Retiree Bets Life Savings on May 21 Doomsday
He finances $140K warning campaign on NYC transit
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 12, 2011 4:39 PM CDT
Updated May 15, 2011 12:44 PM CDT
A former public transport worker has spent $140,000 on an ad campaign warning of the end of the world.   (Flickr)

(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.”

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May 20, 2011 8:41 PM CDT
When I buy a product that's guaranteed to meet my satisfaction the company I buy it from has a return policy if I'm not completely satisfied. Or is clear from the very beginning of the transaction that all sales are final - if you do not get what you expected you're SOL. In this case - what happens if the product fails to deliver? What sort of return policy does Harold Camping's Family Radio have if the product they are advertising on their billboards fails to meet the expectations of those faithful believers?
May 20, 2011 4:59 PM CDT
It's well after midnight in Jerusalem now, no earthquake.Idiot.
May 20, 2011 2:07 PM CDT
Check out this contrary campaign to raise funds to stop the apocalypse from happening :) Fun stuff -