In today’s world, online shopping is something that can’t be avoided. After all, online is the place to go when you want to find something as quickly as possible. Because it’s so easy, people everywhere are constantly online trying to find that thing that’s just right. It’s so easy, it’s no wonder we all do it. While online shopping certainly makes life easier, that doesn’t mean it’s always safe. We take chances every day by meeting up with other people we “meet” online, and it can be scary.
People have had terrible encounters before, and that isn’t because they didn’t take proper safety measures or try to be as safe as possible. Sometimes your best is all you can do, and that doesn’t guarantee your safety. When you go on sites like Craigslist, for example, you’re putting yourself at risk. The chances of you being kidnapped, or worse, in today’s world are pretty high. Not to mention, we live in a time where it just isn’t safe to be meeting up with people alone. So, if you’re going out to meet up with someone from Craigslist, be sure to take along a friend or a family member so you won’t end up like some of these people who posted their experiences on Reddit. Some of these stories are terrifying, while others seem like harmless, yet cruel pranks.
15. Something A Little Extra
This experience comes from Reddit user “Vivichase” and it’s certainly a weird one. Obviously, the buyer did not know she was a girl and proceeded to do the unthinkable. But when has something being unthinkable every stopped someone from doing something terrible? She writes:
“I once met up with some guy on Craigslist to buy his used copy of Fallout 3, and I had deliberately left out the fact that I was girl, since I assumed that it would help minimize the creeper potential. It didn’t. 40 minutes later, he’s still trying to convince me to trade the game for [“favours.”] I grabbed the game, shoved 30 bucks in his face, and ran off.”
Not realizing that she was a girl might not have made a difference for this guy. It sounds like maybe “Vivichase” should have brought a friend along to minimize the terrible experience. It seems like some things are better learned by experiencing them.
14. A Thief Tries To Sell A Phone
This next one comes from Reddit user “Le_Wild_Toon.” While some people may think it’s smart to steal someone else’s phone and try to sell it to the next bidder, you probably don’t want to do so in front of a police station. However, that’s exactly what this poor guy did:
“I buy and flip phones, so I was responding to a S4 for sale. I meet him at the police station and when I look at the phone, there are at least 50 texts and missed calls from someone asking for their phone back. I tell him it’s not his and I walked into the police station with the phone, the guy got arrested for theft, and we returned the phone to the owner. She was so grateful and offered me $50. I just said pass it on. Felt badass for a week.”
This Reddit user was lucky because they happened to be at a police station. If the guy buying the phone had tried something like that while they were alone, there’s no telling what might have happened to him.
13. Dangerous Situation
Reddit user “Cloudnyne” had a terrible experience when she came face to face with someone pointing a gun in her face. This is something that is probably feared by a lot of people. You go to meet someone from Craigslist and decide you’re going to buy something. You’re excited because it’s a great deal or a great offer and you’re trying to push the possibility of something terrible happening to the back of your mind. When you arrive, everything seems normal until things go wrong. Luckily, “Cloudnyne” was extremely lucky because she lived to tell her tale:
“I got robbed at gunpoint when I tried to sell my ex-fiancée’s engagement ring on Craigslist. That incident solidified in my head everything associated with my cheating ex was evil and cursed.”
12. Obsessed Teen
This one comes from “Zombiegrl” and it’s like a scene from a cheesy stalker movie:
“I bought an Xbox 360 from a Craigslist ad. The kid selling it was, like, 17. We met at a public location (Starbucks) at my request. I handed him the money, he handed me the 360. Then he asked me if he could buy me a coffee. I declined. He asked me if I wanted to go out sometime. I declined, thanked him for the Xbox, and left. Well, unfortunately, he had my phone number and email address, as I had responded to his ad. He started sending me these long, angst-filled teenage emails about how he was ‘in love’ with me, and I was his destiny, and texting me dozens of times a day.”
