Man Starts GoFundMe Page to Buy $15K Engagement Ring

The internet is apparently having none of it
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2017 5:00 PM CDT
Man Starts GoFundMe Page to Buy $15K Engagement Ring
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Beyonce famously said: "If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it." Few people know that famous line was directed not at a man, but at his friends and family. Or at least that's the lesson William Oliver apparently took away. The 30-year-old Atlanta man recently started a GoFundMe page to raise $15,000 to buy his girlfriend an engagement ring, Mashable reports. Oliver says he was inspired to make a big show of his love for his girlfriend after she bought him 30 gifts for his 30th birthday. So why then isn't he using his own money? Oliver says crowdfunding is a chance to "let everybody who loves us show us." That way he can buy a ring that "WE ALL can be proud of."

Elite Daily, which rounds up a handful of the many incredulous Twitter reactions to Oliver's fundraising attempt, accuses him of taking "the easy way out" when it comes to saving up for a ring. And Refinery29 says the fundraiser is "slightly inappropriate," especially because a decent ring can be had for way cheaper than $15,000. In fact, the Macon Telegraph reports the average engagement ring in 2016 cost $6,163—less than half what Oliver is asking for. While Oliver argues that "teamwork makes our dreams work," it seems most people aren't convinced. Despite being shared more than 12,000 times since March 28, Oliver's GoFundMe page has raised just $600. (This bride took on the saleswoman who called her ring "pathetic.")

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