Australian model and founder of the healthy fast food chain Mr. Potato Jess Davis, 32, stunned viewers on TikTok over the weekend with a video viewed by over 3 million people.
In the video, Davis can be seen walking from her house in Sydney to her car, explaining to the camera: “Okay I can’t even believe this has happened, but I haven’t driven my car in three weeks, and when we went to open it today. Look what we have found, it’s fu**ed”.
After warning “Get ready for this…” she opened her driver side-car door to reveal a blanket of green/grey mold covering the steering wheel, the gear stick and the vast majority of the car’s interior.
After revealing the stomach-churning sight, Davis said: “I am growing a garden or rainforest inside of my car, and I don’t even know what to do with this right now.” Many users agreed the car was unsalvageable with one commenting, “Nope. write it off!”
Sydney has been hit with relentless rains and flooding for the third time this year. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as of July 4, the New South Wales [NSW] Emergency Services responded to over 4,200 requests for help as heavy rain continues to pound the state. Roughly 30,000 people have been impacted by the heavy rain and flooding, with 74 evacuation orders in place, according to the news outlet.
The video prompted confusion from viewers with many wanting to know how this had happened. Many referenced the heavy rain fall and flooding Sydney has been experiencing recently with one user saying: “Sydney has had a lot of wet weather so everything is getting moldy from all the damp!” Another agreed: “The whole NSW south coast is covered in mold at the moment.”
Many users were surprised at the reveal seemingly hoping for some sort of Australian animal, with one user writing: “I wanted baby raccoons.” Another wrote: “Slightly disappointed there wasn’t a family of kangaroos in there.”
In a follow-up video on TikTok, Davis showed users an update exclaiming, “Everyone’s been asking for an update, and I’m going to give you that, mainly because I don’t want to be known as the moldy car girl for the rest of my life.
“My partner, god bless him, who put a face mask on, and cleaned enough of the mold off so that we could take it to the detailers, and it has been cleaned now, although there is a lingering smell.”
Many in the comments were quick to point out that just by cleaning the car, she may not have solved the problem, with one user writing: “Girl, although it looks clean now, the mold has not disappeared anywhere 😳😳 please, change your car 🥺Massive rain in Sydney recently.” Another user wrote: “Careful with the mould. May be dangerous. My car was declared a write off cause the mould is hazardous. So I went through insurance for the payout.”