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(Sun Sentinel)   Man who sold beanie babies for beer was a fraud... he's actually married   ( divider line
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11497 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 Nov 2003 at 3:03 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-11-12 09:23:54 AM  
I saw that earlier. He's also apparently being investigated by the FBI.

Naughty naughty!
2003-11-12 09:52:41 AM  
Among the 300-400 daily e-mails were marriage proposals.
Not one to look a gift beanie in the mouth, thedrunkensailor then began a second auction site. This one thanked his supporters and offered them the opportunity to basically buy him a beer by buying a little piece of paper called "Certificate of Liquid Assets."

He's made $175 doing that.

No wonder the FBI is on his ass. This guy has found some kinda secret method to scoring tail and beer money, without getting up from his computer. If farkers discover his secret, the stability of the world could be in grave danger!
2003-11-12 11:10:33 AM  
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hello? this is karl malone. do you have the beanie babie?
2003-11-12 12:36:45 PM  
In keeping with the well-recognized canon that all things bizarre must have roots in South Florida...

Ralph De La Cruz is a farker.
2003-11-12 01:58:24 PM  
Oh now I just don't know what to believe in anymore..
2003-11-12 03:08:09 PM  
I think an Obvious tag would be better.
2003-11-12 03:09:41 PM  
that article took up about two minutes of my life for no gain. i demand my two minutes back, plus thirty seconds interest for typing this demand.

I will accept money in lieu of time.
2003-11-12 03:11:07 PM  
Beanie Babies? Are those things still around?
2003-11-12 03:11:16 PM  
I feel
2003-11-12 03:13:46 PM  
thedrunkensailor will be keyhauled by the FBI and made to walk the plank with his fake Lima bean Babies, yarrrrrrrrrrrrr !
2003-11-12 03:15:12 PM  
that guys rox!
2003-11-12 03:15:18 PM  
I know I've already lost my mind, but we're still talking about bitty stuffed animals, right?

2003-11-12 03:15:25 PM  
I'm not sure I understand where eBay or the FBI have any right to come after him if he clearly stated that he didn't know or claim any kind of auhentication, that they were just stuffed animals...

going back to sleep now
2003-11-12 03:15:48 PM  
Some links (like this one) are unworthy of Fark.
2003-11-12 03:21:10 PM  
was he lying about his love for powertools, also?

I sure fell for it. feh.
2003-11-12 03:21:38 PM  
To: Pat Edgerton
Some style of Internet Fearmonger

Blow it out your ass.


2003-11-12 03:21:58 PM  
I hate to side with Steve, but that chick that bought the stuffed animals sounds like a FREAK. A rabid, mumu wearing, 350lb Double Wide FREAK.
end rant.
2003-11-12 03:22:02 PM  
Fake toys? People make fake toys? Women collect fake toys? WTF?
2003-11-12 03:22:55 PM  
Wow! That's the first I heard about someone lying on the internet.
2003-11-12 03:24:26 PM  
Shoulda known...
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2003-11-12 03:26:56 PM  
I think it's pretty gay that they are harassing him so much. Bringing charges? Wtf. He put plenty of disclaimers on there, it's her fault for being so obsessed with a stupid toy that she bid without "authentication".
2003-11-12 03:27:22 PM  
The best part is he said he didnt know crap in the original ebay post. If people are shady you generally dont drop 900 on something from them.

Stoopid ebay buyer...
2003-11-12 03:32:56 PM  
By Ebay's own policy, they should have pulled the auction.

On the other hand, what kind of a moron pays that kind of money for a collectible without any proof of authenticity? Has this woman never heard of escrow? She could have had the money held in escrow until she authenticated the items, but no because she didn't want to risk missing out on the chance to blow almost a thousand bucks on a bunch of stupid stuffed animals. I bet if I put up an auction on ebay for a drawing on a napkin I found in a trashcan at Graceland that may or may not have been used by Elvis, she would pay me millions.

The guy sounds like a rude and obnoxious prick, espcially in the e-mail he sent in Spooda's link, but come on. They're stuffed animals. No sane person spends that much money on stuffed animals. But then, no sane person spends that kind of money on ANYTHING in an online auction without using an escrow service.
2003-11-12 03:37:07 PM  
I thought the auction was funny.

Some people take things so seriously!
2003-11-12 03:39:40 PM  
I like how the woman bid on the auction using two different ID's. I think that is against the rules. I call Shananigans on her too.
2003-11-12 03:40:37 PM  
$900 BUCKS TO A GUY WHO REFUSED TO AUTHENTICATE???? I'm sorry, but that biatch DEFINITELY got what she deserved in my opinion. It's not like he was preying on the elderly. Plenty of people were willing to donate $2.50 to his beer fund and all they got was a certificate of appreciation!
2003-11-12 03:40:49 PM  
Sounds like a scam, but it could be going both ways here.
OK, she has 5 rare ones, and sends three out to be checked and they turn out to be fake. I bet the other two are real, and she's trying to scam this guy out of her $900.00 by threatening him with the FBI. Notice that nowhere does she say that she'd return the things or tun them over to "the man" after she gets her money back.
2003-11-12 03:41:40 PM  
There was a guy who used to sell computer stuff on eBay like this, I think it made Fark a couple of times.

Example: "Here is an almost-new 80 gig hard drive. It was in my computer and works fine but I found out my wife was using it to store naked pictures of men she was cheating on me with. I am selling it defray the cost of the divorce blah blah blah".
2003-11-12 03:41:41 PM  
Anyone catch the bonus spelling mistake in the article? Man, I'd much rather someone spell something outright wrong, than use the "hooked on phonics" method and just pick a word that sounds like the one they mean. /pet peeve
2003-11-12 03:45:41 PM  
"As I told him/her, feel free to call the police, FBI, Postal Inspector, and the Freaking Wildlife Organization that governs Blue Stuffed Elephants."

