GoFundMe page for woman who falsely claimed to be employee who allegedly spat on Eric Trump taken down
Refunds to the donors were initiated after it was revealed that the person the organizer was raising funds for, was only claiming to be the controversial server
A GoFundMe page, which was reportedly set up June 26 to raise money for the restaurant employee who allegedly spat on President Donald Trump's son Eric Trump, was taken down. Refunds to the donors were initiated after it was revealed that the person the organizer was raising funds for, was only claiming to be the controversial server.
The president's son was reportedly confronted by a female server at The Aviary in Chicago, and the Chicago Police Department and the Secret Service were involved in the incident on Tuesday, June 25. Although Eric refrained from pressing charges, he called the incident a "disgusting act."
“For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning," Eric told Breitbart, adding it was a "purely disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems."
The owner of the high-end cocktail bar, the Alinea Group, called the incident "unfortunate" and told Fox News their HR team has "placed her on leave" as they investigate the matter. "No customer should ever be spit upon. We have not yet spoken with the employee but our HR team has, in the meantime, placed her on leave," the HR statement said.
Shortly after the news, a GoFundMe campaign was set on June 26 to financially assist the employee involved. "My friend allegedly spat on Eric Trump and got fired. That's what happens when we bring the crises from our neighborhoods to the people causing/getting rich off those crise[s]," GoFundMe page organizer Brian said. "I want to make sure she's good to go until she finds a new job, and that she won't have to worry about paying any legal fees etc."
The campaign, which raised its $5,000 goal within 10 hours, however, was later taken down after it was revealed that the person Brian was raising money for, was only claiming to be the server who spat on Eric Trump. The organizer, in a statement to Block Club Chicago, said refunds are now being issued to people who donated to the GoFundMe page.
"I believed her, and I wanted to help, because the Trump administration is putting people in concentration camps, threatening to take our neighbors away, and wreaking havoc,” Brian said. “I wanted to help her because I wanted to support someone who had a chance to make life uncomfortable for a fascist regime, and who took that chance even though it would affect her negatively. I’m sorry for misleading folks, but I’m not sorry for trying to support people who stick up for their communities. Most of all, I hope this doesn’t bring us pause when we have a chance in the future to support causes that we believe in.”