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Judge Orders ‘Virtue Signalers’ To Return All $403k GoFundMe Money To Homeless Vet

Tyler Durden
August 31st, 2018
ZeroHedge.com
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In what some have called the greatest exhibition of fake ‘virtue signaling’ ever, the “feel good story” of late last year that went really, really bad; now has a silver lining…

As we detailed previously, homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt Jr. served as an ammunition technician in the U.S. Marine Corps. After leaving the Marines, Bobbitt worked as a fireman and a paramedic before eventually falling on hard times.

Last October, Bobbitt came across Kate McClure after she had become stranded on the side of I-95 in a bad section of Philadelphia. Even though he was living on the streets, he used his last 20 dollars to buy her some gasoline so that she could get home. To thank him, McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help Bobbitt get off the streets. The original goal was to raise $10,000, but the story went mega-viral and the campaign ultimately raised a total of $403,000.

It was the “feel good story” of the holiday season, and it was covered extensively by the mainstream media. McClure and Bobbitt even made a joint appearance on Good Morning America, and it appeared that this was one news story that truly had a happy ending.

But it didn’t… McClure and D’Amico never gave Bobbitt the money. Instead, they took charge of it and bought him the things that they thought he “needed”.

The Philadelphia Inquirer later reported that Bobbitt had only received about half of the funds raised.

And so, as The Hill reports, Bobbitt sued the couple claiming that they had mismanaged the funds, but the couple said they would not give Bobbitt the money because Bobbit had reportedly become drug addicted again.

Bobbitt accused the couple of fraud, alleging that the two committed fraud and conspiracy by taking large amounts of the donations to “enjoy a lifestyle they could not afford” and using the account as “their personal piggy bank,” and asked a judge to appoint a supervisor to manage the money in the fundraising account.

And overnight the verdict came down and a judge on Thursday gave a South Jersey couple less than a day to hand over what’s left of the $400,000 they raised through a GoFundMe campaign for Johnny Bobbitt Jr.

The Inquirer reports that Superior Court Judge Paula T. Dow in Mount Holly ordered Kate McClure, 28, and Mark D’Amico, 35, to transfer the money into an escrow account by Friday afternoon and hire a forensic accountant to review the financial records within 10 days.

“The funds should be removed from [D’Amico’s and McClure’s control] and frozen,” Dow said during a one-hour hearing.

The filing also asks for an injunction that would prevent more of the money from being spent.

Given that the New Jersey couple has until this afternoon to turn over the money, and has already blown through it “enjoying a lifestyle they could not afford,” perhaps they should set up a GoFundMe page for that? If Lanny Davis can do it, and receive cash from people, anyone can.

Good luck raising the cash to pay Bobbit back!

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  1. Grunty McPhereson says:

    Appears to me that these two SJWs are doing what all self-absorbed Facebook junkies are doing. They just happen to be taking their selfie with some homeless dude in the frame.

    Clearly these two smug bozos are democrats, one being employed as a “Coordinator of interpretive diversity” and the other a “Assistant grant-writing specialist for internal paper clip storage”

    Here’s an idea, SJWs: Try doing something nice for some homeless person and DON’T tell anybody about it. Doesn’t seem so compelling now, does it??

    Soulless idiots…

    • TharSheBlows says:

      That’s nothing, look what these thieves did to Haiti

      Clinton Foundation in Haiti | Clinton Foundation

      After the 2010 earthquake, President Clinton formed the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund and raised $16.4 million from individual donors for immediate relief efforts. Since 2010, the Clinton Foundation has raised more than $30 million for Haiti, including relief funds as well as funds for projects focused on restoring Haiti’s communities …

      Jun 13, 2016 · “Hillary Clinton … took in hundreds of millions of dollars for a hospital in Haiti that went to the Clinton Foundation, that was never built — that was years ago. Where is that money …?????????

      Then in the end Clintons kept all the money and funneled in and out of their buddies bank accounts and back to them selves.

      Clinton foundation only spends 5% total of the total money they collect on real charity. Fricken thieves. They used charity money to spend about $5 Million on that little witch Chelsea Clintons personal wedding expenses.

      WHY ARE THESE THIEVES NOT IN PRISON YET?

  2. Brotherhorse says:

    I’ll bet $1 that they are libs, the feel good thing they took advantage of.

  3. The Deplorable Renegade says:

    This story is only another example of why it’s a wasted effort to help some people if they’re just going to turn around and screw you. It’s refreshing to see one SENSIBLE judge in the system. My best wishes to that homeless veteran. I know what needs to happen to those two who ripped him off. Anyone here remember “blanket parties” from their military service?

    • Fritz says:

      The mere mention of a blanket and some bunk adapters was all that was needed to convince most errant soldiers to mend their ways.

    • Hogman says:

      Yeah, Deplorable ReneTard, you would be homeless yourself if you didn’t have your sister’s trailer to live in. Have you ever noticed how these bums are always “veterans”. That’s for the gullible/stupid like you to believe.

