I’m sure by now anyone with access to social media has heard about Cinnamon Nicole.
If you haven’t, basically, a woman calling herself Cinnamon Nicole set up a Go Fund Me page asking for donations because she had blown all her savings on the Powerball lottery draw. Go Fund Me took the page down stating it violates their terms and conditions.
Of course, the internet exploded with people expressing horror and disgust that someone would do something so stupid and then expect other people to bail her out.
The blurb on Cinnamon Nicole’s page read as follows:
“Please help me and my family as we have exhausted all of our funds. We spent all of our money on lottery tickets (expecting to win the 1.5 billion) and are now in dire need of cash…PLEASE, won’t you help a family in need. DONATE NOW. With your small donation of at least $1.00, a like and one share, I’m certain that we will be able to pick ourselves up from the trenches of this lost and spend another fortune trying to hit it big again!”
Please tell me I’m not the only one that gets that this is sarcasm? The woman has clearly set this up as a statement (or a joke) to highlight the nature of the people who actually do this. There are people out there who are really that certain they will win that they do blow all their money on tickets, and they then expect state welfare to bail them out. This is clearly a dig at that mentality and not a genuine request for money.
Why take it down?
As I said earlier, Go Fund Me removed the page for violating their terms and conditions. Whether there is more to it or it’s just because people are complaining about the page I’m not sure. If it’s just because of the nature of the request, I don’t think it should have been taken down.
At the end of the day, whether this is genuine or not, if people are stupid enough to donate to someone who claims to have spent all their savings on the Powerball and now want to raise another $100,000 to try again, then that’s their business. It’s not up to Go Fund Me to police who people choose to donate their money to. If this is allowed to happen, how long will it be before they are deciding who is more worthy of getting the treatment they need, or which charity is more worthy of donations?
Maybe she genuinely needs money for some medical treatment or one of the hundreds of reasons people think it’s ok to set these pages up for. But as the people moaning about it prove, raising money this way isn’t easy. There are hundreds of pages set up, all with some cause. One lady complained that she has a genuine reason for needing money (medical expenses for her husband) and this account raised more than hers in the 7 hours it was live. So maybe Cinnamon Nicole is a genius and knows this would quickly go viral because of the people who would instantly jump all over it.
What was the point of it all?
Maybe the point was to highlight the very real issue of people making obviously bad life choices and expecting someone else to bail them out (and then going on to make exactly the same bad decision again).
Maybe it was just someone who was bored and thought it would be funny.
Maybe it was to prove that we live in such a judgemental society that this would be viral with people expressing disgust within a couple of hours of going live.
Maybe it’s for real.
Maybe it’s someone who saw a chance to make some really easy money really quickly and took it.
Maybe it was someone who wanted their 15 minutes of fame and knew this would wind a lot of people up.
Maybe it’s someone who genuinely needs the money and knew this would get seen much quicker than a genuine request.
Maybe it’s none of the above.
Personally, I believe it was the first option. The whole thing screams sarcasm.
The irony of it all
The irony of all of this is if it was a sarcastic dig at the people who still believe the world owes them something, which I think it was, then all of the people jumping all over this and calling her are actually agreeing with her sentiment.
The sad truth
So Cinnamon Nicole got her 15 minutes of fame and raised just over $800 (which she didn’t actually get because Go Fund Me refunded the money to the donators when they closed down the page). This raises a few issues that highlight the sorry state of the world we live in today:
There are people out there that actually blow all of their money on something as unlikely to happen as a Powerball billion dollar win. I’m not having a go at the average person who plays the lottery here, I play it myself. And for all realistically, I know it’s unlikely to happen, there is a small part of me that thinks what if. There is a difference between having a bit of hope when you buy your ticket, and blowing your life savings because you got a good feeling about it.
That an account such as this can be viral and raise more money in seven hours than someone who needs life saving treatment can raise in months. I accept that I have no right to tell other people what to spend their money on, and I really do appreciate the sarcastic nature of the page, and if I’m honest, I got quite a kick out of the massive over reaction in several of the comments, but really, priorities people!
Lastly, and in my opinion most importantly, this re-raises the issue of how, in a so called developed world, people are still being forced to beg every day for potentially life-saving treatments for themselves or their loved ones. How is it possible that a child could be left to die if their parents don’t raise the money quickly enough to save them?
Maybe this whole ridiculous will force people to re-think these matters, which can only be a good thing.
What do you think? Was Cinnamon Nicole being sarcastic or did she genuinely think people should fund her gambling habits? Were Go Fund Me right to take the page down? Let me know what you think in the comments 🙂