This is one of those stories that'll make you give the stink eye to your computer and mouth WTF to your cat. A man named D.J. Douglas and his friend Chris Reaves, both of Plano, Texas, went to a local mall and started dropping cash on groups of kids as they passed below. Sounds harmless enough, if not kind of awesome, right? Wrong. Douglas is an accused child molester free on bond -- he was arrested last month on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy and exposing himself to a 17-year-old boy.
Did I mentioned they videotaped themselves "making it rain" for the kids, then posted the footage to YouTube? Because that happened, too.
But wait, there's more.
Both Douglas and Reaves run a foundation to help troubled kids. When the local news caught up with Douglas and asked him about this video he uploaded, he called it "harmless" and shared:
Well, I don't know kind of how that pertains to our case or our situation. That was just kind of Chris throwing money out to some people.
Hmm. OK. Let me ask you a question. If you've been accused of child molestation and are awaiting trial, would YOU think it's a good idea to go to the mall and throw money at children? Would YOU think it's a good idea to then post that video to YouTube?
Douglas says his money-throwing didn't violate any part of his bail and that he didn't have any more contact with the kids, BUT STILL. If you're innocent (which everyone is until proven guilty), why put yourself out there like this? Why draw attention to yourself interacting with kids by giving them money? Why, then, share it on a public website?
Lest you were wondering what the latest was with Douglas' partner Reaves, he posted an invitation to Facebook announcing a party he's throwing for his new non-profit, saying "party at my [expletive] crib hmu if you wanna come beer pong...weed...goodtimes."
When reporters asked him what he meant by that, Reaves explained that the invitation was intended to attract teens over to his place so they could be counselled against drug and alcohol use.
It sounds like I'm making this up, but I'm not.
Assuming, as I shall, that Douglas and Reaves are blameless, they have been making some very poor decisions. I'd think most people accused of child molestation who are, in fact, innocent would hide in their house, as far away from kids as physically possible, but I guess these guys feel differently. Very differently.
What do you think?
Photo via crowerp/YouTube