Ahh, Craigslist. It's a great place to network on jobs, apartments and even a possible relationship, although that's really not my thing. If I were to do the "courting over the internet" thing I would prefer the Mercedes of mating sites like Match.com or Nerve or what not...and this is why.
As I was searching listings for new apartments the other day, I came across an occassional ad of this nature:
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"Free Rent for Submissive Female"
THIS IS 4 A FEMALE ONLY!
PLEASE DONT BOTHER ASKING ME 4 MY PICTURE OR MY # UNLESS YOU SEND YOURS FIRST!
JUST A FEW MINUTES FROM MANHATTAN!!!!! THIS IS PART OF A LARGE 1 FAMILY HOME U WILL HAVE UR OWN KITCHEN,LIVING RM,BED RM THE BATH RM WILL BE SHARED BY THE BOTH OF US,THIS HOME IS FULLY FURNISHED,AND
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U WILL HAVE PRIVATE PARKING,PRIVATE ENTRANCE,CLOSE 2 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BUS & TRAIN,ONLY A FEW MINUTES FROM MANHATTAN,COMPUTER,WASHER DRYER,CABLE,PRIVATE PHONE ,AND MUCH MUCH MORE AS LONG AS THERE IS A FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS RELATIONSHIP AGREEMENT ONE DAY A WEEK. U MAY CHOOSE WHAT DAY WOULD BE BEST FOR YOU! THIS IS LOCATED IN A NICE AND CLEAN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD!
Although the bad grammar and the exclamation marks would have nauseated me by itself, I was officially disgusted. And a little violated. The audacity of it all! Yes, people like this exist, but isn't it fair to ask them to keep it out of my apartment search?