Monday, January 21, 2019

Unpaid Fyre Fest caterer in Bahamas gets over $90,000 in donations after doc profiles scam

Examination of shady tactics also highlights influencers' ability to easily sell to followers on social media

Maryann Rolle, left, says she lost $55,000 US after having to cover the cost of food and paying workers out of pocket during the festival on the island of Great Exuma when organizers didn't provide compensation. (Maryann Rolle/Facebook)

By Zulekha Nathoo

A GoFundMe campaign to help an unpaid restaurant owner in the Bahamas who says she fed thousands of unhappy people during the disastrous Fyre Fest music festival in 2017 has received over $90,000 US in donations.

The page, which has been verified as genuine, has a target of $123,000 to help Maryann Rolle, who appeared in a highly publicized Netflix documentary released last week about the infamous luxury music festival that turned into Hunger Games-like conditions for visitors.

Guests arrived expecting concerts by big-name stars in paradise, but found chaos, inadequate shelter and very little food, while most of the musical acts had cancelled. Rolle said her restaurant, Exuma Point, was forced to pick up the slack.  Read more >>