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Women Use Venmo To Show Solidarity For ‘Bachelor’ Contestant

Last night’s “The Bachelor” season finale saw star Arie Luyendyk Jr. dump his new fiancée, Becca Kufrin, to begin a relationship with runner-up Lauren Burnham. As a result, fans across the country have since been turning to PayPal’s person-to-person (P2P) payments platform Venmo to turn Kufrin’s frown upside down, according to BuzzFeed reports.

“Wine from your new friends in Austin, TX,” wrote Venmo user Annie Kluesner in a message accompanying her monetary gift. Lisa Cole, another platform customer, wrote, “Girl, buy yourself a drink.” Elise Graham’s accompanying message said, “For a bottle of wine.”

Others, who admitted to not having much extra cash, added heartfelt messages of their own.

“I’m in college and this is all the money I have, but I want you to have [it] to buy yourself something nice to help get over that stale crouton of a man,” wrote Venmo user Sarah Neil.

Similarly, Harley Glass wrote, “Listen, I’m just trying to pull through for you in the realest way. It can only cover your guac at Chipotle, but it’s the principle of the matter. Love you, mean it.”

The women sending gifts are likely happy that a recent Venmo issue has been ironed out prior to their need to show Kufrin some love and solidarity.

Venmo made news earlier this year when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached a settlement with PayPal over the handling of privacy disclosures and money withdrawals in its P2P payments app. As a result of the complaints, many consumers suffered from financial difficulties, such as being unable to pay their rent or other bills because they could not transfer money when needed.

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