Experiment on Craigslist: "I found some cash. Did you lose it?"

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105 Responses to “Experiment on Craigslist: "I found some cash. Did you lose it?"”

  1. Antinous says:

    HuronBob,

    I think that you missed BDCD’s point.

    Finally, your posting history makes it seem like you’re that guy who creates nothing, but sits around complaining about everything that other people have created and then delivered to him for free. Don’t be that guy. Nobody likes that guy.

    A point which, funnily enough, I have also made to you. Go grind your axe elsewhere.

  2. Cpt. Tim says:

    #1: He’s scamming about as much as the newspapers that put out wallets with money in them to see who is honest enough to return them.

    So i guess if he’s trying to scam some dishonesty from people, then he’s benefiting.

    what is a unit of dishonesty called?

  3. garfield1979 says:

    It’s like those guys taking on 419 (nigerian) scammers.
    http://www.419eaters.com

    it’s interesting to see at what lengths people will go to scam someone else.

    sad really.

  4. slowpioson says:

    Did you notice the characteristic use of lowercase after a period in all but one of the emails! And also see misspelled losing (loosing) in Catherine’s and Eric’s emails.

    I’m sure Rob was at least tempted to have more fun with this!

  5. Anonymous says:

    to OM (#45): I’m curious to know how Rob Cockerham’s (albeit informal) experiment is detrimental to the field of sociological study.

    I don’t know if it’s customary here but I’ll go ahead and link to this xkcd comic which I think is applicable.
    http://xkcd.com/397/

    Basically, Rob performed an experiment and published his results. Where’s the detriment?

    “Formally accepted” research has used similar techniques, e.g.
    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=428367

  6. mdhatter says:

    HuronBob – I second what he/she said to you.

  7. TristanFerrer says:

    Very similar to the replies I got on CraigsList for the this ad:

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/788691742.html

  8. skramble says:

    We’ve got Rob Cockerham on one end of the spectrum and Jason Fortuny at the other opposite end.

  9. Brett Burton says:

    Wow. These are some odd reactions. Who cares if Rob isn’t a real sociologist? I don’t think he’s claiming to be rigorously scientific about anything. These are entertaining pranks that maybe offer a little insight into the human condition. Not anything to base federal funding or even a college term paper on. And how can you feel sorry for a bunch of desperate liars who were trying to swindle money out of a stranger? Keep going Rob, this stuff is gold!

  10. Ugly Canuck says:

    Scam vs. Scam.
    Didn’t this appear in Mad Magazine?

  11. Ugly Canuck says:

    Oops.
    I meant “Sham vs. Scam”…. there’s a diff if the words are diff, right?

  12. Ugly Canuck says:

    Down the aisle near the Spam…

  13. seyo says:

    False hope??? They were lying about having lost money! Jeez, bleeding heart much?

  14. Ugly Canuck says:

    I do hope my doggerel’s ethical.
    Or at least ethical enough…

  15. takeshi says:

    @ OM:

    “What Rob’s doing is detrimental to the field of study…”

    This is where I stop believing you’re a sociologist. If what Rob did is “detrimental,” then what about the would-be scammer? Frankly, your argument falls flat. Rob never touted his sociological expertise, unlike SOME people.

    Please explain to us, oh wizened social behaviorist, how your comments here have in any way been beneficial to the field of study. Prank, stunt, social experiment, whatever you want to call it… Rob’s online activities haven’t exactly set you back twenty years. Get real. Seriously.

    If he was claiming to be a sociologist, that’d be one thing, but a truck driver sketching a naked lady on the inside of a matchbook cover doesn’t hasten the demise of visual art. A child clinking away on a broken toy piano doesn’t make Franz Liszt irrelevant, nor does it have any measurable influence over the future of music. And your Marquis DeSade reference doesn’t make your point any less fatuous.

    I’d like to see a list of your accomplishments, with exhaustive annotation regarding the positive impact that your work has had upon “the field.” We’d need an expert opinion, after all.

