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‘Write it off:’ Internet disgusted by wife’s moldy car in viral video

Australian model and founder of healthy fast food chain Mr. Potato Jess Davis, 32, stunned viewers on TikTok this weekend with a video that was viewed by more than 3 million people.

In the videocan be seen as Davis walks from her home in Sydney to her car and explains to the camera, “Okay, I can’t even believe this happened, but I haven’t driven my car in three weeks, and when we opened it today. Look what we found, it’s fu**ed”.

After the “Get ready for…” warning, she opened the driver’s side door to reveal a blanket of green/grey mold covering the steering wheel, gear lever and most of the car’s interior.

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Stock image of someone cleaning moldy leather. Massive amounts of rain and flooding may have turned the inside of an Australian woman’s car into a breeding ground for mold.
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After revealing the gut-wrenching sight, Davis said, “I’m growing a garden or rainforest in my car, and I don’t even know what to do with this right now.” Many users agreed that the car was beyond salvage, with one comment: “No, write it off!”

Sydney has been hit by persistent rain and flooding for the third time this year. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as of July 4, the New South Wales [NSW] Emergency services responded to more than 4,200 requests for help as torrential rain continues to batter the state. About 30,000 people have been affected by the heavy rain and flooding, with 74 evacuation orders, according to the news outlet.

The video caused confusion among viewers and many wanted to know how this had happened. Many referred to the heavy rains and flooding Sydney has recently experienced, with one user saying: “Sydney has had a lot of wet weather so everything is getting moldy from all the moisture!” Another agreed: “The entire south coast of NSW is currently covered in mold.”

Many users were surprised by the revelation seemingly hoping for some sort of Australian animal, with one user writing, “I wanted baby raccoons.” Another wrote: “Slightly disappointed that there were no family kangaroos there.”

In a follow-up video to TikTok, Davis showed users an update exclaiming, “Everyone’s been asking for an update, and I’m going to give you that, mainly because I don’t want to be known as the moldy car girl for the rest of my life.” to live.

“My partner, god bless him, who put on a face mask and removed enough of the mold so we could take it to the detailers, and it’s now been cleaned, although there’s a lingering smell.”

Many in the comments were quick to point out that she may not have solved the problem by just cleaning the car, with one user writing: “Girl, although it looks clean now, the mold has not gone anywhere please change your car 🥺Massive rain lately in Sydney.” Another user wrote: “Beware of the mold. Can be dangerous. My car has been written off because the mold is dangerous. So I took out insurance for the payout.”

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