A bunch of people tagged Clarence in this GoFundMe on the Discussing Fitchburg Now Facebook group.
Evidently there was a fire at a fully insured gas station and the owner has started a $100,000 GoFundMe. They’ve raised over $12,000 in 24 hours.
Correct me if I’m wrong here, but isn’t this why insurance exists in the first place?
A lot of people were asking that question, but evidently Chuck here, who acted as the official PR spokesman for the company, didn’t take too kindly to your questions.
Yea guys, stop asking about insurance for this fully insured company. Just shut up and write a check for $100,000. You have no right to question the legitimacy of a GFM, because no one has ever used this website to raise money for superfluous reasons. Ever.
Chuck generally doesn’t like it when you ask him questions or have anything critical to say about anything he posts on this community Facebook page.
Yea guys, don’t offer him your negative opinions about his hypothetical BYOB ax throwing, finger food restaurant. When he asks, “would you attend,” he wasn’t interested in hearing from you if your answer was no.
Here’s their reasoning for needing $100K, despite being fully insured…..
Thank you for taking the time to read this. My name is Fin Keneally and I am the owner of Main Street Sunoco in Leominster, Ma. I have been here for nearly 10 years. On Thursday March 7, 2019 we had a horrible fire. A vehicle that was in for service caught fire. The fire was so fast and so strong it spread across the entire shop in what felt like seconds. This tragedy has left myself and all of my employees without work, without a building and without money coming in for expenses. Under normal circumstances I would sooner die than ask for money. People come to us for help. That is what we do! Always with a smile. Right now, I need your help. My business is going to incur great financial pressure over the next 6 to 12 months. We will be faced with invoices from all of our suppliers (Parts, Tires, Fuel, Shop and Office supplies) in addition will have payroll, income tax, personal property tax and insurance responsibilities.
Tools not covered for Employees $25,000 to $30,000
Insurance $1200/ month
Load of fuel $25,000
About the business: Eleven years ago, I worked for a huge corporation, Toyota. I was there for 13 years. I still have so many great friends and relationships from that time. But I had a need to be part of something else. I had a void in my gut. I needed self fulfillment. A meaning…I traveled up and down the east coast looking for the right fit for my dream job. Automotive Repair Entrepreneur! Be my own boss! Be a part of a community. Give back and be responsible for my own destiny.
Wouldn’t you know it. All of this time, my dream was in my backyard. Main Street Sunoco. 468 Main Street Leominster, Ma 01453. I was blessed to meet Steve and Mike. Two great guys with the same philosophy I had. Do the right thing. Every-time! In 2010 we made it happen. And I never looked back. Only forward, how we can do better? Ask anyone who works for me, or has worked for me. You do the right thing! Make it happen. We only have a short transaction time period with our customers, while filling up with gas or cashing out a repair order. Why don’t we make it a good one!?
I’m not saying this guy is a scam artist, but I would like to know the answer to a question that good ol’ Chuck didn’t seem to want to answer. If you raise $100K to cover all these expenses that insurance will end up covering in a few weeks, then what are you gonna do with the insurance check? Seems, I dunno, kind of a legitimate inquiry. Just sayin.
And does this business have zero cash on hand to get them through a tough time like this? How do they make change if they don’t have any money to their name? It’s a gas station and repair shop. They have cash flowing in and out of it all day, every day. They can’t survive a few weeks until the insurance check comes in? Oh wait, I’m not allowed to ask questions like that.
And since they’ve raised just $12,000 of the $100,000, what percent goes to the employees? All of it? Because I would imagine paying those invoices would take priority, in which case the public is just paying his bills while the working man loses out.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a total dick. I feel bad for the employees, but this isn’t the first business to have a fire. It is however the first I’ve ever seen with a GoFundMe for a fully insured business.
And can I just say that the “you don’t have to donate if you don’t want to so keep your negative opinions to yourself” crowd is one of my favorites. We’re just out here asking for $100,000 on a public forum, but don’t you dare ask any questions about it. Just move along if you’re not gonna donate while we collect money from people who prefer to act on emotions rather than thinking logically.
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