The Massive GoFundMe For Melbourne’s ‘Trolley Man’ Might Not Be A Great Idea, Says Peter Ford

Nov 12, 2018


Cash donations totalling more than $100,000 have been received for a homeless Melbourne man who was on the scene during the Bourke Street terror attack on Friday, but entertainment reporter Peter Ford has sounded a note of caution.

Michael Rogers, 46, was dubbed a hero after he tried to ram an armed terrorist with a shopping trolley.

“This is a complex story and I’m sorry to shatter the illusions,” Ford told FIVEaa’s Leon Byner on Monday. “But the story isn’t quite as pretty as people seem to be making out.”

“I don’t doubt for a second the bloke had good intentions but the cops themselves have said he could’ve made a bad situation worse with what he did by intervening with his shopping trolley.

“If you look at this chap he has a Housing Commission flat, which he chooses not to live in but it’s his -- he’s got the keys to it. Yes, he’s homeless but he’s homeless by choice.

“He has a long criminal record including five years in prison for aggravated burglary. He is a drug user… what they’ve done now is start up this GoFundMe page… to use as he chooses, that’s what they say.

“I’m sorry but if you’re going to give a mentally ill drug user $100,000-plus to use as they choose that’s not being kind… that’s actually cruel to do that to somebody like that because they’re not capable of making good decisions for themselves.”