1. I think it was a joke and perhaps people would donate as a kind of thank you or the entertainment. Sometimes I think that people know things are a joke but they really want to be outraged! #justanotherlinky

    • I did wonder what would make people donate, I think you’ve made a good suggestion here, it would be kind of tempting to donate just to sort of let the person know you get it! Yes, people these days seem to need a cause to bang their drums about and they don’t seem to fussy what it is as long as they can make a bit of a public noise about it.

  2. Hi Debbie, I’d not been aware of this story before reading this, but I’m with you on this one; it has to be a very clever person having a surreptitious dig at some of the Wallys in this world.

    I’m not sure if Go Fund Me should have closed the page down though as surely others will have seen it for what it is too, so it’s their choice to donate to this unworthy cause.


  3. This is the first I’d heard of this but I honestly can’t see how someone would genuinely write this and expect a resounding response. I’m with you. Sarcasm is written all over this. It’s clearly generated a huge amount of publicity and maybe it will raise more awareness for people with a genuine need that are appealing for funds. But then who am I to define genuine?? Very interesting post!

  4. Lol that’s funny. I agree, if people want to donate their money to these people then so be it. No one is holding them at knife point telling them to donate, it’s up to them

  5. I think it was probably a joke but it just goes to show how f****d up our society is if it ignores a woman who is trying to fund her husbands medical treatment in favor for a woman who is clearly playing a joke. I can’t understand the way our society works sometimes.

  6. Gosh, I hadn’t heard of any of this – I guess it probably was a prank of some sort? I am amazed that she did raise $800!! I suppose if it was ‘real’ then people can give if they want to! Kaz x

  7. Wow, I actually hadn’t heard anything about this story. I would agree that the gofundme request seems to be written with a sarcastic tone but over all I don’t see why people should be getting upset about it. If you want to donate- fair enough, if you don’t want to donate then don’t and move on.

  8. I’m hoping it was a joke. These days, it’s sometimes difficult to tell sarcastic from stupid. But, even if it wasn’t a joke, it’s her right to use gofundme, and it’s the right of the individual whether or not to donate. No one is standing behind these people with a gun to their heads, forcing them to donate, after all.

  9. Yikes. I actually hadn’t heard of this debacle! Some of the pages on Go Fund Me are very strange and I do often wonder why people donate to them as opposed to registered charities? x

  10. I hadn’t heard anything about this either bit I agree it doesn’t sound at all like it’s serious. I am a bit amazed anyone would donate but it’s their money and nothing illegal has been asked so I don’t see why it should have been pulled either.

  11. I agree with you I think she’s just being sarcastic. Maybe she knows someone who has done just that – blown their savings on gambling and wants to do make a point. I am not sure it should have been removed after all if people want to donate then surely its up to them! xx

    • Good point, that would make sense just to let them know how stupid people will think they are. I don’t think it should have been removed – it’s not illegal and like you say people can make their own decisions as to whether or not they want to donate. x

  12. The family of a friend once gave all their money away and resigned their jobs because the leader of their church told them that Jesus was coming back and they were all going to heaven. The rest of the family were expected to bail them out and provide accommodation for them whilst not saying anything about how foolish they’d been. (It’s a Latin American thing. I don’t understand either). For that reason, I’m not sure.

  13. This Is the first I have heard anything about Cinnamon Nicole. To be honest I have no idea what to think, although i think I’m too leaning towards the sarcastic approach. But whatever the reason after reading this it would be interesting to find out lol.xx #KCACOLS

  14. I hadn’t heard about this but what you have said is right. I think it was a prank but who would donate to something like this? Our society needs sorting out in my eyes as people are fundraising for things that shouldn’t need money raising for, to save a life. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • It winds me up so much that people even have to fund raise to get life saving treatment. With that in mind it does seem wasteful to donate to this. I would be willing to bet that the person who set it up probably didn’t expect anyone to actually donate! Thanks for hosting 🙂 x

  15. I’d not actually heard about this prior to reading but it does come across as a joke. I agree with you that if people wish to donate after having read it then it is their responsibility.

    Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again next Sunday.

  16. It’s a difficult one to call. The last line looks like sarcasm but as you say it highlights that sometimes people do feel that the only way to survive is to beg and doing it through a website carries less stigma than an easily ignored person on the street.

