Prepare to hear one of the most heartfelt and deep stories you’ll hear all year. Okay, maybe not.
An arborist’s letter to the council in the Redondo Beach area of California means total business. The letter was written on accounts that the council cut down Clyde. Who is Clyde, you may ask? Welp, Clyde is a sequoia tree that this man allegedly planted around 30 years ago. After it was cut down, however, he decided to write a letter to the council, essentially planning to avenge the death of Clyde.
Check out the letter:
Now, I just want to point out one thing, before we go any further; this is completely fake. At first, the internet couldn’t believe this story, so a lot of people got to work researching the legitimacy of it to see whether or not this dude is making up the fact that he sent this to his local council.
First up, the person who wrote the letter himself. This Reddit user, who goes by GoblinsStoleMyHouse, apparently had claimed months before writing this letter that he was a biology major (and not an aging homeowner who planted a giant Sequoia 30 years ago), and he also claimed that he lived in a dormitory apartment on campus. He also openly discussed trolling Reddit users in one of his earlier posts.
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And as for the technical stuff, Mike Garcia, a landscaping contractor who had lived and worked in Redondo County for around half a century told Snopes that coastal redwoods (like the pepper tree allegedly planted by GoblinsStoleMyHouse) only grow in Northern California due to its increased amount of coastal rainfall, contrary to Southern California’s arid tropical climate.
“If somebody had planted 127 trees without our knowledge, we would have picked up some of them — there aren’t 127 trees that were mysteriously planted on city property.” Ted Semaan, Redondo Beach’s public works director told Snopes also.
If there’s one thing this story should teach you, it’s that you shouldn’t tell lies on the internet, because people will find out and you will get caught. And I’m fairly sure GoblinsStoleMyHouse isn’t pleased with not only getting caught by the internet but his own county’s public works director and landscaping contractor too.