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Where is the homeless man at now?
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Actual source: https://www.antarcticajournal.com/billy-ray-harris-good-fortune-for-honest-panhandler/
“Billy Ray Harris buy a new car, put a down payment on a home, and begin fulfilling his dream of starting a house painting company. Another unexpected windfall was that Billy Ray Harris was able to reconnect with his family which he had not seen in a long time.”
Gee, wonder why the family suddenly shows up
Lol it could genuinely be for a number of reason rather than money. He could have been an alcoholic or neglected his family. Or even ashamed of the situation he was in and never reached out to anyone. Or they just money grubbing bitches
Guarantee its the money. The moment you win the lottery, lots of long lost family come out the woodworks
as a former homeless its 50/50 money vs he was ashamed. he seems to have a good head on his shoulders so he might have thought of himself as a burden and not reached out to them because he owed them. once he got this lump sum he probably reached out and they were happy for him. at least that's the other side of the coin
Dude I didn't talk to my family for years until I got a stable job because I was too ashamed to admit I was homeless and didn't want to burden them by making them feel like they needed to take care of me
It could be a bit of all these reasons.
Very suspicious 🧐
Holy shit the guy from the internet was telling the truth. Sorry I doubted you u/fugitivuserrans
His family: “so we heard you got 185k...”
I'd like to point out that:
1) This article has no source backing up their claims (lol)
B) They actually linked to the Wikipedia for Kansas City, MO
This is the most fabricated bullshit I think I've seen on reddit in a long time.
Antarctica Journal? That sounds like a bad place to be homeless
This one might be true. But a 2017 version has seen jail for all
That's not really a source. There's nothing pointing to that site having any credibility.
He bought a house, a car, started a painting company and got reunited with his family. Source: You have to trust me, I’m a dude on the internet!
Source: I am also on the internet.
I have no idea what’s going on.
What’s the internet?
...you guys have Internet?
Laughs in Texas
Laughs in slow aircraft carrier wifi.
Your ship still has reddit?? Nicccce. Ours started blocking it in mid-2019 due to the possibility of people looking at NSFW content... as if reddit is the only avenue
At any rate, stay safe out there, brother/sister
Thank you, and funnily enough, my ship isn't bothering to block nsfw content.
Hold up, do they actually try to block nsfw websites if you're in (I'm assuming) the navy? Why would they want to do that?
Sailors are not allowed to view porn. Or smoke. Drink. Relax.. breathe...
Stay safe! May the four winds blow you safely home again.
We just left port lol
I SAID SAFELY HOME.
Haha wait till you see german wifi
it's a place where people think they have the right of speech. SPOILER: THEY'RE WRONG
Can confirm, you must blindly trust entities on internet and believe the guy turned his life around
Sadly the painting company was just a front for his raccoon protection racket, he'd train raccoons to harras local businesses if they didn't pay a protection fee, the painting company was to launder the money.
Nooooooooo! Please give me sauce, don’t just break my dreams!
Sure, it's a sad story though, be warned.
How am I so stupid? Was a born this way or was it learned?
I’m stupid like you. I think we are born this way.
Oh no honey, you weren't born that way. You just couldn't stop banging your head against the wall as an infant.
Oh no :(
You got me...
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But one day, he stumbled upon a secret the raccoons had kept from him since the start, a secret so grave, it threatens the meaning of existence.
I thought you were joking but he actually did.
I remember a story from quite awhile ago. Where a group wanted to see if giving homeless people money would solve their problems.
So they gave this homeless guy a large sum of money 200k or possibly more.
They then tracked his progress. He got off the street. Reunited with his family lived ok for about a year. But homelessness isn’t about “I don’t have money”. His old habits returned quickly.
He couldn’t get a job. Drank a lot. Shirked responsibilities and eventually lost his home that he had gotten (not sure if it was a rental or what). Just over a year and he was back on the street again, with the attitude. “Oh well”
I had a coworker who ended up homeless. He was a nice guy. He also had money. His parents had both passed and he had a substantial amount of money that came to him each month. But he kept moving and moving and they had a hard time tracking him down. He drank a lot and often showed up to work with fresh scrapes and bruises. People complained he smelled like alcohol often. The company even tried to get him help.
