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(WTSP)   Apparently the idea of ripping off people selling things on Craigslist hasn't gotten old in Brandon   (wtsp.com) divider line 40
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2013-09-19 09:19:48 AM  
I guess ripping off crack heads wasn't lucrative enough.
 
2013-09-19 09:19:56 AM  
"Suspect would inspect the item then run off"

Hmm do we really need a description of the suspect after this?
 
2013-09-19 09:21:25 AM  
A co-worker of mine bought 2 iPhones of Craigslist (to replace the one his wife lost) both of them were stolen.
 
2013-09-19 09:32:05 AM  
And the Casual Encounters I've had from Craigslist: not casual.
 
2013-09-19 09:33:14 AM  
Brandon is a shiat heap of soccer dads, drunken PTA mothers, busy bodies, snot-nosed unintelligent teenagers and a never-ending race to get a bigger SUV than your next-door neighbor.

Fark 'em.
 
2013-09-19 09:34:40 AM  
About a month ago, my Macbook and the cable to connect both that and a iPad to a projector we stolen off my desk at work. The three items were being sold in a bundle on Craig's List. I call the police, and they tell me they needed proof that it was mine before they would investigate.
 
2013-09-19 09:42:28 AM  

AngryTeacher: About a month ago, my Macbook and the cable to connect both that and a iPad to a projector we stolen off my desk at work. The three items were being sold in a bundle on Craig's List. I call the police, and they tell me they needed proof that it was mine before they would investigate.


You didn't have the serial number of your macbook around anywhere?
 
2013-09-19 09:43:00 AM  

AngryTeacher: About a month ago, my Macbook and the cable to connect both that and a iPad to a projector we stolen off my desk at work. The three items were being sold in a bundle on Craig's List. I call the police, and they tell me they needed proof that it was mine before they would investigate.




If that were me I'd have a friend set up a putchase of it. After he arrives and verifies that it's yours have him signal multiple other friends to walk over. Then have him tell you that he knows who you took these from and he's taking them back. Then leave with the stuff.
 
2013-09-19 09:44:52 AM  

phenn: Brandon is a shiat heap of soccer dads, drunken PTA mothers, busy bodies, snot-nosed unintelligent teenagers and a never-ending race to get a bigger SUV than your next-door neighbor.

Fark 'em.


Hey, you're talking about my hometown there!

And you're also completely right about my hometown there...
 
2013-09-19 09:45:53 AM  

karmaceutical: You didn't have the serial number of your macbook around anywhere?


Yep...  But it was on the police report, not the craig's list ad.
 
2013-09-19 09:49:15 AM  
CtrlAltDestroy:
If that were me I'd have a friend set up a putchase of it. After he arrives and verifies that it's yours have him signal multiple other friends to walk over. Then have him tell you that he knows who you took these from and he's taking them back. Then leave with the stuff.

I called. The place where we were supposed to meet was at a gas station on the corner of the street in this article:  http://www.nbc4i.com/story/23332591/man-traces-stolen-tablet-to-thief - gets-shot-at  .

I figured it was a work computer and not worth risking my life to get it back.
 
2013-09-19 09:50:35 AM  

AngryTeacher: karmaceutical: You didn't have the serial number of your macbook around anywhere?

Yep...  But it was on the police report, not the craig's list ad.


I would have just went and bought it, then called the cops.
 
2013-09-19 09:51:13 AM  

AngryTeacher: CtrlAltDestroy:
If that were me I'd have a friend set up a putchase of it. After he arrives and verifies that it's yours have him signal multiple other friends to walk over. Then have him tell you that he knows who you took these from and he's taking them back. Then leave with the stuff.

I called. The place where we were supposed to meet was at a gas station on the corner of the street in this article:  http://www.nbc4i.com/story/23332591/man-traces-stolen-tablet-to-thief - gets-shot-at  .

I figured it was a work computer and not worth risking my life to get it back.


Oh, work computer?  Screw that.  I wouldn't even spend the gas money driving over to retrieve it.
 
2013-09-19 10:19:08 AM  

phenn: Brandon is a shiat heap of soccer dads, drunken PTA mothers, busy bodies, snot-nosed unintelligent teenagers and a never-ending race to get a bigger SUV than your next-door neighbor.

Fark 'em.


So just like every suburb everywhere in America then?
 
2013-09-19 10:20:27 AM  
Wait a minute...there's more than casual prostitution and anonymous sex hookups on Craigslist???

images.wikia.com
 
2013-09-19 10:21:31 AM  

karmaceutical: Oh, work computer?  Screw that.  I wouldn't even spend the gas money driving over to retrieve it.


