Sunday, May 25, 2008

Parents of eBay Baby Arrested

Authorities in the German Bavaria arrested a couple for listing their baby for sale on eBay.

The 7-month old child was listed as "nearly-new" and "can be used either in a baby carrier or stroller." The woman, 23, insists the listing was a joke. She told reporters she is being subjected to psychiatric testing. The couple was arrested on charges of child trafficking.

The opening bid was for about $1.50.

We'll see how this plays out, but I have to admit, I get it - and thought it pretty funny. Seeing as how authorities were alerted to the auction, it seems kinda stupid they did not bid on it - after all, the only way to be sure it was not a joke would be if they managed to complete the transaction and the couple actually packed the kid up in peanut plastic and shipped it out, marked DO NOT BEND.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

4 comments:

  1. on one hand I think it's a little funny... (if it really was a joke) but we live in a sick world where if the right amount was offered they may have taken it!

    so are they charged now or what?

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  2. You know, I started to say the same thing, but when she listed it as "nearly-new" and "can be used in a stroller," etc., then mentions the reason they are selling is because it's gotten "too loud," I think it's pretty funny.

    Yes, according to what I read, they were charged, but I don't know how German law works; I think they were being held on "suspicion" or something.

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  3. I agree with blogengage it is funny but what would make you think of this as a joke? Who is she playing the joke on? I personally love to play pranks but this seems a little odd to me.

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  4. Ah, she's young and stupid. Plus, she's German, so I'm sure she was bored.

    You know how people do online and we've all done it - you get bored and don't really consider whatever it is you're doing or whatever. I don't know if it was a joke or not, but I have a pretty good feeling it was - not on anyone or specifically to anyone, just a silly thing done out of boredom.

    I can totally see her sitting at the computer, rolling her eyes as the baby screams in the background, and just figuring "what the hell?"

    Like I said, the only way to ever know if they were serious would have been to try and actually buy the baby.

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