- Carson King picked up national attention when he was seen on ESPN’s “College GameDay” holding a sign that asked for beer money.
- The football fan was surprised when floods of donations began to pour in, and he later announced plans to donate the money to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
- Busch Beer and Venmo promised to match his donation. By Sunday, funds from King and the two companies had collectively reached over $1 million.
King on “College GameDay”
A college football fan who held up a sign asking for beer money on television has now raised more than $1 million that he plans to donate to a children’s hospital.
On September 14, ESPN broadcasted “College GameDay” from Ames, Iowa during the game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones. Carson King appeared in the crowd behind the sports analysts holding a sign that said “Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished,” along with his Venmo username.
His phone was then swarmed with notifications from the money transferring app. King told CNN that within 30 mins he had raised $400. “I thought it would just be a joke,” King told Good Morning America on Friday. “I didn’t think anyone would actually see it.”
Plans to Donate
His sign picked up even more attention as people discussed it and shared photos of it online. After talking it over with his family, King realized he had a chance to do something special with this attention. He soon tweeted that he would be donating “all but enough for a case of Busch Light,” to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
“There’s a better purpose for it,” King said of the money in an interview with The Washington Post “The kids deserve everything they can get. If I can give it to them, I’m going to give it to them.”
When word of his plans to donate the funds spread, Busch Beer and Venmo promised to match his contribution.
People liked the cans so much that over 26,000 signed a petition asking the company to stock them in stores throughout Iowa.
$1 Million Raised
By Sunday morning, the contributions — including Busch Beer and Venmo’s matches — had reached over $1 million.
King plans to keep his Venmo account open for donations until the end of the month. Once collecting the total amount, he will write a check and present it to the hospital in person. King told GMA that when he donates the money, he will also go on a tour of the hospital facilities and get to meet some of the kids who will benefit from the funds.
Stead Family Children’s Hospital responded to King’s tweet about the size of his donation, saying “We can’t think– our minds are blown by all of this!”
Ring Camera Hacker Harasses 8-Year-Old Girl Through Speaker
- An 8-year-old girl was taunted by a male voice when a Mississippi family’s Ring security camera was hacked.
- The hacker played eerie music and encouraged the child to use a racial slur and destroy her room.
- Ring has claimed the incident didn’t occur because of a breach in their security system but rather because the family didn’t set up two-factor authentication.
- Several more Ring camera hackings have been reported in the past few weeks.
A hacker tapped into a Mississippi family’s home security camera last week and used the speaker feature to talk to an 8-year-old girl.
The video footage shows the child, Alyssa LeMay, walking into her bedroom after hearing eerie music from inside. Blaring from the camera’s speaker is Tiny Tim’s rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” a song that was famously featured in the horror movie “Insidious.”
As Alyssa paces around trying to identify the source of the noise, the music stops and a voice comes from the camera, pushing her to say the n-word.
“C’mon girl, can you say the magic word? N—–,” the voice says to Alyssa, who is white.
She repeatedly asks out loud who is talking to her.
“I’m your best friend,” the voice responds. “I’m Santa Claus.”
At one point the hacker also tries to coax Alyssa to destroy her room, telling her, “You can do whatever you want right now. You can mess up your room. You can break your TV.”
The little girl screams for her mother, who was out of the house at the time running an errand. Her father was home and rushed to the room to unplug the camera.
Security Precautions Gone Wrong
Ashley LeMay, Alyssa’s mother, was horrified when she saw what happened. The 27-year-old had bought a pair of Ring cameras to install in the bedrooms of her four children, per a fellow mother’s recommendation.
Ring’s indoor cameras have elevated features intended for security, including night-vision and a two-way talk system. LeMay made the purchase on Black Friday, hoping to help her children feel safe as she works overnight shifts in a hospital.
The camera initially was a positive asset to the home, but just a few days after its installation, on Dec. 4, that sense of safety was abruptly violated.
“I did the exact opposite of adding another security measure,” LeMay told The Washington Post on Thursday. “I put them at risk and there’s nothing I can do to really ease their mind. I can’t tell them I know who it is. I can’t tell them that they’re not going to show up at our house in the middle of the night.”
When asked about the incident, Ring released a statement to WMC5, claiming that the hack wasn’t a result of a breach in their security system but rather it happened because two-factor authorization was not set up by the family.
“Due to the fact that customers often use the same username and password for their various accounts and subscriptions, bad actors often re-use credentials stolen or leaked from one service on other services,” the company said. “As a precaution, we highly and openly encourage all Ring users to enable two-factor authentication on their Ring account, add Shared Users (instead of sharing login credentials), use strong passwords, and regularly change their passwords.”
LeMay felt frustrated by Ring’s lack of answers when she contacted them.
“To be honest, it felt like they were trying to place the blame on me,” she told The Washington Post. “As a mother, I already feel guilty enough that I let this happen to my family… There’s just no need for that.”
Ring states that their mission is to “reduce crime in neighborhoods,” but the digital age has brought in new ways for hackers to virtually break into a home and cross lines.
“What’s so scary to us is that this person did not care that it was a young child,” LeMay said to The Washington Post.
