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Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Burning Man Missed Connections on Craigslist Are Amazing

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 2:44 PM

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After the Burn ends and caravans of weary adventurers resume their workaday lives, nothing remains except dust in their shoes and the bittersweet longing of playa romances.

And the records of those romances on Craigslist.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Yes, Craigslist Is Sponsoring Bay to Breakers

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Take your shirts off!
  • Take your shirts off!

It's confirmed that Craigslist, the Bay Area -- and now the world's -- most visited online classifieds, will take over the running of Bay to Breakers.

Craigslist announced the exciting news last night, saying they're pumped to be pairing up with another one of San Francisco's places to tap your inner freak.

Per the CL blog:

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Missed Connections: Longshots in Longshot City

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 7:30 AM

What fools these mortals be
  • What fools these mortals be

It's a standby of medical dramas for flatlining patients to be wrenched back into the realm of the living during tense defibrillator scenes (Charging! Clear!). In reality, however, only a small percentage of patients given the paddles will survive.

In a related subject, many desperate souls disgorge their ephemeral stories of love and lust on the Craigslist Missed Connections page. But has anyone ever tracked down the object of their desire? Hard to say. This guy won't: "Wells Fargo Hotness -- you were in front of me in a line for two this afternoon. brown hair pulled back, jeans and brown boots. you were looking, as was i, and you are hot."

Yesterday was Valentine's Day -- and if you just realized that while reading those words, we suggest you run out and buy up all the discount flowers and chocolate pronto. Many of the Missed Connections were prefaced with notions of using Valentine's Day as an excuse to do something desperate and likely pointless. But, who knows? We'll reprint a few of our San Francisco favorites and maybe someone's dreams will come true. Charging! Clear!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Scab Janitors Sought on Craigslist

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 5:55 AM

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Denizens of the Financial District may have seen -- or, more likely, heard -- recent demonstrations by unionized janitors, who have threatened to strike if negotiations with the city, Macy's, and the Westfield mall aren't resolved by today.

Buildings don't clean themselves, however, and ads for scab janitors have popped up on Craigslist. The employers do not list their identity or the location of their buildings -- and SF Weekly's e-mail has not yet been returned. But you can't accuse mystery management of hiding the rationale behind the hiring binge: "The work involves replacing our current work force at commercial office

building (sic) throughout downtown San Francisco due to a possible labor

dispute with the SEIU-Service Employees International Union." 

Those in search of $18.65 an hour and without compunctions about pushing the workin' man down an elevator shaft can write here.

The ad follows:

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

49ers Tickets: $10,000. 49ers Van: $8,000.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Jose Cruz's kick-ass van
  • Jose Cruz's kick-ass van

Power may be the ultimate aphrodisiac, but success is a hell of a salesman. So with the 49ers coming off of one of the most thrilling wins in franchise history and poised for an epic showdown with the New York Giants in Sunday's conference championship, now's the time to start hawking Niners tickets -- or any Niners-related paraphernalia -- for top, top dollar.

Those hoping to attend Sunday's contest without tickets in hand are learning a grim lesson on the meaning of the term "leverage." At this time, internet jackals can be disarmingly candid about the markup they'll be adding to your desired goods. Take this glib Craigslist profiteer. He desires $6,000 for four tickets that he overtly advertises as having a face value of $299 per. "Am selling at premium to cover the costs of the season. ... If you're looking for a discount, these seats aren't for you," he writes. "Ideally sell to Niner fans who will get on [Giants QB Eli] Manning," he notes.

Yes, that would be ideal!

The highest price for a Craigslist ticket as of Wednesday appears to be $5,000 apiece. That said, others are taking advantage of the team's success to hawk $8,000-a-pop season ticket rights (just the rights). That's the exact price, incidentally, of Jose Cruz's custom 49ers van.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Great Moments in Craigslist: Southern Guy Is So Amped to Be Your Roommate

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Excited Southern boy wants to live with you
  • Excited Southern boy wants to live with you
UPDATE: Well, fuck. Looks like either this son of the South is looking to move to San Francisco and Boston, or this ad is a fake. Reader Robbinthehood points out the exact same ad was posted in Boston. We wanted to believe in you, excitable bro. We so fucking wanted to believe in you.

