PayPal to refund donations for Harris family
by Hilary Butschek
July 12, 2014 04:00 AM | 4538 views | 3 3 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Justin Ross Harris appears at his probable cause hearing July 3. New details were released about Harris’ past from a records request for his personnel file at the Tuscaloosa Police Department, including that he worked for the University of Alabama’s TV station and Coca-Cola before working as a dispatcher at the police department. <br> Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Justin Ross Harris appears at his probable cause hearing July 3. New details were released about Harris’ past from a records request for his personnel file at the Tuscaloosa Police Department, including that he worked for the University of Alabama’s TV station and Coca-Cola before working as a dispatcher at the police department.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
slideshow
MARIETTA — In response to criticism from the public, the fundraising website YouCaring.com took down a campaign to help Justin Ross Harris.

“The campaign was recently removed from the site so that the controversy and debate surrounding the Harris matter did not become a distraction to the millions of other donors,” said Michael Blasco, a spokesman for YouCaring.

On Thursday, Adriana Higuera, a spokeswoman for PayPal, announced the company will give back the money people donated to the campaign through PayPal.

“PayPal will soon be issuing refunds to all customers who donated through PayPal to the fundraising campaign for the Harris family through YouCaring.com,” Higuera said.

The campaign was created in the days after Harris was questioned by police for leaving his 22-month-old son in his car for seven hours while he spent that time in his Home Depot office June 18. On Thursday, Home Depot announced Harris, who was a Web developer, was fired.

Supporters donated to the campaign when Harris was charged with murder and child cruelty, in support of him, but before police released details as to why they thought the child’s death was not an accident.

New details were released about Harris’ past from a records request for his personnel file at the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

Harris graduated from Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1999.

He went on to work at the University of Alabama’s TV station, WVUA, from December 1999 to January 2000, before he was asked to resign because “he was told by WVUA he wasn’t suitable for the job,” according to personnel files.

Harris was also working at Clear Channel Radio as a sound board operator from February 1999 to March 2000.

After that job, Harris went to Coca-Cola, where he was a merchandiser from March 2000 to June 2001.

From 2001 to 2006, Harris worked at the university as a parking monitor and as a mail delivery clerk, according to his personnel files. Cathy Andreen, spokeswoman for the University of Alabama, confirmed his employment.

After that, he worked at the police station as a dispatcher from June 2006 to May 2009, when he resigned.

Harris went on to enroll at the University of Alabama in August of 2009, Andreen said. He graduated in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration.

Harris didn’t tell the Tuscaloosa police about his job at the TV station, but police found out Harris had hidden this fact from them during a lie detector test they gave him before agreeing to hire him.

During the polygraph test, Harris said he had gotten two warnings for being late to work at Coca-Cola.

On his application to work for the police department, he wrote he had been laid off by the company because of “cutbacks.”

Harris also revealed during the test he had smoked marijuana “once in 1997,” and he had stolen a T-shirt while working at Clear Channel Radio.

Comments
(3)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
eggontheface
|
July 12, 2014
When are the idiots who spearheaded this effort going to issue a public apology? They bashed the police officers, detectives, DA's office...just about anyone who was trying to investigate. I would even go so far as to say they interfered with the investigation. The very least they could do is show their faces and apologize for being fools.
Just Wait
|
July 12, 2014
BOO! You can't fix stupid, but not refunding this money would be a tax on it.
West Cobb 4
|
July 12, 2014
If the monies were not refunded but donated to a valid, worthy charity, it would be a small price to pay to the donors for a lesson on leaping before they looked.
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides