Thousands Are Attending BBQ For Vegan Who Took Neighbour To Court Over Smell Of Meat
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People couldn't believe their eyes when they saw a West Australian woman had taken her neighbour to court because she thought he was deliberately wafting the smell of meat into her property.
While that sounds outrageous at face value, Cilla Carden is also vegan, so she really hates the smell of burning flesh.
Carden reckons that her neighbours wilfully and knowingly allow smells from their barbecue to drift over into her garden in the suburb of Girraween, leaving her unable to use her own back garden.
She told Nine News: "They've put it there so I smell fish, all I can smell is fish... I can't go out there."
The legal battle between Carden - who works as a massage therapist - and neighbour Toan Vu, plus his wife and their children, began in late 2018.
Since then, her claims have been rejected in court for a lack of evidence.
Well, in response to the bizarre story, people have rallied around Mr Vu and are planning to hold a massive barbecue near Cilla's home.
As it stands, there are 4,600 people who want to attend the 'Community BBQ for Cilla Carden' and there are more than 10,000 who are interested.
The Facebook event says: "Cilla Carden has a problem with her neighbours cooking meat on their BBQ, because she's a vegan.
"Don't let Cilla destroy a good old Aussie tradition, join us for a community BBQ in protest of her actions, and help Cilla Carden GET SOME PORK ON HER FORK."
Interestingly, Ms Carden is considering taking the issue to the Supreme Court, even though lawyer John Hammond said it's an extreme option.
It isn't just barbecued food, by the way, she has also complained about the smell of cigarettes and the sound of kids playing with basketballs.
She continued: "It's been devastating, it's been turmoil, it's been unrest, I haven't been able to sleep."
Meanwhile, Vu has said that he only wants to 'keep the peace' and has removed the grill from the back yard. He's also stopped his kids playing basketball in the garden.
Carden has vowed to continue the fight in the courtroom against Vu and his family.
Hammond went on to say that the first step in reconciling these types of disputes is to have a face-to-face discussion about it. He said: "If you don't do it like that, you're going to be up for a world of misery."
Carden added that she only wants to get on with her life in peace.