Texas Family Sad That The Buyer Of All Their Possessions On eBay Will Pay But Not Take Their Stuff

Meet Gregg and Brittiny Peters. They’ve had a pretty terrible year. Two of their children were diagnosed with costly medical disorders, and as the bills began to mount, they decided to start over by selling all their worldly possessions on eBay. Enter Donnia and Keith Blair, who upon learning of the Peters’ plight, bid $20,000 and won the auction. Here’s the catch: the Blair’s are willing to pay, but they don’t want to take any of the Peters’ things. This has apparently infuriated the Peters.

The Peters spent Friday morning trying to persuade the Fort Worth family to accept their belongings, which include a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. They even tried to retract the couple’s bid.

“They are apparently not willing to take our stuff,” Brittiny Peters said. “They’re purchasing them to give them back to us.”

Now they aren’t sure what their next step is.

They are also trying to figure out what to do with money raised on the Web site, http://www.everythingweown.org. They didn’t ask for the money and their efforts to return donations have upset some people, Brittiny Peters said.

The Peters are perfectly willing to stick by the bargain. But the Blairs — who wouldn’t give details on how they can afford to give away $20,000 — won’t budge.

“We’ve really been blessed the last few years and we saw an opportunity to help,” Donnia Blair said.

The items were worth about $40,000, so the Peters can take solace in knowing they got a pretty rotten deal. Why won’t they take the money? They say that they were trying to “start over, not take a handout,” which is noble and all, but not exactly the model of good manners or consumerism.

Other than giving the money to you, what, dear commenters, would you have the Peters’ do?

EBay top bidder: Take our money, keep your stuff [The San Francisco Chronicle]
(Photo: Mr. Kimberly)

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  1. hills says:

    I suggest they accept the $20,000 to “start over” and then donate their sold belongings so that others may enjoy the “handout” – and then everyone’s happy!

    • coan_net says:

      @hillsrovey: Yup – That would be my suggestion also.

      Take the love that was given them, and if they really don’t want their belongings – donate it themselves to other worthy causes…. and pass on the love.

      Simple enough.

    • Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

      @hillsrovey: I think that’s an excellent idea. If the Peters are too proud to take a handout, then they should take the money and give their stuff to somebody who’s in an even worse spot than they are (and I’m sure there are plenty of people who qualify).

      • lemur says:

        @hillsrovey:

        That’s exactly what they are considering to do. From TFA:

        The Peters said they will accept the money from the Blairs, but want to pass along the kindness to others. They are considering making donations, including giving away their SUV.

        Seems to me Carey’s editorial choices misrepresented the situation.

        I will add that there is a significant difference between selling (or giving) all your possessions to one recipient and trying to find a dozen charities which will take your possessions. The problem with charities is that they do not accept everything. They specialize or they decide that some items cannot be donated. For instance, many schools in the US don’t accept donation of old computers because they end up costing more in maintenance in the long run. It is a pain in the ass to manage. I know that from experience with donating some of our stuff.

        Charity A: “Well, we’ll take this but not that. Try at Charity B.”

        Charity B: “Sorry, we don’t take that.”

        After checking out two other charities and the recycling center, it ends up in the dump.

  2. silverundertone says:

    take the bloody mondy and give the winning bidder their 15 minutes of fame for being a ‘good samatarian’

    and buy me another bottle of coffee brandy.

    • silverundertone says:

      @silverundertone: ….i meant to say “money” ….not “mondy” ….uhh…im drunk.

      • pojken says:

        @silverundertone: Ha! Thought “mondy” was maybe some Australian speak I wasn’t familiar with.

        Any how, I agree. Get over it. Pride cometh before the fall blahblahblah. Silly people should accept help since they ARE down on their luck and when they can pass it along, do something similar.

        If they were do damned proud, why did they advertise it so loudly? Why make a encourage the website dedicated to sharing your plight? Why not just sell each piece one by one without making a big fuss if all they wanted was to start over? Why pour over your problems in public if you aren’t asking for help? Why set up a medical account for Paypal donations? Absolute bullshit.

