Leslie David Baker as Stanley was a stand-out in popular comedy series, The Office.
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After announcing plans for a spin-off series in 2020, Leslie was able to raise more than $110,000 from Kickstarter backers.
$336,450 was the original amount raised. However, some backers later pulled out or adjusted their donations.
However, after several delays due to Covid, and more recently, the WGA strike, Leslie decided he would refund all the funds he received from Kickstarter backers.
Some fans began to question whether the whole thing had been a scam.
"The actor that played Stanley on The Office scammed people $300,000."
"That's not a good sign."
Here's what Leslie had to say in response to the allegations.
"The project took longer than anticipated due to circumstances beyond out control."
"After careful consideration, we have decided to refund our backers."
"You can expect to receive it over the following weeks."
"The funds were never used for any purposes other than reward fulfillment and backer refunds."
"Thank you again for all your love and support!"
And here's how people reacted.
"It's respectable that he's returning the cash."
"He's definitely no politician or conman."
That's no scam!
"The right thing" to do.
What's your take on this story? Do you think Leslie did the right thing by refunding the Kickstarter money?
After all, he could have pocketed some, if not all, of the money and cut his losses. But the actor chose to be honest and return the funds to his generous backers.
We think that's pretty darn awesome of him. Love your work Mr. Baker!