A posting on Raleigh’s Craigslist board has been flagged for abuse and taken down three times. This post doesn’t use profanity, it doesn’t offer illicit services, there’s really nothing offensive about it.
The Craigslist moderators must just think that it’s a joke. But we’ve seen these type of ads before. A disgruntled law graduate goes onto Craigslist, looking for someone to buy his law degree. It happens.
In the past, as in the case with this Georgetown Law graduate, the J.D. holder has been looking for a little bit of money to offset the massive cost of a degree which cannot be turned into a job. But this new fellow seems to have an even more reasonable request. He just wants to get some lunch out of the deal…
Check out the ad (text only, because Criagslist keeps taking it down) and tell me if this is “abusive” or “inappropriate” for Craigslist:
Did you ever think about going to law school and then thought better of it, but you still yearn for that fancy, advanced professional degree? Do you find yourself with an over abundance of tacos in your possession? Well, I have an offer to make you!
What you get: a shiny, six month old law degree (cum laude – that’s not something obscene, it means ‘with praise’ for you plebians who did not take Latin) from an accredited, well-respected law school. Law license not included, so you may only refer to yourself as Juris Doctor, not Esquire, Attorney-at-Law, Counselor or any other similar title for a practicing attorney.
What I want: Several delicious tacos, preferably with lots of cilantro and lime, other ingredients are negotiable.
I’m pretty hungry, it’s lunch time and I really want some tacos, so if you’d get back to me quickly, that would be great – thanks!
Since the post has been removed, I’ve not been able to contact the author, only Raleigh tipsters who caught the link during its brief live appearances. And, obviously, I wouldn’t part with a fresh, tasty taco for a law degree. But the offer and contemplated consideration don’t seem totally out of whack to me.
I mean, we don’t know what law school this person went to, but since he doesn’t say we can sort of assume it was crappy. And obviously, calling yourself a J.D. doesn’t confer much benefit. You can’t practice law with it our anything. But if you don’t have a J.D., it might be a nice conversation piece.
FRIEND: Hey, I didn’t know you were a lawyer?
YOU: No, I’m not. But I purchased this J.D. and had it framed just to see what it would be like to have another useless credential in my office.
FRIEND: Ah. Good call. That’s the same reason I buy books by Malcolm Gladwell. I don’t read that drivel, but they fill out a bookshelf.
YOU: Yeah, same thought process.
You wouldn’t give up a taco for that? Not even one?