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Old 01-22-07, 12:04 PM
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Cyberbegging: a new and ugly trend?

I don't usually watch TV, but the topic on 20/20 last Friday night was "America Flat Broke: Begging and Borrowing" or something like that. So I watched.

They interviewed one couple who were 60 grand in debt just from credit cards, and on top of that they had a $400K house and two timeshares. They were scraping just to pay the minimums on 12 credit cards. A financial adviser weighed in on the situation, and later in the show they also interviewed Dave Ramsey.

They also interviewed Karyn Boschak (sp?), the founder of www.savekaryn.com, who got a bunch of strangers to pay off her credit cards.

I was dismayed to see that Karyn's action has inspired a new trend -- websites devoted to people posting requests for financial assistance. Two that were shown were cyberbegging.com and epanhandling.com, or something like that.

Is there anybody out there who would actually give money on one of these sites? I'm floored.
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It is nice to have all of them at a few sites so that it is easier to avoid.
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No. That is some serious balls to do crap like that. We're up to our ears in bills and I wouldn't pull a stunt like that. People really gotta learn some responsibility.
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I've been on FreeCycle and FreeSource listservs for the last year or two (people asking/giving away for stuff, free of charge)....and some of the things people ask for are crazy. I use it to do spring cleaning and help some people out, but then I get a ton of junk requests for things like old cars, computers, big screen tvs, etc.

I've donated a few computers, monitors, and etc to worthy causes (churches and single families), but I've also seen people who living in VERY nice areas ($500k-$800k+ houses in private gated communities) who are begging for stuff. I mean, i'm all for saving a few $'s, or giving people things that I have no use for....but damn people....keep it in perspective!!

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This trend is just another sign of the destruction of this great country of ours. Everything that it was founded on has been forgotten. Our founding fathers are crying somewhere for what has been lost.







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Paging mllefoo to thread # 490325!

There was a huge thread about Bosnak back when her website first hit. She did not have a lot of fans around here. My personal feeling is that if people are dumb enough to send her money, more power to her.
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I'd like to see a website set up by somebody who sent so much much to Cyberbeggers that they themselves are broke.
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You have not, because you ask not.

More power to 'em. I won't support 'em but someone wants to then go for it.
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That was a great 20/20. I couldn't care less. If people want to beg online and if idiots want to give those beggars cash, more power to them.
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OMG are you serious?!? I'd be so ashamed to do something like that. I can't believe the balls of these people!!
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I'm with the people who say "go for it". If they want to globally publish the fact that they are out of control, and have no ability to take care of themselves, why not? If they actually get the money, great, there's someone out there even more gullible than they are. At this point, it's not going to help much.
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Frankly I find the whole thing disgusting and offensive. This completely removes personal responsibility. How are these people going to learn if chumps on the internet keep bailing them out?

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The day I start paying off other people's bills because they get themself into that much credit card debt... Pigs will fly.

I agree with Fincher Fan, personal responsibility is the key here.

I don't mind sites like Milliondollarhomepage, because it's a business, and someone was smart enough to think of it, and people were willing to jump on the bandwagon. But stuff like this is disgusting.
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I won't send you guys any money because you'll spend it on drugs and booze but I'll send you all an e-sandwich. Enjoy!
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Fuck these yuppie assholes.

Stop charging those fucking ski trips to your Visa card and start taking some goddamned responsibility for yourselves.

I have no idea why anyone would send one dime to Karyn, possibly other than thinking "That could be me."
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Those people are making good money for almost effort at all! That could be me!
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Yeah, I have my fair share of debt, but I couldnt see asking anyone to help me pay for it... Hell, I feel guilty when someone tries to pick up the check for me at dinner.
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A (former) friend of mine has, until recently, lived for the past couple of years on donations from people he knows on the internet. They've given him money, new computers, gift cards, etc. Several years ago when he lost his job and his house was foreclosed, my wife and I offered to let him move in with us and help him find a job, but he didn't want to move to another town, choosing instead to survive as a "cyberbegger." This, among other things, led to the termination of our friendship. So, I see this as becoming more and more common.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
A (former) friend of mine has, until recently, lived for the past couple of years on donations from people he knows on the internet. They've given him money, new computers, gift cards, etc. Several years ago when he lost his job and his house was foreclosed, my wife and I offered to let him move in with us and help him find a job, but he didn't want to move to another town, choosing instead to survive as a "cyberbegger." This, among other things, led to the termination of our friendship. So, I see this as becoming more and more common.

Wow. I didn't realize this was so real. I don't know anyone in similar circumstances. I know people in debt, but nobody that has taken to online begging.

When you terminated the friendship, did you do it via an IM block?
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Anyone else read the thread title as "cyberegging"?

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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson

Wow. I didn't realize this was so real. I don't know anyone in similar circumstances. I know people in debt, but nobody that has taken to online begging.

When you terminated the friendship, did you do it via an IM block?
No, it was done through email.
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No. That is some serious balls to do crap like that. We're up to our ears in bills and I wouldn't pull a stunt like that. People really gotta learn some responsibility.
Some people work, break their backs, and pay the bills.

Some just sit back in their chair, create a website, and beg.

Either choice is not the wrong choice. It's whatever works for you to attain your goals. If anything, both you and the Begger Website are responsible. Both of you are taking actions to pay your bills.
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There's literally nothing worse in the world than working.
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I want money to pay off my house. I would also like to not work anymore, but all of this requires money that I do not have... if you are willing to help me out, I will give you my PayPal info
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Originally Posted by Trelach24
There's literally nothing worse in the world than working.
...except not having any savings.

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