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What would you do if you suddenly found yourself with over $600,000?

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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Bullied Bus Monitor Plans to Do Something Totally Awesome With Her Money

Posted by Lindsay Mannering on June 25, 2012 

karen kleinI'd venture to guess that Karen Klein, the 68-year-old bus monitor who who was bullied to tears, never thought she'd have a problem doling out boatloads of cash. The donations from strangers keep pouring in as more and more people see the YouTube video and as of now, the total amount she'll be rewarded is over $640,000 (and there's still 26 days left!) and Southwest Airlines is flying her and nine friends down to Disney World for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Obviously, Karen's blown away by the show of support.

She went on the Today Show to talk about how her life's changed in the past few days, and when asked what she plans to do with the money, well, her answer may surprise you.

She responded that she'll invest some, help her family (she's got eight grand kids, after all) and she'll give some to charity.

Karen seemed almost dumbfounded by the money, asking, "What would anyone do with that much money?"

Well, Karen, not everyone would donate to charity, and not everyone would help out their loved ones. Some people would blow it all on ridiculous toys, some would blow it all in Vegas, some would blow it all on blow, and some would just hole up in their houses, feeling paralyzed into inaction by the pressure to do the right thing.

Maybe Karen feels generous and magnanimous because those who donated were obviously motivated by those emotions. Or maybe she'd share her wealth no matter how she got the money -- maybe that's just the kind of person she is.

Only a handful of boys bullied one woman, but tens of thousands have tried to right that wrong with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Karen has admitted she feels undeserving of all the love, but to me, there's no better person to receive such a sum. She's going to help others, just as others have helped her. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself with over $600,000?

by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM
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madipayt
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 8:29 AM
Be estatic! Probably put it in savings for the girls college!
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lfrrll5
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 8:41 AM
Start paying bills off. Probably buy more shares of sonic. And get things are family needs
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Audreesmommy757
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM

i would have all my bills paid off and help out my family

Hottmomma607
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM
Wow good for her!!
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acrogodess
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM
Same here. I would pay off my bills, take care of both my grandmothers, my mom and brother, and my kids. Then I'd donate to my local YMCA.

Quoting Audreesmommy757:

i would have all my bills paid off and help out my family

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momofsixangels
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Faint.Then pay off my house.Give some to alzheimers and adopt alot of homeless animals

StephanAndCoral
by Stephanie on Jun. 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

pay off bills, donate to the charities that have helped my family, maybe go out to dinner?, save some for my kids education, if anything left mini vacation with my kids

kerryket
by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Probably keel over and leave it to the kids, lol.

For real, I would do about the same as Ms. Karen:)

tayanddyl
by on Jul. 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Buy investment property to make sure I always have money in the bank
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copperswifey
by New Member on Jul. 7, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Give a lot of it away and make other people happy! :)

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