On Sunday night, Patrick, a 33-year-old from Texas, noticed his dog was limping. Concerned, he took him to the vet Monday. He got bad news: pay $4,000 for surgery, which he didn’t have, or put his dog down.
“I cried all night,” Patrick told The Daily Beast. “I didn’t know what to do.”
He remembered a conversation he had with his boyfriend’s sister, about how people on the Reddit forum r/WallStreetBets were making money trading GameStop stock. With his day job—working at his family’s construction company—struggling, he decided to put $1,000 in savings in GameStop and the movie chain AMC on Tuesday.
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