The All Powerful Craigslist - a Landlord Nightmare

Friday, January 8, 2010 , Posted by Johnny Fuery at 1:15 AM

Originally Published 2007-04-05 14:45:21

Craigslist Posting Leads to Trashed Home (MSNBC)

Neighbors told NBC affiliate KING-TV of Seattle that strangers hauled off virtually everything last weekend รข€” appliances, light fixtures, the front door and even, as cliched as it sounds, the kitchen sink.

Good trick to get back at your douche-bag of a landlord. I wonder if the offender is subject to prosecution? As a landlord, I hope so.

One thing the article doesn't mention is how long the place was vacant. Removing a vinyl window and a water heater is no simple task -- I'm amazed that anyone would do such a thing. Taking movable items (anything not considered a "fixture", i.e., attached to the house structure in some way) is one thing, but draining the water out of a water heater and stealing it? WOW.

As a geeky/entrepreneurial side note, I posted an item for sale on CraigsList yesterday and noted the ID number -- it was 9 digits long and started with the numeral '3'. And that was just the for sale section, which appears to be keyed separately from the others, like housing, personals, and jobs. That means that Craig Newmark's little mailing list that could has processed almost a third of a billion postings since being reborn as a web site.

That's some pretty serious value creation.

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