OK, so. Yes. From the You Have GOT To Be Kidding Me files…the following.
Woman answers ad for bird by offering kids as payment.
Paul and Brandy Romero advertised that they were selling their pet cockatoo for $1,500.
A woman named Donna Greenwell responded and said she wanted to buy the bird. Greenwell then told the Romeros that she was taking care of three children whose biological parents were going through a separation.
Greenwell proposed selling two of the couple's children to the Romeros for $2,000, saying that her job as a truck driver made it hard to take care of the children, said Capt. Keith Dupre of the Evangeline Parrish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana.
The parties allegedly negotiated a trade involving the two kids, the bird and $175.
YA KNOW…there are things that never cease to amaze me. One is that some people insist on going into childcare in the first place. Another is that other people would be so…reality impaired that they’d think it could possibly end in anything other than Being Arrested. Not only because DUH, it’s wrong, but c’mon. These kids were 4 and 5 years old! They weren’t even so small they’d have no ability to blab their little heads off, to everyone they meet!
Even Captain Adventure would manage to blow the whistle on this kind of arrangement.
Which is a darned shame, because I saw this really cute kitten at the adoption center the other day, and I was thinking Hmm…too bad I can’t afford the $150 adoption fee….saaaaaaay, I wonder if they’d take a KID in lieu of CASH?
(Honestly. What were they thinking? I’m just trying to get my arms around what kind of reality you’d have to live in, where this kind of thing could Make Perfect Sense…)
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