Maurice Harary Refunding Profits From Osama Bin Laden Death T-Shirts
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - One New York City college student who made a lot of money in the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death has had a change of heart.
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When Maurice Harary heard Osama Bin Laden had been taken out, he says, “I felt U.S. pride.”
The 23-year-old is a business student at New York University. So, naturally, that pride turned into opportunity.
He decided to start selling t-shirts with proclamations of Bin Laden’s death on them.
“I had been in e-commerce before, so I knew how to get it up quickly,” he says. “I didn’t know it would be that viable of an idea.”
Well, it was.
His website – www.osamadeadtees.com – was up in three hours.
Two days later, he had sold more than a $100,000 in t-shirts at $12 each.
But today, Maurice says he did some soul searching.
“I will now be refunding all orders on Osama dead tees,” he says. “Celebrating over the death of someone, whoever it is, is evil in my eyes.”
“I feel it’s not a positive way to be making money,” he says. “I don’t want my success to come at the expense of anyone else.
He says he wants to make money the right way.
So, he’s launching another site, selling a wider variety of clothing.