For a while now i’ve given thought to ways of directly helping people that are in need. I’m not a huge fan of charities in general. I feel like a lot of money is wasted in trying to get more donations and that sincerely pisses me off. A great example is the ASPCA. I donated $50 to those asshats like 2 years ago and they’ve easily sent me $200 worth of crappy stickers and requests for more money. It’s happened with other charities i’ve donated to as well.
For Thanksgiving I posted an ad on Craigslist to buy Thanksgiving Dinner for a family in need. I got tons of emails. I chose the first legit sounding family and bought them a Thanksgiving Dinner with all of the trimmings. All went well.
For Christmas I decided to make another posting. Since I didn’t really know what to offer (I don’t celebrate Christmas), I posted an ad stating that I would pick a family in need to help if they told me what they needed. Minutes after the posting went up I got a bunch of emails with requests and summaries of the hard times they were going through. Then my listing was flagged and removed. This just shows how retarded the craigslist flagging nazis are (yes I know that the flagging is done by users). I was making a legitimate offer to help a needy family and they removed my listing. The sad thing is that this solidifies why I have a strong dislike for most people.
2 Things Could Have Happened
- Non-Needy people could have flagged the listing for removal because they don’t want someone in need to be helped. They could have done this because they either are just pure evil or just didn’t understand the concept.
- Someone who emailed me asking for help could have flagged the listing so that no one else could get helped.
After I was flagged, I posted again and got flagged & removed again.
Either way, it makes me feel kind of sad for the human race.
All was not lost. I did find a family to help in the first set of emails that came through.
Share your stories in the comments 🙂
Disclaimer: This post is not meant to brag. I’m sure other people give a lot more than I do, but you have to start somewhere.