Couple begs followers to pay $11,000
Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt, a German couple who run an Instagram “influencer” account, are currently under fire from the internet after creating a GoFundMe page asking strangers for roughly $11,200 to fund their ‘tandem bike ride’ to Africa. The internet was already understandably not pleased over their misuse of the GoFundMe platform in the first place, but kicked the resentment into 6th gear after learning that Catalin’s mom
is already working 2 jobs to fund their travels.
According to the duo’s GoFundMe request, “We need funds now for preparation as well as throughout our trip. Every dollar, every message, every couch or garden for our tent, any help you can offer will help us go further. We hope you all fancy and learn with US. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE”
People are calling for the couple to stop “sponging of your mother” and for the pair to work a job, but according to the couple, “getting a job is not an option” and would be “detrimental.” The post also read “My mother is funding us, she works two jobs and has not much herself.We didn’t raise her for cash however she loves that she is ready to assist.”
They continue that “Some can simply tell US to urge jobs, like everyone else and stop begging. But once you have the impact we tend to do on others’ life, getting a job is not an option. We may model and create quick cash, but we don’t want to advertise consumerism. A normal job at this time would be prejudicious.”
Commenters have taken to flooding both their Instagram and their GoFundMe page with angry comments such as “Lol no Get a job and treat your mum, she shouldn’t be funding her grown son to wander the world like a lost boy [sic],” and “You’re not impacting anyone’s life, you are just a couple of freeloaders trying to get holidays for paid for by mugs.” Onc and Engelhardt released a statement through their IG page saying “Some people are quick to judge and speak. At this terribly moment, we tend to don’t have a lot of, we tend to ar acceptive cash from my mother and additionally donations however we tend to don’t hide that.This situation is teaching us a lot.”