I’ve been watching this show on Channel 4 for a while now. Something keeps bugging me about it though and that’s how much money they give away.
If you haven’t seen the show, the premise is that a millionaire agrees to go undercover in a local area on the pretense that they are making a show about voluntary workers moving into the area. Nobody knows they are wealthy and the millionaire lives off benefits for a week. Said millionaire finds voluntary work and finds worthy causes or people to give money to. In the big reveal at the end they decide which people/organisations to help and how much money to give them.
I think it’s great that the millionaires do this and are willing to give their money away. They do make a big difference to most of the people and places they help out – refurbishing community centres etc – I’ve been close to a tear once or twice *strikes manly pose and pretends I have dust in my eye* . However, some of the millionaires do seem a bit tight.
Millionaire: “I’m not really who I say I am. I’m actually a very successful businessman worth millions“
Person: “Oh. My. God. I had no idea” with a look of shock and glee on their face. They have already bought a new house and sports car in their head.
Millionaire: “So, I want to give you this cheque for two thousand pounds to help you out”
Person: “aww thanks”
Two thousand….that’s it? You’re worth millions and you’re giving me two thousand. Tight git.
Whilst I’d be more than happy with a gift of two thousand to help me in whatever it was they were giving me money for, I’d be gutted if i only got 2k off them! It’s small change to a millionaire, why not round it off to 5k? Pay someones rent for a year or pay their mortgage off or something. Surely, rather than making a difference to people, they are wealthy enough to be make a BIG difference.
Don’t get me wrong, my cap is doffed to each and everyone of them that give their own money out. Some of the millionaires do go the extra yard and give over and above what they planned to as well. Others just seem dead tight*.
I’m an ungrateful cynical bastard though!
*he says as he waits for a visit from a millionaire and pondering about having beans on toast for dinner tonight.