Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

March 11, 2009 -

A Florida woman is understandably upset after someone posted a message on Xbox Live advertising that her two-year-old daughter was for sale - and included her home phone number. The offer included free shipping.

As reported by the Charlotte Sun, Christa Manos of Punta Gorda began receiving angry phone calls from Xbox Live users on Saturday night.:

The [first caller] was furious Manos would consider putting a price tag on her child.

At first, it sounded like a prank. But the phone kept ringing, with more and more angry voices from across the United States. Some just cursed at Manos. Others called her a bad mother. She didn't know what they were talking about.

"By the 18th or 19th call, I knew something wasn't right," Manos said.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


Comments

Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

From a troll standpoint, this is freaking hilarious. I mean, come on, if I wanted to pull a prank, this is definitely a fantastic one.

However, I would never do something like this unprovoked, and if this happened to me I would be incredibly pissed. I'm wondering about the specifics of this though, like where it was said and such.

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Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

The idiots on Xbox Live believed these messages?  I would have thought that the members of Live, being a generally younger crowd, would be more savy to bullshit like this. 

(Don't get me wrong, I said "savy," not "mature.")

Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

I don't see how it could get on xbox live from craigslist since you the 360 doesn't have an internet browser.

Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

Can someone tell us how to post things on Xbox Live??? And how to read things people have posted???

Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

I am amused that so many people insist xbox live isn't that bad, but it makes the news so often lol. And not for saving children.

Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

I'm amazed it took her 18 calls for her to register it as "wasn't right" ....

At most, I'd expect most people to be worried by the 3rd~5th one...

Poor woman though, especially with the way Florida is right now with Caylee Anthony case; can only imagine how quickly that can escalate.

I wish the article would clarify where the ad was, but I'm guessing craiglist with a reference to the xboxlive gamertag.

Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

The article says it originated on XBox Live. Where I don't know. Had it been posted on Craigslist I am sure they would have mentioned it.

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Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

The thing is, how was this information modified? I think it is a bit difficult to get into another's Gamertag without leaving a glaring record for MS to find the culprit or whatever. Meh, it is just very odd to see this.

Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

Who says it was her gamertag?  If somebody knows your phone number and your child's name, they can pull a prank like this using any gamertag they like.  It's not like anybody else on Live is going to know that the gamertag and phone number don't match up.

Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

So where was the message posted? On a user profile or in the forums? Either case the message should be tied to a user account.

Re: Nasty Prank: Woman's Child Offered for Sale on Xbox Live

My guess is that it started on xbox live(voice chat) and was spread through a privately run forum for xbox fans.

 
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