Yet Another Creative Way to Capitalize on the Rapture
Some people either have too much time on their hands, or they've been out of work so long that any get-rich-quick scheme sounds appealing. Such could be the case of one "resourceful" guy in Ronkonkoma, Long Island, who, to put it generously, might feel he's providing a vital cleanup service to those who are planning to be caught up in the Rapture, predicted (by some) for May 21.
Here's his ad, as posted on Craigslist in New York:
"Are you attending the rapture on May 21st, 2011? I expect to be left behind when it happens, so if you aren't going to need your worldly possessions; be they money, cars, canned food, durable goods, etc; I would gladly take them off of your hands. Serious responses only, please. And remember, time is short! You can contact me by replying to this ad. I live in Ronkonkoma, But I'm willing to travel for said goods [sic]."
You have to give him credit for creativity and ambition: Rather than sitting around and waiting for the government to fix things, he's taking matters into his own hands and offering to do something to pull himself up by the bootstraps -perhaps the empty bootstraps of someone gone on to a better world.
And just in case you think the posting is a joke, the ad indicates he is sincere in his offer to collect the worldly possessions of the righteous. Note that he's requesting "serious responses only."
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