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The crowdfunding site will reimburse the homeless for a large portion of the $ 400,000 appropriated by the fundraising initiators

The American couple wanted to help the man and collected, but gave only a small part of the money.

Photo of Kate McClure
Photo of Kate McClure

The crowdfunding platform GoFundMe will refund to the homeless Johnny Bobbit the rest from 402 thousand dollars, which the initiators of the fundraising campaign did not give him. The American Kate McClure and her boyfriend collected money for the man, but less than a third paid the homeless.

In GoFundMe promised to compensate everything that Bobbit has not yet received. According to the homeless, the couple gave him 75 thousand dollars in cash, as well as small purchases and services. In total minus the commission, Bobbit was supposed to get 360 thousand dollars.

Thus, the service was going to compensate the man 285 thousand dollars. The company noted that they follow their own rules that protect the final recipients of funds in such cases.

Representatives of GoFundMe assured that they would work with Bobbit’s lawyers until he received the remaining money. The man has already received the first check in the amount of 20 thousand dollars, the money will be spent on food and accommodation for Bobbit.

The fundraising story for the homeless began in the fall of 2017. The American Kate McClure ran out of gas on the road between New Jersey and Philadelphia, and Bobbit went to the nearest gas station and took her fuel canister, spending his last $ 20. After that, the girl told about what happened in social networks.

The users of the story were very unnerving and McClure and her boyfriend decided to help the homeless by organizing a fundraising for him on the GoFundMe crowdfunding platform. During the campaign, a man donated more than 400 thousand dollars (over 25 million rubles).

Homeless Johnny Bobbit at McClure

After a few months, it turned out that the couple did not actually transfer the whole amount to the man. At the same time, McClure and her boyfriend spent time in Las Vegas, celebrated the new year in New York and bought a new BMW.

In a conversation with journalists, the couple did not deny that not all the money was given to Bobbit. However, they do not believe that they have done something wrong. According to the couple, most of the amount was allegedly spent on purpose: half of the money went to the house on wheels, in addition Bobbit received a used car and a laptop, and another 25 thousand dollars were given in cash.

Homeless claims that in fact no one bought him a house or a car: they simply put him in a trailer that already belonged to McClure and gave the keys to an old pickup truck. Both, according to the documents, belonged to the girl, so that the man could not sell anything.

In the summer, the couple sold the trailer and the car, and Bobbitt was again on the street. McClure claims that the reason for this decision was that the homeless began to spend “thousands of dollars” on drugs. Bobbit does not deny drug addiction, but according to him, it was about small amounts – around $ 15 a day. The man confirmed that he received 25 thousand dollars in cash, but distributed this money to his relatives and friends.

Bobbit after eviction from the trailer again lives under the bridge

The last time the couple told reporters that 200 thousand dollars remained of the amount, but they are not going to give them to Bobbit until he recovers from addiction and finds a job. September 6 the police conducted a search in the house McClure and her boyfriend because of the high public interest. In addition, the district judge ordered the couple to appear in court at the hearing a week later.

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