  16. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Rob isn’t trying to scam anyone. Also, I’m the one calling him a sociologist, he probably has a different name to describe what he does.

  17. Lobster says:

    @10: I didn’t notice that until you mentioned it. Looking at the time stamps helped too. I guess I’m just too trusting. :(

    Hey, while we’re all chatting, could I get someone to look after my house for a few weeks? :D

  18. Anonymous says:

    “Bella: thank you for emailing me back. someone just called me who found my money! so thankfully I got it back.”

    LOL. Like someone ELSE in the world would be such a good samaritan (like the experimenter) to post and THEN give the money back. She thought she’d found some poor kind-hearted sap to scam to begin with, what makes her think you would believe there would be TWO?

    Good going Bella, err Eric, err Catherine, err Scammer. Nice save. LOLLOL.

  19. Wally B says:

    Chris G(#22) FTW. I’m gonna laugh about that all day.

    @Phikus (#87), what’s the conversion from a lie to a cheney? 1 to 100 (100 lies = 1 cheney)? Now I’m desperate to think of what the superunit of a cheney could possibly be…

  20. jimbuck says:

    Great stuff … There’s no false hope here. None of those people actually lost money.

    My uncle’s friend bought a house, and when doing some renovations found $10,000 in cash inside the walls. When you buy a house, you get everything in it – including money hiding in the walls :-P

  21. racer x says:

    “I think you misunderstand the legal meaning of the word “entrapment”; it only applies when law enforcement induces a person to commit a crime that they had no previous desire to commit, and would not have committed otherwise.”

    “If you leave a pine of gold visible in your open garage, and arrest everybody who walks in and takes some, that’s not entrapment.”

    You’re kind of contradicting yourself here – if “leav[ing] a pine of gold visible in your open garage”…”induces a person to commit a crime that they had no previous desire to commit, and would not have committed otherwise” – wouldn’t that satisfy your definition of entrapment?

    But this –

    “@celynnen: Well, you know how parties get. Someone made a big batch of egg nog, and before we knew it, Midas had his gloves off and was touching stuff.

    The important thing is, nobody was hurt.”

    - is funny.

  22. Takuan says:

    a TSA?

  23. Samurai Gratz says:

    This reminds me of the Mark Twain short story, “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.” One of his best.

  24. JJR1971 says:

    Reminds me of a few cases when I used to work for a travel insurance assistance service; One client was incensed we would not reimburse her for money she claimed was stolen from her hotel room (what can I say–use traveler’s checks next time?), and others that were upset that they had to produce a doctor’s note if canceling their trip for illness-related reasons. I used to say “if you’re not sick enough to go to the doctor, you’re not sick enough to miss the trip, sorry.”; that may or may not be factually true, but the point is we couldn’t process a claim without documented evidence in support of said claim. Amazed me how many customers just never got this through their thick skulls.

    (fictional dialogue)
    customer: “Evidence? We don’t need no steenkin’ evidence…”
    me: “Sorry, we don’t do faith-based insurance claim settlements”.

  25. Chris G says:

    @ Cpt. Tim: It’s called a “cheney.”

  26. Ugly Canuck says:

    I once saw an actual pine of gold and for $50 I will send you…no wait, scratch that.
    In NYC IIRC the police would put out a wallet and bust those who picked it up but didn’t tell the first cop they saw….or drop it in a convenient mailbox…
    Deception practiced to get others to reveal themselves…this guy should be a spy. Perhaps Spy vs. Spy isn’t so far off the mark…

  27. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Huronbob@30: How are the negative vibes of your schoolmarmish shaming any better than what Rob did?

  28. buddy66 says:

    What’s a ”pine of gold”?

  29. arkizzle says:

    nice.

  30. akbar56 says:

    Hey now… whats wrong with shopping at Mervyns? Still the best place to find a pair of jeans.

  31. seijihyouronka says:

    Anonymous@47: That comic is brilliant, and so apt here! Thank you! I think it illustrates the point rather nicely (Feynman, yaaay).

    Mark: Thanks for posting this!

