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British gardening maven Carly Burd made headlines recently for her charitable work. She claimed to have fed 1,613 poor people with food from her garden. However, Carly claims that her garden was just salted Carthage-style by some hateful ne’er-do-wells who want to see nothing more than poor people starve and generous souls suffer.
What happened next has us questioning the validity of Carly’s story…
After the Romanesque vandals allegedly pillaged the poor garden, Carly took to social media to share what happened in a tearful TikTok video that went mega viral.
This woman with a farm has been feeding people in need and sharing the videos. Then someone broke in and salted her land to put a stop to it… pic.twitter.com/og8Ss0mIX5
— Southland Post (@SouthlandPost) April 14, 2023
Then the media picked up the story and the GoFundMe money came pouring in…
The massively popular Today show credulously picked up her story and ran with it without an ounce of skepticism.
A British woman is “absolutely heartbroken” after she says vandals destroyed the garden she created to feed people in need.
Carly Burd, who lives in Harlow, England, revealed on April 12 in an emotional TikTok video that someone apparently broke into her garden overnight and dumped salt — which is deadly for plants — all over it.
“That means everything I’ve planted won’t grow, and I can’t replant on it because it won’t grow,” Burd says through tears, as she showed footage of her soil covered in salt.
“All the hours and hours and hours of work that we’ve put in is now dead,” she says “And they’ve done it everywhere. How could you do that, literally?”
Burd has now collected more than $300,000 in U.S. dollars on GoFundMe from well-meaning donors anxious to help her rebuild.
This is obviously enough money to rehabilitate the soil and rebuild her garden many times over…
Here’s what Burd had to say about the possible identity of these dastardly vandals:
In a follow-up TikTok, Burd says that while she doesn’t know who destroyed her garden, she thinks it “had to be a grower” who had knowledge of how salt affects plants.
Gee, ya think?
It gets even sketchier. Burd also claims to be suffering from other health conditions, including multiple sclerosis and lupus, and that she has in the past been unable to heat her house as fuel costs skyrocket in Britain thanks to the Ukraine War boondoggle:
She says she has multiple sclerosis and lupus, and has struggled herself in the past to make ends meet.
“I can’t sit back & watch people struggle; not being able to feed their kids or go without food so they can have the heating on,” she wrote on the charity’s GoFundMe page. “Last year I went without heating, having MS with no heating is horrific.”
We suspect that with $300,000, Burd now has enough money to heat her house for many, many, many more winters to come.
Has anybody checked Ms. Burd’s house for a very large salt shaker?
In all seriousness, some people find this story to be quite fishy. Here’s a comment found online:
“Calling it now, this Carly Burd thing is a scam. Noone is checking these numbers and people who’ve never grown their own food are HEAVILY overestimating how much food comes from a small disorganized little plot. Her own tiktok shows her clearing this plot only last month.”
One person even called it the most spectacular scam ever pulled off:
“Carly Burd has just pulled off the most spectacular scam. Lineker fell for it.”
These days, social media has given rise to an endless stream of online frauds, hoaxes, and scams. Every time you turn around there’s a new Nigerian Prince slithering into your emails asking for your hand in marriage and your bank routing number.
However, it’s not just fake foreign princes who are scamming well-meaning people. Plenty of seemingly “good-hearted” average folks are coming up with some rather elaborate hoaxes as well.
Ms. Burd may be telling the truth or she may have just pulled off a brilliant scam; we just don’t know at the moment.
As the population ages and more people, like Ms. Burd, are pushed to the brink by health problems and skyrocketing inflation, then we can expect more and more to turn to shortcuts and scams to make ends meet. Desperate times call for desperate measures, after all—but health problems and financial difficulties are no excuse to defraud others out of their hard-won cash.
Of course, we are not calling Ms. Burd a scammer or accusing her of fraud. If it is true that Ms. Burd’s garden was viciously ransacked by a modern-day Scipio Aemilianus, then we are quite happy she has raised so much money and we wish her the best in rebuilding.
The police are investigating the matter. Let’s hope they get to the bottom of it. In the meantime, we urge all readers to treat stories like these with a healthy dose of skepticism.
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