A daughter forged a seat at Oxford University to cheat on her elderly mother, who for years sold flowers outside of a cemetery to help fund her “education”.
25-year-old Merve Bozkurt from Turkey had told her mother Gulseren Bozkurt (57) that she needed additional help to pay the bills while studying at the prestigious university in Great Britain.
But it failed when a local TV station decided to show the mother.
Her commitment to her children quickly went viral, and donation offers flooded in, including a promise of a scholarship to cover all expenses the young woman made as she graduated from her fifth year.
However, it was then discovered that there was no student with that name at Oxford University, and the daughter had to confess what she had done.
Merve hadn’t even left the country yet and had simply moved to Istanbul after getting a job as a real estate agent.
She had tried to cover things up at the last minute by closing all of her social media accounts, but too late, and she later publicly apologized, saying, “I feel very bad about upset my mom .
“I made up a story. I made everyone believe this story, including myself.
“However, I worked in a real estate agency in Istanbul the whole time.”
The mother of two gulsers said she had made a living selling flowers in Antakya, southern Turkey, for over a decade.
Speaking to the local TV station, she said, “My husband works when he can, but he can’t always find a job.
“Sometimes he comes to the cemetery to help me. I use the money I make selling flowers to pay for my children’s education.”
“When a person is in good health, work is the best he can do. It’s nice to spend the money I make on my children. I want every woman to work and stand on her own two feet.
“It is not shameful to work in such professions. It’s a shame to be in need when you can work. I love work. “
The TV station contacted the young woman online, who was quoted as saying, “My mother plants flowers herself, picks them and sells them here, and sometimes she goes up the mountain to pick flowers.
“My brother is also a university graduate. He is currently working as a sergeant in Hakkari.
“My mother loves us very much. We are everything to her and she is to us.”
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She lied about wanting to become a neurosurgeon after graduating from Oxford, adding, “When my mother told me that if I didn’t enroll in a good university, she wouldn’t let me continue my education.
“Because she’s had problems all her life, she never wanted her efforts to be wasted.
“Despite great difficulties, my mother never took it from us, never robbed us.”
Merve Bozkurt added during the fake interview now exposed: “I will not waste my mother’s great efforts and I will honor her.”