        Here’s part of their ebay auction…

        I have has SO MANY PEOPLE email wanting to just “donate”money through PayPal. We REALLY WANT TO SELL OUR THINGS!! But, I understand that most people do not have $20,000 laying around, yet still want to help. So, there is a group here in Gainesville that is setting up a “Medical Fund” at a bank here in Georgia & also linking it to Paypal, so that the people who want to help… CAN. The fund will be for Noah’s therapy & special dietary needs, and also for Ayla’s medical needs. It will also be used to assist with traveling expenses that are involved in out of town appointments with therapists & specialists. (These out-of-town trips & appointments happen appx 2-4 times per month, on average.)

        • pojken says:

          @pojken: My bad… I just read the actual news article and it IS NOT AS BAD AS THE CONSUMERIST MAKES IT OUT TO BE. Seriously… this kind of stuff is pure sensationalism. From all other news articles and accounts, it just seems that the family is trying to honor the deal OR make it clear that they didn’t do this as a means of gaining pity.

          God… I’m upset with the Consumerist now. Such foolish “journalism”. Carey, whoever you are, stop projecting and reinterpreting. Irresponsible… totally irresponsible.

    • heathenkitties says:

      @silverundertone:

      the winning bid goes to silverundertone!

  3. Pylon83 says:

    Sounds like a nice problem to have. They should stop being difficult and take the money. If they really don’t want the stuff, donate it to people who do.

  4. Yankees368 says:

    Too bad the banks and wall street don’t have the same morals.

  5. Monica Teasdale says:

    i seriously could use that car if nobody wants it….

  6. Alex Santa Maria says:

    Seriously? Your children’s lives are at stake and you’re worried about your pride? Take the money and be happy you get to keep your stuff too. Do you want to get rid of your stuff? This just doesn’t make sense to me.

  7. Pink Puppet says:

    @hillsrovey: Exactly! Paying it forward is the best way to go with this.

  8. MisterE says:

    Do the Peters qualify for a Darwin award?

  9. Cliff_Donner says:

    ???

    They articulate all the hardship that their family has been through in the text of their ebay auction, which includes the headline “Please help our family … if you can,” and also have an update towards the bottom of the page that directs you to an email address where you may get information to make donations — then they’re too proud to accept the money?

    ???

    • Corporate-Shill says:

      @Cliff_Donner:

      Yea, something doesn’t smell right.

      • The-Lone-Gunman says:

        @Corporate-Shill: I agree with you–something here isn’t tracking for me at all.

        There has to be something going on that’s not apparent to the rest of us, since the actions of the family in distress make no sense at all given the description of their situation and the NEED to sell their belongings.

        I may be just overly cynical at this point, but this is looking more like a scam for money the longer it goes on.

      • RonnieDobbs4President says:

        @Corporate-Shill: Put me in the “something’s fishy” camp as well.

        I’m thinking that it will soon come out that either a) they have no kids or b) their kids aren’t sick at all.

        Either way, it seems like a scam’s afoot.

  10. CaptZ says:

    Wow….I know Donna Blair and her husband. Great people. They are big donors in DFW, Texas to lots of charities.

  11. WorldHarmony says:

    I don’t understand the Peters family. Why don’t they take the money and donate their worldly possessions to people who didn’t get $20,000 for nothing?

  12. TrueBlue63 says:

    They ought to accept the money, their is no shame in accepting other peoples help. In fact they should consider themselves lucky. For many people a $20,000 head start could change their lives.

    Pride goeth before the fall (or some such idea).

    And the Peters ought not feel like a charity case, some people win the lottery, they took a risk with the E-bay auction and they won. Be grateful and move on.

  13. madanthony says:

    I was going to say that I hope the winning bidders don’t get a negative feedback for not taking the stuff, but then I remembered that eBay doesn’t let sellers leave negative feedback anymore.

