Monday, October 13, 2008

Craigslist: Think you've seen it all? Not quite!

People love Craigslist.org. I have had less than great results due to some weird responses I received when selling a table, but I love surfing their "free stuff" section and I know people swear by it when looking for a place to rent or even high tech workers.

But today I heard the weirdest story about someone's use of Craigslist. You can read all about it in the following link.

The short version is that a man in Washington state dressed up as a construction worker, wearing a dust mask and a helmet went up to a security person in a bank who was doing money transfers from an armored vehicle, and maced the guard, took the bags of money and ran into the street. When the police and guards chased the man they found the street had a dozen or two construction workers gathered around the bank.

Turns out these people were answering a Craigslist posting offering high paying construction jobs if they came to this particular bank at that time. Needless to say the thief was not found.

The idea is so simple, yet so hard to track down in today's connected world. I've seen pictures and postings from Flash Mobs (Groups that gather for a quick mob using Twitter and text messages) and wonder if we'll be seeing more and more of these crimes taking place.

In the meantime, I'm sure police will be scanning through future Craigslist postings just in case.

Personally, I thought it was funny and in a way glad no one got really hurt out of this.

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