    This is just old wine in new bottles though with a shiny front end to present what you see in the classifieds of magazines like Private Eye and Eye Need where people give a brief blurb and then their bank details for donations towards life long dreams, wrecked marriages or torrid affairs.


  17. I hadn’t heard of this Debbie but it sounds like sarcasm to me, though I can also see how other people may have taken it seriously. Sometimes sarcasm is hard to spot when you are typing out the words and no one can see your facial expressions or the tone in your voice but it does seems like a joke. If I had seen this my first response would have been, “this has got to be a joke” but like you said, the people getting outraged by it are probably some of the same people who donated to her in the first place, then realized it was a joke and got pissed off as a defense for being so stupid to donate in the first place when they could have donated to the other lady who genuinely needed the money. Our society is strange and the times we live in are strange. LOL! #effitfriday

    • I know what you mean about tone and expression. I am kind of known for being sarcastic and I often send genuine text messages to friends and they think I’m being sarcastic lol. Yes, I think a lot of the anger they express is really aimed at their own stupidity than at this page. It definitely is a strange society!

  18. I hadn’t heard of her/this until reading your post. Im sitting on the fence on it though. It does read as sarcastic, but then I am reading it as someone who doesnt believe it was actually acceptable to ask others for money for such a thing. On the other hand I know people who have set up genuine crowdfunding events for all sorts of equally (in my humble opinion) bad reasons, I WANT a holiday, I WANT a pair of designer shoes. If people think these are valid reasons for asking for money, them maybe the lottery thing could be genuine too, who knows….. #effitfriday

    • Yes, that’s true, some people do actually think it’s ok to expect others to fund their life style. Maybe I’m so set on it being sarcasm because I really want it to be so I can cling on to the tiny bit of faith I still have left in the human race! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  19. Wow she raised $800! That’s hilarious that people are stupid enough to donate money to someone who is yes obviously playing a joke. I have a friend from high school trying to pay for a kidney operation and has only raised about $500 of the 10K he needs. Makes you really wonder about peoples choices. Thanks for hostessing #effitfridays!💌Trista

    • I know, it’s ridiculous what people will do. Tell your friend he needs to sensationalise his page somehow! The sad truth is people will sooner donate to an obvious joke account than to someone who actually needs help. Thanks for linking up 🙂

  20. People really donated?! I’m not sure whether to be impressed at the kindness of people or shocked at the stupidity. This is just insane. But I enjoy ready things like this so thanks for writing about it. I agree with your views, it can’t be real. Can it? #effitfriday

    • I was more shocked at the stupidity but someone less cynical than me could see it as kindness – we’ve all made stupid mistakes and maybe they were just trying to help someone down on their luck. I really hope it’s not real! Thank you 🙂

  21. It really does seem that people are less and less able to recognise a joke – everybody wants to be outraged, but not outraged enough to do anything about whatever it is. It isn’t helped by the mainstream news outlets which pick these items up to mask the fact that they can’t be bothered with proper journalism. The lack of basic fact checking that goes on is staggering most of the time!

      • See I had only half a story, I heard it on the radio but not her go fund me request, just that she’d spent all her money and started a go fund me page. Now that I have read it it is clearly dripping with sarcasm, maybe she thinks she’s funny Because in a way it is. I once heard of a kick starter page that was about raising $100 for a potato party, this guy then managed to raise $10,000! Some people really are weird with who they give money to, and this is proof. I’m quite sure the guy through his potato party but gave quite a lot of it to charity. So at least it all worked out in the end 🙂 xxx

        • I admit I thought it was funny, especially how irrationally annoyed it seemed to make other people! I might set one up just stating I don’t particularly want to go work as I’d rather sit at home blogging lol 🙂 I like that potato guy gave some of the money to charity x

  22. It upsets me…. i have had a genuine cause and am trying to raise money so i can be able to do more as a mother for my child and then idiots abuse the go fund me system like that! How she can get that much money (even though it was refunded) and I cant get more than 11 donations in a year is beyond me. Just frustrating. Hope you dont’ mind me letting off steam!

    • I think it’s a very sad reflection of society that they share this around for comedy value and people donate when there are genuine people like yourself that would use the money to change their lives. I don’t mind at all Angela x

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