Monday, March 31, 2008

When the term "private property" is meaningless to idiots

Over the weekend someone made an inquiry about my being so private online, in which the theory that the threat of identity theft may have had something to do with it. Indeed, while someone trashing my credit score could actually lead to my termination from work, I have been private for years before ID theft became part of the vernacular.

This morning I read the following and it certainly struck a chord:

TechRepublic: A hoax Craigslist advertisement resulted in an Oregon man losing a sizable chunk of his possessions as hoards of bargain-hunters descended upon his home in a free-for-all grab.

A number of ads apparently popped up on Saturday afternoon, claiming that the owner of a Jacksonville home was forced to take leave in a hurry. As such, all his belongings, including a horse, were now free for the taking. The problem was that the victim, Robert Salisbury, had no such plans. In fact, if not for a call he received from a concerned do-gooder, he could well have returned to his home to find it totally cleaned out.

Excerpt from Seattle Times:
On his way home he [Salisbury] stopped a truck loaded down with his work ladders, lawn mower and weed eater. “I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back,” Salisbury said. “They showed me the Craigslist printout and told me they had the right to do what they did.” The driver sped away after rebuking Salisbury. On his way home he spotted other cars filled with his belongings. Once home he was greeted by close to 30 people rummaging through his barn and front porch.

The obvious Monday-morning humor aside, this poor guy got fleeced by some one's hoax, possibly because he annoyed them somehow. Heaven knows, not everyone agrees with me and the positions I take on this blog (and in comments to other blogs), so I will continue to be anonymous online, where possible.

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