Trista Joy Lathern Gives Charity a Bad Name

Shame on you, Trista Joy Lathern

One bad apple

Trista Joy Lathern: one bad apple.

People have all kinds of excuses for not donating to charity. Most of the people I know and I don’t hand out money to people asking for change on the streets because we all agree that unless we know what they’re going to use it for, we might be hurting instead of helping. We don’t have money to lend for furthering someone’s drug habit.

When it comes to charity organizations, people often have reservations because they worry that they’re being scammed or that the organization won’t use the money responsibly. How do thought patterns like this arise? Because of people like Trista Joy Lathern. For every legitimate charity organization and individual seeking much-needed help, there are despicable scammers like Trista Joy Lathern who ruin things for everybody.

What did Trista Joy Lathern do?

According to Texas authorities, Trista Joy Lathern held benefits in her home state of Texas to raise money to help pay for her medical bills, saying she had breast cancer and had lost her insurance. Her bald head made it appear as though she was going through chemotherapy. The benefits in her honor raised more than $10,000.

Turns out she shaved her head. She even lied to her husband about having cancer. She took the money from donations at the benefit and spent $6,800 on, drumroll please … breast implants for her perfectly healthy breasts.

Why fake breast cancer?

A police affidavit says that “Trista said she and her husband had been (having) marital problems and she thought telling him she had cancer would bring them closer together.” A lot of others are reporting that Trista thought the breast implants themselves would save her marriage.

Trista Joy Lathern is 24 years old and had been married for seven months. In case you’re wondering whether it is illegal to lie about having cancer and collect money from people for said case of fake cancer, yes it is. Trista Joy Lathern has been arrested for doing this. It is called fraud. Also, in case you are wondering whether lying about having cancer and getting breast implants saved her marriage, Zimbio reports that “Lathern’s husband filed for an annulment on the day of her arrest.”

I know, shocking, right?

The plight of the giver

Trista Joy Lathern and all of the other scammers out there who dupe people into donating their hard-earned money to fake causes should be very ashamed of themselves. Because of people like Trista Joy Lathern, there are individuals out there who are really in need of help and can’t get it because others are rightfully untrusting.

What would you do if you donated money to someone in your community and later found out that person used it for totally unnecessary cosmetic surgery? Bearing in mind that two wrongs don’t make a right, I would probably not seek revenge on that person. However, it would take a lot to get me to donate money to a cause again. I have had people lie to me about why they wanted money and refuse food before, and that has caused me to never give handouts to strangers.

People like Trista Joy Lathern don’t just stop at lying about why they want the money. They take it a step further and spend it on things that the donaters could very well be vehemently opposed to. Trista Joy Lathern is no better than a street person who spends his handouts on meth. How can people be generous and giving when they can’t trust others?

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