An anonymous Redditor who was looking for a housekeeper said they hired "a girl who is quirky, but sweet. A little over a month later I walk into my bedroom to find her digging in my dresser 'for a charger,' while snorting cocaine...Still looking for a new housekeeper."
On the bright side, she probably finished the housekeeping in record time.
"Some coworkers and I were in a lull and were browsing Craigslist's 'personal' ads for some laughs. We came across one of a middle-aged woman advertising her services out of the back of a furnished van with a phone number we all recognized... it was our boss." – Tamboran_sun
But maybe their boss wouldn't need to advertise herself if her employees did their jobs instead of browsing Craigslist.
"I met a guy once at a Carls Jr. to sell him an iPhone 4. He spoke zero English and was talking to me...with a smile on his face. Out of the bathroom comes his daughter and she talks with him a bit and looks at me and says, 'my dad thought you wanted to buy his iPhone.' Blushing, she says, 'I'm so sorry this is very embarrassing.'" – Specialjason
Maybe they should have just switched iPhones. That way, everyone wins!
"My roommate and I needed to fill a room ASAP. My roommate insisted we put '420 friendly' in the ad. That was no big deal to me. Ended up finding a guy that openly did coke and regularly brought over hookers. Yeah that sucked. " – Thatsandwichlife
Looks like the code "420" covers a lot more ground than previously thought!
An anonymous poster said, "Was looking for a room to rent. Contacted the person made an appointment. Showed up early [and saw a] condemned sign on the door. No lights on etc. Wait around. Eventually a car with WAY out of state plates shows up. Decide to call them. Mention the sign. They act offended that I showed up early and try to explain it away. I decide the probability of getting stabbed is too high and leave without meeting the 'owner.'"
On the bright side, rooms in condemned houses are usually super cheap.
"Selling a guitar for $75 one time. Guy shows up about 2 hours late, around 10 PM. Checks out the guitar for about 20 minutes. He pulls out a $20 bill and some gift cards from a couple of places I've never heard of. Wants to trade them for the guitar. I finally told him to take a hike." – Dismalhead
Everyone knows if you want to avoid using cash to purchase a guitar, you don't use gift cards. You use Arby's coupons.
"Sold a juicer on CL. Ended up dropping it off at this dude's house. Whatever, it was gone. The next day I see a desk for sale that I want. So I inquire. It's the same dude. Ok, weird coincidence. I go over and the desk isn't the one pictured. The ad had a nice Ikea picture. This was a piece of crap that he clearly cobbled together from scraps. I decline. He offers it to me for free. I take it because there were some decent parts I could use to cobble together my own piece of crap. The next day, I get a text from him wanting to know if I want to come over for a beer. No thanks. Then the next day I find an ad for rims for my exact year, make and model of car. Rim size not mentioned but the car is detailed out. Inquire. Same dude.
"I realize at this point that during the course of casual conversation he was picking up on other things I said I wanted and, in the case of the rims, he knew I wanted rims and what model of car I drove. So he was posting ads specifically for me to respond to so I'd come over and "hang out."
"Considering my cell phone was still two area codes behind my moving I decided it was a good time to change my number, the locks on my house and swap the batteries in my stun gun." – VanBede
This is either super, super creepy, or the pilot episode of the newest sitcom on TBS.
"I sold a guy some headphones on CL. I had my boyfriend do the exchange because it was on his way somewhere. The guy who bought the headphones FREAKED OUT because he was expecting a female to do the exchange. He emailed me for days about 'BETRAYAL of the AGREEMENT between buyer and seller' because I didn't show up and be all female at him and s***. He sent me his home address because I could make this right by 'stopping by and settling this.' Eventually I threatened to call the cops and blocked him." P***ySvengali
"My now ex bf whom I had been living with for 3 years was posting d**k pics on Craigslist. Here's the real kicker; when I found out, they weren't even of him! His body but a totally diff and separate pic of a penis...He somehow convinced himself it was okay if he was using a stranger's penis and not his. Noped tf out of that relationship and that apt at 2 am." – Melissuhnicole
On the bright side, it sounds like he used the opportunity to brush up on his Photoshop skills.
"Our house was for sale and suddenly appeared on Craigslist for rent by an unknown person. We had people showing up at random hours asking to see the house and driving by and then calling our realtor wanting to know rental information. It turns out it was a ring of people who would pretend to rent property and take their money. When people would show up to move in they would discover what they thought was their new home was already lived in. We had to file a police report and post signs on our doors notifying people our home was for sale and the rental listing was a scam." – Mothernatureisfickle
The scariest part of this? There were people who paid money to rent a house they had never even been to before.
Another anonymous poster said, "Wanted to buy a shed to put my workshop in. Found a guy who then tells me I can meet him at 'his house.' Well I show up and the dude is all shifty. He's looking towards the road and trying to close the deal. That's when a van pulls up. He was selling someone else's property while they were at church. Van pulls up, shifty dude starts sprinting through a bean field behind the house."
And now you know to avoid all bean fields, because that's where criminals go to hide.
"I've had a lady who kept asking me to pick up my item (which I was willing to do) but just didn't give me her address. I specifically said, please give me the address of the place to pick it up. She said just come pick it up. She dragged it on for more than a month...Then she got angry at me when I said I don't need it anymore." – Rinwashere
When picking up something from Craigslist, everyone knows you should simply guess the person's address. If you guess wrong, you were never meant to own it to begin with.