Crabs in a barrel

I have always said that jealousy, and envy are probably at the root of most evil. Some people say that money is the root of all evil, but what is it that money creates in people? It creates jealousy and envy!

Recently, there was a story out about a man who had to commute and partially walked 21 miles to work everyday. James Robertson, who is 56 years old, had such a touching story, that many were moved to donate money to help him. Ford even donated a car for Robertson to help him out with his commute.

This is a pretty amazing story, don’t you think?

Well, that is until the haters start come out. See, the moment these parasites started to smell the money; some of his associates started to come out of the woodwork to get a cut. It is mind-boggling to me how quickly, and shamelessly these leeches respond. Apparently, the man had to get a police escort to pick up his belongings and move out after allegedly receiving death threats. He claims that a man who boasted about winning the lotto was killed shortly after announcing that. As such he feared for his own life, considering that he just won a publicly sponsored lottery.

I have never been able to understand why people respond in this fashion to someone else’s good luck. This reminds me of the time we treated my sister to a limousine ride as part of her graduation present. The people in our block were jealous, hateful, and began to throw items at us and the vehicle while hiding behind their window curtains. We literally had to move the car, and circle around because we feared an escalation of violence if we stayed there waiting for my family.

This “crab” mentality is exactly what Robertson is dealing with. These people are jealous that he is receiving some help, a lucky break of sorts, and they are trying to pull him down. They want to take what is rightfully his due to the generosity of these people who donated their money. Granted, I don’t know if there is more to it that I am not aware of. Perhaps these people provided money to him, favors, or something else? I don’t know. However, by the sound of it, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

It is such a shame the way things are, my friends. We’ve seen the athletes get robbed. Some of us experienced this growing up. You see it on the news all of the time, and nowadays even winning the lotto abroad can get you hate! As was recently the case with the Puerto Rican power ball winner! I guess that I’ll close out with this: watch your six, because there is always someone out there trying to take what is rightfully yours!

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