Craigslist parent buys son new computer for "choosing to be straight"
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The Internet has a way of finding candidates for Worst Parent Ever.
This latest one’s on Craigslist.
According to a “for sale” ad, a Los Angeles parent—gender is unclear—is selling a son’s laptop to buy him a newer, better one. Why? “We made a deal that if he chose to be straight, that we would buy him nice things.”
“My son was committing homosexual acts,” the parent adds, nevertheless insisting “I’m a good parent and I’m working with him to correct his problem.”
Almost 4,000 aghast users have shared a screengrab of the ad, uploaded by the group Wipe Out Homophobia Wednesday afternoon.
It’s unclear if the ad ever even existed, since if you travel to its URL, you’ll see whatever content used to be there has been flagged for removal. Even if it was really posted, it’s so easy to put up fake posts on Craigslist, there’s very little chance we’ll ever know that user’s intent.
An email sent by the Daily Dot to the anonymized Craigslist email in the ad bounced back, saying the post “has expired or has been deleted.”
Still, most users expressed nothing but outrage.
“How is she going to correct HER problem?” asked Saify Talib.
“This is called ‘Spoil the gay away,’” wrote Oliver Sun.
A few noticed the fine print: that the ad is offering a used 15-inch MacBook pro for $1,300, and is “pretty firm on the price.”
“1300 dollars for a used macbook? Wtf is this trash?” asked Cameron Barron.
Exactly. You can get a refurbished 15” MacBook Pro for $1,050, and with free shipping to boot.
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