Rihanna Donates $25,000 to LAPD After Cellphone Mishap
If you follow Rihanna on Instagram, you know her selfie game is on-point. Recently, RiRi suffered a selfie mishap but was able to turn it into a charitable situation.
According to the Los Angeles Times, it all started last week during a Los Angeles Clippers game. Rihanna decided to take a selfie alongside Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff’s, posing with his cell phone.
During the selfie, the ‘Stay’ singer dropped Soboroff’s phone, which cracked the screen (see the photo below). The image of the pair went viral and Rihanna went on Twitter to apologize for the mishap.
“Sorry I broke your phone,” she tweeted.
— Steve Soboroff (@SteveSoboroff) May 10, 2014
Soboroff thought the photo would help boost morale after the LAPD lost five police officers within the last two months — four in collisions and one of a heart attack. The veteran officer took it a step further and came up with a plan to auction off the cracked phone with the Rihanna selfie included.
When the commission president bumped into Rihanna again at the Clippers game last Sunday (May 11), he explained to the R&B diva his idea to sell the phone on eBay.
Graciously, Rihanna autographed the phone with “Sorry! I (heart) LAPD. Rihanna.” In addition, she also donated $25,000 to help underprivileged students become police cadets and families of fallen officers.
— Steve Soboroff (@SteveSoboroff) May 14, 2014
Currently, the autographed cracked phone is up for sale on eBay. As of Wednesday (May 14), the bidding is over $13,000. The auction will close on May 15 at 1PM PST.
Props to Rihanna for her donation and turning a selfie accident into a win-win situation for the LAPD and her fans alike.