Sunday, May 25, 2008

German parents post baby on eBay for 1 euro (AP)


More of my disgusting sense of humor. You are warned.
Authorities in southern Germany said Saturday they have taken custody of a 7-month-old boy after his parents posted an ad on eBay offering to sell him for one euro, the equivalent of $1.57.

First. I think anything made in Germany from cars to cuckoo clocks to Meissen Porcelain to Zwilling J A Henckels knives and, yes, little boys has to be worth more than one euro.

Unfortunately the authorities have no sense of humor and believed this to be a serious offer.
Peter Hieber, a spokesman for police in the Bavarian town of Krumbach, said the baby was placed in the care of youth services in the southwestern Allgaeu region, although the child's 23-year-old mother insisted the ad was only a joke.

Authorities have launched an investigation into possible child trafficking against the baby's mother and 24-year-old father, neither of whom was identified.

"Offering my nearly new baby for sale, as it has gotten too loud. It is a male baby, nearly 28 inches (70 cm) long and can be used either in a baby carrier or a stroller," police quoted the ad as reading.

No offers were made for the child in the two hours and 30 minutes the ad was posted on Tuesday. EBay later deleted the posting, but assisted police in tracking down the parents.

Does this negate or reinforce the stereotype of humorless Germans? Just asking.

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