Very often, these stories are not "heartwarming", they are actually "infuriating" and make rational people want to "throw" things through "windows".
This is one such story.
The FRONT-PAGE STORY in today's Herald Sun is about mother of two "Michelle", who has been "overwhelmed" with public offers of help after going public with her desperate plight, as she and her children have been forced to sleep in the car.
Oh, I'm sorry, did I say "forced"? What I actually meant was "chose to sleep in the car because she is an idiot".
READ this story.
She was too embarrassed to go to friends, co-workers, or her ex-partner about her situation. Oh, the shame, she cried. Nobody must know! And so she kept her secret, not telling anyone, even giving the children's father a fake address, so embarrassed was she, until finally she decided to...
TELL THE ENTIRE FUCKING WORLD BY GOING TO A NEWSPAPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh yes, how embarrassing it would have been to admit to your friends or your ex-partner that you are homeless. Far better to act with discretion and quiet dignity by begging for help in the Herald Goddamn Sun.
"Michelle" says her ex is a good father. Her ex says he would have been perfectly happy to give the children a home. But he didn't know, did he? Oh no, because it would have been just so humiliating to ask him for help. Far better to make your children SLEEP IN A FUCKING CAR than lower yourself by having them stay with their father.
She's also very grateful to Herald Sun readers for their offers of accommodation. The generosity has just blown her away. Not that she's taken any of the offers up, mind. No, she knows you never take the first offer. First rule of homelessness: play it cool. Play the field. Shop around. You don't want to seem desperate.
The father says, "I want to express my extreme distress that my children were so exposed across the media and I am concerned about the repercussions of such exposure."
Oh, you're such a killjoy! Look how happy they look on the front page! See how all our souls have been uplifted by this wonderful story! Isn't it worth it, for your children to be forced by their idiot mother to sleep rough, so the public can enjoy the feelgood story of the year?
Dr Sarah Wise, of Anglicare Victoria, said Michelle's story had put a human face on hardship experienced by many Victorians.
She said it showed that people trying to do their best could still get nowhere.
No it fucking doesn't, Dr Wise. It puts a human face on the fake hardship assumed by many Victorians who deliberately make things harder for themselves than they really are in order to get attention.
And it shows that people who absolutely REFUSE to do their best get on the front page of major daily newspapers.
Seriously, Dr Wise, on what planet is a woman who intentionally chooses to sleep in her car with her children when she doesn't have to "doing her best"? Shove it, Dr Wise.
And shove it, "Michelle". I hope you get a house, and I hope the roof falls in on your stupid publicity-whoring head.