Despite the pleas of Debbie Downer bloggers, the saga of Karen Klein—the upstate NY bus monitor who was tormented by some rotten kids in a viral YouTube video—isn't over just yet. RadarOnline interviewed Klein's daughter Amanda Romig, who let the not-so-surprising cat out of the bag about her mother's professional future: "I don’t think she is going to go back, I think she is pretty much done," Romig told them. It turns out that $624K is more than enough for a really, really long vacation.
"She is definitely surprised and overwhelmed and certainly thankful for everyone's support, and it is nice knowing she is not alone," Romig added. She said her mother is trying to figure out what to do with the money now: "Right now, she has got to call her accountant and go from there, she’s talking about paying her bills and getting caught up and then whatever she feels she wants to do, she is going to do." In addition to the Indigogo fundraiser money, Southwest has offered to fly her and nine guests to Disneyland, Disney World is letting her take a cruise of her choice, and she's going to Boston to be the honorary duck monitor next week.
And she's not planning on keeping all that money for herself: "She has a lot of ideas including making a donation here and there. My nephew has autism and my niece has Down syndrome, and with those types of disabilities the kids are going to get picked on too, so she wants to help both causes," Romig explained. It's not quite the return of The Palms, but it's a start.
As for her tormentors, the 68-year-old Klein previously said she didn't buy their apologies—but this morning, she sounded a bit more forgiving on CBS This Morning: Saturday: "I'm glad they had to do it," she said. "I think—they're a little short. I guess I'll have to accept them. Because probably, this is as good as it's gonna get, if you know what I mean."
Asked about the sincerity of the apologies, she reasoned: "How sincere is a 13-year-old after they've done what they've done? I don't know. I hope they're sincere. I hope they have learned a lesson. And I hope they can go on with their life as a nicer person."