Nikki Smith is a single mom of two girls from the UK, who sparked an insane backlash when she asked strangers to donate to her GoFundMe page, raising money to send her and her kids to go to Disney World.
Smith was asking for about $6,000 USD and people were NOT happy about it.
Smith explained in her original page (which has since been taken down) that she can only work two nights a week at the hospital because she can't afford daycare, so she thought she would try her luck on the fundraising website GoFundMe.
"It’s so hard to save with two children as well as working part time, you’ve got the bills and shopping – it would probably take me 10 years to save up that much and it would be too late then," she said.
People were quick to judge and criticize Nikki Smith for taking advantage of a site that is primarily used to raise money for charitable causes.
"There are plenty of families who struggle with money that save for holidays regardless of how long it takes. Absolute chancer," wrote one person.
""There's kids dying and crying out for help for GoFundMe pages for treatment to save their lives. I know which one I would be donating to," said another.
Smith was totally caught off guard with this negativity, saying she "never meant to hurt anyone."
"I thought this section of the website was for funding hopes, dreams and wishes, and I believed GoFundMe was a chance to raise money for anything," Nikki said.
After much consideration, Nikki decided to put the GoFundMe page back up.
"I was only thinking of my children and making them happy," she wrote. "I also am not asking people for their hard earned money, people have a choice."
Considering one guy used KickStarter (a similar crowd-sourcing page) to make a potato salad and raised $55,000, I think people need to calm down.
Do you think people were right to go off on Nikki Smith like this, or were they too harsh on the single mom? Let us know!