Not Fraud Just Stupid

Florida Bartender Gets Herself a DUI, Turns to GoFundMe to Get Road-Ready Again

Bartender DUI

DUI Pennsylvania Sign.

Filed under: not necessarily fraud, just stupid and irresponsible.

Via Gossip Extra:

A local bartender got picked up for DUI in Palm Beach last week — and she is now trying to raise money for her fines and defense through online crowdfunding.

Candace M. Clark, records show, was arrested in Palm Beach last week about 4 a.m. and charged with DUI.

The 44-year-old spent the morning in the county slammer March 28 and was released on her own recognizance.

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In her plea for $10,000, Clark writes:

“Easter started out as such a great day! Long day of work serving some of the grumpiest and cheapest customers yet. Went home to see the kids. A friend called said “come on out and play some pool!” Well I only had $20 to spend so I said sure an figured I wouldn’t be out long. Over the next 5 hours we had made two different stops. As you know $20 doesn’t really go that far so drank water in between while playing pool. Left the last place early because there was a very strange guy who kept trying to get closer to me. This is where I believe he put something in my drink!! Drugged , Ruffied or whatever you want to call it. As I drove home I apparently swerved as I was adjusting the radio and was pulled over.”

Ah yes, there’s no possible way your DUI could be from, I dunno, drinking. Must have been some stranger who drugged you! That’s it.

“Knew something wasn’t right as I stepped out of the vehicle to do a feild sobriety test- my legs had turned to jello and told the officer I couldn’t- I was man handled by the officer who believed I was drunk – then he got more upset as he searched my car and didn’t find any drugs. I still can’t remember all the details- thats why I’m sure that guy put something in my drink!!
Anyone who knows me knows that 4 beers over 5 hours is NOT gonna get me drunk or even buzzed at that rate!!”

As with many GoFundMe pages, Clark fails to mention how she arrived at the $10k figure, though she does bemoan a series of unfortunate consequences of a DUI, such as towing fees, increased insurance premiums, and a ‘hardship’ license.

In its Terms & Conditions last updated in December of 2015, GoFundMe forbids using the service for “the defense or support of anyone alleged to be involved in criminal activity.” Such as, you know, a DUI. Or whatever.

1 Comment

  1. Tom

    It’s really quite a shame that GFM won’t let people accused of crimes use the service to raise money for legal fees. I wonder what GFM means by “credit repair or debt settlement services” they don’t mean tax and bankruptcy attorneys, I hope! Because that would be just wrong.

    Also, this guy “Melk” seems pretty awesome. https://www.gofundme.com/MelkLegalFund . But everyone who is donating to his campaign is actually violating GFM’s TOS? Does GFM even care about its TOS?

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