I guess we didn’t really need blogs like “Stop Arkh Project.” It kind of seems like the creators stopped it all on their own…
Alright, I wanted to keep this private. I wanted to keep it under wraps. But I’m done. I’m not going to let this go on, and let them continue taking advantage of people. This is really long. There is a listed summary at the bottom of the page.
You may have seen around Tumblr someone named raidensexual claiming they need money for food. The story goes that they can’t find a job, and their parents will no longer feed them, so they have taken to Tumblr begging for money and claiming basically daily that they are starving, or that they haven’t eaten anything in many days. They frequently reblog their own requests.
Now I immediately thought this was fishy, as I usually do. I take all Tumblr requests for money with a hint of salt, and this one seemed a little unbelievable. First red flag is that their parents aren’t allowing them any food, yet not a single comment about her family being abusive. A family that cuts off food is going to have a lot of abusive tendencies but nothing mentioned. Second red flag is the reward. Apparently this person hasn’t eaten in days, but never once considered selling their DS since they offer shiny Pokemon as a thank you to donators. I know when I was short on rent, the DS was one of the first things to go. If I were starving, I wouldn’t hesitate to sell everything up to my car, and in true desperation I would also sell my car. Immediately this seemed suspect.
So I did further digging. Her donation is through Paypal, which I never trust, since Paypal is not a good third party to go through - it’s better to go through a crowdfunding site focused on fundraisers for immediate needs. They’re nearly as immediate as Paypal and with a more comforting third party. But that could just be not knowing. The BIGGER issue I had was the wishlist. They set up a wishlist which included absolutely NOTHING in terms of necessary food - no inexpensive food, no nutrients. Instead it is a list of very expensive name brand snack foods, usually large packages. If I am STARVING. If I have not eaten in 5 days, as raidensexual claims, then I’m not going to wait to save up $50 for snacks that will be gone in a couple days. I’m not going to buy it off Amazon at all - I’m going to take what money I have and stock pile the most cost friendly food I can find. This is a HUGE indicator of no actual need. On top of that, they happen to have another wishlist full of completely non-essential items - figurines, video games, etc. And people have bought these things for them it sounds like.
However out of this I noticed where they happened to live - Roseville, CA. This is literally the city adjacent to mine, in fact I travel there frequently, sometimes for work and sometimes to visit the mall (their mall is way better than ours). It’s maybe a 20 minute drive. I decide, at this point, to give the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they can’t find a job. Maybe they are being abused. So I sent an innocuous message first on this account. I didn’t screencap that one, but I went in as sugar sweet as possible, saying I lived nearby and if they wanted I would help them find a job and maybe look over their resume, even including that they could take the address out.
No response. Nothing public. Nothing private. Not even a “no thank you”.
So I thought “Well maybe this account seems a little too hostile. I do fight a lot of people here.” So I turned to my art blog, which is pretty much just art. And I tried again
(I blocked out my art blog because frankly, I don’t want hate sent there. And I’m expecting it).
I’ve checked that blog. I’ve checked it consistently. You can see by the date, I sent this yesterday at 1AM (7/27). It is not 7/28 at 10PM. They have posted, even responded to Asks. Still. No response. Not even a no thank you. It doesn’t make a lot of sense that someone desperate for money and desperate for a job would completely ignore an offer to help from someone who lives in town. I could understand if they were afraid of someone scamming them, but they didn’t give any response at all. It went completely ignored.
On top of all this, I have gone through their posts asking for money. Now first a lesson: when you block someone on Tumblr, any responses they make to your posts does not show up in the notes. I know this from experience. I was surprised at first when I checked the notes of her posts and found not a single dissenter. No negative comments. On a nearly 8,000 note post.
This doesn’t happen. Someone somewhere has pointed out something fishy about this. And then on top of THAT raidensexual hasn’t posted a single update about their status. They just keep reposting the same thing - reblogging posts for three days straight about how they haven’t eaten in five days. There is no tracking how much they have received, no evidence they’ve used it on what they said they need it for, no updates whatsoever, and all dissenting opinions seem to randomly disappear.
