A new mother was walking her baby boy around Lake Merced one recent afternoon when she got the most unexpected proposal from a man jogging: To buy her baby.
"He says to her, 'what a beautiful baby, how would you like to sell him for $400,000 cash?'" Lieutenant Troy Dangerfield of the SFPD told us.
The woman, at a loss for words, said nothing; she stared at the man, we're guessing in disbelief, before walking away with her child.
The woman, a recent immigrant, went home and told her husband, who convinced her to report the not-so-friendly remark to the police.
Police are sort of chalking it up to a language barrier. Perhaps, the man was just making polite conversation (although talking about the weather would have been more appropriate) and she took him too literally, Dangerfield said.
"The guy's jogging -- he doesn't have $400,000 in cash on him," Dangerfield pointed out. "It's weird, but it would probably seem less dramatic if we saw it on tape."
Maybe. But that's not keeping police from following up on the incident. They are looking for the suspect, who was described as an a older, white man, between 65 and 70 years old. He had white hair, gray eyes -- and maybe empty nest syndrome.