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(WTAE)   Shoeshine man saves his tips for Children's Hospital Free Care Fund. For over 32 years. Totaling over $200,000. Man that shine really shows off the dust on my shoes   ( wtae.com) divider line
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4118 clicks; posted to Main » on 21 Feb 2013 at 11:34 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-22 06:22:32 PM  
1 vote:
Something the children of this generation will never do.  Think of others.
2013-02-21 01:27:52 PM  
1 vote:
Oh for fark's sake, America. You have the largest economy in the world, you spend more on your military than the next ten biggest spenders put together ... and you're happy to let children from poor families die unless the shoeshine guy outside the hospital donates his tips to save them?

Do you have any idea how bizarre this sounds to every. other. farking. industrialised. country. in. the. entire. farking. world?
2013-02-21 12:42:01 PM  
1 vote:
I hope the IRS is not reading that article. They will want to give him a talking to.
2013-02-21 11:59:48 AM  
1 vote:
I wonder if this guy has been / will be receiving public assistance?

Because making a doctor's BMW payments is something that can be subsidized through a middle man too. Giving away your retirement savings to a high-cost / low benefit industry doesn't make that much sense.

/yeah, I know I am being douchie
2013-02-21 11:46:31 AM  
1 vote:
Typical mortality rates for children that take advantage of the Free Care Fund (FCF) are upwards of 65%.  That means the majority of the children who received his money for treatment didn't survive more than a year after admittance.  From my perspective, that's a lousy investment.  He would've been better off socking the money into an aggressive growth fund at first and then slowly transitioning it to safer investments as time passed.  That $200K could have been $2 million, easy.

It just backs up my argument - don't tip service industry people.  They do not know what to do with the money and will most likely sink it in poor investments such as dying kids.  If you really want to help, then do not tip them!  Take that money over the years and give it to a fund manager like me.  Then, when you're fat, rich, and incredibly happy, you can take the original nest egg and do what you like with it - while keeping the profits for yourself.

If I was one of those dead kids, I'd say, "Thanks a lot shoe shine man.  Thanks a lot for nothing.  Now go get a clean rag and wipe this dirt off my face.  I'm farking starving!"
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