Remember the story about the homeless guy buying gas for a woman stranded in Philly, after which they rasied a bunch of dough for him with a GoFundMe campaign? I wrote about it myself at the time; if I remember right, the homeless guy was a military vet; after the girl he helped and her husband tracked him down, he got himself cleaned up, found a job and place to live, etc. He had finally gotten himself back on track, and the whole thing was just heartwarming, a real feel-good story if ever there was one.
Well. About all that.
Authorities say a New Jersey couple and a homeless man made up a “feel good” story about the man helping them so they could raise money through an online fundraiser.
Burlington County prosecutors outlined the allegations against Mark D’Amico, Katelyn McClure and Johnny Bobbitt on Thursday. All three are charged with theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
The couple has claimed they set up a GoFundMe page for Bobbitt after he helped McClure get gas when she became stranded in Philadelphia last year. But prosecutors say they found evidence all three knew each other for at least a month before and set up the scheme.
D’Amico and McClure surrendered Wednesday night. Their attorney said they have no comment. Bobbitt is jailed in Philadelphia. A previous lawyer of his didn’t return a call seeking comment.
I guess the lesson here is that cynical old farts like me should never, ever let our dwindling faith in humanity be even partially restored by stories like this. Not until the other shop drops, at least. Confirmation, as if any were needed, that the Warm Fuzzies will lead ya astray every danged time.