Impulse to 'cheer people up' costs UK man

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  1. Ben W

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    - Impulse to 'cheer people up' costs UK man

    A man has stunned shoppers in a British high street by handing out his savings to "make people happy", a newspaper reports.

    Chris Aljaradat withdrew 10,000 pounds ($A23,000) from his bank on Wednesday before dishing out the cash to gobsmacked passers-by in Worcester, central England.

    He lobbed 20-pound notes into the air before thinking of something better to do and wandering away - 2,000 pounds the worse off.

    "I am not really sure why I did it, but I just decided to help other people for a change and to try and make people happy," Mr Aljaradat told the Worcester News daily.

    "I was actually quite shocked at some people's reactions and had to say 'Go on, take it' to some. I don't think they thought it was real money."

    The police waded in but found Mr Aljaradat's notes were genuine and left him to it.

    Mr Aljaradat was wearing a sticker reading "Gouranga", the Hare Krishna word for be happy.

    Now he wants to hand the remaining 8,000 pounds to charity.

    The bizarre decision may have put a smile on many a face but the cash-chucking Mr Aljaradat admitted the smile may soon get wiped from his.

    "It was my own money, I haven't won the lottery or anything, although I'm not sure my girlfriend will be too pleased when she finds out - she's broke."

    - AFP

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200510/s1488154.htm
     
  2. MatthewHenry

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    Uh-oh! :eek: Someone's gonna be single and broke, very soon. ouch! [​IMG]

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  3. Daisy

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    Sounds very much like someone on the manic side of bipolar disease.
     
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    Oh, I think in the morning he will be smacking himself on the head and asking himself"What was I thinking?".
     
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    Yeh, Daisy---but wouldn't it have been NICE to be on the receiving side of the fella suspected to be on the manic side of bipolar??!!!!!! [​IMG] :D :D
     
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    No, blackbird, I wouldn't want to exploit a person's illness for a few hundreds or thousands of dollars - one of the things that make me a liberal, no doubt.

    Rocko, it's more like weeks or months - by that time likely he'll be in serious financial trouble and his family as well - supposing this is a mania.
     
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    Not fair, I wouldn't want the money either.
     
  8. Bible Believing Bill

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    Yeh, Daisy---but wouldn't it have been NICE to be on the receiving side of the fella suspected to be on the manic side of bipolar??!!!!!! [​IMG] :D :D </font>[/QUOTE]While it is fun to recieve money it will have consequences for this man and his family. He may or may not be manic, it dosen't really matter because he wasn't thinking clearly.

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