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Old 05-11-2017, 04:26 PM
Location: Midwest
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Originally Posted by emotiioo View Post
I keep getting invites from people who have GoFundMe pages set up.

One is getting married and needs money for the wedding.

Another is getting expensive in vitro treatments.

Another is trying to get money for an overseas adoption (and already has several kids adopted from overseas that the church raised money for.)

Is this a new trend? Is GoFundMe now the way that people finance expensive life events?
They would go on my IGNORE list.

We have generation after generation NOT raised, or raised by NEA school systems to think they are very very speshul. This is what we get.

Idiocracy was a brilliant movie. I see it coming true about 490 years early, unfortunately.

Old 05-11-2017, 05:21 PM
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I worked with another nurse (married) who tried to hit me(single then) up for her property tax bill. We weren't even friends outside of the hospital.
Old 05-11-2017, 06:00 PM
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I am all over GoFundMe accounts for funerals.

I know a lot of people in recovery and this seems to be a weekly event.
Old 05-11-2017, 06:13 PM
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I know a woman who did a Go Fund Me because she wanted to publish a book through one of those vanity publishers. She was trying to raise $2,800 for it. She asked me and my husband. I was appalled.
Old 05-11-2017, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by fleetiebelle View Post
Yeah, I recently donated to a couple I know after the husband had a medical emergency and passed out behind the wheel of his car and drove into a ditch. Their car was totaled and he broke his legs and had to be helicoptered out. They're nice people and their expenses are huge beyond what insurance covers.

Someone else I know set up a fund so she can go to a concert in another city. That one I passed on.
I understand the couple and that awful situation.

Do you hang out on GoFundMe? or did you know both of these people.

I got an invite once from a secretary at a professional office. She wanted to be in a beauty contest.
Old 05-11-2017, 06:33 PM
Location: Florida
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Yes, it's the new trend. Last one that came through was for the "wedding of their dreams", and this couple has been on more vacations the past year than I have in the past five.
Old 05-11-2017, 06:36 PM
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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I had a co-worker who decided to fleece some of her "wealthy friends" (her words), so she started a GoFund me for herself. She posted that she wanted to get funded so she could have a great time on her birthday. She wanted to fund an elaborate vacation to one of the islands. She wanted to fly first class, stay at a very high-end resort, and take scuba lessons, etc. After all, she said, if people cared for her, they would want to donate to her. Her goal was to raise $10K.

I was astounded when I saw it. Needless to say, I didn't donate a single penny. I was embarrassed for her! I did follow her site to see how much she would collect. I can report that she did not get even one donation.
Old 05-11-2017, 06:58 PM
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I also get tired of being asked to fund other peoples' teenaged, or college-aged kids mission trips to other countries. I have huge issues with these kinds of mission trips anyway and feel it's largely a misuse of funds, the main focus seems to be a free vacation somewhere and "life experience" for the young person. I'm offended when people ask me for money for this.

If I wanted to get married and couldn't afford any kind of wedding, I'd go to the justice of the peace.
Old 05-11-2017, 07:04 PM
Location: North State (California)
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No money from me. One b/f wanted to set up a go fund me for his daughters ( on welfare with 4 kids under 10) so he could buy her a car. Well I kept my mouth shut, & did not donate a penny. If you want a vehicle, get a job. ( She has family to baby sit at low or no cost)
When I was young & even older & we wanted a car, we saved for it.

I would donate directly to family, for a funeral or other tragedy.
Old 05-11-2017, 07:15 PM
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Years ago, before GFM was started, a set of parents at my son's school were hitting other parents up for college money for their daughter. FAIL
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