The home wrecker's ad on Craigslist

Margaret Kane Former Staff writer, CNET News
Margaret is a former news editor for CNET News, based in the Boston bureau.
Margaret Kane
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A fake ad placed on Craigslist led to the complete trashing of a Tacoma, Wash., home, according to news reports.

The ad invited people to "take everything," and vandals did just that--stripping the rental home of furniture, appliances, light fixtures, even the kitchen sink and hot water heater.

The owner said she hadn't placed the ad, and had recently evicted the tenant. The ad was only online for about an hour and half before it was flagged as fraudulent, and removed, but that was apparently enough time to attract attention.

Blog community response:

"Such an ad is too good to be true. If you are told that you can knock down the wall in order to get that nice window frame, alarm bells should be ringing. A bunch of idiots."
--Through the Magnifying Glass

"It's worse than the craigslist sex-baiting prank of last year because it seems pretty specific. The article says that she'd just evicted a tenant, so I imagine they would be high on the list of suspects. I'm a bit confused as to how people got into the property as there's no mention of people breaking in, just coming and taking stuff away, so was there a key left behind or did the person posting it leave the place unlocked? That's a little sketchy but still pretty messed up."
--Urban Bohemian

"I hope she sues the 'operators' of this caring little community into the ground. And that the scumbag who originally put up this ad gets a long stretch in jail."
--Colorado Right