The Missed Connections forum on Craigslist is usually a repository of “the urban equivalent of messages in a bottle.” It’s home to those wishing for a second chance at a serendipitous encounter and to cute, shy-person flirting, as nameless, faceless people share their private emotions in a very public way. The messages usually affirm that no matter how much coldness there seems to be at street level, there’s just as much hope and optimism fueling city life.
And then there’s this heartbreaking listing. It stands as testament to the frustrating ripple effects that crime—no matter how random, minor, or petty it seems to be—has on a person, especially at this time of year.
Hey there guys,
I just wanted to thank the real class-act guys that smashed the passenger side window of my brand new car. I bought it a couple months ago, after having spent half a year saving up a down payment for it. I work my ass off and barely make ends meet, and now I have a $400 window repair bill. That’s also $400 less I’ll be spending on gifts for my little sister, mother and girlfriend.
I hope you enjoy my iPod, which I won from a lottery. Enjoy my music selection.
I hope you enjoy my cell phone charger as well. Now my cell phone is dead.
And, for whatever strange reason, you also took my deoderant. Now you can smell like me, and I can repel everyone away- but it’s not like I can afford gifts for them now anyways.
But I’d really like to thank you for not taking my hockey gear, although it looked like you tried. At least I can still coach my little league hockey team, although, I couldn’t make tonight’s game because my car’s window won’t arrive until tomorrow. My 6-year old hockey stars won, however, 7 to 3.
Thanks guys- 5 days before Christmas and you have me scrambling to pick up the pieces. All those early morning extra shifts I’ve picked up in order to make for a better Christmas for me and family are now completely down the tubes.
So maybe we can meet up for coffee sometime, and I can learn about why you felt this behavior was necessary and appropriate?
The 22 year old on Sprucedale Way
Even if the criminals involved will likely never read his message, here’s hoping that the anonymous Craigslist poster has as merry a Christmas as possible under the circumstances, and all the best in the new year.
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