Saturday, August 23, 2008

well, well, well ...

Take a look at this newly posted Craig's List ad, which I am posting here in case it gets taken down:
B.O.B. Revoloution [sic] Stroller - $200

Reply to: sale-809524642@craigslist.org
Date: 2008-08-23, 12:48PM CDT

Up for sale is my B.O.B. Revolution Stroller Strides Jogging Stroller (Red & Gray). It is in great condition with minor marks on the frame. Just washed it. We live up north but are in the cities for today and tomorrow staying with some friends and doing the Fair thing :) If interested, we can meet you at the fair or, we are staying in Minneapolis and should be done with the fair around 8 and can meet after that. Please act quickly, we will be heading home on Sunday night and my husband really doesn't want to bring the stroller back with us. $200 OBO Cash Only. Please do not try to completely low-ball me, we paid $400 + Tax new and these strollers are worth every penny. Sorry, I don't have a picture.
"Please act quickly ... heading home on Sunday night" — ha. My gut is screaming that this is our stroller. The picture (from the manufacturer) looks exactly like ours. What does a person do with this? The police department is being surprisingly (or perhaps not so surprisingly) unhelpful. My husband wants to set up a meeting, go confront them, but that doesn't sound very safe to me. Maybe just a scathing e-mail ...

10 comments:

Tracy said...

omg.. the nerve!!
Is there anything you can do?

Jamie said...

Set up a meeting??? Oh my gosh that sounds dangerous. I guess if you met them at a coffee shop or something. It would be interesting if you invited them to your house to see if they'd come. Unreal. Be careful.

Jenni said...

Maybe an email asking the color and for them to detail the frame scratches? From there, I would think you could narrow down more certainly whether it was yours. I guess it would be hard to prove it was yours, even if you dragged a cop with you to get it. I've had things stolen a few times, and it sucks to feel so violated. I just don't get how someone can do that to another person. But I believe in karma, and it can be a real bitch.

Monkeymama said...

Em,

Do you still have the documentation with the serial number? Often it is printed on some paper that comes with the stroller. If so, I might consider meeting up and checking things out. At least you'd have some proof and maybe they'd hand it over or you could call the police. Perhaps casually suggest it would be handy for you to meet up in front of the police building?? :)

Good luck!

Eric, Cindy and Aidan said...

I know it sounds easy for me to say, but I think I'd set up a meeting at a public place. Near the police station. And if you *knew* that it was yours, I think I'd call their bluff and say you're going to the police. And, because I like to make people feel like sh*t in instances like these, I'd probably not wear a wig.

Eric, Cindy and Aidan said...

PS -- Clearly, this pisses me off SO MUCH on your behalf.

Nissa said...

Emilie, nothing makes me more furious than Craigslist scamming like this. You should set up a meeting in a public place, and call the police - they may be willing to send an officer. Describe something about the stroller that only you could know (since it's yours). It's possible just the presence of a police officer will be enough to push them into giving it back to you.

I agree with Sarah - If you have the serial number, it's a done deal.

I know it might seem unsafe, but I'm screaming in my head now "DON'T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS!"

Good luck.

Kelley said...

Hi, Emilie...I cannot believe this! The NERVE of those people. I agree on the karma issue, the serial number thoughts, and also the idea of meeting near the police station (particularly if there's something else nearby, so you could say you'd meet them at the wherever and then when you're there with them, threaten to head over to the police office). But I'm also thinking you should report them to craigslist. AFTER you contact them, that is, b/c craigslist will take it down! But the reason to report it, I think, is that craigslist seems to take this sort of scam pretty seriously and I think they can blacklist those posters or something. Who knows if that'll even do any good. And ABSOLUTELY, go wigless. They deserve to feel as shitty as possible about this. Oh. I'm incensed.

kristine said...

Wow. I am interested to know what you did (if anything) the ad has been taken down.

V's Momma said...

Grrrr!
Beau said he'd set up a meeting with them if you didn't feel comfortable doing so. Seriously, let me know.
I hope your stroller back soon, Em.

Amy