What Ever Happened to Common Sense?

Via DRJ over at Patterico’s we find this story about some people who certainly didn’t think before they acted:

“A pair of hoax ads on Craigslist cost an Oregon man much of what he owned.

The ads popped up Saturday afternoon, saying the owner of a Jacksonville home was forced to leave the area suddenly and his belongings, including a horse, were free for the taking, said Jackson County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan.

But Robert Salisbury had no plans to leave. The independent contractor was at Emigrant Lake when he got a call from a woman who had stopped by his house to claim his horse. On his way home he stopped a truck loaded down with his work ladders, lawn mower and weed eater.

“I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back,” Salisbury said. “They showed me the Craigslist printout and told me they had the right to do what they did.” [Source]

What is up with these people? Didn’t they think before going to someone’s house and taking stuff? Are these the type of people who’d buy swamp land in The Mojave? Or buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

Who taught these people anything at all? I mean, really. A Craig’s List ad as authority to take things that don’t belong to you?

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