Home > Life > ‘Bailout Bill’ gives away cash in New York

‘Bailout Bill’ gives away cash in New York

From ABC news,
He will not say his name, hides his face, and he hands out cash to anyone who asks in the middle of New York.

The mystery benefactor known only as Bailout Bill sat behind a counter in the heart of Times Square in New York giving money to hundreds of people waiting in well-below-zero temperatures.

From a window marked “Bailout Booth,” Bailout Bill gave everyone at least $US50 ($78), sometimes a lot more.

He was dressed in wraparound black glasses and had a wool hat pulled low over his head.

Many of the people waiting for more than five hours were victims of the severe US economic downturn. Tens of thousands have lost their jobs in New York alone.

“I’m very appreciative. I might give some to my mother,” said Leon McNeil, 25, after being handed $50. He was laid off by troubled department store Macy’s last December.

Bailout Bill’s giveaway aims to raise publicity for a website where you can advertise unwanted possessions.

He also wants to help ordinary people in the same way that the Government is bailing out banks and other corporations, a spokesman, Drew Tybus said.

All people were asked to do Tuesday was tell their problems to an assistant standing in the street with a microphone and camera.

“My mother is dying in bed,” said Mario, a frail man who wore cowboy boots and carried a walking stick.

“Let’s see what Bailout Bill says,” the assistant replied, hugging Mario.

Bailout Bill announced, “Today I’m going to give $[US]150.”

This was the “Bailout Booth’s” second and last day in New York. Next it goes to Washington, DC, Boston and Philadelphia, said Mr Tybus.

Mr Tybus said Bailout Bill would distribute $US500,000 ($777,000) before he was finished.

“Bailout Bill can’t tell you his real name. We assume there’s too much of a risk. Everyone knows he’s got money, so, well, something could happen,” Mr Tybus said.

But for anyone thinking of taking the money-for-nothing concept a further and robbing that cash-filled booth, Mr Tybus had a warning.

“Those guys standing around here and also in the booth, they’re off duty cops. And they’re armed.”

Advertisements
Categories: Life Tags: , ,
  1. shari
    December 30, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Tired of Bankers having all the fun.

    Bailout! The Game the hilarious parody of the government bailout where when you lose, you win. In this role reversal of the classic board game debt is king.

    Bailout! The Game gives you an endless supply of T.A.R.P funds, laughs and fun.

    Be the bank, lose billions and get a bailout.

    Play as one of six banks: Bankruptcy O’ America, Worth Farless, No Cashvia, Liquidation Brothers, Greedy Investors of America, or Washed Up Mutual.

    Land on or pass over Frantic May and Frivolous Mac spaces and get slammed with bad debt.(MBS’s and CDO’s)

    Just as Monopoly was born out of the Great Depression, Bailout! The Game was born out The Great Recession.

    Winner of the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval. http://www.mrdad.com

    Creators of Bailout! The Game and Bailout! The Card Game
    Liberty Street Games
    http://www.bailoutthegame.com

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: