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Sen. Rand Paul’s stark warning as Newsom’s name floats for potential presidential nominee

Sen. Rand Paul is warning Americans to “never, ever let Gavin Newsom anywhere near the White House” as the California governor’s name continues to be mentioned as a potential presidential nominee if President Biden ever decides to drop out of the 2024 race. 

Paul, who has previously weighed in on the presidential election by declaring that he is “Never Nikki” [Haley] on the Republican side, made the remark Tuesday to an audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library following a speech on the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s handling of it. 

“Never again should we let them lock us down. Never again should we be put into this situation,” Paul said. “Never again should we allow them to come into our schools, never again should we let them set one foot into our churches. 

“Liberty requires eternal vigilance, I’m going to keep fighting with every breath I have,” he added.  

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Paul also said the Republican Party has to become “bigger” and “more diverse” going forward. 

“I think that while diversity for diversity’s sake is not a great idea, the idea that we are people from different places, we need more people from different places to be in the party,” Paul said. 

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“I’m for strict policy of no illegal immigration. But I think some of the best Americans just got here. We have to be able to say that and be encouraging to have first-generation immigrants in our party. Asian, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Hispanic. They need to be in our party. And we have to be a bigger party,” he continued. 

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“Some people want less legal immigration, I actually want more legal immigration. Legal. Lawful. I’d have zero illegal immigration. But you have to be more welcoming to people. I’m not saying you are not, but we have to do something to become a bigger party and some of that is attitude,” Paul also said. “I think just simply by saying some of the best Americans just got here… and compliment the work that people do and not assume that everybody is a non-worker and everybody is here to steal from the welfare system. But none of that means I would let anybody in illegally. I would put every one of them back on the other side of the border.” 

Major investor will ‘immediately discontinue’ working in NYC over Trump verdict

Some nationwide real estate investors, like Cardone Capital’s Grant Cardone, has started telling his team to pack their bags and leave New York after the verdict in former President Trump’s fraud trial.

“We thought this year was the opportunity to come into Chicago, California and New York City. I’ve been waiting for 40 years now to invest in that marketplace. I was completely confident this was the year to come,” Cardone told Steve Doocy on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. “And when that ruling happened, it was like, pencils down. Don’t touch it. Don’t go there.”

The business leader gained recent recognition after he posted on X that his firm would “immediately discontinue” all underwriting on New York City real estate to focus on other markets like Texas and Florida.

Cardone further claimed that New York has risks “that outweigh the opportunities” in terms of property value – and the blue state has shown its politicization when it comes to doing business.

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“We invest for 14,000 investors at Cardone Capital that depend on cash flow. And if I can’t predict the cash flow because of some ruling, or because of the migrants, or because I can’t evict people, New York City just keeps doing every single thing they can to sell real estate in Florida, not sell real estate in New York,” the fund manager explained.

Additional financial concerns exist in New York for pension funds, lenders and public real estate investment trusts following civil implications from the $355 million Trump ruling, Cardone noted, potentially causing a decline in property value and an increase in loan defaults that could roll over to regional banks.

“Loan proceeds are based on the value of the property. They’re going to require me to actually underwrite my property on the cash flow, the income of the property and what valuation I believe that property’s worth. The broker also put a valuation on it,” the investor expanded, “and then the bank is also going to use at least one other appraisal, maybe two, or independent of me.”

“There could be as many as five appraisals on that. The value that I’m going to put on the property. Keep in mind, when I’m buying something, I’m not thinking about selling it the next day. In the case of Trump, he’s not selling any of this stuff,” Cardone continued. “We want the property for the cash flow… every seller is always going to push the price value up based on the future, not based on fraud.”

O’Leary Ventures chief and “Shark Tank’s” “Mr. Wonderful” Kevin O’Leary echoed similar concerns as Cardone on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” warning against developing in New York in the Trump trial aftermath.

“New York was already a loser state, like California is a loser state. There are many loser states because of policy, high taxes on competitive regulation,’ he said. ‘I would never invest in New York now. And I’m not the only person saying that.”

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Cardone cautioned of a business ripple effect, and that “nobody” in real estate will put “big money” in New York anytime soon.

“We were going to put $1 billion in New York City this year. We were going to put $1 billion in Chicago and maybe another billion in Los Angeles. And we won’t touch any of them now,” he said. “Texas, Florida, Arizona: go hard, go big and go long.”

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Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

Serious viral infection spreads at elementary school decades after it was eradicated in US

A school district in Florida has recorded its sixth case of measles, amid what health officials are calling an outbreak.

Officials at Manatee Bay Elementary School in Weston confirmed a new measles case on Tuesday, just days after the Florida Department of Health (DOH) said a third grade student at the school was the first to test positive for the infection on Friday.

John Sullivan, chief communications and legislative affairs officer for Broward County Public Schools, said the new case brought the total number of confirmed cases in Broward County Public Schools to six.

“We expect to receive further guidance from the Florida Department of Health tomorrow and will continue to keep the school and its families updated with the latest information,” Sullivan told ABC News.

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Sullivan did not provide the grade, age, sex or race/ethnicity of the infected students.

“The District is maintaining close coordination with the Health Department to address this ongoing situation,” Sullivan continued in his statement.

“Over the weekend, the District took further preventive measures by conducting a deep cleaning of the school premises and replacing its air filters,” he added.

Friday’s first reported patient did not have a history of travel, and it is not immediately clear how the infection got to the school, per the DOH.

Fox News Digital reached out to Sullivan and Broward County Schools but did not immediately receive a response.

Weston is located in Broward County, approximately 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Feb. 15, there have been a total of 20 measles cases reported in 11 states: Arizona, California, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Measles has also made a resurgence across the Atlantic, as U.K. health officials urged millions of parents in January to book their children for missed measles, mumps and rubella shots after they witnessed a sharp increase in the number of measles cases.

There were over 200 confirmed measles cases in England last year, and most cases were in children under 10 years old.

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The cases came as somewhat of a shock as measles was declared eliminated in the U.K. in 2017.

According to the World Health Organization and the CDC, measles deaths globally spiked by more than 40% last year.

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Measles remains one of the most infectious diseases and usually spreads in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose and a distinctive rash.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Girl buried alive while digging a hole in the sand in Florida, brother injured

A young girl has died after a large sand hole she was digging with her brother collapsed on both of them at a South Florida beach on Tuesday, authorities said.

The girl, believed to be around 7 years old, was playfully digging the hole at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea with the boy, 8, when tragedy struck and the sand caved in on them. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a town in Broward County about 33 miles north of Miami.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at around 3 p.m. to find the boy buried up his chest in the sand, said Sandra King, a spokesperson for Pompano Beach Fire Rescue.

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The girl, about 7 years old, was completely buried underneath the boy, with the hole being 5 or 6 feet deep when the collapse happened, King told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

A frantic video obtained by CBS News Miami shows good Samaritans on the beach desperately trying to dig the kids out of the hole. They were trying to hold on to the walls of the hole, so it would not collapse further.

Rescuers used support boards to keep more sand from collapsing in as they used shovels to dig the children out, King said. It is unclear how long they were buried in the sand before being pulled out. 

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“It was an unfathomable accident,” King told the Miami Herald.

King said that the girl had stopped breathing by the time rescuers reached her and the young siblings were rushed to Broward Health Medical Center.

The girl was pronounced dead on arrival while the boy was hospitalized in stable condition.

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Aerial images of the aftermath of the scene showed the sand hole surrounded by cones and police yellow tape.

The identities of the boy and the girl have not yet been released. 

It wasn’t immediately known whether an adult was helping the children dig the hole.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Singer Amy Grant woke up from surgery with surprise face-lift after bike accident

Amy Grant is trying to see the best in the aftermath of her 2022 bike wreck that left her with a brain injury. 

The “Breath of Heaven” singer told E! News recently that she woke up to a surprise face-lift after a five-hour surgery following her crash.

“They asked me, ‘Hey, we’re going into your throat, do you want a face-lift?’ And I said, ‘Dear God, no, I actually have to be on stage in X number of weeks.’ It was a five-hour surgery, and they took it like that,” she explained, tracing across her jawline with her finger. “I didn’t ask for it, but I came out of surgery and my neck was a little tighter.”

She said after all the work she felt like an “old beat-up car that went in and got a paint job and had the dents knocked out. And it was just, I mean, that’s a gift.” 

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Grant said doctors discovered a cyst growing in her throat after her accident. 

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“I had this bike wreck and, unbeknownst to me, I actually had a cyst growing in my throat and because of the trauma of that bike wreck it went into hypergrowth,” the “Baby, Baby” singer said. “I had this five-hour surgery, and they took it out.” 

The 63-year-old said that the accident has also left her with short-term memory issues, and she had to reteach herself to sing after her throat surgery.

“I still have issues with my short-term memory. My balance is still weird. I made a joke about it last night. You know, sometimes I walk around like I’m drunk, and I just have to laugh about all of it,” she told the outlet. 

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She added, “I can’t remember what I can’t remember.” 

The singer, who is back on tour, said she is not sure if she will get back on a bike again after she hit a pothole and was knocked unconscious in her 2022 crash.

“There’s so many great sports to enjoy and so, who knows?” she said. 

Grant said she feels “the love” from fans after going back on the road. 

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“My reasons for touring are – I don’t get on stage because I need to hear applause, I have always loved creating spaces, and I do think it feels like that continues to matter.”

Eagles frontman set to take the stand in ‘Hotel California’ criminal trial

A Manhattan judge will decide if three men attempted to “Take it to the Limit” — and sell allegedly stolen lyric pages from The Eagles.

Don Henley is expected to take the stand and testify against Glenn Horowitz, Craig Inciardi and Edward Kosinski, who were charged with conspiracy in the fourth degree for allegedly attempting to sell manuscripts which included “developmental lyrics to the Eagles song ‘Hotel California,'” according to the original indictment filed by the New York District Attorney’s office in 2022.

The manuscripts are collectively valued at over $1 million, according to the District Attorney.

Eric Anderson, counsel at Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae, explained to Fox News Digital that this case is “absolutely about the names involved.”

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“Handwritten lyrics from the Eagles to what is arguably their most iconic song from one of the best-selling albums of all time? That is a gold mine, both in terms of value on the auction/memorabilia market and in terms of publicity,” Anderson said.

Decades ago, Ed Sanders allegedly stole notepads from The Eagles while working on an authorized book about the band in the ’70s. The biography was never published, but Sanders reportedly kept the handwritten work and later sold the pages to Horowitz, a rare-book dealer, for $50,000.

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Horowitz then sold pages to Craig Inciardi, a former Rock & Roll Hall of Fame curator, and memorabilia collector Edward Kosinski. Inciardi and Kosinski attempted to sell pages of the lyrics through Kosinski’s company, Gotta Have Rock and Roll, but were caught by Henley in 2012.

Henley then purchased the “original handwritten lyrics for the Eagles song ‘Hotel California’ written in Don Henley’s hand,” for $8,500 on April 25, 2012, according to the indictment.

Two years later, Koskinski attempted to contact Sotheby’s and sell “Eagles handwritten lyrics in Don Hendleys [sic] hand for New Kid In Town.” Shortly after, Inciardi sent a similar email notifying the auction house that developmental lyrics for “Life in the Fast Lane” were also available for sale.

“When Don Henley learned that Inciardi and Kosinski were trying to sell portions of the manuscripts, he filed police reports, told the defendants that the materials were stolen, and demanded the return of his property,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., said in a statement released with the charges in 2022. 

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“Rather than making any effort to ensure they actually had rightful ownership, the defendants responded by engaging in a years-long campaign to prevent Henley from recovering the manuscripts.”

Throughout 2015, Kosinski and Inciardi continued their attempts to sell 13 pages of developmental lyrics to “Hotel California.” In December 2016, the DA’s office executed search warrants and retrieved Henley’s stolen manuscripts from both Sotheby’s and Kosinski’s New Jersey residence, according to the DA. 

“Shortly thereafter, Horowitz attempted to exploit the recent death of founding Eagles member Glenn Frey to prevent criminal prosecution; he produced a new false statement of provenance, this time claiming that the materials originated from the now-deceased Frey,” the DA shared in a statement. “In one email message, Horowitz observed that “[Frey] alas, is dead and identifying him as the source would make this go away once and for all.”

Representatives for Horowitz, Inciardi, Kosinski and Henley did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Anderson noted that the allegations “indicate that Horowitz, Inciardi, and Kosinski likely did not know the items were stolen when they purchased them.” 

“But according to the claims, once they became aware, instead of working the issue out with the Eagles, they lied about how they acquired the lyrics and did everything possible to delay and disguise the truth. They claimed that they were given the lyrics by Henley’s deceased bandmate, Glenn Frey,” he said. 

“While this easily could have been addressed via a civil matter, I think the length of time involved may be what led to a criminal charge here and what appears to be a complete lack of effort on the part of the defendants to resolve this outside of a criminal proceeding. Also, it’s clear that they still attempted to sell the lyrics after there was doubt raised about whether the lyrics were ever legally obtained in the first place.” 

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Anderson added, “This case is going to come down to proving the lyrics were stolen in the first place and then addressing the various evidentiary problems of that after so much time, but the defense can be in the same hole. It is not as if Glenn Fry is going to come and testify that he gave permission for the notepads to be taken.”

College Football Playoff green lights new format — here’s how it works

The new College Football Playoff format was agreed upon on Tuesday.

Beginning with the 2024 season, the Playoff will comprise five conference champions and seven at-large bids. The number of conference champions was decreased from six to five amid realignment and the disintegration of the Pac-12 during the 2023 season.

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The five slots will go to the highest-ranking conference champions as determined by the CFP selection committee, assuring that one team outside the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC will make the 12-team bracket. The selection committee will also determine the seven at large bids with no limit on how many teams can come from one conference.

“This is a very logical adjustment for the College Football Playoff based on the evolution of our conference structures since the board first adopted this new format in September 2022,” Dr. Mark Keenum, the president of Mississippi State and chair of the CFP board of managers, said in a release. “I know this change will also be well received by student-athletes, coaches and fans. We all will be pleased to see this new format come to life on the field this postseason.”

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The four highest-ranked conference champions will be seeded Nos. 1-4 and each will receive a first-round bye. Teams seeded Nos. 5-12 will play each other on the field of the higher seed. No. 5 will play No. 12, No. 6 will play No. 11, No. 7 will play No. 10 and No. 8 will play No. 9. 

The quarterfinals and the semifinals will be played in the New Year’s Six bowl games, and the national championship will be played at a neutral site.

American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mikie Aresco said the 5-7 format kept the same “spirit” of the original 6-6 plan.

“To have a fifth (champion) is good, and it’s not a four-plus-one, which is good. It’s the best five. … It’s a merit-based system,” he said.

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The 2024 season’s national championship will be played on Jan. 20 in Atlanta.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Early 2000s pop star refused to wear purity ring when she was 12 years old

Ashlee Simpson is reflecting on her rebellious past.

The “Pieces of Me” singer discussed growing up as an “independent soul” who wanted freedom from her parents, even at a young age, while on the “Broad Ideas with Rachel Bilson & Olivia Allen” podcast.

“I would come off way more rebellious than I even was, because I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m not doing that,’” she said. “I would see how my dad would be like, ‘Oh, you can’t talk to this guy. Here’s your ring to save yourself.’ He tried to give me one at 12, and I was like, ‘Oh, no, thank you. I won’t be telling you when I have sex.’” 

She went on to clarify that, even though she rejected the purity ring, she did not have sex “until [she] was 17.” She just did not want people to know what she was up to and when.

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Many celebrities wore purity rings in the early 2000s, including Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Ashlee’s older sister, singer Jessica Simpson, who Simpson admits is very different from her.

She noted that her mom parented her and Jessica differently. “My mom really would pay attention and see me if I needed something different, and she would make that time. And now that we’re all parents, we finally get the other side,” Simpson said. “Growing up, I was really an independent soul and I wanted to like, do my own effing thing. They had to let me kind of be free and have that moment, or at least feel free. And sometimes too free.”

Later in the podcast, Simpson discussed her infamous performance on a 2004 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” where she was caught lip-syncing.

Simpson had already performed her hit song, “Pieces of Me,” and when she returned to the stage to sing “Autobiography,” audiences were left shocked when the wrong song began playing from the speakers, revealing she was not singing live. A nervous Ashlee danced for a few seconds, before walking off the stage.

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“I wrote all these songs and I did all this and almost to have your credit completely taken from you, and you’re like, ‘No,’” she said on the podcast. “It taught me humility, it taught me so much about myself and my own personal strength… [and] how to get back up and go again.”

At the time, Simpson said she was forced to lip-sync because she had lost her voice after an acid reflux flare-up. She returned to the “SNL” stage a year later, to perform songs off her second album, “I Am Me.” “That was f—ing scary to do,” she admitted.

She added that it was hard to “find – at such a young age – the strength” to get back on the stage and convince herself, “I’m good at this. I will keep going. I will keep fighting.”

“For me it was like a week of sulking ‘til I had to be like, ‘OK, I need to get all these steroids and be able to have my voice and get back on stage and figure this out.’ And I feel like I owed that to my fans and myself and that’s what I did,” she said. “The harder part of it for me was everyone bringing it up. I had let it go.”

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She released another album, “Bittersweet World,” in 2011. Simpson now has three children; Bronx, who she shares with ex Pete Wentz, and Ziggy and Jagger, who she shares with her husband, Evan Ross.

Woman confused by boyfriend’s negative reaction to her care package

A Reddit user was right to be confused by her boyfriend’s reaction to her kind gesture of a care package when he was ill, other social media users said. 

Posting on behalf of her friend, “Tiny-Neighborhood667” asked the users of the subreddit known as “Am I Wrong?” to weigh in on the situation in a post on Monday, Feb. 19, titled, “Am I wrong for sending my [boyfriend] a care package?”

In the post, written in Tiny-Neighborhood667’s friend’s point of view, the woman explained the situation, which “split our girls’ chat.” 

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Tiny-Neighborhood667 wrote that her friend is a 24-year-old woman currently studying abroad, and that her boyfriend, age 28, recently came down “with a nasty flu.” 

“He mentioned he feels so awful he hasn’t been able to leave his house in a few days, he sounded bad on the phone, too. I felt really bad I couldn’t do anything to help him, but then remembered I had an account for a grocery delivery service in our hometown,” wrote Tiny-Neighborhood667. 

The care package “wasn’t overly excessive or expensive,” the woman said, but contained items like soup, Advil and tissues.

“I wanted to make sure he was covered for a couple [of] days while he recovers. I was super excited I thought of this, and let him know a gift was on the way,” wrote Tiny-Neighborhood667. 

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Her boyfriend, however, ignored her for an hour and only replied “yeah” when she asked about the gift’s arrival. 

“I figured he was feeling yucky, so I wished him a good night and went to bed,” she wrote.

The next day, the boyfriend started behaving differently, apparently.

“I asked him why the day after, and he said that he didn’t know what to say because he felt like he had to mention the gift and it was ‘so weird,'” wrote Tiny-Neighborhood667.

“I was embarrassed and told him it was a care package, [and] since I couldn’t be there physically, I thought this was the next best thing,” said Tiny-Neighborhood667. 

The boyfriend “told me I should admit it was at least a little bizarre” and added that “if he wanted soup, he would get himself soup.” 

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“I told him I don’t understand how it was weird. All he said was, ‘Soups and tissues are not a gift. I mean, you have to recognize getting someone tissues is an incredibly weird thing to do, right?’” 

Tiny-Neighborhood667’s friend said she’s not spoken to her boyfriend since — and that the entire experience “honestly broke my heart a little.” 

“I asked some of my girlfriends, and they are pretty split on it being weird,” wrote Tiny-Neighborhood667. 

She asked others on the platform, “Am I wrong for sending the package?”

The post received over 600 comments to date, with most of them saying that, no, Tiny-Neighborhood667’s friend was not in the wrong. 

An etiquette expert told Fox News Digital that the boyfriend behaved rudely — but may have been caught off guard. 

“Not having a gift acknowledged can be hurtful. Someone criticizing or belittling our gift or gesture can create hostility or even end a relationship,” California-based etiquette expert Rosalinda Randall said. 

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The boyfriend, said Randall, may have misjudged the strength of the relationship and been “jolted” by the gesture, “realizing how deep and committed [the girlfriend] sees this relationship.”

Alternatively, the boyfriend could have felt like his girlfriend was trying to mother him. 

The boyfriend may have misjudged the strength of the relationship, said an etiquette expert. 

Perhaps, “In his mind, soup is not a ‘girlfriend’ thing. It’s a mom thing, which could explain why he found it to be strange and awkward,” said Randall. 

On Reddit, users can “upvote” comments they find helpful and “downvote” those they do not. 

“This is not weird at all. It’s a very sweet and caring gesture to show him you care and are thinking about him,” said Reddit user “Anxious_Western293” in the top-upvoted comment. 

Anxious_Western293 continued, “The only way I’d say this is weird is if you only went on … one date with the guy.”

Other users concurred, saying they found his reaction to be more bizarre than the sending of a care package.

“Something’s not right here,” said user “pomegranate7777” in another top-upvoted comment. 

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Others theorized that perhaps he is cheating on her and is feeling guilty. 

Another user was more blunt, writing, “Leave this ungrateful dude.” 

In an update to the post, Tiny-Neighborhood667 said that her friend had seen the replies and “is feeling better about the situation.” 

“She plans on talking with him more in depth this weekend when they are able to FaceTime,” wrote Tiny-Neighborhood667 about the woman and her boyfriend.  

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