11. Hilarious Coincidence
“Clever__Girl” had to experience this story and it is priceless. While she may not have encountered someone dangerous, it was certainly an experience she never wants to go through ever again due to embarrassment:
“I was trying to sell my old laptop on Craigslist. I was flooded with scam emails saying, ‘I would like to purchase this item for my brother/uncle/nephew/etc. who is studying/volunteering/doing missionary work in Nigeria. Please send your bank account number and information so I may wire transfer funds.’ Seriously, I got like 100 of these emails all saying some variation of that story. They were all OBVIOUSLY very fake emails. Anyway, I finally get a legit sounding message saying this guy wants to buy it. We meet at a Starbucks and he checks out the laptop and asks some questions, seems satisfied so he gets out his cash. As he hands it to me he says, ‘Thanks so much, my brother is over in Nigeria for his studies and really needed a computer, so this will be a great gift!’ I accidentally burst out laughing, and he just looked at me like I was [crazy] and left.”
Reddit user “Biggunks” probably didn’t expect someone to cheat them out of their money. However, they didn’t know until it was too late that they had been taken advantage of. Luckily, Biggunks was smart and had all sorts of information that could help make sure the stranger was held accountable for his actions. Unfortunately, they state in their story that nothing was done about the incident in the slightest:
“I sold a robotic triceratops from Costco at Christmas time. I got $200 in counterfeit bills. I had emails, texts, a phone number, a license plate number, a car description, and a Target manager who pulled the surveillance tape for me. No outcome. One of the reasons I don’t find cops to be helpful.”
That seems to be a lot of information that “Biggunks” had, so why couldn’t the cops do anything? It’s probably an official question with an official answer. However, counterfeit bills are nothing to laugh at.
9. Angry Negotiator
“Squiggyshuman” had this to say about a man who came over to buy an iPad. They were very polite and didn’t push anything onto the potential buyer. However, as soon as he showed up to Squiggyshuman’s door, they knew he was trouble:
“I foolishly let a strange guy come to my house to buy a used iPad for his son. He handed me $40 less in cash than what I had asked for in my ad, saying it was all the cash he had, and that he figured it was a fair price. When I refused to accept what he offered, he became irate, red in the face, slapped my table with his palm, said I was being greedy and that everyone selling on Craigslist ‘negotiates’ their asking price. I tried to calm him down by saying that I had only had the ad in for one day, and I would be glad to call him if I couldn’t sell it for my asking price. He angrily decided he still wanted it, and left to go to his bank to get the $40, slamming my door behind him so hard that the house shook. As soon as he left, I texted him not to come back, because I had changed my mind about selling the iPad after all. He texted me back apologizing, but I never responded.”
8. Scary Encounters
“My brother almost met an [offender] on craigslist. My brother (who was 15 at the time) posted that he was looking for a job. He got a response about some contracting work, and told the guy he would think about it. My dad decided it would be a good idea to do a background check on my brother’s potential boss. Turns out he’s a third degree s*x offender.”
Reddit user “NosaJ4297” posted this experience and it is definitely terrifying. To think that in just a few days, their brother could have been meeting up with someone like that. Perhaps the guy really did have a contracting business, but what are the chances of a criminal with that on his record getting a good job? It seems pretty slim. Not to mention the fact that this man has already made it to the third degree should qualify him as a serious threat. He shouldn’t be allowed to look around online for anything, much less a victim.
7. Thief Online
“So here is a good one. My laptop got stolen out of my truck one night. I filed a police report and everything but they weren’t going to do anything. So, being [angry] I thought I would check Craigslist, and guess what? The guy who stole was trying to sell it on Craigslist two towns over. I had him send me some pictures of it to confirm that it was mine.
This isn’t something that happens often, but it raises a very important point. Perhaps after something is stolen we should be looking on Craigslist after we decide to file a police report. That’s what Reddit user “Jetskier2313” did and look at his results! It’s not the first thing that comes to our minds, but if it worked for him, why not someone else? Of course in all seriousness, things like this should always be left to the police to deal with. Taking action into your own hands when it comes to something like this is extremely dangerous.
