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I honestly cannot take anyone who solicits money online for stupid reasons seriously. Now before you jump down my throat, hear me out and listen to this backstory.
There is this girl I happen to be friends with on Facebook. The other night, I saw she had posted a link to some GoFundMe (or whatever the heck it’s called) thing she started for herself so I decided to take a look see at it, which btw the goal was $500.. supposedly the money was going to be used to visit some significant other or something like that.
First off.. her “terms of reward” for whomever decided to donate to her were pretty laughable. If someone decided to donate the full $500 to her, she would reward them by ‘adding them to her friends list on FB and styling a wig for them.’ That’s right folks, adding someone as a friend on a meaningless social site and spending ten minutes on some cosplay wig in exchange for five hundred big ones. Call me crazy for saying this, but that is a LOT of money and I mean damn, if someone gave me that much money straight up, I would have the courtesy of taking them to dinner or getting them a present and a card.. idk something more than just that!! I mean come on.
The second most laughable thing is that I always see this girl posting about ‘anime conventions she’s going to’ and ‘cosplay costumes she is doing/finishing up’ and ‘people she is hanging out with.’ So let me get this straight.. you have money to spend on conventions, cosplay and frolicking with your groupies, but you can’t set some money aside for something actually IMPORTANT in life? Whether it’s getting allowance or getting a job or doing random shit to get money.. SAVE IT.
Jesus Christ. My point to this whole opinion is that these ‘donate to me’ things are usually full of shit. I understand there are people who actually need money and have nothing and are barely scraping by… but I think people need to understand that a good majority of these individuals (mostly teenagers, like the girl in my example) on Tumblr or Facebook will set up these donation things for ulterior purposes or just because ‘Mommy said noooo to buying me (insert unimportant thing here) wehhhh I hate my life, I should set up a donation thing and beg all of my friends to send me money lol that’ll show her’
But hey even if you do want to beg off money from people on the Internet.. at least give them something more than a “friend request” and a ball of synthetic fibers. Damn.