I am becoming more frustrated and disappointed with the degree of scamming taking place here (and in the world) .. and just simply can't understand why people go to these lengths to lie in order to get help ... as I see it, if you create this web of lies to obtain financial assistance, doesn't that usually mean you do need some financial help for real? ... I mean, come on, why else ask and go to all the trouble?
So that brings me to the point of ... why can't we all just tell our own stories .. you know, the truth!?! Seriously, it makes me sick and so sad ... It only drives people away - the lies and deceit - and then turns off those of whom can and do assist others with generous donations, ultimately making it less likely for those who do need help (and are honest people) from actually getting it.
Why? Why all the lies folks? Most people here are in desperate financial situations, and that includes many of the regular Contributors, yet so many are so kind-hearted that they give a part of their disability/unemployment/retirement (limited) monthly checks to those they see as needy because they have hearts of gold and are loving, caring and beautiful people ... I simply cannot understand those who don't feel the slightest bit guilty or ashamed for accepting such money under false pretenses. And for some to use false stories obtaining to others ... specifically and most frequently using children and/or serious health conditions as their sob story, .. well it all makes me so very disappointed, sick to my stomach, and angry.
This is supposed to be a safe, caring and positive community ... a place where people can share their struggles and get whatever resources, help and support they need ... but that only seems to be rapidly slipping away, and I just wish those who have chosen to go the scamming route would take a moment to think and consider what they are doing ... and stop making excuses for why it's okay.
I am a strong believer in Karma and I do believe that at some point in time a person gets what they've served out to others/and the world, but there's already so much pain, suffering and struggle in the world, so why must we go about surviving in such a negative way? Yes, times are tough .. yes, it sucks and it is scary without a doubt ... but how in the world do we expect anything to get better when we slip further and further into this kind of nasty deceitful world? I just don't get it.
There's no shame in needing and asking for help, as we ALL need help in various forms and at different parts of our lives ... but there IS shame in scamming others out of money, no matter what the reason. For those whom are thinking about lying to make their stories more dramatic, or gain more attention, or increase pity, etc., .. remember that those here whom are willing and able to help, will be much more likely to help when you're honest and upfront about who you are and what's going on in your life (even if that means your story is less dramatic then others).
None of us will ever truly know what it's like to be another person - to live their life, experience their struggles and pains, to be in their bodies and/or minds - and for that we can't begin to judge, as even if we have similar experiences, we may relate and walk in a similar pair of shoes, but never do we truly walk in the same shoes, period .. And therefore, we simply don't know what it's like to be that other person .. and so, no one is more important than the next, .. no one deserves more than the next, .. we are all deserving, whatever our life stories and circumstances, ... Please try to base your requests on that, not on lies.