Had eBay existed when I was a kid, I’m sure I would have debated the feasibility of offering up my sister for a small fee. Of course she’s older and stronger, so I can see that packaging and shipping her might not have been without their headaches, but it would have been fun to think about nonetheless.
I’m guessing most anyone with a sibling or other annoying family member — younger or older — can sympathize to an extent with the Michigan teen who put her 2-year-old cousin up for sale on eBay. To an extent. Thinking about it is one thing. But doing it is quite another.
A 19-year-old girl in Michigan said she was bored while babysitting for her cousin on Sunday night when she put up the ad, which read: “Kid For Sale: An adorable child for sale, can clean and hold a decent conversation. Very lovable but I just outgrew her.”
“All I was trying to do was see how eBay worked,” the girl told The Grand Rapids Press. “I had a picture of [my cousin] so I just put it up there. I just thought eBay would delete it. I would never do anything to harm her.”
She might have thought about testing her online auction skills with a necklace or jacket before human trafficking, but I guess we all learn lessons in our own way.
Is there anyone in your family whom you wouldn’t mind putting out to bid?
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