Baltimore resident Julie Baker wasted no time setting up a GoFundMe campaign after she allegedly received a nasty note on her front door complaining about rainbow-colored garden lamps in her yard.
The alleged note, which Baker claims she received earlier this month, read:
Your yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay! Myself and Others in the neighborhood ask that you Tone It Down. This is a Christian area and there are Children. Keep it up and I will be Forced to call the Police on you! Your kind need to have Respect for GOD.
Naturally, Baker launched a GoFundMe campaign to buy more rainbow swag for her yard. She raised a total of $43,500 in just a few days.
However, the whole thing may have been a hoax.
Suspicions were raised when people noticed that both Baker and the letter she allegedly received displayed the same improper use of capitalization. The letter incorrectly capitalizes words such as “others,” “children,” “police” and “forced.” Meanwhile, Baker’s GoFundMe page incorrectly capitalizes words such as “home” and “relent.” A closer look at Baker’s Facebook page found that this seems to be a habit of hers, and that there are similar capitalization and grammatical problems in her rants criticizing right-wing Christians for their stances on marriage and abortion.
This was the red flag the smart sleuths over at Snopes need to launch an investigation into the matter:
On 24 June 2015 we spoke to a detective at Baker’s local precinct, to whom we were referred by individuals connected with the Relentlessly Gay campaign. Although Baker had stated the previous day that police were “satisfied” with her claim, the detective to whom we spoke said that Baker was either unwilling or unable to produce the letter in question, and that she had maintained it was no longer in her possession. The detective also indicated that he had attempted to meet with Baker in person the previous day but was unable to do so.
Snopes ultimately didn’t come up with a definitive answer as to whether or not Baker was being truthful, but the mother-of-four maintains the letter is totally legit. Last week, she stopped accepting donations and posted the following message, free of any capitalization errors, to her GoFundMe page:
I want to humbly thank everyone for their extreme generosity. Please now, take all of this good energy and help each other. I just learned moments ago that I could turn off the donations, and I am doing so because I there is plenty, more than plenty, above and beyond the goal.
On a sadder note, the world is filled with hate and fear, as such I want to work to remove any doubt about the authenticity of the letter. Until then I am not taking a dime out of this account.
Please carry on with flooding the world with rainbows and joy, be relentlessly generous, be relentlessly compassionate, be relentlessly vibrant and stay relentlessly gay.
And that was the last anyone heard from the woman. She has since made her Facebook profile private and has stopped returning any requests for comment from media.