  14. Overheal says:

    Pay It Forward.

    Donate all of the items to charity or people that need them. Im sure somebody they know could use a car, for example.

    That seems like the best way to me, so that the Peters’ don’t feel like they have accepted a bailout.

    • PølάrβǽЯ says:

      @Overheal: Eh, bailout is the wrong term to use here. A bailout is what a greedy person gets after they’ve made bad, greedy decisions to try and get rich of of those that aren’t, and failed at it.

      It’s just charity, plain and simple.

    • StreamOfConsciousness says:

      @Overheal: agree…I mean I really need a car myself! I’ll take it.

  15. Ben_Q2 says:

    I have a daugther that has Austim. A year ago (1 Dec 2007) she lost her mother. Its hard raise a child alone let alone without a mother, better put a mother that is still alive! Sorry, its hard on us but I think I am missing something.

    • chauncy that billups says:

      @Ben_Q2: Huh? I think I am missing something. I’m sorry for the loss, but I don’t get how this syncs with a story of people not wanting charity on crap they sold online.

  16. joharp says:

    Couldn’t accepting the belongings be considered a gift. I am thinking it is possible that the family would be better off with 20 thousand and be homeless, and qualify for government aid, than have 20 thousand and then pay taxes on a 40 grand gift. Also, if there is any money owed on the Tahoe, wouldn’t the Blairs bought the debt associated with it?

    • coren says:

      @joharp: At worst, it’d be a 20 grand gift.

      • SunTzuWarmaster says:

        @coren: Pshaw, they aren’t going to pay taxes on that unless they are stupid.

        I can think of two exceptions off the top of my head:
        One-Time Gift Clause [www.fairmark.com]
        Becoming a charitable organization (just have one of the family start a charitable organization and all donations are tax write-offs for the people who give and are not income to the people that receive as long as they spend it). They should have done this second thing already, it isn’t even that hard. [www.irs.gov]

  17. BrawlerBarbie says:

    Count me in for the whole “say ‘thank you’ and donate the items to charity” option. If everything they owned, including the car, is worth $40k, wherever the Peters end up they at least have a tax writeoff. Don’t they? For the car, at least.

    It’s not greedy to sell all your possessions a second time around if that’s what they need to do to pull themselves out of dire straits. If they just wanted to unload, it’s not a difficult conclusion to come to.

  18. Corporate-Shill says:

    I smell scam.

    Somebody, somewhere in this story is trying to rip off the other. Just can’t figure out who or how.

  19. panzerschreck1 says:

    i love texas
    the only state where this is okay.

  20. crichton007 says:

    Buy them a $20,000 gift card to Chilis or iTunes and mail it back to them.

  21. krispykrink says:

    If they really don’t give a damn about the money, the bidder should take it all back. Then these idiots can take all their crap to the landfill and walk away with nothing but the skin on their bones, because now no body’s going to give them a dime.

  22. GuinevereRucker says:

    I hope they didn’t donate using PayPal. The fees would be… man.

  23. HawkWolf says:

    I’m surprised ebay let them do this.

  24. Allie Trevillian says:

    I feel bad for these people’s kids. Makes me wonder just which side out of this equation was the one looking for publicity.

    Honestly, when I first heard about this story a week or two ago, I was sure that this was going to be the way it turned out – did the Peters really not assume that? There ARE good people still in the world, and it’s situations like this that bring them out, especially when there’s such a public cry for help.

    If those kids are really that sick, like I said, I feel sorry for them, for many reasons.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I am confused. Nobody can force them to take Paypal donations.
    Also, from their blog:
    “Medicaid – Yes. We do have the Medicaid that pays for the actual doctor & hospital “bills”. Medicaid does not pay for Early Intervention therapy services for our son, medical dietary needs for our son, traveling expenses for all of the out-of-town visits to doctors & specialists, and all of the lost income that comes along with having children with special needs.”

