… And the horse you rode in on (From the Craigslist files)

March 24, 2008

Exhibit No. 1 in how Craigslist rules the classified advertising business, courtesy of the Associated Press :

JACKSONVILLE, Ore. – A pair of hoax ads on Craigslist cost an Oregon man much of what he owned. The ads popped up Saturday afternoon, saying the owner of a Jacksonville home was forced to leave the area suddenly and his belongings, including a horse, were free for the taking, said Jackson County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan. But Robert Salisbury had no plans to leave.

It gets worse:

On his way home he 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.

If the hoaxers had placed the ads in the paper , maybe all this fuss could have been avoided.

(Photo: Reuters / Race horse Chiquitin rolls in sand in paddock during walkabout session ahead of the SIA Cup in Singapore in 2006.)

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