He shouldn't have made the promise in the first place, but now that he has the only responsible thing to do is to fulfill that. He can say it was a bad idea, and ask for donations if he wants, but he shouldn't go back on his word. His fuckup, he's the one that has to deal with the consequences.
The consequence is going bankrupt or not going bankrupt.
>His fuckup, he's the one that has to deal with the consequences.
I honestly don't understand how this gets people so riled up. Sure, you have the right to your own opinion.
I'd get it if it cost $600. If you're a professional developer in North America though, $60 is a damn pittance.