  26. Julia789 says:

    What are the tax consequences for accepting a $20K gift versus selling items for $20K?

    Gifting is only allowed up to $10K without being taxable. Then it’s fully taxable. Maybe they’d be screwed on taxes if they accepted it as a gift?

    • Cliff_Donner says:

      @Julia789: The amount you can give a person before incurring gift tax has been increased to $13,000. By splitting the gift between the husband and wife, there shouldn’t be any tax consequence.

    • Yossarian says:

      @Julia789: The giver pays the taxes, if any, not the recipient.

      The givers could each give $13,000 to each recipient with no tax liability… $52,000 in this scenario.

    • Julia789 says:

      @Julia789: Got it, thanks for clarifying guys.

      I guess I’m a little rusty on my “gifting tax laws.” If only someone would “gift me” a large amount of cash so I could refresh my memory! ; )

  27. shorty63136 says:

    I think the Peters are having a hard time seeing a blessing when it’s smacking them right in the face.

    If they’re worried about legal implications, have a lawyer draw up something that says the Blairs paid for the items but do not want to receieve anything and have all parties sign it.

    Done deal. Now take care of your babies.

  28. tobashadow says:

    Why not just drive the suv around till you spot someone in a really bad beater on the side of the highway just about to cry over their now shot car and hand them the key’s.

  29. Corporate_guy says:

    If they won’t accept charity. Fine, let them cancel the auction and they can have nothing. Someone really should smack some sense into them. Anyone willing to give them 20k for their “stuff” is never going to want the stuff. They are going to give 20k purely for charity. Odds are a legit bid to take ownership of the stuff is going to be sub 1k.

    • coren says:

      @Corporate_guy: That doesn’t make sense – 40,000 of stuff at 20,000 is a steal, and I don’t see how anyone willing to do that would therefore not want the stuff to begin with

  30. XianZhuXuande says:

    What the hell… if that is what someone wants to do for them, let them do it! Thank them for their incredible generosity and start working to improve life. If they’re not happy continuing to own their possessions afterward, donate them to someone who does need them. That doesn’t make any sense…

    • floraposte says:

      @XianZhuXuande: They are. For some reason the Consumerist article is coming up with a different take from the article it’s using as a source, and I don’t get it. There’s no indication that the Peterses are “infuriated.” They simply attempted to convince the Blairs that they really did mean to sell the stuff and not just get a handout, and when it became clear that the Blairs really weren’t going to accept the stuff, the Peterses seem to accept it reasonably well.

  31. humphrmi says:

    @hillsrovey: I spent two hours at a Goodwill location recently; I was completely exasperated because they were picking over my donations and saying “Yeah, we’ll take this… but we won’t take this…”

    Fuck Them. I hope they are getting killed now. They didn’t want my kid’s ride-on toy because I didn’t clean it first. I cheer every time I hear that Goodwill is getting killed in this recession. They are a bunch of holier than thou pricks that deserve every problem they’ve brought upon themselves today.

    • LuminousMuse says:

      @humphrmi: Gee, if I make over the top insulting posts with unwarranted profanities and wishes of ill-will to those who have barely even slighted me can I be a star commenter too?

      They may have been less than tactful with you but they know what will sell and what won’t and your insistence that they take what would likely end up costing them disposal fees (their dumpster doesn’t come for free and taking unsellable products in just means that much less room for other trash) is a crappy way to foist your problem on to someone else.

      • humphrmi says:

        @LuminousMuse: @Jeff Winter: Yeah, and all that would be true if they (Goodwill) didn’t advertise that they put people to work fixing up the stuff you donate.

        • Aaron Anderson says:

          @humphrmi: I don’t know about your local Goodwill, but that’s absolutely NOT the model for mine. I think perhaps your assumptions, and desire to have someone else clean your junk, are getting in the way of reality.
          [www.seattlegoodwill.org]

        • pojken says:

          @humphrmi: So basically, screw charity if they aren’t willing to bend over backwards and accommodate your half-ass good intentions.