Thats classic.

"Had the beanies been genuine, the price I bid was very good."

$1,000 for some stuffed animals is a good price? What the hell are these people smoking? Where can i get some?
2003-11-12 03:51:05 PM  
2003-11-12 03:55:37 PM  
It has struck a cord.

is it not chord? how do you strike a "cord". where the hell are editors at this 'fine' publication. striking a chord refers to a musical note? heads should roll
2003-11-12 03:59:47 PM  
I also read the actual "winners" emails in this case. The auction CLEARLY states he has no idea of the value of the items. One lady wanted "proof", he already said he wouldnt bother, he just wanted to get rid of them. Lady is banned from bidding. In her zeal for a farking beanbag, she used a second account and won the auction, then had them "verified" and they were fakes. Now she wants her money back.

All I'm asking is that crazy stupid women like this wear a sign so no one ever bothers talking to them ever again.
2003-11-12 04:01:31 PM  
Why do I feel the urge to write this winning bidder and ask her to kindly stab her own eyes out??? If someone told me to kiss their ass and fark off, I don't think I'd outbid others and send him ~$1,000. I also noticed that only 3 were fakes. She'll keep the 2 real ones, but she wants a full refund.

Maybe someday she'll need $$$ to bail herself out of jail. I hope that day comes and she's only able to get $50 for her entire collection of cloth toys.

On a similar note, I take my dogs to flea markets and let them pick out stuffed animals (they are Italian Greyhounds and LOVE to tear up anything stuffed). One woman was selling stuffed toys for $1 each and my dog grabbed one out of the box. I picked it up and took it to her to buy it. She went into a 5 minute explanation of "This is pookie-boo-bear and he's #234 of 398. this model has the rare orange fur instead of XYZ and you'll notice that his nose has 3 stitches instead of the standard 5!" I didn't have the heart to tell her that it would be decapitated and urine-soaked before she went to bed that night...
2003-11-12 04:01:57 PM  
I think she ought to just claim the $1000 on her next 1040 as stupid tax.
2003-11-12 04:05:42 PM  
I think she ought to just claim the $1000 on her next 1040 as stupid tax.
2003-11-12 04:07:03 PM  
Yes, the lady who was banned and bid with another handle did break eBay law.

So both her handles should be banned. IF the FBI is going ahead with this, why isn't his handle banned on eBay???
2003-11-12 04:08:12 PM  
I would have "relieved myself" ALL over the box of toys before I packaged them up and shipped em off... Can't be in any MORE trouble than he already is, right (which may even be None At All)???
2003-11-12 04:13:30 PM  
Steve is my hero...
2003-11-12 04:14:35 PM  
Okay, my stupid sarcastic post out of the way, I'll say something serious.

This is quite likely the biggest bunch of bullshiat that I've ever seen in my life. The simple fact is that this woman took a gamble. She wanted her royal purple dildo toy or whatever it was, and was willing to drop a grand to try and get it -- knowing full well there was a very good chance that it was a fake.

Now that she's discovered it was a fake, she's filing charges to try and get her money back. What a crock.

Yeah, I've done stupid shiat before with a lot more money than that. One particular night in a strip bar when I was younger comes to mind. I dropped a grand thinking I'd get laid...but when I didn't, it's not like I filed charges against the stripper for false advertising.

Sad thing is that this woman is probably going to get her way. The FBI and eBay are wasting their time following a frivilious charge brought by a woman who's upset she lost a bet.

Cry me a farking river.
2003-11-12 04:17:19 PM  
Oh, yeah, and I did some checking.

Running price for the Royal Blue Peanut is around $3000.

$3000 for a bag filled with farking beans.

Somehow I'm beginning to think maybe the terrorists are on to something.
2003-11-12 04:18:46 PM  
Where is the article that says the toys were fake??
2003-11-12 04:19:11 PM  
tomnardone206 -

Yeah I am also pretty sure Ebay doesn't allow multiple handles. She knew the risks, gambled anyway, and then made a big stink about it because she lost. On the other hand I wouldn't be surprised if the Drunken Sailor knew they were fake and portrayed himself having a very brash persona so as not to have to face any questions.
2003-11-12 04:19:12 PM  
So she tried to rob HIM and now she's mad cuz SHE got jacked... Sounds like Irony got the last laugh and all is as it should be...

...rushes out to post "not sure if it's real, but I'm not takin pics" ebay auction...
2003-11-12 04:25:37 PM  
The alphabet soup agency is investigating....exactly what? Is there a crime in lying about a divorce? Who said the doggone things were fake?

People who spend $850 on stuffed toys are farking mental.
2003-11-12 04:25:45 PM  
I want a beanie 'Andrew Dice Clay' doll from Ford Fairlane, that would rule!
2003-11-12 04:30:24 PM  
The FBI will do NOTHING.
2003-11-12 04:31:01 PM  
That article owes me 5 minutes of my life back.
Why, oh why, did I read it?
So here's the deal:
I am threadjacking this thread with the desperate hope of getting that Jill Hennessy pick we all love posted again.
I think it's Bukarin who has it...
2003-11-12 04:35:45 PM  
The best possible resolution would be the he refuses to pay, stiffing her out of her stupidly gambled $1000 bucks, then he gets arrested and sent to prison for a good 6 months or so. It would make me happy to see both of these morons screwed in some way.

I have gambled on Ebay before, though for a lot less money. I have generally done OK, but when I knew it was a gamble and I didn't get what I wanted, I didn't whine about it. Of course, most people on Ebay are not quite the schmuck this guy is.
2003-11-12 04:36:41 PM  
Pat Edgerton is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
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