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May 21st, 2012
12:56 PM ET

Only In America: Giving back

On Monday, Piers Morgan "liked" his "Only in America" segment, evaluating the finer points of being a "friend."

As Mark Zuckerberg's pet project went public last week, tech traders and social media moguls were joined by "mere mortals," all chasing the Facebook fortune:

"With the Initial Public Offering, shareholders around the world will become fabulously wealthy trading in their Mazdas for Maybachs, island-hopping on yachts and buying up as much bling as they want," surmised the host.

But are there better ways to spend one's success? For example, there's the story from a K-Mart in Kentucky, and a samaritan on a spending spree:

"Rankin Painter was shopping at his neighborhood K-Mart when the clerk told him the store was closing. Everything was for sale," explained Morgan. "So, aisle by aisle, Painter went on a spree. You know what he did? He bought up the entire K-mart store. And it wasn't cheap."

Painter's plan was to share the wealth, donating more than $200,000 worth of goods to a non-profit group helping the less fortunate:

"Thanks to his generosity, children will have coats, gloves and hats to keep warm in the winter."

The bluegrass businessman didn't do it for recognition, but Morgan felt he deserved some:

"I thank him. We all should. And for the men and women who are striking it rich with Facebook, let him inspire you."

Quoting his fellow countryman, Morgan hammered home the message that Painter demonstrated:

"Winston Churchill said 'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.'"

"Rankin Painter understands that," Morgan said, summing up "Only in America." "I hope the facebook folks do too."

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  1. jim carroll

    WE ARE THE MARKET: PEOPLE POWER PRICE CONTROL.
    Posted on May 20, 2012 by jcarroll

    Consumers are the market. We have the power to control prices. We do not have to do any marching. We do not have to do any sit-ins. We do not have to occupy anything. We just have to watch what we buy and from whom we buy it. We are more powerful than the biggest collective monopoly. We can target them one at a time. We do not have to punish ourselves. The rest will get the message. THINK ABOUT IT. WE HAVE THE POWER. WE DON’T EVEN NEED A SLING-SHOT TO CONTROL THE PRICES OF THESE GIANTS.

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    May 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Finley Crowe

    I still believe that America is still the greatest country in the world; but I believe that America can be the "ugliest" country in the world as well. Someone said that you can judge a country by the way it treats it dead. I think that you also judge a country by the way it treats it veterans. My experience with the VA is far from the severity of many; but my treatment by the VA reflects a deep, dark coldness and indifference that I fear many more vets will face upon their return to the land of the free and the home of the brave. I can email you my May 11, 2012 complaint that I have filed against them, if you are interested. African-American artists & celebrities, with no sense of judgment or snobbery. Much success!
    COMPLAINT of Racial Discrimination, Compounding our Severe Hardship of Homelessness and Unemployment, Being Willfully, Knowingly, Deliberately and Intentionally Provided False, Untrue, Inaccurate and Deceptive Information, Being Willfully and Intentionally Ignored, Stonewalled, Being Refused the Opportunity to Meet With Veterans Representatives in Authority, Directly Above the Individual Managers Involved In This Matter.

    May 22, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse | Reply

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