Note to all families in foreclosure who feel the need to sell their belongings — or in this case, give them away — via CraigsList.com:
Be very, very careful.
A family in Woodstock, Ga., recently posted an ad on the online classifieds clearinghouse, inviting others in the area to, “come over and take whatever you want” because they were moving as a result of foreclosure and wanted “everything to go for free.” Some of the items listed in the ad included a couch, chairs, lots of household and kitchen items/appliances and clothing, among others.
The items mentioned above were to be placed in the driveway like a traditional garage sale; however, guests arrived earlier than the 10 a.m. ET start time and entered the house while the family was not around. In fact, according to the homeowner who arrived on the scene to see “cars around the block” and everyone “like ants in and out of the house,” his home was ransacked and plundered.
Even personal belongings and family keepsakes were removed without permission.
Here is how the homeowner attempted to rationalize the situation (via 11alive.com):
“Never thought in a million years that they would come and take all of our stuff in the house. They probably thought that they were allowed to come [inside], and they saw other people coming in and out, and they thought it was OK…. It’s just a nightmare.”
That’s quite the understatement.
The homeowners are requesting that those who removed items from the house return them as soon as possible “no questions asked.” In addition, the homeowner provides his email address in the original report that you can read right here. In the meantime, the video below details one of the more bizarre foreclosure nightmares we’ve come across.