He was eventually laid off due to cut backs and someone said they saw him on the streets.
He froze to death one night. During a big ice storm we had several years ago. He was just feet away from a warm grocery store.
He had money and a means to support himself. But just dumping money on a homeless person is rarely the answer.
200k could last me at least 4 years before going broke for lack of income. This dude had more addictions than just drinking.
The true story is he went to Monte Carlo, bet everything on red, and..... won! And he lived happily ever after.
I trust you! I also want a house, a car and to start a paint company. Be right back, becoming homeless.
I'm going to just choose to believe you and exit this thread. I need good news.
Somewhere on earth I would guess, could be wrong idk
He is the man you now know as Elon Musk.
People just kept piling into that funding page
In his home, one would hope
Possibly still where he is, Meme doesn't say she gave it to him.
She would’ve gotten flames so fucking jard
He spent all his money on his electrical bill.
Update idk where he actually is.
Billy Ray Harris buy a new car, put a down payment on a home, and begin fulfilling his dream of starting a house painting company. Another unexpected windfall was that Billy Ray Harris was able to reconnect with his family which he had not seen in a long time.
lol "source." No author attribution. No date. Their one external link goes to the wikipedia article for Kansas City.
You don't read the Antarctica Journal? All of my tuxedo wearing friends tell me it's a highly respected news source.
The money helped fund his dream of being a homeless beggar.
He could’ve proposed to another homeless person
“Stick with me babe and someday, all this will be yours.”
I'll give you the biggest rock ever!
whips out crack rock
Yall got anymore of that crack?
"This rock will last us-"
"Hours. I know."
A man/woman of culture, I see. I’ve been rewatching the whole series and just watched this episode on Sunday lol.
Which series is this please, so that I might join the culture club
It’s a skit from The Chappelle Show, I believe it is season 2 episode 12-13.
Chapelle Show. Chapelle Show. Woo hoo wee!
Woo hoo hoo. Yea yea yea
That part is about 5:45 in.
The best episode of the series fear factor and wayne brady
That Wayne Brady skit is still gold, but holy shit it was amazing at the time. Wayne Brady was super famous and the quintessential "wholesome family-friendly comic." It was absolutely nuts watching this episode when it aired. I was dying.
One of the things I've always liked about that skit is that even though it was parodying Training Day, you don't need to have ever seen that movie to appreciate it.
Angry Updoot Noises
Maybe he did, and was rejected...cries
Happy cake day!
Thank you! I honestly hadn't even realised, lol.
And you forgot your own birthday again.
A story from 2013....they should rename this site Re-gurg-it.
Old stories are bad but a story that’s been posted 5 times over the course of 2 months is annoying and happens a lot
The real problem with reddit is you can post something 5 times in 2 months and you will still have a large number of people on the 5th post who have never seen it ever before no matter how much time they spend on reddit. Happens to me a lot.
Plus even with us long time lurkers who would have seen it, we have the attention span of a
A what? You can't just leave me hanging like that
Ohhh, look kitties!
Wowee, what were we talking about?
Toasters are useful
But their attention span needs improvement.
I reckon they have a great attention span. They focus hard and get their job done with consistent results
Did you know the numbers on the dial for how many minutes you want the toaster to toast and not level of toastedness?
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You can say the exact same thing about toasters
I hate people who don't finish s
Oooooo, a squirrel!
I spend a good amount of time on reddit and don't see a lot of content util the reposts. I think it says more about the people that are on here 24/7 and catch every instance of that particular post. I used to be annoyed by reposts, but then I started spending way less time on here and it stopped bothering me. I also simply scrolled over the stuff I had already seen.
Hey! Stop making sense and sharing a good idea!
What? Scroll by something annoying and miss that incredible opportunity to criticize, bully and complain just for the hell of it?? Are you mad?
