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Man Tries to Sell His Family on eBay
Mon Jan 13, 7:53 AM ET
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.