Newscaster Anderson Cooper, on his CNN show, said that Southwest airlines has offered to fly, for free, Karen Klein and nine other people to Disneyland.
Meanwhile, the Walt Disney Co. says it would cover her bills at Disney World in Florida.
The incident has turned into an international fundraising juggernaut and opened her tormentors to an onslaught of threats and abuse.
From around the world, small donations for Karen Klein poured into the crowd-funding site indiegogo.com, at one point crashing the site and pulling in a staggering $443,057 by early Friday.
I did not see the video of her getting bullied. I am sure it was disturbing and disgusting. Probably a lot of what I have seen on occasion in the subways of New York growing up.
Bullying is never okay.
But I think this is getting a little out of hand.
The fundraiser flew past its goal of $5,000, initially designed to send the grandmother of eight on a “vacation of a lifetime.” Some 20,875 people had donated by early Friday, many in denominations of $20 or less.
You know what that means? It means any one individual sent her less than $10,000. Which is a gift under IRS rules. Which means Karen is getting nearly $500,000 tax-free.
Did I mention someone's sister called me fat and old?
And when I was a kid at Camp Marydell, Geraldine Richardson called me "Mr. Peanut" because she said that's what my figure reminded her of.
And I had to wear orthopedic shoes as a kid.
And my dog died.
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