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Unreal but True -Craigslist Story

March 26th, 2008 at 01:45 am

This past weekend an ad was placed on Craigslist that a guy down on his luck had to leave town and all of his belongings were free for the taking, tools, household goods, clothes, everything...It also said that he had to abandon his horse, and if someone could rescue the horse...blah, blah...

So, someone showed up and rescued the horse and alot of other people showed up to get some free stuff...

But the owner showed up--and he DID NOT place the ad. Someone had placed it as a hoax. Can you imagine coming home and having people rifling through your things and carting them off?? And having your horse missing?

So the owner gets very angry and tells the free-seekers to return his things and THEY START ARGUING with him that they are just responding to an ad. OMG!

The police were called and now they are trying to get people who had already came and left before the owner got home, to return his stuff. Luckily, the horse rescuer was a very honest, kind person who called immediately and returned the horse...but can you imagine???

There is a thread on this article and some of the free-seekers are angry that they 1. have to return their freebies and 2. they can't return it at their leisure otherwise they will be charged with theft.


This is wrong on so many levels. The system is broke if someone can easily place a hoax ad that causes such emotional distress and financial damage. Why would so many people just assume it is ok to and show up and start taking...without confirming the facts...
And the arguing and resentment over not getting to keep the free stuff is beyond my comprehension.

The proper folks are investigating and hopefully someone will be prosecuted...but wow.

There have since been reports that this has happend to others in other states...boy. Logic clearly defied.

11 Responses to “Unreal but True -Craigslist Story”

  1. Blue Eyes Says:

    Wow! What a crazy report!! I have heard very similar reports locally too. I hope they find the criminals and prosecute them!

  2. thriftorama Says:

    What kind of jerk would complain about giving it back??

  3. Nic Says:

    I do hope the person who placed the ad is caught. That's a very cold thing to do!

  4. terri77 Says:

    What a mess!

  5. merch Says:

    everything was taken including sinks and hot water heater. The place was trashed with graffiti and doors ripped off, walls with holes, counters ripped of, trash all other the front yard.

    And the house was in a neighborhood. Where were the neighbors? Why didn't they call the police? And Craigslist is not releasing the name of the person who placed the ad without a court order.


  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yeah, something is really wrong with that picture there.

    Seeing as how this is a hoax, Craigslist SHOULD willingly give up the name of the perpetrator, and emphasize a policy against hoaxes.

    But the fact that they didn't is disappointing to say the least.

  7. Ima saver Says:

    Wow! What a shame!!

  8. monkeymama Says:


    So, um, be careful when you see a free ad.

    (& yeah I am with Thriftorama - who would complain about giving the stuff back?)

    No words...

  9. Carolina Bound Says:

    Several things come to mind --

    The old saying, if it seems too good to be true, it ain't true. How likely is it that a guy is just going to leave all his stuff for strangers to rifle through?

    I've never used Craigslist, but I can't believe they don't have a policy in place for something like this. How can they place an ad inviting the world to help themselves to all someone's belongings without verifying that the real person placed the ad?

    The people complaining about giving the stuff back -- so they wouldn't mind if someone did that to them?

    Also, that guy must have a serious enemy. I hope the police are investigating from that angle.

  10. Mr. Meager Says:

    The people complaining about giving stuff back are the same people that would spending the money immediately if they found funds mistakenly deposited in their bank account. This has happened countless times, and everytime, the party has charged with theft.

  11. Lola Says:

    I posted free items on Craig's list when I was moving my elderly mother from her home. I made sure that I did not post the address for the free items of which there were many until I had spoken to the person (yes that was only one person) who said they would take everything. That was my stipulation, all or nothing, so there would not be people all over the place. I find it hard to belive that people were not bright enough to see this was a hoax - who in there right mind would post an address and just say come and take it away.

    Still laughing.


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