Retiree Bets Life Savings on May 21 Doomsday

He finances $140K warning campaign on NYC transit

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 12, 2011 4:39 PM CDT | Updated May 15, 2011 12:44 PM CDT

(Newser) – A retired public transportation worker in New York City is sure the world will end on May 21st—and he wants everyone to know it. He’s put his life savings—$140,000—into an ad campaign across city transit announcing doomsday, reports the New York Daily News. “I'm trying to warn people about what's coming,” says 60-year-old Robert Fitzpatrick. “People who have an understanding” of the matter “have an obligation to warn everyone.”

To that end, his poster warns: “Global Earthquake! The Greatest Ever—Judgment Day: May 21.” More than a thousand others like it adorn subway cars and bus shelters. Fitzpatrick picked up the information listening to Harold Camping on Family Radio. “It'll start just before midnight, Jerusalem time: It'll be instantaneous and global,” he says. But others aren’t so sure. “"My sister doesn't believe it," he says. "I've tried to tell her. But that's pretty much the story with most people.”

A former public transport worker has spent $140,000 on an ad campaign warning of the end of the world.   (Flickr)
A former public transport worker has spent $140,000 on an ad campaign warning of the end of the world.   (Flickr)
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