    Rob: I personally find your experiments — yes, experiments — fascinating. Also, that you encountered only (ostensibly) two people out of all the people in all those cities (and perhaps beyond) who read your post and tried to deceive you is great news!

    *more after this Kumbaya break*

    Huronbob: If you’re even still reading this post, please know that I don’t mean to offend you and that it pains me to see negative comment after negative comment exchanged between yourself and various people on boingboing of all places!

    It’s clear you have much to contribute, and much that other people will disagree with, but I ask you to consider what harm there would be in assuming the best in people here. That is to say, perhaps people are … in ways you find varying degrees of palatable … wishing you to be more positive or perhaps just less aggressive in your criticism. We all have different boundaries here, but I find the best way not to cross anyone’s is to have faith that they don’t mean to cross ours.

    Happy Friday (if applicable) and Happy Commenting to ev’rybody, and thanks for wading through my clauses.

  32. arkizzle says:

    Buddy:

    Bert de Gylpyn drew of Normandie
    From Walchelin his gentle blood,
    Who haply hears, by Bewley’s sea,
    The Angevins’ bugles in the wood,
    His crest, the rebus of his name,
    Pineapple-a pine of gold
    Was it, his Norman shield,
    Sincere, in word and deed, his face extolled.
    But Richard having killed the boar
    With crested arm an olive shook,
    And sable boar on field of or
    For impress on his shield he took.
    And well he won his honest arms.
    And well he knew his Kentmore lands.
    He won them not in war’s alarms,
    Nor dipt in human blood his hands.

    OR

    Il Pino d’Oro

    But I have a feeling that neither of these are what BobDole meant.. :)

  33. arkizzle says:

    RacerX

    Opportunity to commit a crime is not the same as motivation to commit it.

    Are jewellry stores that have open display cases guilty of entrapment? Is setting down your bag, as you turn to open a car-door entrapment?

    Entrapment is analogous to offering the motivation for the crime, not offering the opportunity for the crime.

    To determine whether entrapment has been established, a line must be drawn between the trap for the unwary innocent and the trap for the unwary criminal
    Sherman v. United_States

  34. Takuan says:

    ahhkie yew bastid, game on dontchaknow?

  35. arkizzle says:

    Antinous, I’d say so:

    pineapple
    1398, “pine cone,” from pine (n.) + apple. The reference to the fruit of the tropical plant (from resemblance of shape) is first recorded 1664, and pine cone emerged 1695 to replace pineapple in its original sense. For “pine cone,” O.E. also used pinhnyte “pine nut.”

    The song I quoted is originally 1200~, but the version above is reworded, probably from 1600~

  36. Ugly Canuck says:

    For Dole Corp. it really is a pine of gold.

  37. UrinalPooper says:

    #45 OM: “What Rob’s doing is detrimental to the field of study”

    Um… compared to the Milgram experiment and the Stanford Prison experiment, I’m not certain the field of study is suffering from some guy trolling craigslist.

  38. arkizzle says:

    Indeed:

    Gilpin Coat of Arms
    Or, a boar statant sable, langued and tusked gules.

    Crest: A dexter arm embowed I armor proper, the naked hand grasping a pine branch fesswise vert.

  39. buddy66 says:

    ARKIZZLE,

    I can almost always count on you for an answer. You’re an encyclopedia of interest. Thanks, again.

  40. nuorder says:

    I just did a craiglist search in my area for anything similar (copycats) and I found one that seems very close to what Rob is doing.

    If you search the Chicago craiglist’s lost/found ads, you’ll find one about a “large sum of money” found near a target.

    I just e-mailed him to tell him/her that he needs to be a little more creative than that.

  41. SherryArt says:

    Another interesting use of Craig’s List personals is to post creative writing, a sort of short story or narrative, in the message box. I’m sorry I can’t offer an example (I thought I had saved some) but these essays appear every few months. Sometimes I write to the person and tell them what a good writer they are and perhaps this will be an interesting new medium. It’s only a matter of time until “Craig’s List Postings” becomes an assignment in those expensive weekend writing workshops, not to mention high school and college courses. Try it if you’re a struggling writer.