          You know, it takes just two minutes to consider WHY they wouldn’t take dirty items. I mean, sure, I could just donate my vomit stained expensive 600-count sheets to Goodwill – hell when are the poor going to get comfort like that…

          Or I could wash them and then send them off. I could wipe down the dirt, clean the caked on food bits, and not give absolutely every piece of unrecognizable plastic junk to Goodwill. I could actually take about thirty minutes to sort through items and think, Hey if I was poor, would I be so desperate as to buy shit-stained underwear? Or the half-stuffed one-eyed teddy bear. I could chill when they say they can’t take this item or that because… well, maybe they know their demographic and so far, similar items haven’t sold so they have a huge surplus.

          Goodwill is just that… GOOD WILL. Not “I feel like spring cleaning, come haul whatever I sweep out my door.”

      • Mr_Human says:

        @LuminousMuse: Well said, what humphrmi is really upset about is that is sense of personal nobility was tarnished a bit by the practicalities of charities. Now he cheers when they’re doing badly, forgetting that the people who depend on charities — the people humphrmi claim to want to help — are the ones suffering.

        • Stephmo says:

          As someone that’s gone through donations for a Children’s Hospital for stuffed toys that are:

          - Smoke-filled
          - Reeking of Gasoline
          - Stamped “Christmas 1994″ in 2006
          - Looked like they went through a shredder
          - Dirt-encrusted
          - Covered with…um, yeah, don’t bother with the rest of the bag…

          Do you want to know what happens to these? They get thrown in a dumpster. So, take your “wow, I’m such a great person!” feeling and know that.

          I know it’s a hard concept, but just because kids are sick and/or poor, they don’t have to take filthy, germ-infested, smoke-riddled items that should have been thrown away anyway. It’s not healthy to give to a kid with a functioning immune system, let alone a sick child.

          Really, would you take a half-eaten apple out of the trash and give it to a food bank as a donation? Because this is what people do when they give away clothes, toys and other items that really need to be thrown away. Rule of Thumb: If you can’t take a few minutes to clean it up and have it look good (and fully functional), it’s not donatable.

          For Children’s Hospitals – New and in the box or with tags still attached.

          It’s nothing personal. It’s really common sense.

      • ceilingFANBOY says:

        @LuminousMuse: You bet your fucking sweet ass it does. I hope you die, you not worthy non star commenter.

        :-p

        • Wombatish says:

          Adding my 2¢ to the charity debate:

          It would be one thing if Goodwill were just a resale shop. I can understand not wanting to deal with dirty items when you’re a charity, and trying to work hard to help as many people as possible… But Goodwill pushes themselves as a job-training company that employees people to train them and try to give them some wages in hard times… and one of the things they push is that these people work on “cleaning up donations and making them ready for resale” (even on the site Aaron posted, it states something along these lines.)

          So while dusting off your furniture and knick-knacks before you bring them in is nice, it’s really not something Goodwill should expect of you.

          That being said, however, there -is- a -major- difference between something that needs dusted/wiped off and something covered in body fluids or chewed to death and then peed on by a dog, etc…

    • Jeff Winter says:

      @humphrmi: As a former employee of Goodwill, I agree with you, but most Goodwill stores don’t have a repair shop, or time to clean everything. Most dirty items I used to push onto the floor would sit there for 4 weeks before we “salvaged” it into the compactor. Therefore we didn’t take anything that was dirty like that, because we payed for our garbage removal.

    • Juliekins says:

      @humphrmi: Internet Tough Guy FTL. Rather than ranting impotently at the ‘tubes, why not take it up with the parent company? Or is that too much work? I’m having trouble finding articles now, but a couple of years ago our local Goodwill started getting all huffy and unprofessional about donations–refusing them on random days, refusing to take random things, basically just being capricious a-holes. You know what happened? People complained, and not just via ineffective f-bomb laced tirades on a website. You know what happened after that? The manager responsible for the bad practices got shitcanned.

