A Christmas tree, with its red and white trimmings, stands in the backyard of a home in Santa Rosa, California.
The Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the holiday season, and the biggest attraction for millions of people across the country.
A photo taken last week of a man holding a Christmas tree on his back in the parking lot of a gas station in Santa Monica, California, has caused some to question the legitimacy of the tree, while others believe that the man’s stunt is a hoax.
A photo of a Santa Monica resident showing his Christmas tree stand has sparked a flurry of debate on social media.
The photo was taken by a man who goes by the name @joejohndoe.
It has been shared hundreds of times, and has prompted thousands of comments, some of which were sarcastic, others calling it “fraudulent.”
Many say that the Christmas Tree stand is a fake and have gone as far as to say that people should not bother going to the gas station at all, unless they have a valid reason.
“I think people need to think before they go, it’s a waste of money, it is a waste, it will probably attract criminals, and it will likely result in more theft and vandalism,” said Kevin Rader, a Santa Barbara resident.
“You’re not going to stop thieves, but you’re going to increase property values and make your community safer.
It’s the least you can do.”
In a video posted on YouTube, @josephhjoe claims to be the man behind the Christmas Trees stand in Santa Cruz, California and says that he started it because he is “a good guy.”
He says he wanted to raise money to buy Christmas trees in a community where he lives.
“It’s about showing that Santa Cruz is not a bad place to be and that Santa Rosa is not as bad as it looks,” @johntoe says in the video.
The video is titled “How to make money with Christmas Trees,” and features an interview with @joesjoe, in which he claims to have a lot of money from the stand and a lot more than that, including his “home office.”
@joliverhjose has since deleted the video, but he has not explained what happened next.
The Santa Cruz resident says that the stand has been open for about a year and a half and he started with $200 worth of Christmas trees.
He said he has since grown it to $600,000.
The owner of the stand, Joseph H. Johnston, has said that @josesjoe is not his employee, but Johnston told ABC News that Johnston is not in a position to answer questions about the [email protected] said he does not know the details of @jos_joe’s story and did not respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.
Johnston told CNN that @jonathansjoe did not make any money off the Christmas stand, but did get a lot from it.
Johnston said he paid Johnston $500,000 for the standing and has been in the business since 2014.ABC News’ Lauren Tessler contributed to this report.