Craigslist is the place to buy many things, but kids isn't one of them — unless you're the person who put their three kids up for sale in North Carolina (kinda).
"Rehoming child to new home. need gone asap!!" the title reads.
"Please help! After two long years of being on a waiting list for an exotic rare breed dog," the post says, "we were finally notified by the breeder that at long last, our number has come up, and... WE'RE HAVING A PUPPY!"
It gets better:
We must IMMEDIATELY get rid of our children now, because we just KNOW how time consuming our new little puppy is going to be! ... We really LOVE our children, and want to do what is best for them. I hope you understand, that ours is a UNIQUE situation, and we have a real emergency here! They MUST be placed by Sunday night at the latest or we will be forced to bring them to an orphanage or have them put to sleep. We are asking a reasonable fee of $750 per child but will do $1200 if you take both.
Before you call child services, there's a catch.
This Craigslist poster clearly has an agenda, but it's not to get rid of his or her kids. The poster is trying to flip on its head what is apparently an all-too-common phenomenon – new parents offering their pets up for adoption when their baby arrives.
According to DoSomething, one in 10 animals born will not find a permanent home, and taking on an animal only to give them up later is both stressful for the animal and can put them at risk for homelessness if they fall into the wrong hands.
Though funny, this ad shows how crazy it looks to try to sell members of your family to make room for more.
If you absolutely must re-home an animal, do NOT set them free. Check out these tips from the ASPCA.