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Old 01-13-2003, 10:29 PM   #1
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LOS ANGELES - Writer Steve Young may be able to peddle his prose,
but when it came to selling his family, the father of two couldn't cash in on
the $5 million offer.

After reading about the online sale of a struggling town in Humboldt County,
Young decided to put his wife and kids on the auction block.

"If a town could be sold online, then how much could you get for a family?"
Young said.

After consulting with wife Diana, and their two children, Kelly, 9, and Casey,
8, Young said he posted the ad Thursday on eBay and received more than
10,000 hits within minutes.

But when eBay operators heard about the auction early Friday, they yanked
the ad, saying it is against company policy to sell human beings.

"People have tried to sell themselves five or six times over the past four or
five years," said eBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove. "There have been
attempts to sell their nephew, uncle, wife, whoever is in the doghouse at the
time. They've even tried to sell their soul."

Young said the auction winner would receive a lifetime of platonic
companionship, including invitations to family outings and holiday gatherings
as well as tips on writing, gardening and cooking. The minimum bid was $5
million.

The family was willing to relocate anywhere, and the elder Youngs would
change their surname.

"You have patrons of the arts, museums and charities. I wanted a patron for
my family," he said.

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Old 01-13-2003, 10:51 PM   #2
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O_O That is twisted.

Funny that it seems that ebay could have a clause that actually states they do not auction humans....
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that's really funny...i hope he was kidding anyway...
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Ahhh. The things we do for our 15 minutes of fame. Even for the 30 second incriments.
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That's messed up
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Re: Ok, this whole family needs help

O_O

Nutty, nutty people.
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I really hope those people were just doing it as a joke.
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AAAAH i was looking for this stiory again I couldnt find it and wanted to show my sis


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I think people actually tried to sell body parts soon after ebay was up and running - like auctioning a kidney. So they made up rules against it pretty quickly.
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