New Carjacking Tactic: Craigslist + Hooker = Not So Much Fun

February 27, 2008

Goodness knows, the advent of Craigslist has helped us in many different ways. We've sold cars, lawn furniture, sports equipment, radar detectors, and almost by accident once, a teenager. (One clean room later, we reconsidered.)

Now a California man has realized the dark side of Craigslist, and he is suffering the humiliation of being the subject of a national news story. The unnamed man tried to set up a rendezvous with hired help--a hooker, if you're not so swift on euphemisms--through the online ad site. What he got instead was an old-fashioned carjacking. The San Jose Mercury News reports the man went to a house in suburban Pittsburg, Calif., expecting to meet up with a prostitute and found no one waiting at the house, as planned. Instead, when he returned to his truck to drive home, two men bashed him in the head and stole his money and keys.

The local cops say it's not the first time that Craigslist has been used in crime--crime far worse than the plaid couches that litter the free section. So just remember car fans--it's caveat emptor, and bring a friend for backup.

Seeking hooker on Craigslist, man gets carjacked | Tech news blog - CNET News.com

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