Do you have a spare bedroom and enjoy unbridled enthusiasm? Do you love every iteration of the word "fuck"? We may have the guy for you.

Here is a Craigslist ad you won't want to miss -- even if you aren't looking for someone to move in. The zealous ad -- which we've seen passed around on Twitter and Reddit -- comes from a very, very excited young man from Alabama who promises he'll be the "most kick-ass fucking roommate that ever lived."

Here are some of his selling points:


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

World Series: Is $76,240 Too Much To Pay to See Game 1?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Trade your Vespa for Series tickets? How about the girl with the tapestry dress?
  • Trade your Vespa for Series tickets? How about the girl with the tapestry dress?
Trade your Vespa for Series tickets? How about the girl with the tapestry dress?
First things first: Craigslist will never top the swap offer your humble narrator spotted in 2002. That would be "Will Trade 1,900 Pounds of Bananas For Series Tickets."

I determined last year the street value of 1,900 pounds of bananas is about $875, making it a relatively poor trade for World Series tix. Fast-forwarding to the present, for nearly 90 times that amount -- $76,240 -- you can now take in tonight's Game 1 of the Series in style.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Rachael Smith, Alleged Craigslist Apartment Scammer, Hit With 14 Additional Fraud Counts

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Rachael Smith is not thanking God it's Friday
  • Rachael Smith is not thanking God it's Friday
Rachael Smith is not thanking God it's Friday
Rachael Smith, the woman accused of renting out the same Richmond District flat to scores of would-be tenants and then absconding with more than $100,000, did indeed make her hearing this morning.

It wasn't a pleasant encounter. Smith was charged with 14 additional counts of fraud, bringing the total to 18 felony charges. As a result, the legion of victims' estimated losses grew from $20,000 to $110,000. And Smith was re-arrested on the spot and jailed.

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Rachael Smith, Alleged Craigslist Apartment Scammer, Due in Court. Or Is She?

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Rachael Smith is due in court again today. Will she go 2-for-2?
  • Rachael Smith is due in court again today. Will she go 2-for-2?
Last month, victims of alleged Craigslist apartment scammer Rachael Smith were shocked when she actually made her court date. If she makes today's scheduled hearing, however, it would come as something of a surprise to police.

Smith made headlines over the summer when she was arrested for allegedly accepting $5,100 for first and last month's rent and deposit from numerous would-be renters of the same Richmond District apartment, then skipping town with more than $100,000. (Yes, it's the low-tech version of the scheme Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom pulled in The Producers).

Prior to Smith's Sept. 2 court date, however, police investigators have uncovered more than a dozen new victims -- and those charges will likely be made today. Should Smith make the trip from Los Angeles to attend her scheduled hearing, she'll possibly be re-arrested, face bail of perhaps $300,000 or more, and could even be remanded into custody. She knows this, and police know she knows this.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rachael Smith, Alleged Craigslist Apartment Swindler, Was Never Required to Put Up Bail

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Rachael Smith didn't skip bail -- because she didn't have to pay any - SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPARTMENT
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  • Rachael Smith didn't skip bail -- because she didn't have to pay any
Tonight, victims who fell prey to the same alleged con artist will gather in empathy and anger as they discuss how to move forward after being purportedly scammed out of thousands of dollars by Rachael Smith.

Smith, who was arrested July 22, is charged with concurrently leasing her apartment to at least 26 people, collecting the deposit and first month's rent, and then disappearing before handing over the keys. She advertised the apartment at California and 18th Street on Craigslist, and may have amassed more than $100,000.

Prior reports that Smith has skipped bail are inaccurate, however: She was released on her own recognizance and wasn't required to come up with any bail. While her whereabouts are unknown, police tell SF Weekly they have no reason to believe Smith won't make her next court date. Right? 

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