Unwanted beetroot sells for $122

On Christmas morning, while Kiwi kids ripped open their presents, one woman in Invercargill unwrapped a beetroot


Graeme and his wife Jules had agreed not to buy presents for each other this year but Jules ended up finding something for her husband which left him in a panic. 

After wandering the supermarket isles at 8pm on Christmas eve, he decided on a beetroot, tied it up with a pretty red bow and popped it under the tree. Just hours after receiving it, Jules didn't find it very funny so she decided to list the unwanted gift on Trade Me and Kiwis went crazy for the little vegetable. 

The listing had over 29,000 views and 144 questions including if the beetroot came with a warranty, had any musical talents and if it came with an owners manual. 

The vegetable eventually sold for $122 and Graeme decided to donate all the proceeds to the Southland Foodbank. We also matched his donation. 


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