No, this isn’t a righteous screed about freedoms being impugned or any such heavyweight subject matter. It’s about what happened to a Hayward resident who put out various items he wanted to give away, then posted an ad on craigslist. A fellow reporter stumbled across the resulting secondary ad and sent it my way, I got a chuckle out of it and maybe you will, too:
** PLEASE RETURN OUR “FREE” SIGN **(hayward / castro valley)
Date: 2011-03-31, 10:47AM PDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We posted more free items out front of our home the past couple of days and someone has taken our FREE sign.
This was not intended to be part of the FREE items and we would like it returned.
I’m sure this was a misunderstanding to someone.
We post many MANY many things on Craigslist for FREE and this sign is instrumental for this cause.
We ask that you return our sign to the front of our home, no questions asked.
xxxxx Monte Vista Dr.
ps. please don’t flag this posting. I’m sure the person that took the sign visits regularly and would need for them to see it.