  42. Takuan says:

    ah laik pieah

  43. dainel says:

    Coating is red. Now where’s my gold pinecone?

  44. Bob Doles Communist Doppelganger says:

    @Antinous: People who aren’t very good at making ethical distinctions are no better than Hitler.

  45. arkizzle says:

    People who get worked up on BB always seem to get pie.
    Antinous! Where’s my pie?

    [inset fabulous inuendo here]

  46. minTphresh says:

    heronbob, anti has to read your drivel. it’s his j-o-b. i personally get a kick out of your trollishness. you are what the huron would have called a ‘contrary’. whatever the direction of the prevailing breeze, you gotta fart into the wind.

  47. retchdog says:

    @25 Antinous: Although Rob created a fictional situation, it may be close enough to a real one as to prompt a (hypothetical) accidental victim to give up the search.

    Admittedly, this is extremely unlikely and I personally am not offended by what Rob did; in fact I was quite amused. Still, it might be an issue of concern were he to run this as a proper Sociological Experiment, and I would think a “tag-back” and postmortem explanation would be required.

    Calling this an “experiment” is also a bit silly, even though the adaptiveness of the sequence of responses is notable.

  48. minTphresh says:

    PIE!?!?! gimme CAKE!!!!!! ( but pie is good too…)

  49. arkizzle says:

    Big yellow BrassEye cake, yeh?

    (by the look of those exclamation marks)

  50. number14 says:

    Yes, no one could have had false hope because it’s inconceivable that anyone lost money at Mervyn’s recently.

  51. minTphresh says:

    the twain shall be mixed for a tasty treat that can’t be beat ! i decree it!

  52. arkizzle says:

    Well that’s a coincidence, what with all the free ice cream around here.. pity about the flav.. uh, nothing.

  53. Phikus says:

    HURONBOB: While you’re crackin’ down on unethical behavior on Craigslist, why don’t you try to get people from scalping tickets there? That’s something they state definitively as unallowed in policy, and yet is rampant. Ever heard the phrase: Pick your battles?

    ARKIZZLE: I don’t think i’ve ever been this entertained by what surely began as a typo. A pine ‘o gold to you sir!

    ANTINOUS: Does this mean we can stop you if you’re passin by?

  54. eustace says:

    Sadly, there is no cake. (Although I saw it, and it looked delicious and moist)
    So we must settle for pie. Like that’s settling!

  55. minTphresh says:

    know what goes great on a warm slice of apple pie? a slice of cheddar! cheese that is.

  56. sswaan says:

    I enjoyed this and think that it’s being taken a slight bit too seriously by some–entrapment, enshrapment, whatever. That said…

    Cockerham noted on his blog that he finds money a lot and tries to find its rightful owner–although admitting that this is almost impossible. I’ve also found money (usually $10-$50) a bunch of times, and although I could certainly use it, I feel some karmic responsibility not to keep it. But since the chances of finding the original owner are slim to none, I make a donation to a charity–a food bank, the Red Cross, AmRef, etc.–in that amount. It seems as good a solution as any.

  57. arkizzle says:

    Phikus, why thankyouverymuch :)

  58. Anonymous says:

    the basic unit of dishonesty is the lie

  59. Bob Doles Communist Doppelganger says:

    @Huronbob

    I think you misunderstand the legal meaning of the word “entrapment”; it only applies when law enforcement induces a person to commit a crime that they had no previous desire to commit, and would not have committed otherwise.

    If you leave a pine of gold visible in your open garage, and arrest everybody who walks in and takes some, that’s not entrapment.

    If an undercover officer tells someone about the gold, and they’re not interested, but he keeps bugging them and demanding that they go take some and he arrests them when they finally do, that’s entrapment.

    Rob posted an actual ad about lost money initially, was intrigued by the odd responses he got, and posted a false ad which resulted in him being targeted by a con artist who without encouragement or prompting used multiple pre-prepared email accounts to attempt to scam him out of the money. If he were an officer of the law, and he were to meet and arrest the person in question, it would most certainly not be entrapment.

