People are giving money to a woman who has come under fire for a viral dispute with Citi Bike.
A video of Sarah Comrie arguing with a black man over a bicycle has gone viral, and she has been criticized for it.
Now, a GoFundMe set up by her uncle to help pay her legal bills has raised more than $111,600.
People are giving thousands of dollars to a woman involved in a viral dispute over Citi Bike in New York.
Sarah Comrie, a hospital worker, was filmed having a heated argument with a black man over a Citi bike in Manhattan on May 12. The video has divided the internet, but Comrie has her share of supporters, some of whom believe she was wrongly accused.
One of them is Comrie’s uncle, Bob Roe, who started a GoFundMe for her on Friday titled, “Help Sarah Comrie deal with being called ‘Karen’.”
Roe wrote on the GoFundMe page: “Sarah is a dedicated healthcare worker who is six months pregnant. She is passionate about racial justice and equity, and has dedicated her life to serving the most disadvantaged in New York.”
The GoFundMe, which aims to raise $120,000, has raised $111,624 at press time from more than 3,100 donations.
Roe wrote that the GoFundMe would offset Comrie’s legal costs and help him “save his livelihood and his reputation.”
Comrie has come under fire on social media after video of her argument with the unnamed black man went viral. The clip showed her repeatedly screaming “help” and appearing to cry when confronted by the man.
In the clip, she also accused the man of endangering her unborn child.
Comrie was furloughed from her job following the incident, and a spokesperson for the New York public hospital system called the video “disturbing” in a statement to Insider’s Natalie Musumeci.
However, Comrie’s attorney, Justin Marino, later said his client paid for the bike and she was being unfairly targeted.
“She had it reserved, and then they pushed the bike back into the docking station, preventing her from taking it out again,” Marino told Insider.
Roe did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment sent outside of normal business hours. Comrie’s attorney declined to comment.
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