Millionaire’s ‘creepy’ $150,000 offer to woman on plane
A US tech millionaire’s $US100,000 ($A151,000) offer to a female passenger sitting beside him on an aeroplane has been slammed as “creepy”.
Steve Kirsch, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur accused of spreading COVID misinformation during the pandemic, said he asked the woman to remove her mask for the eyewatering sum, and was shocked when she declined.
“I am on board a Delta flight right now. The person sitting next to me in first class refused $US100,000 to remove her mask for the entire flight. No joke. This was after I explained they don’t work,” Kirsch tweeted.
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“She took off her mask as soon as the breakfast was served! Because everyone knows you can’t get infected while you are eating!”
Many were quick to point out that such a large sum was an offer hard to take seriously.“Did you have the $100k in cash? If not, you sound like a lunatic. How could they trust you’d pay up?” one person replied.
“They probably didn’t think you had even $5,” another said.
Kirsch explained he began the bidding at $US100 for this reason, but it wasn’t the only time his in-flight offers had been declined.
Just three days earlier, he tweeted that two people on another flight had turned down his offer to take off their masks.
“I asked the people sitting next to me on the plane if I paid them $10,000 would they remove their mask for the duration of the flight? Both declined the offer. Maybe I should offer $100,000 next time?” Kirsch tweeted.
The offers have came under fire with netizens pointing out the many reasons the passengers might have been wearing a mask, and why his requests were inappropriate.
“Women don’t want to make deals with creepy men on planes. It’s not complicated,” one person wrote.
“Do you make a habit of offering money to random women to remove coverings from their bodies mid-air?” another wrote.
“Why do you assume remaining masked is worth more than $US100,000 to her, when it’s more likely that she thought you were weird for asking that of a stranger, didn’t believe your offer, and just wanted to be left alone?” another wrote.
“All you’re doing here is admitting you patronised and harassed a woman who made a decision she thought was best for her,” another wrote.
“How much would someone have to pay you to mind your own business?” another wrote.
Others left with the US hospital bills after their experience contracting COVID suggested that the offer fell short.
“My hospital bills after admission for COVID came to >$US300,000 (including the $US80k air ambulance because local hospitals were all full), plus loss of clients/income, lung damage, ongoing disability, recovery/support expenses, etc - I’d need a minimum of $US5m cash in hand,” one person wrote.
“I wore a mask on the plane and still got COVID. I already have long COVID. My physical therapy bills laugh at your measly $US10k,” another said.
However, others said they’d be willing to remove more than a mask for the significant sum.
“I will sit next to you naked for $US10,000,” one person wrote.
“Can I have some money? I’ll cough on you or whatever,” another said.
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