~’I need Help!’~ A study I started to do……………………

I posted an add on craigslist today as a study. I did this to see what kind of response I would get. My reason for this is that I read a few other posts from people asking for help and I wondered what kind of replies they were getting.

What I got for a reply saddened me. It makes me wonder what this world is coming to. There are so many people in need and with people like ‘ ltrain5998’ no one will ever get the help they need.

Below is the ‘post’ I made;

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Reply qg3gr-3862403668@sale.craigslist.org [?]

Posted: 2013-06-10, 6:12PM EDT

 ~Can You Help Us Please? (Vermont)

Our family is in need of some help financially. As I am sure everyone is these days. But to be completely honest we are about to get our water shut off and our power. If we didn’t get food stamps the kids wouldn’t eat. We are out eveyday looking for work of any kind..LITERALLY!I know this is a weird request and I am thinking that it probably won’t be read, but if there is anyway you can find it in your heart (and pocket of course) to donate any amount to help us that would be greatly appreciated. Times are so hard and jobs are even harder to come by these days.

I appreciate any help from anyone that can help us.
I have never had to stoop this low;-(

Thank you and god bless

  • Location: Vermont
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Posting ID: 3862403668

Posted: 2013-06-10, 6:12PM EDT

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The reply I got was;
ltrain5998 <90775971454e391298d16c69442f257d@reply.craigslist.org>
7:16 PM (1 hour ago)

to qg3gr-38624036.
 Here is some help. SELL YOUR COMPUTER OR WHATEVER YOU ARE USING TO BEG. What makes you think people want to hear your sob story? If there is no work around you, move. Suck it up and do whatever you have to do. Pathetic.  No replies will be read, so don’t waste your time. But since I know you will reply anyway, just know that when I don’t respond it is because you were deleted. Take care of your own shit.

http://burlington.craigslist.org/wan/3862403668.html

From my Android phone on T-Mobile. The first nationwide 4G network.

 

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WHAT HAPPENED TO HELPING THE COMMON PERSON?????
I think my study will only show what I am trying to prove! The world and the people in it have become stingy and heartless!!
It is at times like those above, and times like natural disaster that people need help. The person who posted this to me could have asked questions, requested to speak with me on the phone,…got to know me,…not just jump and shit on me!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW!! AS I AM WRITING THIS I GOT AN EMAIL FROM CRAIGSLIST!!!!
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8:29 PM (0 minutes ago)

to me
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Date:2013-06-10 15:12:51
PostID:3862403668
Title:(items wanted) ~Can You Help Us Please?Our family is in need of some help financially. As I am sure everyone is these days. But to be completely honest we are about to get our water shut off and our power. If we didn't get food stamps the kids wouldn't eat.  We are out eveyday looking for work of any kind..LITERALLY! 
I know this is a weird request and I am thinking that it probably won't be read, but if there is anyway you can find it in your heart (and pocket of course) to donate any amount to help us that would be greatly appreciated. Times are so hard and jobs are even harder to come by these days.
I appreciate any help from anyone that can help us. 
I have never had to stoop this low;-(
Thank you and god bless
  • Location: Vermont
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interest!

 

  • Apparently another human being needing HELP is a scam or a JOKE to others!!

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I am so glad that I personally help others when they need it. I am glad that I didn’t need the help for real. I am glad that I have a heart and believe that IF I can help others I should!

I read a few ads on CL today that broke my heart. Now I know that some people post this stuff as scams and try to rip people off, but I wouldn’t just assume the worst, I would do my ‘research’ so to speak, and if they really need the help I would offer whatever I could.

I do understand why the person would assume the worst but don’t you think that maybe he/she could have asked questions….or maybe just ignored it?

I was hoping to be able to write a much more conclusive blog post about my finding’s but thanks to another human, who I guess I can assume, will never need a bit of help in their life, my study was stopped abruptly.

I would appreciate any thought’s on this from my followers. Would you help someone in need? Would you react as rashly as this person did, or would you try to find out more information and help if you could?

 

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