Child offered for sale on Xbox Live
Cops on the case
US police have launched a criminal investigation after a child was advertised for sale on Xbox Live.
This Xbox Live mock-up was created after a girl was offered for sale online
Image courtesy of Kotaku
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, based in Florida, said that an Xbox Live member recently posted the message “selling a child, will pay for shipping”.
The offer appeared alongside the telephone number of the child’s mother, a 23-year-old woman from Punta Gorda. Shortly afterward, she said, she began receiving phone calls from “angry voices” from across North America.
"By the 18th or 19th call, I knew something wasn't right," the mother, only known as Manos, told local news website the Charlotte Sun.
The child's mother is not believed to have been responsible for the message. Instead, police are looking for an Xbox Live member - or someone with access to a member's account - who posted the offer as a prank.
Bob Carpenter, a spokesman for Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, told Register Hardware that the anonymous poster could face a felony charge as a result of the post. ®
Could have been me
I would have put my sister up for sale in a heartbeat when I was younger; but, the technology did not exist at the time.
Merkin law doesn't have humour
See responses to "yes of course I have a bomb in my bag" at the airport.
Ask a silly question, get an OTT response.
For something that is quite original, gutsy to actually do it and obviously not for real?
(And quite funny as well)
Paris, for she would be happy to be taken this seriously.