  60. Antinous says:

    Is that a puzzle? Where’s Takuan?

    Speaking of cake, BB used to have a cake post about once per week. If the universe were working properly, we should have already had a Montauk Monster cake. We should definitely see a dead-bigfoot-in-a-fridge cake by Friday. And maybe a cockroach-with-Franz-Kafka’s-head cake for good luck.

  61. Phikus says:

    mmmmm… cake…

  62. arkizzle says:

    Yeh, where isTak? The puzzle in Untitled is a humdinger, and i needz clooz!

  63. buddy66 says:

    Woo…no cake for me!

    A lie is the basic unit of economics.

  64. Phikus says:

    ANTINOUS: Actually, I think of you as the Good Humour Man… =D

  65. celynnen says:

    a pine of gold? damn, that must be an expensive xmas tree! =oP

  66. Phikus says:

    ANON@81: “the basic unit of dishonesty is the lie”

    If that’s true, it’s a unit that comes in all sizes. Cheneys, then, would appear to be only the really big ones.

  67. Bob Doles Communist Doppelganger says:

    @celynnen: Well, you know how parties get. Someone made a big batch of egg nog, and before we knew it, Midas had his gloves off and was touching stuff.

    The important thing is, nobody was hurt.

  68. travispulley says:

    Wow that’s pretty neat, you can tell it’s the same scammer because of the consistently poor spelling and progression of repeating clues.

  69. Rob Cockerham says:

    I think it is worth noting that honest people didn’t write, except to express their praise.

    I got no schemers from Minneapolis, Las Vegas or Seattle.

  70. ChesterKatz says:

    BWCBWC@108: “Bella” was definitely part of the scam. Rob provides her with “wrapped in paper” and “almost $800″, both of which are immediately echoed back by “Eric”.

    (Sorry for posting to an old story, but I just stumbled across this.)

  71. Bob Doles Communist Doppelganger says:

    @100: Bait cars aren’t nearly piney enough. Unless they’ve got those little air fresheners, which most of them don’t.

  72. Anonymous says:

    Rather than use the “Gold in a Garage” example, why not use Bait Cars? An actual practice most people should be familiar with.

  73. TheWillow says:

    I wonder if Rob lives in my apartment building – about a month ago I found a $20 on the front stoop, and basically came to the conclusion that the odds of actually discovering who it belonged to were pretty much nil (Even with a “I found money, tell me how much and it’s yours” note, *someone* was gonna guess a $20.) and kept it.

    The next morning, $15 was laying on the floor next to my doormat. I walked on by. It may be paranoia, but I was convinced if I picked it up I’d be entering some bad matrix-esque B-movie plot.

  74. Anonymous says:

    This is just another juvenile scam. It is a lie, with the intent of getting other people to lie.

  75. dainel says:

    If you lose $800 in America, forget about getting it back. It’s gone. Whoever finds it is going to keep it. But if you lose $800 in Japan, nobody would even think of keeping the money. The person who finds it will spend a lot of time looking for the owner, and if they couldn’t find the owner, will turn the money in to the police. The owner will presumably check with the police as well.

    I heard this from a podcast by an American teaching living in Japan, talking about how his students had found a pile of cash. Can’t remember if it was Tokyo Calling, or Hello Flom Japan.

    Earlier this week, as I was walking to my car after work, I found a Honda car key on the road. I looked around, there were no Honda cars nearby. So I put it on top a tree stump about 1m away, in case the owner comes back looking for it. What should I have done if there was a Honda car nearby?

  76. Moon says:

    When I saw “folded money”, I immediately thought Mob Guy. And, if Mob Guy responds, you had better fork over the cash, whether or not he’s lying.

    8^O

  77. Phikus says:

    NUMBER14@26: I feel I lose money every time I go to Mervyn’s…

    All: How many cheneys does it take to get a mendacity?

