Farmville Cows Get Government Subsidy
If you ever doubt the ingenious evil of mankind, here is a true story of how men used Farmville cows to create real poop to deal with. Far, far away, in a foreign land called Romania, eight online “farmers” applied for and received government subsidies of about $150 per cow, for almost two thousand cows. Three years later, the government finally clued in and stopped the payments for their livestock. You see, government subsidies for farmers are actually common, but there’s a major problem with this story’s livestock, because the bogus bovines were all virtual cows, inspired by the online Facebook video game, ‘FarmVille’.
Apparently the Romanian government got a little cranky about the prank, and pulled the plug on payments after learning that it was the government being milked. But, in a tactical shift from defense to offense, the keyboard country cooperative did something unexpected. They sued the Romanian government! The group, which had received a total of more than $650,000 in subsidies over the course of three years, apparently felt they had done nothing wrong, and were in fact the injured parties by the government’s action.
According to Metro UK, the group claimed that they were not informed that the farms were required to be real when they applied, and are took their case to court. It looks to us like the only bright spot in this tale of dumb and dumber, is that Romanian taxpayers are darn lucky that the phony Facebook farmers did not invite all of their Facebook friends to share in on the fun.