As the saying goes, some things are just too good to be true.
Such was the case when the mayor of a quaint Italian village put out a call for people to move the town to up its dwindling population. Just 394 people live in Bormida, in the mountainous northwest Italian region of Liguria. In a Facebook post, mayor Daniele Galliano proposed paying €2,000 — now valued around $2,100 — to come live in the tiny village, located more than 50 miles from the nearest major city of Genoa.
In addition to the upfront cash incentive, he proposed that new tenants could pay just €12.50 a week in rent.
But, as these things do, his offer went viral, quickly circulating around the web and finding its way to wanderlusting hopefuls. In four days, 17,000 people from all over the globe called to inquire about the mayor's offer.
The original Facebook post has now been deleted, and the mayor insists the original idea was merely "a suggestion."
According to a new Facebook post, translated from Italian, the mayor said, "This will be my last post and I hope to be able to provide clarity. It was an idea to propose to the region of Liguria, with which I am in contact, and extended only at national level. The news was reported in the wrong way and has reached a worldwide audience. Italy is a beautiful country but like others in the economic crisis, to today are followed by more than 17,000 people and unfortunately it's not really possible to find a help to all. Thank you for your interest."
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