When I launched this blog, it was a big step to reveal that I screwed up financially by loaning money to a relative.
I didn’t think there were three hundred ways for total strangers to remind me.
HuffPost Live contacted me to appear on a segment, “How to Say No to a Family Bailout.”
Look for me at the beginning of the 20-minute segment and at approximately 6:20, 9:36, 12:54, and 15:22:
The Huffington Post then posted a short article, My Ex-Husband Depleted My Life Savings, with excerpts from the video.
And out came the trolls! Nearly 300 comments!
The overwhelming majority said it was my fault, I had no one to blame but myself, and I deserved what I got.
They described me as stupid, dumb, a fool, a sucker, an imbecile, an idiot, a slow learner, a not very bright lady, a dumb broad, and a “a sandwich or two short of a picnic.”
The article was on the HuffPo Divorce page. Evidently it hit a nerve with lots of angry, spiteful, bitter people.
Fortunately I have thick skin.
Some shared their own stories. A few recognized why I tell my story – because I try to help people avoid making similar mistakes.
Readers disagreed about whether married couples should have separate or joint bank accounts — an eternal topic of discussion in personal finance.
If you’ve got a true story to add to this blog about a disaster that happened when you mixed your family and finances, tell me confidently about Your Experiences. I change all names and identifying details.
And I’ll never call you “stupid.”
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