Girl Lists Brother for Sale on Craigslist; Not Funny, Say Police

An Alabama girl got a stern lecture from local police after she placed an ad on Craigslist offering her 12-year-old brother for sale for $1,200. The prank was more than simply not funny, authorities told her, but dangerous. The Huffington Post has more:

Many kids joke about selling their little siblings. But one Alabama girl took the threat a bit too far.

“12-year-old joyfull [sic] little boy (real) needing a good home, and caring people to be around,” the now-deleted Craigslist ad read. The sale price? A cool $1,200.

Unfortunately, the intended joke fell flat on the authorities who gave the teen behind the ad a stern lecture, WAFF 48 News reported.

“[What] kids and parents need to realize is when you do something like this, you can lure the wrong kind of person, and you’re endangering the child by putting their image out there,” Mike Holt of the Florence Police Department told the TV station.

The ad looked legitimate and authorites feared it was the real deal.

The siblings, who were not named or charged with a crime, were identified by their grandmother, who brought them to the police station when she discovered the prank.

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  1. by Mitch

    On January 12, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I don’t care – That IS funny. LOL

  2. by Doug

    On January 14, 2013 at 6:53 am

    The police need to take a chill pill. What an incredible waste of public resources. It was a pretty funny joke, period.

  3. by Kevin

    On January 16, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Even jokes are against the law these days :/

  4. by Matthew Primeau

    On January 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Need it for meth making supplys maybe?

  5. by Mike 0rtloff

    On January 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

    We bought a t-shirt for my 7-YO that has an advertisement on it – “Little sister for Sale”
    “will consider trade for pizza”

    School staff got a kick out of it – but no, no pictures, no phone number. While funny, the girl could have gotten her brother in deep squadoo with a pedophile. Most teenage girls who want meth don’t NEED to pay for it, BTW…

  6. by Glenn

    On February 3, 2013 at 2:41 am

    This is BS, there was NO danger at all. This was a joke which means the sister wouldn’t be responding to people who would do them harm. Unless she listed a phone number or an address it’s completely anonymous.

  7. by Harlowe Thrombey

    On February 13, 2013 at 2:54 am

    The thing is though…. the prank was funny.