Yep. The only other thing you could do to help even out the system is downvote the reposts or simply comment that it is a repost. That being said complaining about reposts seems to be a solid thing to do and a massive karma farm for people. Reddits gonna rebbit gonna bebberit
Sounds to me like the real problem is people who get annoyed because they see the same post more than once instead of just....scrolling past it.
You say that, but there are often people in the comments who admit they've seen the same post a dozen times and upvote it every time they see it, anyway.
You need to log off the internet and spend time outside. I don’t think you understand how the world works.
It’s already called reddit, mate
Your first day, huh?
Sorry things past your birth year aren’t relevant to you kid ....not everyone knows everything that’s happened in the world it’s my first time hearing it maybe ..yknow...scroll past it and relax lol
I concur, it's a great story...kudos to brother Billy Ray...
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Yeah I would agree as well it’s a great story that I just learned about today and than you have these know it all’s who live on Reddit and seen everything annoyed they have to see this again lol just scroll past it and let us who haven’t heard of this story enjoy it
HOW DARE YOU. are you dumb or something, i saw this post 8 years ago. therefore it’s a REEEpost.
stupid reddit normies don’t understand.
Lmao hes 7. I get it.
Maybe 6 tho..
If you have this much of a problem with people posting history, then stay away from school. You’re in for a rude awakening.
Y’all know Reddit is named like that for the I read it somewhere. Reddit. It’s also a site with the whole purpose is reposting stuff.
lol, how the fuck do people not know this?!
In an hour’s time you’ll see - TIL: Reddit got it’s name from ‘read it’!
I wonder how he's doing today
Now THERE is a good question. I tried googling to find out and came up empty. If the OP had posted this 2013 story with an update it would have been more relevant.
It reminds me of another story that a homeless veteran dude spent his $20 to buy gas for a girl struck on highway, she raised tens of thousands for him online, and all of them, including the girl's boyfriend, got charged in the end because they just made the story up.
Yup. I hate that every feel good story that comes from a GoFundMe makes me skeptical now because of that story.
I thought that story ended with them to trying keep the money they raised for him, and then spening a large sum of it on a new bmw and a vacation. they wanted to give him an "allowance" of a few thousand a month. I think it went to court, but i dont remember what happened.
Just looked it up and apparently all three were in on the scam. The homeless man got 5yrs probation, the other guy got 5years jail time and has to make restitution and the woman is still waiting to be charged.
That's life changing money right there.
Bro, do you work for BRIGHT SIDE? All of your posts have titles like this
I found an engagement ring In a burger king washroom once.
Did you return it?
It was an onion ring. He ate it
Full story here
And original post here: https://teddit.wsb.onl/r/todayilearned/comments/cnmb4t/til_of_billy_ray_harris_a_beggar_who_was/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf
And top comment OP: https://teddit.wsb.onl/r/todayilearned/comments/cnmb4t/til_of_billy_ray_harris_a_beggar_who_was/ewbwxg9/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf&context=3
Hahaha the original post is not 2019. The story is from 2013!
Really disappointed this wasn't reported on by Trent Crimm
Trent Crimm from the Daily Planet?
From the Independent
Ah, yes. That's the one.
Personally don't trust anything he writes, also heard from a friend that he can't handle spicy food at all. Sad existence.
Can you stop reposting shit from this website? You're pretty cringy
This isn’t amazing. Poor people know what it’s like to lose everything, and as such, they tend to be more empathetic than those who have everything they want. I see this person as a good kind man who wanted to make sure someone else isn’t missing a dear item because he knows how that must feel.
Didn’t her and her husband like have total control over the money legally and they only ended up actually giving the guy like 20k and they spent the rest themselves
Different couple, and in that case all three of them were later arrested for making their story up for the donations.
Hold up...why was the ring off her finger and mixed up with change?
That's the real story.
It probably slipped off.
Sometimes engagement rings are bought without being sized (to keep them a surprise) and require resizing for a proper fit.
According to the article, she had taken it off and put it with her loose change. She reached in for a handful of loose change to put in his cup. And then later remembered what she had done.
she had taken it off and put it with her loose change.
she had taken it off and put it with her loose change.
