Internet criticizes woman for secretly using neighbor’s avocado tree to do business in viral post





A Redditor took to the site’s “Am I the A**hole” forum over a neighbor dispute involving a hotly contested avocado tree. According to the original poster, known only as u/Ok_Spot_5629, the “bizarre” situation arose after they allowed a passerby access to their tree’s fruit – much to the outrage of their neighbor, who claimed the avocados as her property. So far, the post has garnered 11,400 upvotes and nearly 1,000 comments since it was shared on Tuesday.

The controversy seemed to hit readers, and perhaps for good reason. Avocados are notoriously expensive, with some going so far as to blame them (and one of their most favorite uses, the avocado toast), for the millennial generation’s struggle to buy homes and properties.

according to an Insider report from earlier this year, “avocado prices have risen by up to 129 percent in recent years, with the average national price of a single Hass avocado reaching $2.10 in 2019, nearly doubling in just one year.”

Hass Avocados
A Redditor asked if they were wrong in giving away free fruit after discovering a neighbor had used the same fruit to sell for a profit. Hass avocados in Los Angeles, California, 2015.
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In the now viral post from u/Ok_Spot_5629 they wrote that they “have” [seven] various avocado trees, [three] mango trees, [four] varieties of peach trees, mulberry, pomegranate, lemon, orange, guava, granadilla and apricot trees in [their] yard.” As such, they welcome “everyone to come into the garden and pick fruits and vegetables all year round if they wish [or] need.”

In particular, there’s one avocado tree that’s “very close” to the Redditor’s neighbor’s yard, but “it won’t go over her fence.” U/Ok_Spot_5629 wrote: “She has been using the avocado trees for free for years because she owns a catering business [I didn’t mind and still don’t].”

The day before the writing of the post, “someone came by and asked for avocados with two large baskets,” explained the Redditor, instructing them to continue.

“I thought nothing of it until this morning when my neighbor banged on our front door and asked me why I’d been giving her avocados,” they wrote. “I was a bit confused so [I] asked her what she [meant]It turned out that the stranger from the day before was the daughter of a local restaurant owner — one to whom the Redditor’s neighbor had sold avocados for a profit.

“She then said she is an avocado supplier for a restaurant a few miles away, but I ruined it by giving the owner’s daughter baskets of avocados,” u/Ok_Spot_5629 said. Now the woman just goes to the Redditor’s house and picks up the avocados for free, the neighbor speculated.

“She blew [up] to my mother and I then said that we really are the witches that everyone thinks we are [all because my late grandma was a herbalist and most people try to grow trees, plants, and veggies…in our area but never succeed but it’s no problem for us]’ the message continued.

“I feel bad that… giving away fruit has ruined the livelihood of the neighbors” [her family really needs every cent],” concluded the Redditor, then asked, “AITA for giving away avocados?”

Readers were quick to back u/Ok_Spot_5629 and criticized the neighbor for her seemingly secret business. “So this woman was selling you fruit and now she’s mad that the people she sold it to came up with her genius plan?” wrote you/MikeNoble91 in a harsh but critically acclaimed comment. “Tell your neighbor to push it.”

“Your neighbor took advantage of your generosity and had the audacity to be angry when you were generous to others,” reiterated u/SolutionLeading. “Your neighbor should be ashamed of herself.”

Others, meanwhile, disagreed over the role of the restaurant owner’s daughter in the saga. “That business owner’s daughter had a lot of guts to take [two] baskets full just to make a profit,” you/Freedom_19 remarked. “That’s obscure to me. If I was OP, I wouldn’t let her do it again.”

news week contacted u/Ok_Spot_5629 for comment.




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