When Mum and Dad said no to buying that expensive pair of trainers ‘everyone at school’ had, one young man took matters into his own hands.
“I was really surprised when my eldest started buying the local paper, I didn’t even know he could read, to be honest.” His mum told us.
“I was relieved at first, stopped him bleedin’ naggin’ me for stuff all the time, his head was always in a paper of some kind.”
Terry, 17, from Kent, was the first in the family to show any real initiative. He scoured the news items and obituaries for credible sources, enabling him to set up fundraising pages with countless sob stories.
“I saw on my Facebook feed that someone was asking for money cos someone couldn’t pay for the funeral of their dog. I couldn’t believe how many people clicked on the sad face and started giving money.”
Terry began to make up stories to go with the things he read in the news. He would say they were friends or relatives, and the money started flooding in.
“I had to set up loads of new accounts, at one point I think I had about 30.”
When we asked him if he felt bad about tricking people like this, he told us;
“Nah. They give what they can afford innit. I learned about it in school, it’s Communism.”
Terry’s parents are so proud of his entrepreneurial skills, and are thrilled with the caravan he bought them in Leysdown-on-Sea.
His mum’s final words? “ If there were more kids like Terry the world would be a better place. I have ten more like him to pay their own way from now on.”
Lisa Ives for Pf Magazine