Thursday, November 1st, 2012
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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