Virginia Man Gifts $12,000 Worth of Toys to Low-Income Children
- Virginia local Adam Armstrong gifted $12,000 worth of toys to children living in low-income apartment complexes.
- His first stop was Harris Gardens, where he lived as a young man about 15-years ago after serving a short sentence in jail.
- After making a successful life for himself, Armstrong decided he wanted to give back.
Virginia Man Returns to His Roots
Adam Armstrong, a 35-year-old Virginia native, returned to his old apartment complex in Harrisonburg to hand out early Christmas presents to the children who live there now.
Armstrong rolled up to Harris Gardens Apartments in a moving truck on Dec. 7 wearing jeans and a Santa hat. When he arrived, he handed out bikes, stuffed animals, Nerf guns, and other toys. The total cost of the truckload was about $12,000, he told The Washington Post.
Armstrong once resided in that same low-income complex about 15 years ago. He went to live there after serving a three-month stint in jail for selling marijuana when he was 18.
After his release, Armstrong decided that he needed to turn his life around. He went on to get into several business endeavors, including working as a loan officer and buying and flipping houses.
Once he had saved some money, he decided he wanted to give back. He has been donating toys to various organizations since 2013.
“I remember government housing and a lot of poverty, crimes, drugs, violence and things of that nature,” Armstrong told NBC News about Harrisonburg. “Every time I see kids, I know it’s not their fault where they are.”
Giving Back to Children
When Armstrong approached Harris Gardens property manager Sara Lewis-Weeks and told her he was looking to donate toys to the kids, she was skeptical.
She had seen a lot of people make false promises of this nature before and wasn’t sure that he would follow through, she told the Post.
But sure enough, Armstrong made good on his promise and handed out gifts to about 50 children and their parents.
“He didn’t miss anybody,” Lewis-Weeks told NBC. “His heart was truly in this.”
After Armstrong visited Harris Gardens, he visited three more low-income developments nearby, and afterward, he donated the leftover toys to the Salvation Army.
“The kids were so innocent and sweet,” Armstrong told the Post. “They’d say, ‘Thank you.’ Some would be shy or reluctant. You can’t put a price on looking at these kids’ happy faces.”
Houston Man Saves Neighbor’s Dog After Leash Gets Caught in Moving Elevator
- Johnny Mathis, a man from Houston, Texas, saved his neighbor’s dog on Monday after its leash got caught in closed elevator doors.
- Mathis sprung into action, removing the leash from the dog’s neck as the elevator moved to a higher floor.
- Apartment security cameras captured video of the incident, which Mathis posted to his Twitter account.
- The video has received much attention online, with many praising Mathis and some criticizing the dog owner.
A Heroic Act
A Houston man rescued his neighbor’s small dog on Monday after its leash got caught in a moving elevator. A video of the incident, caught by their apartment’s security footage, has now gone viral.
In the video, 27-year-old Johnny Mathis can be seen exiting the elevator as a woman and her Pomeranian walk past him toward its doors. Mathis rounds the corner but backpedals when he sees that the dog was left behind.
He takes tentative steps toward the dog and then quickly lunges into action when he realizes the leash around the dog’s neck was stuck in the lift.
“Instinct just kicked in, I just grabbed that leash,” Mathis told CNN. “There was so much fur, that’s why it took me a bit to get that lever off of the collar and when I did, I let go, you could see that leash just shoot off to the top of the elevator.”
Mathis recounted the story on his Twitter account, where he also posted the security footage and described the dog owner’s panic.
“She started screaming as soon as the door shut and was bawling her eyes out when it came back down,” he wrote in another post. “She thought the worst.”
Mathis told CNN that the woman was very grateful but visibly shaken when she returned to the ground floor.
“I think she just said ‘thank you’ and we hugged but she was just so overcome with emotion,” he said.
He expressed his gratitude that he was in the right place at the right time, and hopes that the situation can be taken as a lesson.
Mathis’s post of the video has been viewed millions of times and he has received much praise in response.
You’re a hero sir.— LooHoo (@abbyloo) December 11, 2019
Wow, this is amazing! 😭💙💜— Chy (@TapeFlip) December 11, 2019
You are fcking awesome.
You are a very kind young man, and it’s tremendously fortunate that you think and react so quickly. I don’t have to know you to be proud of you. 🙂— DrM (@DrMagnolias) December 12, 2019
Some have hurled a lot of criticism at the dog owner, accusing her of negligence.
Great job on the rescue. Irresponsible, lazy owner…..— Bill Waterbury (@billdubs) December 11, 2019
I hate retractable leashes and I hate bad owners.— Mike 👻 (@nodurheadtothis) December 12, 2019
Mathis defended the unidentified woman in another post on Wednesday night.
Others have also been more forgiving of the dog owner, calling it an honest mistake.
It clearly was one of those freak accidents.She didn’t know the door was gonna close that quick. People are always so quick to judge. Thank you sir for your quick thinking and action.Thank god for good people out there with a big heart like you. God Bless you and Merry Christmas— Diann (@DiannKittle) December 12, 2019
those doors closed abnormally fast for being elevator doors, as well. i hold no blame to her, only hope it teaches her to pay more attention (plus, ditch the retractable leash)— 𝚟𝚒𝚎 𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚜 #deplatformpredators (@vierotz) December 12, 2019