@ justfine:I thought of that Oprah segment too while reading this. I'm not
sure about this, but I heard that homeless man ended up worse than before the
large donation. He was in debt, to say the least. He basically had no finance
management techniques and he spent more than he had.With Max, I hope
he could do better with his money. It seems that he could do better because he
wasnt homeless for his entire adulthood.
I've known Max for over 30 yrs. He and his late wife spent many nights at our
dinner table. I am happy for Max. He would do anything for anyone. If anyone
deserves this Max does.
I knew Max very well, he and I worked together for Weber County over thirty
years ago, he really is the kindest fellow I ever met and he certainly deserves
this break in life, Lord knows he has been through many trials and earned his
wings in gods eyes. If I needed a shirt to wear he would give me his. Be
careful Max. (Lew)
This reminds me of news documentary I saw last year (maybe it was on
Oprah!)-anyway,almost identical where a homeless man came across, or was given a
large sum of money. They periodically checked in with him to see how he was
doing throughout a year. It was interesting to say the least. He was so
excited with for his money. There were people in his life to help him out, but
he really didn't have the know-how skills to live a "normal" life. He
gave anyone who asked money, was the victim of scams, and within a year was
basicly where he started. It was his comfort zone and I think he was ok there.
I love these types of Cinderella stories that happen in real life-when they turn
out well. It was be interesting to see how this turns out. Hopefully better
than the show I watched. It would make a good follow up story DN.
May it all turn out well....
I'm troubled that the news is even talking about the $$. That may make him a
@ DN subscriber:If his (extended) family did not care for him before, why
would their best intentions for his future be good?Past behavior is
usually a great predictor of future behavior... on the part of relatives.
Hopefully, the state (or the Church) will appoint a ward to shepherd his
fortune. I can see lawyers, relatives, and new-found friends ripping this poor
Thank you for your comment toosmartforyou .It's very kind and human .
Good for him. It would be interesting to learn more about this individual's
life and history.
@ OnlyYou know this person? Or are you just making s rather
generalized judgement without any facts? Is this like one who wins the lottery
or does this man's family want to help him deal with his sudden good fortune and
help him? If they couldn't care less about him, why'd they go to the trouble to
find him?The point is: You don't know thing one about this person or
his circumstance and you're just guessing because you wanted something negative
to say. Now that you've said it, at this man's expense, I hope you feel better
because that's all the value there might be to your comment (in my view).
Perhaps with the renewed contact with family members they can keep this man
closer to home where they can help care for him instead of allowing him to be a
burden on the social services and charitable groups here in Utah.I
wish him well, but fear he is incapable of making the sort of decisions to adapt
to his new circumstances.
Like most who are not used to having money, he'll burn through it quickly and
become a target for others with scams and offers that will take the rest. He'll
be back on the street and homeless within 5 years.
Good news. Maybe this person's difficult life will improve. I wish all of them
the best when they reunite on Weds.