• Dude Writes ‘ISIS Beer Funds!!!’ in Venmo Memo, Feds Impound His $42 Transfer

    June 18, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America


    …For Freedom!

    Now this is one way to stop terrorism, particularly the funding of ISIS. Did the United States clamp down on Saudi Arabia funneling millions to ISIS and other Sunni terror groups? Use American military power to stop the illegal weapons trade to ISIS? Bomb the hell out of the oil wells and transit systems ISIS uses to raise hard currency?

    Hell no. The government of the United States used its full resources to steal $42 from some drunk dude who wrote “ISIS Beer Funds!!!” in the memo field on Venmo when he tried to pay back his buddy for a night out.

    Hipster dude Ben told Ars Technica his story:

    Telling a friend you’re paying him back for “ISIS beer funds!!!” is not a particularly good joke. I knew this as I was typing it at 2am on a Sunday, but what I did not know is that it’s an even worse joke on Venmo because the federal government will detain your $42.

    Almost immediately after I hit send, Venmo — you know, the app that allows people to send money to each other via their phones — blasted an e-mail into my inbox. The company wanted to “better understand a recent payment,” specifically:

    On 02/21/16, you sent a payment for the amount of $42.00 for, “ISIS beer funds!!!” We’re trying to understand your reference to “ISIS,” the purpose of this payment, including a detailed explanation of what you intended to pay for and the establishment/location, if applicable.

    Dude Ben, perhaps floating on $42 worth of brewskis, doubled down for the fun, replying:

    “ISIS beer funds!!!” when more accurately it could be described as “it is beer funds!!!” The $42 was payment to a dear friend for two pitchers of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, minus his serving plus tip to the waitress, at the Slaughtered Lamb Pub (a much friendlier establishment than the name would suggest!) in a somewhat “hip” part of New York City’s West Village. Thank you for your query, and if you have any further questions, it is possible to reach me at this e-mail address.

    Venmo didn’t buy it. “Unfortunately,” wrote someone who signed the e-mail as Heather, “due to OFAC regulations, we are not allowed to give the funds back to you or issue a refund.”

    OFAC is the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the part of the Federal government that is supposed to stop billions in drug and terror money from being transhipped through a false account in Panama to an Internet cafe in Damascus. You would certainly think they would have other things to worry about than $42 in a bar in New York, but you would be wrong.

    Our Ben is presently filling out forms for OFAC trying to get his $42 back. One hopes he has learned his lesson — never fund terrorism while drunk.

    BONUS: Here’s a guy whose check to his dog walker was stopped because he wrote the dog’s name, Dash, in the memo field, which the Fed thugs read as Daesh, one Arabic term for ISIS.

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  • Recent Comments

    • rich bauer said...


      Oh, so that’s the rules of the game. Then let US stop payments on checks with “IRS” since money that went to that institution has paid for lots of stuff that ended in the hands of ISIS, DAESH, etc.

      06/18/16 9:15 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      06/18/16 10:17 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Brought to you by the same people who can’t figure out that the clinton funds are bribery slush money, or how the “bad guys” got those Humvees.


      06/18/16 12:40 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Donald Trump names new SexState. It’s gonna be HUUUUGE:


      06/18/16 4:58 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “The government of the United States used its full resources to steal $42 from some drunk dude.”

      That’s State: Drunks with Power.


      The War Party, neocons and liberal hawks that controls the State Department and eagerly is looking forward to a Hillary Clinton presidency, will never stop coming up with these crazy notions until a concerted effort is made to assess accountability for all the failures that that they have inflicted on U.S. foreign policy.

      06/18/16 8:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Thanks for the link, erm the second one to common dreams, Rich

      It is interesting that with this leaked cable – no DoJ investigations or threats of imprisonment for these guys?

      It shouldn’t be called the ‘Dissent Channel’ when its neo-cons really doing weapons lobbying. Should be called the ‘Disgraced Channel’

      06/19/16 8:55 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      quote”Telling a friend you’re paying him back for “ISIS beer funds!!!” is not a particularly good joke.”unquote

      This should be wake up call for that part of the DFCOTP who still have a fucking clue.

      Unfortunately.. that’s why it IS the DUMBEST FUCKING COUNTRY ON THE PLANET. The living proof is Mr. Scumsucking Trump is STILL marshaling his future Stasi should the DUMBEST FUCKING COUNTRY ON THE PLANET elect him. And IF it does.. lord help this fucking planet.

      06/19/16 5:41 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      btw..Rich.. thanks for the link. State Department Madness indeed.

      06/19/16 5:47 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Pitch, Hillary would be far far worse than Trump As a closeted lesbian she’d need to man up. You and I will get a fabulous sun tan from her reading out the codes and launching.

      06/19/16 9:55 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      John Poole said…

      “Pitch, Hillary would be far far worse than Trump.”

      When your head is below the surface of a cesspool..it doesn’t make any difference which turd chokes you.

      06/20/16 2:39 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      “It doesn’t make any difference which turd chokes you.”

      Donald Trump (anagram) is a DAMN TURD POL.


      06/20/16 7:38 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      re: “Dissent Channel cable”

      Dissent in State is only allowed when it supports the Empire’s neo-conartist goals and objectives. As Peter can testify, all other dissent is hounded out of the State Department by the DS Flying Monkeys. The few of US who were vocal in our dissent against the TOTAL MADNESS of the BUSH INVASION of Iraq were subjected to harassment by DS agents on trumped-up charges of “security violations” of Sensitive But Unclassified” material. Now the Queen Bee of this Nuthouse is gonna skate on violations of TOP SECRET information. Where the fuck were the DS Flying Monkeys then? Too busy fucking the careers of the real dissenters,

      “During the 1980s, American diplomats with integrity were systematically marginalized, hounded or removed.”

      06/20/16 7:54 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Speaking of systematically removing whistleblowers:

      The database of the Air Force’s Automated Case Tracking System (ACTS)—which is used by the Air Force Inspector General’s Office to manage investigations into complaints from whistleblowers of waste, fraud, and abuse; Freedom Of Information Act requests; and congressional inquiries—has become corrupted, rendering over 100,000 case files dating back to 2004 unreadable. And because of the way the database was backed up, an Air Force spokesperson said that neither the service nor Lockheed Martin—the contractor that operates the ATCS system for the Air Force—can recover the data.



      06/20/16 8:32 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      The FBI is creating more Frankensteins in the US than ISIS:


      The FBI “Frankenstein” strategy didn’t end well with Lee Harvey Oswald. One would think the FBI would learn its lesson. Or is that its strategy?

      06/20/16 11:08 AM | Comment Link

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