We won't all agree on whats "worthy" of donations but obviously a few people do believe in his "cause" enough to want to try and help him out. If he were my trusted friend and had lost something precious to him I would probably donate a few quid to the fund to help him out a little too.
If people want to donate a few quid here and there then it doesn't make much of a difference to them but to the person/charity receiving that funding it could make a huge difference.
yeah its a bit cheeky, he might not have owned that camera but we are not obliged to donate to his "cause".
I don't ask people for anything but I know if I ever needed something urgently and I couldn't afford it then my friends would help me out, just like I would help them out if they needed it.
I remember years ago I was chatting to a model who is an online friend and I was having a wee moan about being soo skint I couldn't even afford a razor for my next shoot(I was exaggerating a bit) and she said "whats your address? I want to send you a few bits and pieces to help you out" and I know if I had given her it she would have sent a little care package up. I declined but the fact she would even have thought about doing that for me was beautiful and it actually has made me a better person - Since then I've helped out 4 or 5 models with £10/£20 here and there, aye its not much but if you are struggling for money and going through a dry spell it can help a person eat/get a train ticket to a shoot or whatever. It's nice to be... well nice and to help people out. Granted nobody I helped out wanted an expensive camera and it was for pure basics but I always think if I have a little extra and somebody is having a hard time then its good to help them out.
If it is my friend who suffered a terrible lost I probably help him out too. Chrissie_Red's comment mirrors exactly what several online commentator's view regarding crowdfunding aka "ebegging". Family and friends rallying around helping out are not unusual, without asking for money in person to avoid making him/her feel like he/she is begging. However online crowdfunding extend far more than mere family and fiends but a wider community of people they won't know to achieve a goal and that goal is what? We have people who want money to visit Vegas. Funding for a £30k camera is taking the proverbial piss to a whole new level.
For the record despite the first day donation of over £1k it has suddenly ground to a halt so I guess there are limit to how many mugs there are
Just think, if this guy manage to be reunited with his camera or his insurer decide to pay out will he return all the money he gotten from donation? Yeah right
You can take some happiness out of this - i'm sure most of these websites don't actually send any money out until the target has been reached. I know i've funded a couple of things in the past and had my money sent back to me from the website because the donations didn't exceed the target figure.