This wouldn’t bother me so much except…PEOPLE ARE GIVING THEM MONEY. I can’t claim to know their motivations for doing something like this, all I know is nothing about it makes sense, and all of it points to a scam. As an aside, just to testify further to their pandering behavior, they constantly ask for people to date them and constantly say they get no responses and no attention from it…when they also constantly post asks from people offering dates and offering attention and telling them how beautiful they are. This along with the constant begging for money makes me think this type of behavior is very typical.
So to summarize:
- Claims they haven’t eaten in days but haven’t apparently done anything to fix it on their own, such as selling things they don’t need
- Claim they are basically starving but then asks for Hostess Snacks and $50 grab bags of food with no nutrition and which won’t last more than a day
- Also continue asking for donations and for people to buy things on a separate wishlist which aren’t necessary
- Haven’t updated their followers on how much money they’ve received, posted a picture of themself with food, or anything to prove where the money is going
- Is getting their food from Amazon, requiring delivery, which makes the supposed urgency questionable
- Has ignored offers to help find the job that they are supposedly desperately looking for, without so much as a “no thank you”
- Has in other areas exaggerated a need for something while clearly demonstrating the need is not that great
So I’m making this call out post to warn you and beg people to repost this to keep others from falling for it - DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO RAIDENSEXUAL. I don’t want to hear a sob story about how they’re disabled, or whatever the case may be. A scam is a scam is a scam. They could be a kitten with a peg leg and I would still call it a scam. I repeat, DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO THEM. Unless they step forward with an update, with a reason they’ve ignored offers for help actually SUSTAINING themself, and unless they answer on WHY their wishlist is the way it is, then I have to call that a fake cry for help. Give your money to people who have a true need.
And in the future raidensexual, if you want money, just ask. There are people on this site who will donate to anything. Look at DashCon for Tyson’s sake. You don’t need to make up a sob story.
Let me know, again, if you want help finding a job.
(Please signal boost this. I know there ain’t a lot of you, but I also know none of you put up with this crap.)
It’s also worth noting that you can see what other people have bought them off their wishlist. People have bought them food—including a goddamn cheesecake—but they’re still begging. Wait…I thought they were going to link to people who have donated, but they haven’t done anything like that, and people are obviously donating.
In addition to constantly reblogging the food begging posts, they’re constantly begging for someone to date them. Seriously.
Not that poor people don’t deserve love, but this might not be the best time to try something like that. Just saying.
If I was feeling more clever, I’d start a post informing people how to avoid the Black Plague or something equally archaic, but I guess I’m not really there.
THIS IS IMPORTANT, PLEASE DON’T FEED THESE TREATS TO YOUR DOGS
My mom bought these recently and they have made both of my dogs really sick. She later saw an article online about duck and sweet potato treats made in China(these fit the description) killing dogs and the FDA is doing nothing about it. Apparently over the last few years 600 young, healthy dogs have died after eating these treats and I don’t want anymore to suffer or be killed so please spread the word and don’t let your dogs have these!
This is VERY important! A lot of these animal treats made in China are killing dogs and cats. It’s not that the FDA isn’t doing anything about it, it’s simply that they don’t know why it’s happening.
They are conducting investigation after investigation, but the ingredients used in the food killing dogs (and 10 cats) is used in many different brands and companies that have been shipped, all from overseas. At this rate, a total recall and knowledge of where it’s coming from has proven very difficult. Just recalling one brand in particular will not solve the problem. Please conduct a thorough search about any brand of treats that have been made in China should you pick them up for your pet before you feed it to them. If all else fails, just buy local.
Please PLEASE be aware that this isn’t only happening to dogs, but some cat treats, too!
This may save lives!!
This post is from OCTOBER 2013. Why are people still reblogging it?
Just think of all the queer disabled homeless kids you could help with the cost of a single male tears mug!
duck / duck / gooseself
Respect my pronouns.
On Tumblr, it seems like “Queer disabled homeless kids” are the new “starving kids in Africa.”
As long as you don’t mention that they’re ~PoC~ you can talk about helping them all you want—without actually doing anything—and not be accused of being a “white savior.” You get to feel all warm and fuzzy about shaming people for doing things with their money that you don’t approve of, while those queer disabled homeless kids get…well, nothing.