Harold Camping and his 'end of the world' 2011 prediction have captured the public's attention. While thousands of people genuinely believed him, the vast majority were there for the show.
Camping's whole affair was one big drama set for a climactic confrontation at 6 p.m. local time. When he inevitably fails and is faced with irrefutable evidence, something has to give.
Camping went into hiding on Saturday. On Sunday, he told IBTimes he's prepared to make a public statement on Monday.
Some of his followers, however, suffered public humiliation, with Robert Fitzpatrick of Staten Island being the prime example.
Fitzpatrick was so sure of the May 21st 'Doomsday' prediction that he blew his entire life savings of $140,000 on New York City subway ads about the 'Doomsday.'
As the fateful day of May 21st and the fateful hour of 6 p.m. approached, he waited expectantly in public at New York City's Time Square. There, he was surrounded by mockers, revelers, and reporters.
When the clock ticked past 6 p.m. and nothing happened, Fitzpatrick was stunned and the mockers grew bolder. Some of them confronted him and tried to make him eat his words.
You think [Harold Camping] is a good Bible teacher? asked on bystander.
This is strike two for him. What happened? said a second, who was referencing Camping's first failed 'Doomsday' prediction in 1994.
What happened? What happened? the crowd asked repeatedly.
The people who made the donations, are they getting their money back? I'm asking are they getting their money back? So I guess they're just beat, right? said another.