Because this whole thing was a scam.
Because the whole thing was set up ROFL
Your title sucks op. I thought I was on buzzfeed
Again, not uplifting. Sad, imagine giving a damn so Billy wasn't homeless to begin with, and left to beg.
I used to work at a rescue for homeless people. I would say about 70%-80% of the people we worked with outright refused to help their situation.
The ones we could help would get a job with the local DPW making $18 h/r and be brought in for community housing. Offered resources for their education and bettering themselves.
Only thing we request is that they come to work on time and do their best. For the ones who tried, this program worked great and really helped people get back on their feet.
But sadly, most of the homeless people we would try to help, would refuse. They did not want any help.
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That’s a reality that some people don’t want to acknowledge, is that many homeless people are either mentally ill or are just where they want to be. Still feel bad even for the ones you described though, because I know first hand that mental illnesses like depression can make people feel like not getting up and doing even the most basic things...so although some of them may not necessarily prefer homelessness, it could be difficult for them to do things like show up for a job or even keep up a basic acceptable appearance.
I feel like nobody talks about the trauma of actually being homeless. Because I don't think anyone really wants to be homeless or stay homeless it's just that it's what they know and transitioning out of that mentality is very hard.
My newspaper actually did a story on homeless woman recently, they kept up with her for a year just to follow her life. But her homelessness encampment is being cleaned up so the city is throwing out extra resources to get the people there set up with jobs, housing or just a place to go. And when they talked to her recently she said that more than anything she was just scared.
She said she'd love to get a job and an apartment and her old life back but she's really afraid that she'll lose it again. It was a very traumatic experience the first time that it happened to her. She was evicted from her home six years ago and since then she's lived in the homeless camp, she has a community there, she has a routine, she knows who to be and how to survive there. And she's afraid she can't relearn how to be who she used to be and how to live in that world. And, you know, what if she tries and fails and she's has to learn how to be homeless again.
Some homeless people I've talked with have claimed they enjoy being homeless. I don't know how much of that is self-delusion to cope, or them legitimately preferring the simplicity of that lifestyle, but it seems that after a certain point life on the streets becomes their familiar norm and they're reluctant to change. One guy said if he did manage to improve his life 'the system' would just make him homeless again, so he didn't see the point in trying.
That's pretty terrible what that guy feels. Although, if I wash away all the hardship that comes with it, homelessness can look like something approximating a form of freedom most simply don't possess. No ties to much anything for better or for worse.
These are people who don't function under capitalism and so capitalism lets them rot. We shouldn't treat them as inferior because our economic system is unnecessarily cruel. There are more than enough resources to go around.
A job wasn't what he needed. A home for starters and a community that needs him next, then we can talk about work.
Cool. I'm just staying most homeless people have resources they can go to but refuse.
Maybe what’s being offered is not what they need at that time?.... a job offer vs a home and mental help would probably be first
I get it. Some refuse homes. We could be humane and think in terms of what would suit them instead of trying to impose our definition of solutions on them.
It would be interesting to see what Billy-Ray is up to these days.
Is he expected to be any less honest than any one else in society? He did what many people would do, the right thing. Why is it so amazing that a homeless person performed an honest act?
The difference is that this person probably needs money he will could get for this ring for food. Not many people would be this honest in his situation. At least that is what i think.
he Will could get for this ring for food<
he Will could get for this ring for food<
“yes I would like a #3 meal, supersized, I will pay with this ring.”
EDIT to add
because you’re all dumb enough to need it
Because that’s a life changing amount of money for a homeless person? Maybe not the right thing but I couldn’t have blamed him if he immediately pawned that shit
I am more frustrated that people believe that others would do the right thing. I stopped hanging out with a friend because he stole tips out of a tip jar at subway.
I would loudly and aggressively berate that person while recording it on my phone to post online. I would try and figure out who he was and publicly shame him for it in every way I could think of. Fuck assholes that steal a poor persons tips.
Why is it so amazing that a homeless person performed an honest act?
Why is it so amazing that a homeless person performed an honest act?
