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During the Great Depression, severe droughts caused the poor tenant farmers of Oklahoma to give up their land and move west to California to look for work. As anyone who read The Grapes of Wrath in high school will remember, they weren't greeted with open arms.
Now it's California's turn to feel snubbed. Apparently, unbeknownst to the rest of the country, when people in southern California get rich, they retire to Oregon, where they raise their kids, clog up traffic, and probably talk about Brad Pitt like they know him and stuff, thereby pissing off the natives.
Daniel Bullington, a San Diego ex-pat now living in Oregon, took the hint and is now offering to move his family back—for a price. Bullington has created a GoFundMe account in the hope that the people of Oregon are sick enough of him to pay him to leave.
"Oregon is beautiful state." he explains, "However it's clearly apparent that Oregonians are not to keen on Californians. Donate now and you can eliminate two cars, two less people in line at the screen door and one nice home in the rental market."Thus far, he's only raised $82 of his requested $3,500, so perhaps people don't hate him as much as he thinks. The campaign does, however, raise the following question: $3,500?! Are you kidding me?! Are you hiring the Trail Blazers to pack the truck?
Anyway, it seems obvious that Bullington was mainly joking about the reason for his move. He told the Willamette Weekly that the people of Oregon have actually been pretty nice.
"We really do love so much of Oregon," he said, "and the first thing we noticed upon moving here was how friendly the people are."
But a lot of people seem to be taking him pretty seriously.
Yikes. It might be worth moving based on that last guy alone.
By the way, Bullington says that if he doesn't meet his goal, he'll use whatever money he gets to take his family out for a nice meal at In-n-Out Burger.