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Homeless vet helps stranded motorist, gets help in return
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: December 06, 2017 08:48AM
[jalopnik.com]

Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless veteran who gave his last $20 to a stranded motorist last month, has now purchased a new home and a 1999 Ford Ranger thanks to money raised by the woman he helped.

Kate McClure was stranded and alone on the side of I-95 one night in Philadelphia after running out of gas. After pulling off to the side of the road, McClure was approached by Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a homeless man, who instructed her to stay in her locked car while he walked several blocks and spent the only cash he had on him to get her gas.

Bobbitt Jr. served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a paramedic before becoming homeless, as he says, through bad decisions and circumstance, according to the Associated Press (via TIME).

McClure was unable to repay him at the time, instead deciding to set up a GoFundMe campaign for Bobbitt Jr. with the target goal of $10,000 to put toward an apartment. The campaign went viral and raised nearly $389,000 in 25 days, instead. The money will now go into two trust funds, one that will deposit money to a bank account every month for Johnny to use, and another that serves as a retirement account.




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Re: Homeless vet helps stranded motorist, gets help in return
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 06, 2017 09:36AM
I hope he spends a few bucks on a financial advisor and that he pays taxes on his windfall.



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Re: Homeless vet helps stranded motorist, gets help in return
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 06, 2017 10:09AM
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I hope he [...] he pays taxes on his windfall.

It's horrible that he would have to pay taxes on this, but I imagine he will need to. What did the government do in this case? Fail him? They should be paying him, not the other way around.




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Re: Homeless vet helps stranded motorist, gets help in return
Posted by: rz
Date: December 06, 2017 10:13AM
Johnny Bobbitt Jr? I thought they found him in the bushes and sewed him back on...
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Re: Homeless vet helps stranded motorist, gets help in return
Posted by: billb
Date: December 06, 2017 10:21AM
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M A V I C
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Speedy
I hope he [...] he pays taxes on his windfall.

It's horrible that he would have to pay taxes on this, but I imagine he will need to. What did the government do in this case? Fail him? They should be paying him, not the other way around.

He didn't finish his enlistment period and was discharged early.
He studied to become a nurse but again, didn't finish.
He's had drug and money problems pretty much all his life.
His windfall is supposedly in trust doling him an allowance due in part to <see above>.
Whatever his self destructive behavior is rooted in maybe this crutch will help help dissolve it.
One can hope.



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Re: Homeless vet helps stranded motorist, gets help in return
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 06, 2017 10:38AM
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billb
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M A V I C
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Speedy
I hope he [...] he pays taxes on his windfall.

It's horrible that he would have to pay taxes on this, but I imagine he will need to. What did the government do in this case? Fail him? They should be paying him, not the other way around.

He didn't finish his enlistment period and was discharged early.
He studied to become a nurse but again, didn't finish.
He's had drug and money problems pretty much all his life.
His windfall is supposedly in trust doling him an allowance due in part to <see above>.
Whatever his self destructive behavior is rooted in maybe this crutch will help help dissolve it.
One can hope.

I didn't know the first parts. Thanks. I completely agree with you on the rest.




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