  78. johnnyuber says:

    This is art.

    I think of all of the old school the fun be had pranking and manipulating these manipulators.
    It reminds of these guys….
    http://www.419eater.com/

    I am a new fan of Rob Cockerham for sure….
    He reminds of an Author…. who should be signed to my favorite Indy Publisher “RE/Search”… (especially in VOL3 book Pranks) “http://www.researchpubs.com/books/prankprod.php”

    And come to think of it…. BoingBoing reminds me in some way of that “RE:Search flavor” of content for the digital age… BRAVO

  79. mdhatter says:

    All the little air fresheners in the world won’t disguise the scent of bait.

  80. CarnyTrash says:

    Slightly related, my best friend posts several CL ads like this:
    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/m4w/795594956.html
    a month. They never fail to amuse me.

  81. OM says:

    …This is one of the reasons I avoid any craigslists like the plague. You never know when someone’s scamming you like this. Rob’s one of those bozos who I’d love to give the same black eye to that he’s given to sociology and psychology. He’s about as much an experimenter as the Marquis DeSade was a massage therapist.

    [shakes head in utter dismay]

  82. Daniel Davis says:

    I used to do stuff like this, but before the Internet. My friend and I once made about a thousand fliers printed with cryptic symbols, worded: If you know what this means, meat at the Lyons in Clovis, on Friday the 16th of March, at 9 p.m.

    We would then go to the meeting place and just watch people to see if anyone had the fliers or if there were people there looking around suspiciously (besides us).

    We never planned on making contact with anyone, and we never really cared to discover if anyone ever followed the fliers.

    We always hung out at Lyons (this was when you could smoke inside, and so we would often spend hours and hours just smoking and drinking coffee), and we thought it would be fun to do.

    I don’t know if this “experiment” was on us or them…

  83. Lobster says:

    I expected a lot of people who were obviously trying to rip him off but these are just kind of sad. It’s like he’s giving them false hope. :(

  84. dainel says:

    What *should* you do if you actually found money, and you want to return it?

    Leaving a note with the store manager *is* a good idea. But I wouldn’t post on craigslist. What are the odds of the owner looking there? A better thing to do would be to write a note on piece of cardboard, and leave it where you found the money. Make up a random email address, and ask them to email you there – eg jq3Ztje21w@yahoo.com, then go home and create that new email address at yahoo. Check that mailbox for a month. Even if they don’t use email, they could get a friend or relative to send it for them.

    What about the problem of “subsequent” person “mysteriously” giving the information you just “leaked” to the previous person? A good tactic may be to provide false information. For example, “Sorry, the money I found was more than that. Besides, there were a pile of pennies in a little plastic bag”. Create some different fake info each time. When subsequent persons mentions the fake info, you could just ignore them. Or email back saying, “Sorry, Alisha, the pennies I mentioned to Jesa was a trick to catch dishonest people like you. There were no pennies.”

  85. palindromic says:

    I found in a pinecone made out of gold in the parking lot of Rancho Mirage. If you can describe the life and times of Bertrand Russell I will place an egg at the top of the Sears Tower. If you can correctly identify the breed of bird which gave hence to this egg, I will massage the tummy of a newborn kitten. If you can tell me the number of kittens in the litter from which that kitten was born, I shall produce, from an undisclosed orifice on my body, another egg, this one made entirely of chocolate. Identify the color of the candy coating, and the pinecone is yours!

  86. Cpt. Tim says:

    i completely disagree with huronbobs assessment of the experiment.

    and completely agree with most of the other posters such as the bob dole posters.

    yet i still think “put a sock in it.”

    is a very O’Reillyian thing to say. Especially for a mod.

  87. se7a7n7 says:

    Wow, I should hang out at Mervyn’s!!! There’s 1,000s of dollars floating around!!!

  88. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    I think the sad thing is that these people didn’t care that they were trying to take money that somebody else lost. Rob’s experiment harmed no one.

  89. minTphresh says:

    he gets his point across.