Yeah, this. Let the company's insurance/funds take care of replacing it. I hope you have a habit of backing up your files, though.
 
2013-09-19 10:37:59 AM  

Misconduc: "Suspect would inspect the item then run off"

Hmm do we really need a description of the suspect after this?


Part of me feels bad for laughing at this...

... but it's farking hilarious.
 
2013-09-19 10:44:52 AM  
YAY auto play!!!
 
2013-09-19 10:46:09 AM  
I recall an article were a girl had her bike stolen, and saw it later on craigslist. She meets with the guy, asks if she can test ride. She does, and just leaves.

Of course there was someone else who did that and it turned out it wasn't his bike....

I just get the nigerian scammers. They send me emails that say "I want to buy your product. (always product, never the object by name.) " ask me questions that I've already given the info in the ad, and then start talking about western union. As soon as Western Union comes up, I hit delete.

I was trying to buy a bike, and the guy said he needed me to pay via WU. I asked him why I couldn't pay via a check or paypal. He said he has to use WU because his employees steal the money otherwise. Uh, first off, why are they still your employees, second, that would be the EASIEST way for them to steal your money from you.
 
2013-09-19 10:49:27 AM  
I only sell things on Craigslist that are a pain in the ass to move. Nobody's going to run away with a dishwasher or a futon frame while looking at it.

Also helps that my hellbeast-sounding dog that barks at strangers like the apocalypse  is upon us is always out when somebody comes by to look at something, in case they were thinking of coming back when nobody's home. Stuff for sale is in the garage, not the house. Oh, and there's very obviously a cop living across the street-the patrol car is in the driveway most of the time since he works midnights, so any potential thieves get to see that when they pull up to the house.

All in all I've had decent experiences with CL. Only annoying thing is the flakes that say they're coming to look at something and never show up.
 
2013-09-19 10:53:07 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-19 11:12:46 AM  
Was she on Craigslist too?download.gannett.edgesuite.net
 
2013-09-19 11:19:02 AM  
One of these days, these "badass" thieves will figure out that you can make more money as a dishwasher in two years than you can being a dime store street thug for ten and do the maths.  The retirement program sucks, too, unless you like mac and cheese and ass sex dungeons.
 
2013-09-19 11:21:01 AM  
I posted a sales ad for an unused tire (old spare) that I had after getting my tires replaced a few months ago. The only responses I ever got were people sending me semi-nude pictures and telling me that they weren't scammers. Well, one respondent told me to send it to them in Oregon and they'd send me a check after they inspected it.

The world is just chock-full of stupid these days.
 
2013-09-19 11:27:52 AM  

Deathfrogg: The world is just chock-full of stupid these days.


I'm still getting e-mails from the good Doctor Attorney Umbwebwe in Lagos, Nigeria.
 
2013-09-19 11:32:47 AM  
Never had anything bad happen on craigslist...  Of course I carry a handgun which might have something to do with it.
 
2013-09-19 11:39:56 AM  
One guy wanted to buy a microphone from me.   This entailed meeting him in a parking lot, behind a local strip mall, at night, cause "He doesn't go to other people's houses".  He does business in parking lots, behind storefronts, away from the main street.  I declined.
 
2013-09-19 11:52:26 AM  

CtrlAltDestroy: AngryTeacher: About a month ago, my Macbook and the cable to connect both that and a iPad to a projector we stolen off my desk at work. The three items were being sold in a bundle on Craig's List. I call the police, and they tell me they needed proof that it was mine before they would investigate.

If that were me I'd have a friend set up a putchase of it. After he arrives and verifies that it's yours have him signal multiple other friends to walk over. Then have him tell you that he knows who you took these from and he's taking them back. Then leave with the stuff.


Then the thief pulls out his .38 and you and three of your friends wind up dead. At least if it were me I'd be carrying a pistol, of course I'm a paranoid sob who carries a pistol on most days.
 
2013-09-19 11:59:03 AM  
A couple of years ago I had a weird experience on eBay. I was selling some items and a guy wanted my bank account and routing numbers, said he was going to wire it into my account. He did not want to use Pay Pal or Money Order which is what I had specified in the auction. Anyway I flag him as a scammer and resell the item. Well about six weeks later I get an envelope of cash from this guy, apparently he was from Canada. I had specifically said that I only sell in the US as dealing with international shipping is a pain the ass, especially for a $20 item.

I did send it back with a note explaining why. I never did hear from him again, I hope he got his money back.
 
