Not Every Restaurant Owner Gets a Big GoFundMe Reward

We all know about the pizzeria owners who got an $840,000 gift from bigots around the country. Didn’t work out so well, however, for the owner of a New Jersey deli who recently announced that his business would celebrate white history month for March. No business has forced him to shut down, so he’s asking for help now too.

“On march 1st I hung a sign in my deli window saying, ‘Celebrate your white heritage in March, White History Month.’

“If you haven’t heard of this story and you want to read about it, just google Flemington white history or go on YouTube and search White History Month. Anyway, it went crazy for four days and then I had to take the sign down for various reasons. It was only supposed to be a white thing, but people read more into it than that.

“I did get tons of supporting letters from all across the USA. Which was very comforting during such a stressful time. Then the bottom dropped out and customers were no longer coming into my deli, and now I am forced to close down my deli and lose my American dream. I have become heavily in debt and getting shut off notices from everywhere for both business and home.

“I don’t think I deserve this just because I wanted to be proud of being white and be able to celebrate my heritage like everyone else does. If you read this, please leave a comment and what state you’re from so I can see where my support is coming from.

“Thank you for all the support and I WILL stay strong and hope to find a job. Thank you,

Jimbo Boggess”

Don’t think you deserve what? To have your customers decide they no longer want to come to your deli? Isn’t that their choice to make, not yours? It’s that free market thing everyone loves to talk about. Punchline: As of this writing, he’s received a whopping $135 in four days.

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  • Martin Wagner

    This, I am sure, is going to be the latest right-wing scam in the wake of the crowdfunding windfalls of Memories Pizza ad Darren WIlson.

    1. Say/do something disgustingly bigoted.

    2. Close your business, claiming “they’re out to get me!”

    3. PROFIT!

    But as we’re already seeing, this isn’t working out so well and is already a fading trend. Funny, though, how the people looking to cash in this way are almost certainly Fox News Teabaggers very quick to attack poor families who legitimately need help as lazy, shiftless moochers for taking (in addition to their low wages) any form of public assistance.

  • ahcuah

    I suspect that, in a way, all this works a bit like being an Amway distributor, with multi-level marketing. If you are first in, you will do OK. But after a couple of rounds, you will very quickly run out of rubes.

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  • Marcus Ranum

    Tempted to contribute one cent of some massively devalued currency…

  • dingojack

    1 Japanese Yen = USD 0.0084.

    1 Indonesian Rupiah = USD 0.0001

    Just some ideas…

    :) Dingo

  • ambassadorfromverdammt

    1 kopeck from V. Putin.

  • StevoR

    @4. Marcus Ranum & #5. dingojack : Zimbabwean dollar?

    Currency of Namibia or Ethiopia or South Sudan?

  • logophobe

    Isn’t the punchline that his name is Jimbo Boggess?

  • d.c.wilson

    I’m surprised he didn’t end his little with, “Thanks, Obama!”

  • Trebuchet

    @3: Agreed. “Jimbo Bogess”? Seriously?

  • Marcus Ranum

    It turns out you can only give in dollars. So I’d have to pay $1 to make my name “Fuckyou Racist” I’m not sure it’s worth it.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    If only poor Jimbo had tried to celebrate “Hetero History Month”, he’d be rollin’ in dough now.

  • Nick Gotts

    Currency of Namibia – StevoR

    You stereotypes are showing. The Namibian dollar is tied at 1:1 to the South African Rand, which is currently worth about 8 US cents. The Ethiopian Birr is worth about 5 cents. Both have declined against the US dollar over the past few years, but so have the Euro and the Australian dollar.

  • bobwoodruff

    Can you mail in a contribution? When I was traveling I collected some currency. Let’s see … 1 Jamaican dollar = 0.8 US cents.

  • Martin Lefebvre

    His latest update states that his business was marginal and the sign pushed him over the edge.

    Reminds me of that old saying: Remember to buy insurance before lighting the match…

  • david

    @4, Marcus Ranum: Donate 1 CSA (Confederate States of America) dollar

  • OwossoHarpist

    It’s stupid! Bawl-baby Bigots raising funds the super easiest while I struggle to honestly raise funds for a concert grand harp that I want to play for people in my community the hard way! Ed, with your permission, I hope you don’t mind me posting a link to my own GoFundMe page on your site. I can sure use anybody’s help to fund my GoFundMe project the no-nonsense way if they wish to help.

  • peterh

    Yep. Poe.

  • Jasper of Maine

    If it was a poe, we wouldn’t be able to tell.

  • tfkreference

    The total is now ten times what it was yesterday. ($1,345). I think rumors of its futility are premature. Does fraud fall under Poe’s Law?

  • Artor

    Businesses don’t go bankrupt overnight. This guy was sinking already when he pulled this stunt, specifically to get donations from the ignorant bigot brigade, no doubt about it.

  • Matt G

    Isn’t he supposed to give some kind of shout out to God or Jesus? Doesn’t that help turn the tap on with this crowd?

  • hunter

    “As of this writing, he’s received a whopping $135 in four days.”

    Give them another couple of generations and they’ll learn to be ashamed of homophobia, too.

  • marcus

    I had the same thought as Artor @ 21

    I have become heavily in debt and getting shut off notices from everywhere for both business and home.

    These things just don’t happen that quickly.

    I think to be a Poe, by definition, it needs to be a satire or farce that is indistinguishable from the opinion it lampoons.

    This guy is either a fraud or a liar. (Why choose?)

  • Area Man

    It was only supposed to be a white thing, but people read more into it than that.

    What exactly is this supposed to mean? Only white people were supposed to read the sign and understand their inclusion at the expense of the lesser races? If so, I think people were reading it correctly.

  • Area Man

    To those who think it’s a Poe, if you follow the instructions and use the google, you’ll see it’s an actual news story. Now whether the guy did it to scam money is impossible to know, but if so, it’s clearly not working. A one-time infusion of a couple thousand isn’t going to save a failing business.