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One lamentable effect of our recent piece on "college girl" Michel's attempts to raise $4,500 for a breast boost op has been to encourage other cash-strapped ne'er-do-wells to hit the web, begging bowl and dog-on-string at the ready.

Yes, sitting huddled in the cyber shop doorway this week is Reg reader Jason, who emplores us all to Help him out of debt.

This inconstant and foolhardy youth has run up a cool £17,000 of credit card debts and is hoping that fellow surfers will throw a few coppers into his hat. Hankies at the ready everyone:

Hi :)

Thank you all for visiting my website! First of all let me introduce myself to you... My name is Jason, I'm a really nice kinda guy in a bit of a pickle :( I'm asking for your help! I'll cut immediately to the chase, I have huge credit card debts* and I need £17000 to pay them off! :/ Mmm, staggering isn't it?

All I need is £1 from 17000 people, or £2 from 8500 people, or £5 from 4250 people - you get the picture. So if you have an extra quid or two, then please send it my way! Together, we can banish these credit card debts* from my life - FOREVER! (I've absolutely NO intention of ever owning a credit card again!)

Well, any reader wishing to help Jason escape the cold streets of penury and warm himself by the fire of solvency should begin rummaging for shrapnel in their pockets now.

Alternatively - and this is the approach favoured by the financial advisers here at Vulture Central - someone might like to lend him a guitar so he can raise the money busking in some out-of-town shopping complex. We're sure he will feel better about himself if he repays his debts by the sweat of his own brow. That's how it was done when I was a lad. We didn't have the web to go begging on then, young man. And if you didn't pay the bills it was the poorhouse, or transportation to Australia, or hanging, or all three... ®

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