Because if I suddenly get 4000 bucks, I might buy an extra TV or go on vacation, if I buy anything at all. Otherwise it just sits in my bank account and my life continues in both scenario's just how it has been: fine.
If a homeless person suddenly gets 4000 bucks their quality of life massively increases and their life could well be on a trajectory of success, or if that fails, at least short-medium term increase in happiness.
Outside of that obvious difference, the real story here is that he was rewarded for resisting the temptation to improve his life by having it improve even more by the gratitude of that lady.
My sister in law is bi polar/manic. She sleeps in a rain coat with a rubber hat on because she thinks magnetic energy is trying to get in our brains. She is 50 years old, and PRO TRUMP. If it wasn't for her widowed father giving her a place to live she would be homeless. But she would return a ring or money to its owner all day long. Thats what people don't understand and it sucks. MENTAL ILLNESS IS JUST THAT.
WTF has being ‘PRO TRUMP’ got to do with any of that?
Corroborates the existence of mental illness.
I'm honestly tried of people talking about Trump any chance they get. Someone called me Pro Trump because I got McDonalds for lunch.
Reddit can't talk about someone else's mental illness without bringing in their own mental illness.
I know, right? It was really redundant after reading about the super outlandish conspiracy theory.
We just assuming the homeless guy had a mental illness now?
In fact most homeless people do.
You sound extremely naive and you obviously just live somewhere that has no homeless population.
If you ever travel outside of your little bubble, be very careful as people like you are easy targets for theft and scamming.
People choices are heavily impacted by their environment. A lot of homeless people are in situations where they’re desperate for cash badly. He could’ve hawked the ring for cash. So could anyone who’s in a normal financial situation but him more so cause his choices are impacted by an environment of extreme poverty
Because to him, that ring is worth the equivalent of hundreds of millions to us.
On the other hand (well both actually)I recently left two expensive rings On the nightstand at a Mar—tt hotel in Oregon and management claims the housekeepers never found them even though they meticulously clean the room due to Covid.. I now have the realization that your chances are possibly better with lost property on the streets vs. Nice hotel chains??
It's really just down to what kind of person that particular housekeeper was. I used to work housekeeping and I would've trusted almost everybody I worked with to return lost items, and a couple I definitely did not trust
After she sees the GoFund: "Hey, so, Billy... we're gonna split that $185k, right? It's only fair, yeah? I mean, you're good with just $4,000, right?"
Looking good Billy Ray!!!!
Feeling good Louis!!!!
I CAN SEE! I HAVE LEGS!
I was thinking there's no way this guy has that name and nobody references one of the best movies ever.
Shit I need a go fund me account just to pay my wife medical bills!!!
the pic is from a dhar mann vid
I swear to God this is a dhar mann vid
Those amazing stories are always pretty questionable if they are from Facebook or Instagram. Just stick to newspapers and other reliable sources
Here is one out of Philly. It had us all strung along for months as the feel-good story of the year.
Homeless man and N.J. couple concocted story for GoFundMe fundraiser, prosecutor says
WHOA HOW EXTRAORDINARILY UNEXPECTED OP
DEFINITELY NOT A BULLSHIT CLICKBAITY TITLE TO THE EXTREME
I used to stop on my walk to work and chat with a homeless guy and bring him a coffee every morning.
one morning after I'd had some unexpected bills come in, I didn't have enough money to get a coffee for him or myself, but I came and chatted with him anyway.
We'd talked about my love of coffee quite a few times so he noticed right away that I didn't have one and asked and I just said that I just didn't have the spare cash.
He wasn't asking for one for himself, just that he knew I never came past him without one, and he started rummaging in his pocket to get me some money so I could go and get one for myself.
it was pretty humbling that this man who had almost nothing and was sleeping on a bench would give what little he had for some dude he hardly knew who was going to work in a suit.
after that day I made sure I always budgeted to have a coffee fund for us both and always went to work extra early so I had the time to spend chatting with him, he was an amazing man.
Then he invested it all in GameStop. Still holding. What a legend.
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