Not sure if this is in the right place but it's about a popular news story, so I thought it would fit here.
For those of you who didn't catch it, Karen Klein was a bus monitor who was verbally bullied by a group of school children. The incident was filmed and uploaded to YouTube, went viral, and became an international thing.
An online collection was taken and about $700 000 raised, which went to Klein. Now I'm reading a lot of articles lambasting her for how she's spending the money - she bought cars for her grandchildren, there was some tut-tutting that she didn't donate any to an anti-bullying foundation, and now she's announced she's using some (I think about $75 000) to start her own anti-bullying foundation, which some people are saying isn't enough.
I'd like to hear what everyone thinks about this whole thing. Two specific questions I have:
1) Even though everything turned out well for her, I think it was kind of rude for whoever to upload the YouTube video in the first place. Agree? Disagree?
2) Is there any merit whatsoever in the argument that voluntarily donated funds, with absolutely no strings or conditions attached, should be spent altruistically?