In the wake of the horrible typhoon that caused so much death and devastation in the Philippines, a lot of celebrities stepped up and rounded up some of their old clothes and other random fancy crap that they weren’t using anymore and donated it all to charity, so it could be sold to support the victims. For example, two weeks ago, Victoria Beckham posted a picture to Instagram that showed off all of the shoes that she was donating to a Red Cross shop in London, and that was just a sample of the charity that she and her husband, David Beckham, were offering.
Eventually, their belongings ended up in the shop and only 150 people were lucky enough to get into the shop – some had waited overnight, only to be turned away – to purchase the high-end clothing, with all proceeds going to typhoon relief. Except some of those people had other plans, like a student named Jordan Silverstone, who purchased a tuxedo that David wore in 2011 for £125 and sold it for a whopping £2600 on eBay because he claimed it didn’t fit his father, thus earning him the scorn and contempt of some finger-waggers.
Nazaneen Ghaffer, a Sky News weather presenter, said on Twitter that if an item doesn’t fit, people should ‘just sell them for what he/she paid’ – not make a profit.
But Mr Silverstone responded, saying: ‘It is absolute nonsense. If I keep the suit and leave it in my Dad’s wardrobe never to be worn then that is okay, but if I sell it on to a buyer who really wants it that isn’t?’
He added: ‘Where is the logic behind that? It’s rich of anyone to knock someone else’s charitable donations.
Nazaneen Ghaffer poses pictures of her exotic holidays in Dubai on Twitter – is someone having a go at her for not giving this money to starving children? No.’
He said: ‘From an economics point of view, it makes complete sense.
‘It doesn’t fit my dad, so we want to sell it to someone who can get value out of it as that’s better than it being unused.
‘This way I can raise more money for charity than I already have by buying the tux and make a profit to do something nice with my dad.’ (Via the Daily Mail)
Here are a few thoughts on this:
- If people are really outraged that Jordan sold David’s tux for 20-times what he paid for it, shouldn’t they be more upset that the Red Cross charity shop didn’t auction all of the goods off instead of just allowing 150 people to buy them at a fixed price?
- Is Jordan really a dick for profiting when his money already initially went to charity and he claims he’s donating more on top of it?
- Are people who are upset sure they aren’t just really upset because they didn’t have the opportunity to buy the tux first and get that huge profit?
- Finally, are people aware that other wealthy celebrities (with names that start with K) also sold a bunch of their fancy crap on eBay but only offered up 10 percent of the sales to charity instead of the entire amount?
I’d be a little more pissed at those people than some 22-year old with a student loan burning a hole in his credit report.