When you list something on Craigslist, avoid words like “everything to go.”
A Georgia family in foreclosure decided to post a “free stuff” listing on Craigslist before they moved out. But no good deed goes unpunished, according to the local TV station…
People who responded to the family’s craigslist ad showed up at the house earlier than [the listed start time] 10 a.m., before [owner Michael] Vercher arrived there from work to supervise the giveaway.
And when he drove up to the house, he said, they had already broken into it, helping themselves to almost everything inside.
And as the family was calling 911, he could not stop them.
“Everyone was inside the house; they were taking out items,” he said. “There were cars around the block. It was like ants in and out of the house.”
They took everything but a few books left scattered on the floor, including family heirlooms such as two guitars that were gifts from the late father of the owner’s fiancée. Two women were in the yard bickering over grandma’s sewing machine, and both refused to give it back to the owner until the cops showed up.
After the story initially went out, many in the community chipped in to get the family a $400 gift card and donate three guitars to replace those stolen. The owner now believes he worded the ad poorly, but is asking for people to return their stuff.