Neighbours slam couple’s GoFundMe Christmas plea, label them ‘idle, dope-smoking’

Neighbors of an unemployed dope smoking couple with seven kids frowned at the couples GoFundMe plea for Xmas cash after it raised £3,500.

Ryan Rodgers, 26, and Jenny Grimes, 25, from Liverpool, made an emotive plea for help after their Universal Credit payment was slashed, leaving them with just £480 a month to live on.

According to the couple, they are forced to rely on food banks, charities and help from pals and relatives to feed their kids, who are all under seven years old.

Writing on the crowdfunder, Ms Grimes said they were “ashamed” to ask for help but were facing a tough struggle ahead of Christmas.

However, the furious neighbours have taken issue with the family’s desperate plea, saying it is undeserved.

One of their neighbours, retired Joan Bennett told the Mail on Sunday: “If anyone does give them money I know where it will be going – cannabis.

“The smell of pot used to be out there first thing in the morning. In the summer I’d be hanging out my washing and screaming, ‘Will you stop smoking that stuff and get a bloody job?'”

Another neighbour added: “He [Ryan] was smoking pot all day long – starting at seven in the morning sometimes and carrying on until late at night.

His mother-in-law, Ms Grattan, told MailOnline: “Ryan is a feckless liar who is trying to con the public into giving him money which he will just pour down his throat.

“No one should give him any money as he has a drink problem and that’s where it will all go. He will spend it all on booze.

“Anyone who has donated to the GoFundMe page should ask for their money back. He is conning the public with a sob story that is not true.”

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