2013-09-19 11:59:14 AM  

learn2shoot: Never had anything bad happen on craigslist...  Of course I carry a handgun which might have something to do with it.


Yeah.. I never go alone and even go the extra mile and wear kevlar.

I've never been ripped off, but I'm pretty sure I've shown up to a place, bought a TV, and then afterwards thought about the things they said and realized it wasnt their apartment or stuff.  Oh well, sweet TV.
 
2013-09-19 12:00:27 PM  
Broken clocks are right twice a day.
 
2013-09-19 12:00:51 PM  
I get them to call me before meeting. And I feel they are cool, they can come to my house. I have dogs and guns. And cameras. And I may leave a badge and police radio on the table...small items get sold on ebay./sister is a cop
 
2013-09-19 12:09:07 PM  
Oh, one craigslist scam I have seen first hand (from being at the DMV), is apparently people steal cars, create a forged title, and then sell the cars on craigslist for cash.  You give them the money, they give you the car/title, and then when you show up at the DMV to register it, the police show up, take the car back, and you're out all your cash.

I've bought and sold cars on craigslist, always meet at your bank for the sale and have the bank do a formal funds transfer or cashiers check.  A scammer will avoid leaving a paper trail.
 
2013-09-19 12:18:20 PM  

skinink: And the Casual Encounters I've had from Craigslist: not casual.


I always go for the *formal* encounters.  I dress up my penis in a tux and top hat.
 
2013-09-19 12:28:24 PM  
Alot of notaries will have state computers at their desks. They can tell you if a car is legit or has any liens.
 
2013-09-19 12:45:44 PM  
I love craiglist, its like shopping at walmart at 3am you never know what you are going to run into. I once went to sell my Ford Ranger Sport (98) for $3500 cash, it had 99k miles and in pristine condition. I had a guy show up with 15 different books on prices for cars, he was going through each one "oh this truck in the condition is $2500 will you take that?"

His wife was in the car, and I looked at her and was like "Is he really this stupid? Ad says $3500 cash, will NOT negociate. He continued to try to bargin, then left..... few hours later called back "$3000 for the truck my final offer, No shiathead I will not sell it for that".
Finally my Sister's husband calls me, he wants the truck - I told him bring me $3500 cash and we have a deal, hour later he shows up - and guess who pulls up right after? the village idiot with an offer of $3,250 for the truck.
I looked at my brother in law and said squarely "Gimmie 2,500 cash and you can have it" He looked at me stupidly and gave me the $3,500, I said here's the title lets go get it transferred.
Village idiot was cussing a storm that I sold it for what he thinks I did.

/now for a funnier story, one of my tenants had his bronco broken into a few years ago, the idiots stole all his CD's and cassettes (yeah its 2002ish and he still has cassettes). Anyhow a few days later, they bring back the case with all the cds and shiat in it. I was puzzled to why someone would return them and he laughed and said "Someone doesn't like Anne Murray". I about floored laughing until he told me he was serious - sure enough he had 4 cassettes.....
 
2013-09-19 01:01:43 PM  

xanadian: I always go for the *formal* encounters. I dress up my penis in a tux and top hat.


The old "Mr. Peanut" scam.
 
2013-09-19 02:32:32 PM  
The admins of web sites that have stories with auto play videos should be taken outside, lined against the wall, and shot.

/same goes for a title that asks a question, and the article doesn't answer it, but the video does...
 
2013-09-19 03:06:15 PM  

AngryTeacher: karmaceutical: You didn't have the serial number of your macbook around anywhere?

Yep...  But it was on the police report, not the craig's list ad.


Well, if you're sure. Then you play a game called lying. You say you examined it, and the serial number matched. If it happens NOT to match, then oh well. If the cops call you back to ask what's up, you can tell the them "maybe this guy stole a couple and had enough responses that he didn't have to put up more than one ad."

I had someone threaten to kick my ass over a parking spot on a university campus, and tell me he would "get me later." I took a picture of his plates and him (in a very obvious way). I didn't fear an ass kicking, as I would have taken the mag-lite I carry out of my bag and ended the continuity some of his bones had been enjoying, but I did fear a car keying. But we all know if you didn't see it the cops won't do anything. So if it had happened I would have lied and told them I saw the guy do it.

/make the system work for you.
 
2013-09-20 02:09:45 AM  
Ah, the old hometown. If that place could ever manage to make headlines for stories that aren't either this, or outrageous stereotypes of this, I'd probably die of shock.

Also, I remember when Brandon's "bigger SUV" race against the neighbors was more like a "bigger wheels on your old duct-tape covered truck" race. I also remember that it kind of still is.
 
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