Toorak residents receive ‘threatening’ letters from anonymous sender
Residents in one of Melbourne’s wealthiest suburbs have allegedly been sent letters telling them they are “too wealthy”.
The letter was supposedly recently sent to residents in Toorak, with the mystery sender only identifying themselves as “concerned friends”.
“We’re concerned about the damage you’re doing to society,” the letter starts off.
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“You’re too wealthy, and that’s harming a lot of people.”
The letter goes on to say that the residents should give away “a substantial portion” of their wealth to help fix inequality within society.
“Millions of people are struggling to pay their rents, mortgages, energy bills, and to afford Health food.”
“They don’t have enough because you and others like you have too much.
“That’s because resources are finite. The more you have, the less there is for others, and at the moment you’re taking more than your fair share.
“For things to improve for people who don’t have enough, some of your wealth must go with them.”
The letter outlines three steps the residents should take “right now” which include giving away any investment properties, holiday houses and extra cars.
“No one can drive more than one car at a time, and there are people who need a car but can’t afford to buy one.”
Toorak is one of Melbourne’s richest suburbs, home to the city’s most elite schools and mansions with hefty price tags.
According to the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), Toorak’s current median house price is $5.05 million.
The strange letter has gone viral on social media, with some labelling it “threatening” and “appalling”.
“Got one sent to me via a friend in Toorak. Suggested he use it to line his budgie cage,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“It’s ... quite an assumption that everyone in Toorak is loaded,” another said.
A third wrote: “This is one of the most simplistic views of economics I’ve seen for a while.”
Others questioned if the letter was actually a hoax.
“Anybody could have produced this, and no proof of it being delivered,” one person said.
Stonnington Council, the local government that covers the area, was contacted for comment.
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