On Friday, a Fox News anchor broke down and cried while covering the story of Quaden Bayles, a 9-year-old Australian boy with dwarfism who was bullied in school. The boy's story generated headlines around the world.
The sobbing Fox News anchor played a video clip of Quaden crying and saying he was suicidal. But something about the boy's fake tears didn't add up. Like 50 Cent, he seemed to be faking his emotions.
Thanks to comedian Brad Williams, who also has dwarfism, $370,000 in donations poured into a GoFundMe page he created to send Quaden to Disneyland.
It wasn't long before Internet sleuths uncovered the truth: Quaden and his mother have pulled a similar stunt in the past.
The Internet found Quaden's Instagram page, filled with photos of the kid flashing money, wearing hundreds of dollars worth of designer gear, and waving a gun around. There is even a rumor that Quaden is 18, not 9.
Remember the boy who was bullied in school? Thousands of dollars in donations later, he turned out be a white supremacist.
There are so many sad stories on social media that turn out to be scams and cash grabs. When will social media ever learn that throwing money at viral stories is not the answer?
The Internet has taught us the perfect recipe to scam liberals into donating thousands of dollars. Just mix children, a bottle of Visine, and a sob story about bullying, and watch the money roll in!
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The sad story about a single mom with 11 children who was laid off before Christmas may have been invented for a GoFundMe come up.
Multiple social media users claim Jessica Sumlin is a real life "Joanne the Scammer" who is lying about giving birth to 11 children.
Joanne the Scammer is a fictional Internet character played by YouTube comedian Branden Miller.
Sumlin made headlines earlier this week when news reports claimed she was a single mom of 11 children who faced eviction.
But the Internet says Summerlin only has 2 children. The other 9 kids allegedly belong to her boyfriend who doesn't have a job and relies on her to take care of him and his brood.
Sumlin's story, first reported by Fox13Memphis, resulted in hundreds of Internet users opening their hearts, wallets and pocketbooks to donate over $10,000 to her GoFundMe page.
Sumlin apparently deleted a second GoFundMe page that she created back in June 2019 with a completely different struggle story.
She also deleted her social media pages including a Twitter.com page and a Facebook page.
A 5smiles.com page, where she sells shoes and household items for less than $50 each, is still active.
There were multiple clues to her apparent deception that were easy to find if Fox13Memphis bothered to do any research into her story.
For example, she is only shown with one child in media articles and on her GoFundMe page. Her GoFundMe page doesn't mention 11 children. Her GoFundMe summary says she lived with her mom, but in interviews she claimed she didn't have any "immediate family" to depend on for help.
She isn't technically a "single mother" if she lives with a boyfriend.
No wonder critics say journalism is dead in America.
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