Bullied Bus Monitor Plans to Do Something Totally Awesome With Her Money (VIDEO)

karen kleinI'd venture to guess that Karen Klein, the 68-year-old bus monitor who who was bullied to tears, never thought she'd have a problem doling out boatloads of cash. The donations from strangers keep pouring in as more and more people see the YouTube video and as of now, the total amount she'll be rewarded is over $640,000 (and there's still 26 days left!) and Southwest Airlines is flying her and nine friends down to Disney World for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Obviously, Karen's blown away by the show of support.

She went on the Today Show to talk about how her life's changed in the past few days, and when asked what she plans to do with the money, well, her answer may surprise you.

She responded that she'll invest some, help her family (she's got eight grand kids, after all) and she'll give some to charity.

Karen seemed almost dumbfounded by the money, asking, "What would anyone do with that much money?"

Well, Karen, not everyone would donate to charity, and not everyone would help out their loved ones. Some people would blow it all on ridiculous toys, some would blow it all in Vegas, some would blow it all on blow, and some would just hole up in their houses, feeling paralyzed into inaction by the pressure to do the right thing.

Maybe Karen feels generous and magnanimous because those who donated were obviously motivated by those emotions. Or maybe she'd share her wealth no matter how she got the money -- maybe that's just the kind of person she is.

Only a handful of boys bullied one woman, but tens of thousands have tried to right that wrong with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Karen has admitted she feels undeserving of all the love, but to me, there's no better person to receive such a sum. She's going to help others, just as others have helped her. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself with over $600,000?

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Todd Vrancic

Well, to answer the question, pay off bills, get my wife a reliable car, invest some and give some to charity.  And don't think to get any from me by changing your name to Charity (lol).

Em Chappell-Root

Hmm, since you're only required, I think, to report individual gifts over a certain amount for taxes, and these are multiple gifts, lets hope this is tax free. Otherwise, 600K? I'd buy a house, a couple of decent, built to last cars (Honda, Ford, or Dodge, nothing fancy) help out my mom and my in-laws, finish college, invest for my kids, help out the rest of my family, and donate to some of my favorite charities (St. Judes, Shriner's Childrens, Levines Childrens, HOPE Line, ETC). And my midwives clinic. A decent donation would go to my midwives so that they'd have more resources to help women in our community. 

Pinkmani Pinkmani

I was bullied for a whole semester 3 hours a day in front of two teachers. I had things thrown at me. Where's my check? Or can someone refund the money I spent in therapy and for my antidepressant? All because I'm smart. 

nonmember avatar Lord K

Oh boohoo Pinkmani. I was bullied probably lots longer and meaner than you, and I'm thrilled this old lady get her day. I could not be happier for her and I wish her well!

Lynette Lynette

at her age I would retire.

Stacey. Stacey.

I would divy it up between my children and grandchildren.

nikol... nikolita87

Lynette, I agree with you! She should retire and enjoy life. Maybe even start up some local bullying awareness/prevention type group?

jalaz77 jalaz77

She shouldn't have to give any to charity. She sounds like a nice person. I would keep it, invest most and make sure we have a nice nest egg to retire early.

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