If it appears on the Internet it must be true - right?
Well, that's what viewers of Craigslist thought when they saw an ad from one Robert Salisbury from Oregon telling Netters that, as he was suddenly moving, he was giving away the contents of his house.
Unsurprisingly, there was a freebie stampede for his house one Saturday and, when Salisbury was driving back home from work, noticed people passing him with his possessions in the back of their car.
On arriving home - presumably at very high velocity - he noticed cards being filled with his contracting equipment, which included work ladders, a lawn mower, and a weed eater.
"I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back," said Salisbury," but they showed me the Craigslist printout and told me they had the right to do what they did."
Craigslist is holding an investigation into what went wrong with its ad-checking system, but for Salisbury this is small recompense.
Fortunately, after reading about his plight online over the weekend, some punters returned the goods to him.
I wonder if had any home contents insurance?...