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Mom-To-Be Went Viral When No One Showed Up To Her Baby Shower – Turns Out, It Was A Scam.

The internet is a very powerful tool, and like all powerful things, humans love to misuse and abuse it. This is the story of Chelsie Collins, an expectant mother whose best friend “Dory” tweeted out heartbreaking photos of her friend’s empty baby shower at a Golden Corral in Ohio over the weekend. The photos, which wracked up over 16,000 retweets before they were deleted yesterday, The Cut reports, showed several empty tables, decorated in pink with a few lonely balloons.

“Nobody showed up to my best friend’s baby shower,” Dory wrote. “Just my boyfriend and me :(”

The internet was moved by the sad mom-to-be’s story, and many tweeted their condolences and support:

Others seemed ready to start an all-out brawl with the invitees to this baby shower:

https://twitter.com/ambgunzz/status/889357781752524800

And many asked for links where they could send gifts and donate money. According to The Cut, over 350 gifts were purchased on Collin’s since-deleted Walmart registry. And this friend, “Dory,” who tweeted the original photos, also tweeted a link to a PayPal account for donations. Only, a few Twitter sleuths noticed that the name on the PayPal didn’t match the expecting mom’s info.They got suspicious. And someone who goes by “Jimi The Juice Man” decided to do some detective work:

Then, Jimi called the Golden Corral in Ohio where the baby shower allegedly took place.

 

According to Jimi, the Golden Corral manager “laughed” and said that the rumors were “not true. All I can tell you is a party for 12 was booked and 12 showed up.”

Hooo boy. And the plot thickens:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, this is all according to someone named “Jimi The Juice Man,” so take this with a grain of salt. And yet, it seems quite feasible that these women scammed all of Twitter to get free swag.

 https://twitter.com/JimiEarly/status/889963679583789056

Then someone else shared screenshots of a correspondence, apparently with local reporter Shelly Schultz, who appears to confirm the story was fabricated, or at least greatly exaggerated:

https://twitter.com/_aislinnrose/status/889940819364524034
More proof that it is fake!
https://twitter.com/_aislinnrose/status/890003463991701505
https://twitter.com/ENCHANTEDBYCHAT/status/889939096348610560

Schultz’s piece published today in the Zanesville Times Recorder, confirms that the reporter spoke with “Dory,” real name Dorthy Holmes, who claims the viral story was a “joke we just went with.”

Holmes told the Times Recorder:

We set up for 40 people, we sent out 70 invites. If there were 15 visitors I need to see where they were the whole time. There were multiple events going on at the same time but only me and my husband showed up at the baby shower for Chelsie.

But yesterday morning, Holmes shared a slightly different version of events in a lengthy Periscope video titled “The Truth” (LOL!) which has since been deleted (that was fast). According to the Times Recorder, in the video, Holmes said:

Only 3 adults and 3 children turned up at Golden Corral. It wasn’t a turn out at all, 1 of the adults was her aunt (so literally 1 relative). She (meaning Collins) truly needed all the gifts that’s why she accepted them instead of telling people it was a joke we just went with it … We do however realize how wrong up we were for allowing it to continues and we are owning up to that.

In conclusion: don’t believe anything you read on the internet. Except for this website. We would never lie to you.

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