Nearly 1,000 Avocados Stolen from New Zealand Farmers
NEW ZEALAND - What would you do to get your hands on a coveted avocado in the off-season? Would you sell all your personal belongings? Fly to the ends of the Earth? Offer up a blood sacrifice? In New Zealand, one group of avocado enthusiasts resorted to stealing from a local grove—and that is one method the ANUK team just cannot get behind; we say stick to blood sacrifices!
According to local news source sunlive, Lyn Pratt and Neville Cooper discovered that their avocado grove had been pilfered from, believing approximately 1,000 pieces of fruit were stolen off of the trees.
“We got about three or four lots stolen last year, but this is the first lot for this year,” Pratt said to the news source.
Pratt also noted that the fruit was prematurely picked—and if you’ve ever had the displeasure of trying to enjoy a ‘cado that’s not ready yet, I’m sure you’ll join me in questioning just what these perps expect to do with all that unripe fruit.
“Ours aren’t normally ready until September,” Pratt continued.
Since Millennials’ favorite fruit isn’t in season now in New Zealand, prices are a tad bit high—one of the main reasons why Pratt and Cooper believe a group plundered the local Whakamarama couple’s grove.
“They left behind a couple of bags, an onion bag full and another carry-on bag, and there was quite a few avocados,” Pratt added. “There always seems to be someone that will buy stolen fruit.”
Here’s to hoping all those embezzled avocados are restored to their rightful owners, and may this serve as a warning to all those who think they can rob fresh produce from its perch on the right hand of justice.
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