      Now, there is a published list of things they won’t take (appliances, mattresses, exercise equipment) and it’s posted clearly on the door and they offer me a new copy of it every time I donate.

      As far as not cleaning your kid’s ride-on toy? That’s gross, and rude. No excuses.

    • bohemian says:

      @humphrmi: Our local Goodwill stores started doing this too and they were being rather overly picky. I started taking things to other thrift store charities or giving it away on freecycle. Ironically the other thrift stores that don’t go through your donations usually have better stuff inside the store too.

      • Anonymous says:

        @bohemian: Oh, they go through it, just not in front of you. I worked a summer at a charity thrift store. Do you think things magically appear on the store floor? Good lot of the time someone’s cleaning it, pricing it, disposing of urine soaked bags of clothing, etc. These things cost money. How many people are you helping if all the money goes to the disposal of crap? Seriously – we appreciate the generosity, but we exist to help people, not take your unusable crap to the dump.

  32. sam-i-am says:

    Pay it forward!

  33. Anonymous says:

    There must be some tax concerns for the Peters’ – having promised 10% to charity, that leaves 18K, but it is all treated as income if they take the money from the Blairs. The IRS sez…”Online Garage Sales: If your online auction sales are the Internet equivalent of an occasional garage or yard sale, you generally do not have to report the sales. In a garage sale, you generally sell household items you purchased over the years and used personally. If you paid more for the items than you sell them for, the sales are not reportable. Losses on personal use property are not deductible, either.” So unless there is a transfer of property, they are on the hook for the tax.

    Of course I never made close to 20K in any of my yard sales.

    • Yossarian says:

      @MurielNumskis: It isn’t all treated as income. Only if they somehow managed to sell something for more than they paid for it is it income.

      “If you paid more for the items than you sell them for, the sales are not reportable.” Emphasis added.

  34. KittensRCute! says:

    and this is why some people dont give to charity. i may soon join them.

  35. Ereshkigal234 says:

    well, it’s a Georgia family that’s not accepting the “gift”

    What i can’t understand is if they need all they can get for their kids, why are they not happy they can keep their car/items ect.

    Hope someone made sure they’re legitimately unfortunate or just sneaking a fast trick on some charitable ebayers.

  36. Hoss says:

    Let’s say there is some religious background or something that supports this thinking — so what was their original intent in selling everything? So they got $40,000+ of “stuff” and medical bills which are snowballing. The idea is to in good faith sell the stuff and pay the bills. But where do they and the children sleep? How do they wash their clothes, etc? They buy more stuff with just $20,000 to spend? What about the medical bills?

    I don’t get it. Much of their stuff looks very new. Has the repo man been knocking? I’m really confused.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I’m wondering what the OP’s agenda is: I read the AP version of the story (which the OP seemed to have selected portions of) and I don’t see the word “furious” anywhere.

    The OP also left out this paragraph from the AP story:

    “The Peters said they will accept the money from the Blairs, but want to pass along the kindness to others. They are considering making donations, including giving away their SUV.”

    Hmmm

  38. bohemian says:

    They need to just take the money already. Maybe the Ebay winners could take the stuff and give it away if the family won’t.

    There are so many people in serious financial trouble right now take the damn money and one of the parties needs to use the stuff to help someone else if the initial family won’t keep it.

  39. obfusciatrist says:

    Obviously a minority opinion, but if I were — regardless of how dire my situation — trying to sell stuff and the buyers instead decided to treat me like a charity opportunity I’d be insulted.

    That said, if they were also running a page for cash donations then they’re in a confusion of their own making.

    Retract the auction and call local pawn shops until you find one willing to send somebody out to your house to make a lump offer on whatever they’ll take and then put the rest in your yard with a “Free” sign on it.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Obviously a minority opinion, but if I were — regardless of how dire my situation — trying to sell stuff and the buyers instead decided to treat me like a charity opportunity I’d be insulted.