  90. bwcbwc says:

    Antinous, and others saying there was no “false hope” should check the messages from Bella (no timestamp provided). I suppose she could have been part of the scam threads, but there was no reason for her to send a response saying someone else had found her money.

  91. redsquares says:

    These people may have lost money, but when it comes to ‘losing’ they’ve all gained ‘o’s.

  92. Kishi says:

    @Rob Cockerham: No scammers in Vegas? Oh, Sin City, you disappoint me.

  93. se7a7n7 says:

    Also, this reminds me a similar experiment me and an old roommate did a few years ago.

    We posted an ad in Personals offering a $20 blow job, saying that I was a fair looking girl that needed some extra money for the weekend.

    Within an hour we had 30 responses, all of them hilarious and pathetic. Guys were offering cab fare and even sending their pictures of them standing next to their girlfriends….

    Oh, good times!!

  94. loopGhost says:

    -Sorry, the paper was in fact BLUE.

    Dear sir, I lost $800 in Blue Paper.

    -What was written on the outside of the Paper?

    The words “COCHEASE HAZ DA MONEYZ”?

    -Sorry, the words “Monkey Kitty Slappy” were written on the outside of the paper.

    DEAR A*HOLE – I LOST MY BLUE PAPER WRAPPED 800 DOLLARZ W/ “Monkey Kitty Slappy” ON IT. GIVE IT OVER BEFORE I HUNT YOU DOWN AND BEAT YOU SENSELESS.

    etc, etc.

  95. Bob Doles Communist Doppelganger says:

    @huronbob: You’re pretending to have misunderstood what I said about entrapment for reasons that are known only to you. It’s still a semi-free country, so keep right on doing that as long as you find it entertaining, I guess. If you’re honestly confused, there are plenty of references available online.

    As for your second post, who knows? If BB (like craigslist) was plagued by criminals who spent their time and effort trying to scam the legitimate posters, I suspect that someone who poked fun at them by exposing their activities would be welcomed.

    Finally, your posting history makes it seem like you’re that guy who creates nothing, but sits around complaining about everything that other people have created and then delivered to him for free. Don’t be that guy. Nobody likes that guy.

  96. justONEguy says:

    I don’t see what’s so sociologically provocative about this. Its fairly safe on his end and the results are pretty predictable.

  97. stupidjerk says:

    I myself like to post vague missed connections…

    “You had on tight jeans, a faded t-shirt, aviator sun glasses and a chrome messenger bag…you were standing in the corner with your arms crossed, looking disinterested…you were totally hot…”

    Etc etc etc.

    The responses are overwhelming. And no, it’s not nice.

  98. Bob Doles Communist Doppelganger says:

    @lobster

    Did you miss what was happening here? The same person was emailing him numerous times from different accounts, each time using the information that he gave the last “person” as a starting point for extracting more information from him, with the eventual goal of being able to exactly describe (and claim) their “lost money”.

  99. OM says:

    “Rob isn’t trying to scam anyone. Also, I’m the one calling him a sociologist, he probably has a different name to describe what he does.”

    …Mark, my degree *is* in sociology. What Rob’s doing is detrimental to the field of study, and has about as much scientific validity as studying the effects of coin tossing on cows farting 300 miles away.

  100. mmbb says:

    Well, at least Rob Cockerham didn’t post e-mail addresses, photos, and other confidential PII like Jason Fortuny (rfjason) did.

  101. Antinous says:

    HuronBob,

    The majority of your comments are cranky, complaining, carping negativity, and a variety of commenters have suggested that you put a sock in it. If the content of BoingBoing doesn’t please you, why are you here?

  102. Antinous says:

    HuronBob,

    Rob created a completely fictional situation. Rob’s post could not have elicited any responses from honest people. Rob was unsuccessfully worked by a would-be con artist. I don’t think that you’re very good at making ethical distinctions.

  103. Antinous says:

    HuronBob,

    I read your comments because I’m a moderator and that’s what I do. If you can’t be more pleasant on occasion, please step away from the keyboard and go have some pie.

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