Sunday, February 01, 2009

The silliest "principal of the matter" scenario EVER

As reported by The Consumerist:

Meet Gregg and Brittiny Peters. They've had a pretty terrible year. Two of their children were diagnosed with costly medical disorders, and as the bills began to mount, they decided to start over by selling all their worldly possessions on eBay. Enter Donnia and Keith Blair, who upon learning of the Peters' plight, bid $20,000 and won the auction. Here's the catch: the Blair's are willing to pay, but they don't want to take any of the Peters' things. This has apparently infuriated the Peters.

The Peters spent Friday morning trying to persuade the Fort Worth family to accept their belongings, which include a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. They even tried to retract the couple's bid.

"They are apparently not willing to take our stuff," Brittiny Peters said. "They're purchasing them to give them back to us."

Now they aren't sure what their next step is.

They are also trying to figure out what to do with money raised on the Web site, They didn't ask for the money and their efforts to return donations have upset some people, Brittiny Peters said.

The Peters are perfectly willing to stick by the bargain. But the Blairs — who wouldn't give details on how they can afford to give away $20,000 — won't budge.

"We've really been blessed the last few years and we saw an opportunity to help," Donnia Blair said.

The items were worth about $40,000, so the Peters can take solace in knowing they got a pretty rotten deal. Why won't they take the money? They say that they were trying to "start over, not take a handout," which is noble and all, but not exactly the model of good manners or consumerism.

Say what?


Anonymous said...

Easy. Take the money and donate the things to charity. :-)

FYT said...

Exactly ... it indicates to me that the couple was stupid and that's the REAL reason they have no money - not because of medical bills.

Paul Douglas said...

Even if they refuse to donate the stuff to charity, having had it returned to them...Why not just sell the stuff again?

FYT said...

Exactly again ... they needed money, people aren't as charitible nowadays but for some odd reason have been lavishing money on the family - yet they refuse it based on some twisted principal? All I can hear is cuckoo clocks when I read about this.