6. Crazy Girl
From the Reddit user “Tapeworms” comes a story unlike any other. We know about the story of the boy who cried wolf. This encounter from Craigslist takes it to an entirely new level:
“I went to buy a semi-rare video game (Final Fantasy Tactics, before it became a Greatest Hit). I met this girl in a Wendy’s parking lot, and she gave me the cd case. I opened it, and it was empty. I demanded my $20 back, she looked at me and said if I did anything other than leave, she would lie and say I assaulted her. I pulled out my phone and started to pretend to record her (my cell at the time had no camera) and she started stumbling around, pretending I had attacked her. After a minute of this silliness, our eyes met and I think she realized how ridiculous this was getting, and gave me my money back.”
5. Meet-Up Gone Wrong
Reddit user “Howley7” was in for a shock when they happened upon the supposed meet-up. What was happening when he arrived wasn’t nearly as scary as what could have happened.
“I went to buy a Nintendo 64 with a ton of games and a few controllers for $100. He told me to meet him at a Walmart not far from my school, so I went after the school day. He told me that morning that he had a cherry red Mustang and to meet him at 3 o’clock. I pulled into the Walmart and there has to be three or four cop cars around a cherry red Mustang. The guy was sitting on the curb while they took out a bunch of shit from his car. He had like two pounds of [drugs] on him and some other stuff. I was sad. I really wanted the N64.”
4. Magic Drug Deal
This Reddit user, “Ahalavais” probably thought that his exchange of Magic cards would be a simple turn of events. But he couldn’t have been more wrong.
” I was selling sealed Magic: The Gathering boxes. I get a response and arrange to meet at a Starbucks open twenty-four hours. I arrive at Starbucks. I see that there is conveniently an ATM on the same block. I grab a coffee and wait. There’s a trio of police cars out front, also drinking coffee and talking. The guy shows up. He checks in with me, and walks down to ATM. He comes back with stack of cash. We walk to my car. He hands me the cash. I hand him boxes. We both promptly get detained by said police, who are absolutely convinced that this is some sort of complicated drug trafficking. They repeatedly demand to search both vehicles, which my new friend is adamantly against (and this being San Francisco, not too surprising). They open the booster boxes and some of the packs. They call for backup. Backup, completely randomly, is a regular Magic: The Gathering player.”
3. Roaches Within
This happened to Reddit user “Venomftr,” and it deals with the creepy-crawly type of problem. It’s not something anyone would want to deal with, especially when it comes to roaches:
“My girlfriend and I arranged to buy a couch off of a couple in a fairly bad neighborhood. After a hassle of trying to find the place, we get in the apartment. The couch is in REALLY good condition, and it was retail listed for $1200, but we were paying $500. They were moving the next day and really needed to sell it. As I’m carrying one of the sections of the couch out with the guy, I see a bug scuttle across the couch. The guy flicks it off with quickness and looks at me with the most apprehensive stare ever. Long story short, the couch was absolutely infested with roaches– like I’m talking thousands INSIDE THE COUCH. They knew.”
2. Caught Red-Handed
“My sister’s boyfriend decided to sell his BMW online. It was customized by him and it was a really close car that he’d had for a couple of years. They meet up in a parking lot, and the buyer wants to test-drive the car just in the parking lot. My sister’s boyfriend hands him the keys and the guy just drove off. He just stood there shocked, not really understanding what the hell just happened. He reports it to the police and to the insurance company and gets some money. Weeks go by and no report, but he finally gets a call from the police. Apparently, his car ran over a pedestrian.”
1. Craigslist Trap
User “Rufioh” had a great experience to talk about on Reddit, and considering the dangerous tendencies of their brother, that’s why it has been deemed number one:
“My older brother used to hook up with people on casual encounters. He had done this a few time without any issue, usually with people that were in town for business. He would call me and tell me about it, bragging and stuff. I told him to be careful that he doesn’t wake up in a bathtub missing a kidney. He claimed he had it under control. Not too long after, he called me in the morning. He told me that he had plans to meet up with this really hot girl in a hotel room somewhere on the east side. However, he saw on the news there were stories about people getting jumped and robbed at that hotel when trying to meet up with people from Craigslist. Apparently, the girl would be waiting in the room with some big dude in there too. As far as I know, he hasn’t tried meeting people on Craigslist again.”
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