Autumn Braden claims she was just joking when she listed the toddler she was babysitting on the online auction site.
But she had to explain herself to concerned cops when worried web-users raised the alarm!
“Basically, all I was trying to do was see how eBay worked,” Autumn Braden, 19, says. “I had a picture of (my cousin), so I just put it up there. It wasn’t meant to be taken seriously!”
Offering a “buy it now” price of $1,000, Autumn advertised her cousin as, and we quote verbatim, “An adorable child for sale can clean and hold a decent conversation very lovable but I just out grew her.”
Horrified eBay users quickly called the cops. and the listing was promptly pulled by eBay.
Autumn was paid a visit by officers in Allendale, Mich., who questioned her and have yet to decide if they’ll press charges.
The teenager remains baffled by the fuss her prank caused, telling the Grand Rapids Press, “Anybody who has ever seen me with (my cousin), knows I would never do anything to harm her.”
But we don’t imagine she’ll land another babysitting job for a while!
What do you think HollyMoms? Could you see the funny side of a prank like this?
— Ian Garland