    • Anonymous says:

      And what arm of the military did you serve in braveturd?
      The stay at home and whine brigade?

      • TharSheBlows says:

        YOU WANNA BE A REAL LEGITIMATE SOLDIER HERO BOY, GO GET YOUR RIFLE AND TAKE OUT OUR TREASONOUS GOVERNMENT POLITICIANS RIGHT HERE ON AMERICAN SOIL RIGHT NOW TODAY. SOLDIER BOY, “ARMY OF ONE” YOU FRICKEN LOSERS. DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR COUNTRY. I’LL GIVE YA A MEDAL TO PASTE ON YOUR CHEST. ITS THE GADSDEN “DON’T TREAD ON ME FLAG.” SOMETHING YOU CAN REALLY BE PROUD OF.

      • The Deplorable Renegade says:

        Anonymous, I’m in the ‘kick your ass’ brigade so STFU if you know what’s good for you.

        • Anonymous says:

          OK, once again you’ve terrified me with your old man macho rhetoric…I’m quivering in fear….yeah!

          But seriously, let’s compare military experiences. And I don’t mean shooting at paper targets with your inbred relations. I mean butt clenching, gut loosening, real fear experiences.

          You make a lot of tough talk threats. A rather stupid tactic when you don’t know who you’re threatening. Would I want some loud mouth like you watching my back? No way….you talk too much, you give away too much info. Braggards like you are the first casualties.

  4. Menzoberranzan says:

    This couple needs to experience jail and all its fine benefits.

  5. Kevin2 says:

    This would be a scam that would likely occur in Florida (get a handshake here and you better count your finders afterward) but I seen it was NJ and thought, “Yea that makes sense too”.

  6. Beaumont says:

    I would never voluntarily fight, in defense of a country, which has never used up critical resources, or gives them to social undesirables, but won’t provide for it’s citizens — particularly those with honors.

    This is supposedly the first world. You run up odious debts, to pay for anything. There is no literal budget. You can be reasonably-courteous, able-bodied, attentive, and want to make yourself useful, but not be able to provide for yourself.

    I don’t see a conventional explanation, in that, and don’t see any candidate who is supposed to restore the social contract.

    Where there is no dignity of labor, no level of cooperation can ever be adequate. You can risk your life and end up homeless. I have oriented these same people to menial labor, for less than it takes to support yourself, and never really thought it was fair.

    How does that make sense to you.

    • TharSheBlows says:

      ALL OF THIS HERO BS THAT VETS GET IS WAY OVER RATED. THEY NEVER DID A DAMN THING TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS, OR LIBERTY. ALL THEY DO IS FIGHT FOR CORPORATE WALLSTREET BANKSTERS AND MILITARY INDUSTRIAL CONPLEX MAFI OF THUGS. DESTROY NATIONS, OTHER CULTURES AND POLLUTE THE PLANET WITH TIER WEAPONS OF WAR. SEE A VET, SLAP THE CRAP OUT OF HIM/ HER. THEN TELL THEM “WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?’ ITS ALL MEDIA PROPAGANDA BS PRO WAR HYPE TO CON IDIOTS TO JOINS THIEIR GAANG OF MURDEROU THUGS RAPE-ING THE PLANET.

      WANNA KNOW WHY SO MANY VETS COMMIT SUICIDE?? THEY CANNOT DEAL WITH THE PERSONAL GUILT OF GENOCIDE AND MURDER OF SO MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE THEY KILLED, THEN MORONS THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE LIKE IGNORANT IMBICILES THAT THEY ARE. FCK YOU VETS MONSTER POS MURDEROUS CREEPS. KARMA BABY EAT SHtt N DIE.

      • .One day, you’re going to have to eat those words, and you’re not going to like it.

        • Beaumont says:

          People like to be outlaws and vandals and discourage you.

          But, let’s say that this business of empire and nationbuilding is neither moral nor immoral.

          The trashcan, and windows, and gutters, and public restroom are all allowed to serve their intended purpose, like for normal people. If you have a plastic, toy town, there is a post office, a firetruck, and some army guys. They are ordinary fixtures.

          The flags in the big book of flags, just like any other, are considered a valid placemarker, in my hypothetical, politically-neutral universe.

          You don’t take care of your own guys, all subversive arguments aside.

          I asked ordinary hiring sorts-of questions of your recruiters, on my highschool campus. The social studies teacher yelled, and they avoided me.

          Your work environment seems to be one giant pep rally, with anti-intellectual bias against objective people, who can count and keep score, some of whom served with you, like Smedley P. Butler.

          There would seem to be so many beatnicks among American veterans, that your own govt has profiled you as terrorists, under recent administrations — once you have outlived your usefulness.

          It seems like you were being asked for camaraderie without receiving any.

  7. kay123 says:

    Right…one problem just buried.
    I’ve had to bite my lip about McCain being a hero.
    Oh please…. They sent a helicopter to rescue him from the
    USS Forrestal after he pulled a stupid stunt before
    taking off of that carrier. Darn near sunk that ship
    killed 134, injured 161. Someone was afraid the crew would
    beat him up. The helicopter only took one man….McCain.