      @obfusciatrist: Then don’t go on about how dire your situation is! It’s not all that surprising that someone would think that it’s better for the family to keep the car, strollers, beds, etc. than to take it from them. Who’s going to want to take a bed away from a child with arthritis?

  40. cydwatts says:

    http://www.freecycle.org. They can offer items on line to people in there area who need some or all of them. Like charity, but suited to the individual and no one has to go to the charity and give them money they don’t have for items they really need.

  41. christoj879 says:

    I suggest they crawl in a hole and die…don’t go out trying to obtain help and then throw it back in someone’s face when they try to help you even further.

  42. Quilt says:

    Sell everything on eBay again. This time separately, because you’ll get more money that way.

  43. GoVegan says:

    Take the money and be grateful that you ran into some decent people that wanted to help you out.

  44. savdavid says:

    So give the items to someone who needs them. Geez.

  45. cinlouwho says:

    I believe it must have to do with Medicaid or something like that. If they accept the money (without giving away their stuff) then the kids will not be eligible for financial medical assistance from the government…which they really need. It is a catch 22 that the government has created. So the family HAS to actually sell their stuff to pay off past bills. And start from scratch…The kids need Medicaid to pay for future medical bills that will incur from their conditions. It doesn’t make sense, but you have to have NO ASSETS in order to qualify for Medicaid. I actually think the parents know what they are doing!

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t know…they seem to have already been receiving Medicaid.
      They claim that Medicaid already pays “for the actual doctor & hospital “bills”. ” Yet, they are trying to raise a “medical fund.”
      They seem to just want more money for related expenses:
      special diets, travel, extra medical stuff, and lost income for the one wage earner in the family.

  46. cinlouwho says:

    Read my response on last page!!! Government assistance regs!

  47. StreamOfConsciousness says:

    Stories like this help to remind me that there still are truly good people in this world who want to help others.

  48. 3drage says:

    There’s a big difference between stupidity and pride. These guys are a good example.

  49. Bog says:

    So, basically they just wanted new stuff‽

  50. mad3air says:

    They’re so down with bills, however they won’t take a generous offer? You may not want to look ‘poor’ by taking a handout, but this is life and not a popularity contest. Suck up your pride.

  51. Saboth says:

    “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”: I believe applies here.

  52. smokinfoo says:

    My god these people want to help, let them.

  53. ranchgal says:

    What’s with all the high-handed morality on the part of the Peters, now they’ve got money for their stuff? They are pissed that they got half of what they forecasted they “should have” gotten. They openly recuited donors. Then they’re offended because they don’t want to be viewed taking handouts? They need to get the Blairs to sign something legal that they are just giving the Peters the money free and clear (since the Blairs don’t want the product they’re buying), thus allowing the Peters to re-sell the same items, therefore allowing the Peters to raise the money that they feel they need, since they say they fell far short.

    None of it makes sense… I agree with a poster above… someone is trying to scam someone in this… but isn’t clear whom.

  54. Truthosaurus Rex says:

    basically, a good samaritan is donating $20,000 to them, and they don’t want to take it. HUH?

  55. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Special treatment for the two older children costs about $2,000 a month…

    I don’t see how they can afford to give away any of the donations their site generated. It doesn’t sound like the 20K they got is going to last all that long.

  56. Cyberxion101 says:

    I’m worried that Paypal might put a hold on their account if such a large amount of money is transferred over with no goods sent in return. Paypal is a cunt.

  57. wiley14 says:

    This is my own “conspiracy theory”, but if the Peter’s still have possessions, they may not be able to get government assistance or declare bankruptcy. Plus, if they don’t get rid of the vehicle, they will have to pay taxes on it.

    I don’t think the Peter’s are stupid – there is definately some dirty trick up their sleeve.