doc and went "Oh, so that's what the big noise was about".   One of my granddaughters announced at 12 that she didn't need to do well in school because she was going to be an "influencer".  My retort was a cleaned up version of "The fark you are, go do your homework".   I think she's maybe past that now, I sure hope so.
 
2022-05-19 12:27:53 PM  
isn't early release very common? like well over 50% ?

Prisons are overcrowded, everyone gets out early if they have good behavior.

Complain about the original sentence for the particularl individual, not early release which everyone agrees is good for society.
 
2022-05-19 1:31:22 PM  
Ishkur:
And speaking as someone who has thrown large events, let me tell you: Event planning is by far the most arduous, mentally draining and soul destroying activity one can ever engage in, next to soccer. Depending on the size of the event, you have to account for thousands of variables and millions of points of failure, from accommodations to talent to security to the individual whims of each and every participant. The hours are long, the payoff is not worth it, and for anyone who has delusions of grandeur desires to throw a mega event, music or otherwise, my first piece of advice is: Don't.


I've always wondered if an experienced professional could have pulled the original or modified concept, given enough lead time and cash.

Original: A luxury music festival on a private island.
Modified: A music festival on a Caribbean island with luxury add-ons and cashless vending.

I would not be suprised if Frye Festival is used as example of bad operations management and engineering in coursework.
 
2022-05-19 3:13:50 PM  

SPARC Pile: Ishkur:
And speaking as someone who has thrown large events, let me tell you: Event planning is by far the most arduous, mentally draining and soul destroying activity one can ever engage in, next to soccer. Depending on the size of the event, you have to account for thousands of variables and millions of points of failure, from accommodations to talent to security to the individual whims of each and every participant. The hours are long, the payoff is not worth it, and for anyone who has delusions of grandeur desires to throw a mega event, music or otherwise, my first piece of advice is: Don't.


I've always wondered if an experienced professional could have pulled the original or modified concept, given enough lead time and cash.

Original: A luxury music festival on a private island.
Modified: A music festival on a Caribbean island with luxury add-ons and cashless vending.

I would not be suprised if Frye Festival is used as example of bad operations management and engineering in coursework.


I'm sure an actual event planning company with the clout, experience, connections, and deep capital (in the billions) like Live Nation could pull it off, successfully and easily.

But some rich fark dropout from slam-my-dick-in-a-car-door MBA school with access to daddy's trust fund and dreams of hookers & blow piled to the ceiling obviously couldn't.
 
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