I would have found it to be a harmless joke if the ad didn't obviously contain her telephone number or private info. I honestly can't believe the fools that actually called her believed to it be a real however. If I saw it I would have taken it as a joke and just assumed the number was a random one they picked from a phone book. The random number may not be the case here but it just as easily could have been and imagine getting phone calls from these idiots.
[citation][nom]grieve[/nom]As a father… if this happened to me… the person who posted better hope the Police get them before I did.Wow this is just ridiculous, some people are just F’d…[/citation]
Making a joke prively is one thing,,, making this kind of joke in public/on an open public internet place is way too much. Just like posting or texting somebody else' naked picture to everyone... it is not a joke... it is a "crime".
By the way, one comment to Kevin Parrish... "Still, it would be poetic justice to catch and arrest this fool, and then post a screenshot of this person living the good life bent over in a jail cell Shawshank-style on Xbox Live."... saying that kind of joke on a news report makes you sound less professional.
[citation][nom]idisarmu[/nom]Everyone is overreacting. You can't sell children- it's obviously a joke. I think people who fell for this prank should get their heads out of their arses.[/citation]
I don't know man. There is more and more of this stuff going on, especially on e-bay. From the guy trying to sell his "entire life", and a family trying to sell themselves to someone else... this very well could have been a real ad.
I would probably never call the number though, even typing the previous paragraph I too would think it a prank / joke.
However... posted an ad on the Xbox Live service...? You can't post ads on the Xbox Live service. Maybe the message boards over at xbox.com.
haha! everybody fooled!
1) the person posted this ad, cause now the police is on his/her tail!
2) the mother of the child, because of letting her friends/enemies do something like this [ she could prevent others from acting so friendly or roughly ]
3) the ones who called! two reasons, one is, if anyone wants to sell their child, they will never put a ad on Xbox Live, and two, just why anybody wants to sell their child in xbox live? I don't get their logics in calling this poor pranked mother!
the fact that he knew how to put an ad, just makes me believe he went too far.
Posting it on a blog, or as a joke on a forum could still go through; but an ad means he gets money for someone else's child.
What if it's your child that's on the internet!
Police do not have time to sort out whether an intent was criminal or "just a joke", nor does the legal system want to add a way out for criminals by saying 'it was just a joke' after the fact.
Even without a phone number, it is not 'just a joke'.
However, to those people who called and harassed the mother directly, they were also in the wrong. They should have notified the police or FBI in case this was a genuine attempt to sell a baby. Name calling was not only useless, it was immature of the callers. They behaved as poorly as the people who looted the house because craig's list had an ad that said 'everything must go, just come in and take it' - common sense says that you should ALWAYS talk to an owner about taking something (even from their curb).
I would be afraid for my children, if I was her. For someone to take a picture of my child and post our telephone number out to the public would have to be someone close. I would suspect a babysitter, neighbor, close friend, or relative. Not to go way out there, but someone so close to do that to you and your child, sounds like the beginning of some if not most child molestation case in the US. There needs to be action taken. I'm a gamer and not entrepreneur of baby sales. Who needs a babysitter when you have Xbox Live, craig's list style, where you can sell your children and pick up a escort for the night.
As for the callers, if they are really concerned, they should have investigated more. How much more? Well, let's start with: "Hello, I saw an ad in the ..blah-blah-blah.. Is this real?". What they did was barely helpfull at all, and it is that kind of mentality that's dragging the society down (yeah, I know, the "prank" is a lot worse).
This is not a joke and is very serious on many counts. A joke is where the person making the joke and the person receiving it agree that it's funny. It's not someone posting you and your childs personal information someplace.
We need less of the reactionary knee-jerk responses I see here and more actual thought. Everytime anything involves "an innocent little child" people get all stupid and throw reality out the door. More evil is done in this world "to protect the children" than any other BS cause I can think of.
Did the poster call the lady? No. Did he harm anyone? No. Did he break a law? Not that I can tell. Being a jerk is not illegal.
At most it was against MS terms of service EULA, which is not a legal issue, and at most could get your contract with Microsoft canceled.
Before we know it some idiot is going to be "outraged" and "call for new legislation" to "combat this threat" and what it will really end up doing is curtailing our personal freedoms and civil liberties and not have any effect on protecting the "children" that were never in any real danger anyway.
More thought, less emotional antics and poorly constructed moral superiority.