A Vernon woman can’t enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of her labour, thanks to an apparent thief.
The 80-year-old woman woke up Friday in her Vernon residential neighbourhood to pick her beets, carrots and raspberries that she painstakingly planted and nurtured in her backyard garden.
She discovered the beets and carrots were gone, only green raspberries were left and was left wondering why she had no strawberries or berries.
“She thought it was critters,” said the woman’s daughter, who did not want to give her name.
“The person even took her picking bucket which was left beside her garden filled with water. The water was dumped out and the bucket was gone.”
The family believes somebody entered the woman’s garden and helped themselves to her produce. The incident has left a bitter taste in the daughter’s mouth.
“It’s not funny when you know the owner who works hard in this garden everyday is an 80-year-old woman,” said the daughter.
“This woman has a sore back and pains and aches galore after working in the garden daily. She is in pain yet she nurtures the garden for one reason only: to enjoy the fruits of it.
“Anyone who has worked a garden from start to finish knows the enormous amount of work involved and it’s such a shame that someone is stealing all of her hard work.”
A friend of the woman’s built up the garden to make it safer for her to care, as she had trouble working on the slope.
“She’s fallen a number of times,” said the daughter.
The family is making a plea to the thief to stop stealing from a hard-working senior.