Russell Simmons says Crash of RushCard Was ‘Devastating’

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Russell Simmons
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It’s been almost a month since thousands of users of Russell Simmons’ prepaid debit card, known as the RushCard, were left in the dark without access to their money. By “left in the dark,” we mean literally. Many people flooded social media with complaints of not being able to access money to pay light bills, rent or day care or even buy groceries.

According to Simmons, a glitch occurred when his company’s systems were being upgraded. But no one wanted to hear Simmons and his prayers for the card’s victims. People wanted their hard-earned cash.

In an interview with HipHopDX, Simmons tried to explain exactly what went wrong, but with a quick search of social media, you can still see that people still don’t have access to their money.

“It was one of the most devastating times in my adult life,” Simmons told HipHopDX. “I know how hard people work to get money. I know how damaging it could be if people were not able to get to their money. … I’m deeply sorry. I don’t know what else to do about it but try to make good on it and try to make the people that were damaged whole. That’s all I can do.”

Make good on it? Sure, people want him to make good on it—by digging into his own pockets. Because we all know that Simmons’ pockets run deep. Others have filed a class-action lawsuit against Simmons and his card. But Simmons is trying to help out those people who are sticking with RushCard.

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Source: The Root | YESHA CALLAHAN