I’ve bought lots of stuff on Craigslist. But I can’t help but be a little nervous every time I agree to meet a seller, even though we always agree to meet in a public place like a strip mall parking lot. It’s good to maintain a healthy, mutual distrust of one another. It’s not personal; it’s just business.
A Colorado man foiled a robbery attempt during a Craigslist deal gone wrong in which a would-be thief threatened to shoot his intended victim after being caught trying to pass counterfeit cash.
The incident unfolded outside of a Burger King in Denver on Thursday, according to the city’s Fox 31 television station.
Two men had planned to meet in the parking lot of the restaurant in order to complete the sale of a laptop.
But when the buyer, identified as Earl May Jr., paid with fake cash, the seller confronted him.
May Jr. responded by acting as if he was carrying a gun and threatened the seller, according to Denver police.
The seller called the man’s bluff. He pulled out an actual gun — for which he has a concealed carry permit — and held the would-be thief at gunpoint while he called 911.
May Jr. was arrested for the robbery attempt. He has been arrested in the past for theft.
Police will tell you that every time they pull someone over, and they’re coming to the car to issue a citation or to ask the driver questions, that it’s a potentially deadly situation for the police. (Of course, it’s also a potentially deadly situation for the driver, but that’s for another article.)
It’s the same with these Craigslist encounters. While you might find a great deal on a used item, or have a used item to sell, meeting the person can be potentially deadly. So, it pays to be a little paranoid. Always carry a gun with you.