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Go Fund Me Scam beneficiary may have been mastermind of plot

According to today's Philadelphia Inquirer, Johnny Bobbitt, the homeless vet who sprang to international fame as the man who gave his last $20 to a stranded young woman motorist, who then set up Go Fund Me page for him, described a similar story in 2012. On his facebook page in 2012 Bobbitt wrote about rescuing a young woman who was stuck in a Walmart parking lot, out of gas and with a spare tire. No one volunteered to help her (and her young children!), so he used the last of his money for gas, and he changed her tire.

Bobbitt has been portrayed of late as the victim of greedy yuppies who raised tons of money for him, then used that money to fund their own lifestyle, with expensive cars and gambling sprees. It seems that they did make free with money meant for him, but it turns out that the whole sleazy idea might have been his in the first place.

For some reason, this story which appeared in the print version of today's Inquirer isn't yet posted in their online edition, but here is it from People's website:

https://people.com/human-interest/homeless-man-gofundme-scam-told-similar-story-facebook-2012/

That Go Fund Me for the guy who gave the woman his last $20?

All a fake. Not just what happened to the money, the whole story of Johnny Bobbitt, homeless and drug-addicted, helping out a young woman who ran out of gas in a bad neighborhood by giving her his last $20.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

It began like a scene from an urban fairy tale, a perfect, intriguing blend of fear and reassurance. A pretty blond woman, alone late at night, stuck in a car that sputtered to a stop in an unfamiliar neighborhood, approached in the darkness by a haunted face in tattered clothes.

No, Johnny Bobbitt Jr. meant no harm, he would later say. The homeless veteran materialized out of thin air, it seemed and offered to use the last $20 in his pocket to buy gas for the stranded Kate McClure, to get her away from an I-95 exit ramp in Port Richmond and back to the arms of her square-jawed boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, in their Burlington County home.



So when McClure and D'Amico created a GoFundMe campaign with the intention of raising a modest $10,000 to help get Bobbitt off the streets, the response was immediate and overwhelming. Whether it was because people felt extra-generous around the holidays, or because they wanted to have a connection to a feel-good story, more than 14,000 donors contributed $402,706 to the account in just one month.

Bobbitt's selfless act, and McClure's and D'Amico's well-intentioned response, made them instant celebrities, the subjects of front-page headlines and sought-after guests for Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

And it was all a lie.

Every word of it, from the very beginning.

More: http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/homeless-gofundme-scam-kate-mcclure-johnny-bobitt-jr-mark-damico-arrests-charges-20181115.html

Siegfried Sassoon 100 years ago

At dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun
In the wild purple of the glow'ring sun,
Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud
The menacing scarred slope; and, one by one,
Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire.
The barrage roars and lifts. Then, clumsily bowed
With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear,
Men jostle and climb to, meet the bristling fire.
Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear,
They leave their trenches, going over the top,
While time ticks blank and busy on their wrists,
And hope, with furtive eyes and grappling fists,
Flounders in mud. O Jesus, make it stop!
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