    A friend of mine speknt months in a hospital when he was blown
    off the ship.
    Was it reported in the news….no! He was the class idiot/show off.
    But his father and grand father were Admirals. So they covered
    for him.
    Who do you believe? The witnesses or the govmnt? Like
    the Las Vegas shooting never happened…..like the story ((((they))))
    made up?
    I don’t know anymore who to trust. Just because the person
    next to me is in this country….does not make him a good and
    faithful patriot.

  8. Hogman says:

    As an example of the massive scam that the homeless “crisis” is, New York city spends approximately $30k per homeless person per year. It’s a scam, a business, perpetuated by the government to reward government workers with jobs. When you see a homeless bum, don’t give him anything. I don’t care if he claims to be a “veteran” or anything else. Unless you have serious mental problems, you should not be on the street. Scrape and bust your ass if you have to – get a job – get help – do something, anything. Time to stop perpetuating the problem by giving these bums life-long handouts.

    Look, even Deplorable ReneTard has a place to live. If he can do it, anyone can.

  9. Traitor Hator says:

    Give some street junky 400 grand ? He will OD in days.

  10. I don’t donate. Except if it were to someone doing some job like a radio show that operates on donations, where you are basically paying for the service when you want to and at the price you can afford. Stormfront is a White Nationalist Radio Show. He’s broke and needs help to keep broadcasting. I enjoy listening but I admit so far I haven’t sent a dime. It is on Archives on the Rense radio. Yesterday he gave out his address to anyone wanting to donate. I’m considering making a small donation. FYI, the Southern Poverty Law Center and The Anti-defamation League have called Stormfront a hate site. So, if you think being white is not OK, then definitely, do not donate to Stormfront. On the other hand, if you are proud to be white, and you enjoy getting news someplace that is truthful and straightforward, go ahead; send Stormfront a few bucks. It will make up for my failure to provide the needed funds even as I continue to listen in every day.

    Btw: if you happen to read this, Don Black, thanks for all you do. The white man is going extinct, but at least you, and others like you, have helped some. Who knows, we white people may not be totally genocide because you gave voice to our side.

    _ Is this virtue signaling? If it is, so what.

    _

  11. Chad says:

    Both parties are probably at fault. The homeless guy admitted he blew much of the money they gave him previously, some on drugs.
    Why didn’t the judge appoint someone to help the vet so he won’t blow the rest of it?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Because it’s already gone

  13. Beaumont says:

    https://statici.behindthevoiceactors.com/behindthevoiceactors/_img/chars/elmyra-duff-tiny-toon-adventures-how-i-spent-my-vacation-95.8.jpg

    Liberals had a cutesy way of dressing him up in costumes and playing children’s games with the hapless, homeless guy. If you’re one of those, who sometimes likes the villain — batshit fkn twisted crazy — in a Stewart Smalley cardigan.

    The dress and speech code portrays that they’re 10yr olds. Out of eyeshot, they’re the “night doctor” working for a Lamborghini.

    If you follow the origins of African slavery, they did not consider it ornery, enmity, animus. It was first rationalized as a charity or act of love.

  14. Maranatha says:

    Thank goodness that YHWH does NOT give us what we selfishly ask for…for it would be a CURSE.

    Did you realize that most lottery winners of more than a million end up going bankrupt, lose their friends and family, marriages dissolve, lose their property, etc?

    It’s true. People without money who get a windfall, end up blowing it.

    This is why you never throw cash at the homeless. They are homeless because they didn’t prepare, have mental and physical issues, addictions, poor coping skills, lack skills, etc.

    The Bible says “each should carry his own load” but also to help “one of the least of these”. It takes tough love, altruism, wisdom, and Christianity through salvation by faith in the grace of Jesus Christ. That is extremely arduous to do in life and is a near thankless ministry.

    Some time in your life, chances are, you will taste being “desperate”. I hope YHWH shields you…but don’t count on it.

    It takes a wise pastor, faith, a team of volunteers, and regular church attendance to keep people on the straight and narrow. Otherwise, most people just assume that tragedy will not touch them. But it will.

    You assume that being a hermit is the answer and rejecting people, but actually, it’s entirely plausible that the reason suffering exists is because people are selfish and not helping out.

    In the end, only love matters whether it is YHWH, as romance, as friendship, as parents, etc. Money is not real..but an illusion.

    Supplies, skills, seed, and spirituality are real. Money is an addiction. Stewardship is what we are called to. That is why YHWH made us.

  15. Maranatha says:

    It’s looking like the couple really sponged off the gofundme account. What were they thinking? They could have set it up as a trust that was independently controlled to prevent this homeless guy from blowing it on drugs.

    Smart folks who donate to churches will keep it seperate in a trust so the church can’t take the principal and so it provides a steady fixed income stream. And before people argue, the vast majority of churches have less than a hundred members and barely keep the place running. And several evngelical churches refuse to be officially registered because they don’t want the government having control if they’re declared nonprofit. Meaning donations are not tax deductable.