This story really makes my blood boil.
“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. The independent contractor was at Emigrant Lake when he got a call from a woman who had stopped by his house to claim his horse.
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.”
Salisbury lost most of his property to numerous people, although he was able to take down the license plates of some. Apparently most of the people who took items were convinced they had the right to take the items because of the notices they saw on Craigslist.
Fancy walking up to a fellow and stating flatly that you can take all his stuff just because you saw an ad placed on the Internet. How can a stupid ad override the fact that the owner is telling you to your fact that it’s false? He’s telling you you’re stealing, and you do it anyway.
One more sign that people are more concerned about their legal rights than their moral obligations, and that they don’t know the former much better than the latter.