Robert Salisbury arrived home to thirty people picking through the last of his stuff after someone posted a couple of fake ads on Craigslist saying Salisbury had been forced to leave the area and all his belongings, including his horse, were up for grabs.
Luckily, the woman who came to retrieve the horse thought the situation seemed odd, given the condition of the horse, and called Mr. Salisbury to verify the ad. Salisbury immediately started home, passing cars and trucks loaded down with his belongings all the way there.
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.”
The driver sped away after rebuking Salisbury. On his way home he spotted other cars filled with his belongings.
Once home he was greeted by close to 30 people rummaging through his barn and front porch.
The trespassers, armed with printouts of the ad, tried to brush him off. “They honestly thought that because it appeared on the Internet it was true,” Salisbury said. “It boggles the mind.”
Is Craigslist liable? How far should they go towards releasing personal information in order to catch the hoax ad poster(s)?
But much more importantly, just how far would you go to get back at someone?