Tabitha West, of Fulton, New York, created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a worthy cause: paying for her to get a giant woman “420” tattoo removed from her forehead. “420” apparently means “I’m a pot head.” Some madman tied her down and defaced her. Wait, no scratch that. She paid to have someone but the big, ugly, stupid tattoo there. Now she finds that having a tattoo on her face that proclaims her love of illegal drug use is an impediment to employment. Huh. Boy, knock me over with a feather: who could have foreseen that?
So, broke and desperate, Tabitha—did I mention that she is an imbecile? Did I need to?—is begging for kind and generous people to undo what she did.
Her message on the GoFundMe page, seeking a goal of $800, reads:
“I am wanti,g $ to get that tattoo off my for head I want to have a better start out in life and have a second chance at life please help me I was young n dumb when I got that I’m older one looking for a job can’t get out and people call me a druggie every day of my life and being called 420 is not nice and I almost killed my self over it. … can’t stand to look at my face anymore. .save a life save me..invest in me and I will show you I can be better with my life. ..thank you.”
We can all see from that eloquent appeal that Tabitha is a dummy no longer, and thus a superb investment.
Surprisngly, some critics demur. Shawn Morse, for example, wrote in response to the appeal:
“It’s people like you that keep my (sick) girl from getting help. My daughter has three brain tumors, cerebral palsy, neurofibromatosis, an optic glioma, & a feeding tube. My daughter’s GoFundMe keeps getting passed over for things like this. There are too many people begging for money for their bad decisions in their life.”
Your Ethics Alarms Ethics Quiz of the day is…
Is it unethical for Tabitha to seek help on GoFundMe, and for donors to give her money?
I feel Shawn’s pain, but asking for help is never unethical—anyone can say no—and people should be able to be generous to what ever cause they choose without being chastised by someone telling them that their cause is more worthy.
I admire the kindness of anyone who looks at that picture, reads the illiterate appeal, and thinks, “This poor woman has really screwed herself over. She’s probably too stupid to succeed at anything, but you never know. She at least deserves a second chance with a blank forehead.” Accusing Tabitha of robbing a sick little girl of donations is unfair, of course. This isn’t a zero sum game. Besides, GoFundMe is in part just a cyber version of a Calcutta street where beggars compete with each other for hand-outs from soft-hearted suckers, with some entrepreneurs thrown in.
Personally, I would burn my money before I would give it to Tabitha, but I salute any kind soul who feels differently, or who actually has money to burn.
She made her $800 goal by the way, with $284 to spare so far….which, I assume, she will use to purchase more pot, or to have something else tattooed on her neck.