Homeless Man Says Couple Won't Give Him Money They Raised for Him
Johnny Bobbitt's story went viral last year.
Over $400,000 was raised on behalf of a homeless man who helped a stranded woman in Philadelphia last year, but he claims he only received a fraction of the money.
Johnny Bobbitt famously came to the rescue of 28-year-old Kate McClure when her car stalled on a highway ramp last October, using his last $20 to pay for gas.
The heartwarming story became a national sensation, with TV appearances and their photo running in newspapers everywhere after McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, launched a GoFundMe campaign to find Bobbitt a home.
Thousands of people donated more than $400,000. But Bobbitt and the couple's once-warm relationship has since soured.
The Philadelphia Inquirer quotes the couple as claiming that Bobbitt “burned through $25,000 they gave him in less than two weeks ... to feed his drug habit."
Bobbitt admitted to buying drugs but said most of the money was given to family and friends. He told the newspaper he wonders how she paid for her new BMW and recent vacations to Las Vegas, Florida and California. The couple says they used their own money to pay for the car and the trips.
Bobbitt is now said to be living under the bridge that was his home last year once again.
The couple reportedly said they are prepared to dispense $200,000 to him when he “gets a job and is drug-free.” Until then, they say giving money to someone addicted to drugs would be like "giving him a loaded gun."
GoFundMe told Inside Edition that it is "looking into the claims of misuse regarding this campaign. We will work to ensure that Johnny receives the help he deserves and that the donors' intentions are honored."
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