According to this CNN.com article, Karyn Bosnak’s cyber-begging website has come through for her and she has officially paid off her $20,000 credit card bill after only three and a half months.
Still, the venture has been an undeniable success, landing Bosnak in “People” magazine and on NBC’s “Today” show. Even better, the collected money was tax-free—considered a gift, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
Bosnak says she has even been approached by a publisher for a possible book deal, and a producer about selling the movie rights.
To say that I was stunned that the IRS said it was all tax-free would be a major understatement. I’m less surprised at the book and movie offers, though when they get around to filming the scene where I sit at my computer and type in my rant about the whole cyber-begging fad I want my part to be played by either Jeff Daniels or, if he’s available, Brad Pitt. Not because I look like either one of them, but because…. well… I don’t really have a good reason.
Anyway, now that that’s all over with you folks who still have a need to throw perfectly good money at total strangers for no apparently worthwhile reason are cordially invited to click on the link to my Amazon Wishlist.