A Meme About Billy Bush Donating His Salary To Women’s Groups Is So Good People Want To Believe It

Sometimes a joke turns out to be a pretty good idea

It’s the biggest charitable campaign of the year that’s doesn’t really exist.

Say hello to #ThanksBilly, the Twitter stunt throwing unflattering light on the guy across the microphone when Trump got up close and personal with his thoughts on grabbing genitals. Today outcast Billy Bush, who resigned in the kind of disgrace that comes with an eight-figure severance package, isn’t planning on giving that money away. So Twitter users have taken it upon themselves to do it for him, virtually, cranking out memes of an Earth-2 Billy announcing his big gift and praising him for doing the right thing.

This being the internet, some people quickly succumbed to their own hopes and mistook #ThanksBilly for the real thing. It was a relatively easy mistake to make, given how ugly Twitter can get, even when mobs aim their vitriol at truly guilty parties. Despite the company’s struggles to manage its troll problem and sustain user growth, #ThanksBilly seems to have actually fostered an organic, constructive innovation where it’s most needed—organizing insta-mockery through deeply satirical but basically positive remarks. There’s something refreshing about watching a social media pile-on that (metaphorically) kills its target with (pretend) kindness, rather than sucking people into another round of ALL CAPS CONDEMNATION.

Still, if Bush doesn’t take advantage of this opportunity to rehabilitate his reputation on some level, we can all probably expect a fresh wave of genuine outrage with some good reason behind it. It’s little surprise that Americans’ basket of deplorables tends to include those who act ungenerously but expect generosity in return.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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