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JustGiving to Millionaires?

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YouOKHun Wed 08-Jun-16 09:52:18

I've just been told IABU and a bit uptight about this so I'm interested to see if I'm the only one who thinks this is out of order.

I've just been sent a Justgiving request on FB which has been widely shared in my area and beyond. It's a request from a local family to raise £3k so that their family dog can get a life saving/prolonging operation. So far they've raised £360 and clearly people who don't have much money but love animals have given £10 or £20 to help out. I know a couple of the contributors as patients and I know they don't have money to spare.

All well and good but I know this family and they have three children in expensive public schools, horses and a property worth well over £1m with an attached cottage rented out at a rate that would cover the vets fees in under a month. Oh, and an attitude towards 'the little people' that isn't very nice (the 'little people' being exactly the kind of people who are generously contributing what they can).

Shouldn't they pick up their own tab at the vets😡 Or am I BU?!

LunaLoveg00d Wed 08-Jun-16 09:54:05

I wouldn't be contributing. They should have their pet insured.

ApocalypseSlough Wed 08-Jun-16 09:54:24

Based on what you say yanbu at all. Is it possible it's not theior pet but a friend or hirelings? wink

YouOKHun Wed 08-Jun-16 09:56:55

No, it's one of their dogs!

WorraLiberty Wed 08-Jun-16 10:05:51

I don't know.

There's a difference between being asset rich and cash rich.

Either way, it does sound a bit cheeky but I dont agree that the people who contributed, couldn't afford to necessarily.

No-one forced their arm.

Yanbu Is that typical of the sort of thing that JustGiving is being used for these days?

brodchengretchen Wed 08-Jun-16 10:19:23

In my book, if you keep a dog you have an obligation look after it, paying the bills yourself. Asking people to crowdfund treatment is arrogant and cheap. Of course they can afford it. Are these people your friends?


MrsJayy Wed 08-Jun-16 10:19:41

I wouldnt be giving money for a dogs operation im not heartless just not something i would but just giving is public fund raising i guess they are just chancing it

Arfarfanarf Wed 08-Jun-16 10:23:20

I agree with you, I think given their attitude about as you call them 'little people' and the fact they have assets they could use to raise money then I think they are pisstakers.

Yes they should have had insurance of course, but it's too late now.

But, it's a request for money. They aren't holding people up at gunpoint. People have the right to chuck their money around as they see fit and if they do so then they take the chance that they're chucking it at someone who is taking the piss. But that's their choice. It's their choice to take what a fb post says at face value. It's their choice to give money to a stranger. They're basically paying ten or twenty quid to feel good about themselves, thinking they're helping. And if they go without something essential in order to give money to a stranger's dog then again, that's up to them.

Pinkheart5915 Wed 08-Jun-16 10:24:51

I was coming on to say if it was for a charity then I'd give. people gave to my DH when he raised money for sands by cycling Paris to Lyon ever though we are far from short of money.

Now I've read your post YANBU they are not short of money and want donations for vets bills, cheeky sods! I wouldn't be donating.

I wish people would think of vets bills etc before just going out and buying a dog

EveryoneElsie Wed 08-Jun-16 10:26:14

YANBU. People who can afford things they dont need should have pet health insurance. I get sick of these requests.

Lymmmummy Wed 08-Jun-16 10:29:54

YADNU - they can clearly afford the drugs themselves - or to have gotten insurance - to be honest seems a slightly ridiculous thing to have a just giving page for

Seems like they are either mean or they are living beyond their means then expect people who don't to pick up the tab when something comes up

I don't think you would be the only one not keen to give - your opinion is absolutely valid

Just5minswithDacre Wed 08-Jun-16 10:35:33

That's quite specific. You might as well post the link now and let us enjoy a proper froth.

CancellyMcChequeface Wed 08-Jun-16 10:36:24

I definitely wouldn't contribute to something like this, and YANBU to think they shouldn't be asking for donations given how well-off they are - but I guess the people donating can make up their own minds about whether or not they think it's worthwhile.

StopLookingAtMyAccount Wed 08-Jun-16 10:49:41

That's very shock. I wouldn't be helping.

YouOKHun Wed 08-Jun-16 11:11:26

You're right those you who say people don't have to contribute and can choose to take these things at face value. I guess it's the pictures of their beautiful dog looking vulnerable and subdued and the paragraph saying 'we don't have the money right now and if we don't raise this cash she'll be needlessly put down'. It's dishonest. It extra grates with me as she spent £4K last week buying a horse from the stables next door to my house! Who is going to pay equine vets fees hmm

Arfarfanarf Wed 08-Jun-16 11:16:34

yup, that's how con artists work. There will always be those who fall for it.

you could always choose to let people know of course, but it is pointless. Remember 'baby dax'? Even when it is made crystal clear, people still make the choice and get angry with anyone saying hang on, what about this information.

They have the right to chuck their cash at a stranger with a sob story. They do it as much to feel good about themselves as to help a strangers dog.

HiddenMeaning Wed 08-Jun-16 23:11:52

It extra grates with me as she spent £4K last week buying a horse from the stables next door to my house!

I can't believe you forgot to mention that in your OP shock shock confused

Ohh, I'd find it hard not to post something on the JustGiving page about how worried you are about their new horse.

Just5minswithDacre Thu 09-Jun-16 01:49:52

. It extra grates with me as she spent £4K last week buying a horse from the stables next door to my house! Who is going to pay equine vets fees


Go on. Post the link.

branofthemist Thu 09-Jun-16 06:31:48

This pisses me off. My grandad was trying to donate to something similar.

I also know a man who is a millionaire who is trying to raise £2000 so his Dd can attend some sporting events this year. She is very talented in her chosen sport. But they can easily afford the fees themselves.

The dad gets pissed off that the club holds fundraising to help a couple of kids that come from a family who are very poor due to their mum being severely disabled. He thinks it's 'unfair'.

TheHiphopopotamus Thu 09-Jun-16 06:48:25

Hmm, this sounds familiar. Is the dog a pug, by any chance?

Stanky Thu 09-Jun-16 06:54:19

People have such a brass neck don't they? I wouldn't be giving. I know someone who rescues animals, which is lovely and good for her. But then she has pages where she asks people to donate to pay for the cat's vet fees and the pig's care. People send gifts and food for the animals all the time. Which is fine. But then this person owns several businesses, has a huge house with fancy cars, landscaped gardens and recently had a posh wedding. I would not be sending her any money for the pets she chooses to take on, but I don't understand why any one else would want to either. I think that it's more than a bit cheeky for her to ask strangers to send her money.

TutanKaDashian Thu 09-Jun-16 07:08:13

Crowdfunding should be banned. It put pressure on people to give and is just and electronic version on these chuggers that hang around on street corners.

FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 09-Jun-16 07:15:48

Haven't they heard of insurance?

EarthboundMisfit Thu 09-Jun-16 07:25:24

3k rent in under a month? In general, YANBU. I am sick of JustGiving requests for cars, tattooas, holidays, vet bills etc.

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