Bil Browning

Worst. Yard Sale. Ever.

Filed By Bil Browning | July 19, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: anti-gay, casual racism, Craigslist ad, no illegal immigrants, no Muslims, yard sale

After posting an ad on Craigslist for a yard sale in northern Virginia, yard-sale.jpga woman sent an e-mail to people inquiring about some of the items for sale. Instead of answering each one separately, she put a bunch of photos on Facebook and sent a mass e-mail to respondents telling them they could see the second hand goods there.

One slight problem - no gays, Muslims or "illegal immigrants" need show up; she won't sell her stuff to you.

The woman's e-mail and her response to a pissed off potential customer are after the break.

hello,

i have been a bit overwhelmed by the response, so have devised an easier way to disseminate information and pix of the items for sale for all of you who have contacted me. i've set up a publicly accessible facebook photo album for items for sale. please post any questions you have on the facebook page, this way you will also know if someone else has already expressed interest in an item and at what price or if the item is sold, as i will mark it so.

additionally, there will be a garage sale this sunday, 17 july 2011 from 11am - 7pm,
for the items already pictured in the album and more. photos will continue to be added via the mobile pix facebook album, so please also check there as internet access has already been disconnected in the home and it's the only way to upload quickly and easily. all are welcome to the moving sale / garage sale except for LGBT people, illegal immigrants, and muslims, anyone else is warmly welcomed! no drama, terrorism, or illegal transactions with non-US citizens / illegal immigrants / people taking jobs away from people who belong and are legal in this country is desired. thanks.

email me on facebook to receive the address of this house which is located in the woodlea manor sub-division in leesburg, virginia - located conveniently off of route 15 south and less than 5 minutes from downtown leesburg.

the comments section on the photos is open to everyone on facebook, so please do not reply here and ONLY reply on facebook, i will only respond via the facebook site.

here is the moving sale photo album link containing several pix of items for sale:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2009654274530.2109347.1038917034&l=8f52fb8f1e

mobile uploads folder, where i can easily upload any requested pix of additional items for sale:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2009880200178.2109366.1038917034&l=576337c023

if there are any real estate investors among you, please be advised the house is also for sale and i will be adding additional photos to this album:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2009756197078.2109357.1038917034&l=5b754e07cc

-the minimum bid for this house starts at 440K plus an additional 5% which goes to the commissioner of sale. if the house does not sell in the next couple of weeks, it will be auctioned on the court house steps with the same minimum bid as the starting point. interested parties who would like to arrange a viewing of the house, etc. should contact the commissioner of sale, [redacted] at 703.777.[redacted] to set up an appointment. this is not a distressed sale, the house is not in foreclosure or anything like that, it is a contentious sale due to a happy divorce and the judge finally ordered the house be sold this way! :)

thank you for your interest!

After a gay DC resident responded to her screed, she sent him a private e-mail to explain her views. It's just as bad.

i have gay friends, but i don't need that kind of unknown drama element around me as i know how it can be at times. no thanks. just like i don't want someone drunk or on drugs at the sale. homosexuality is a sin and i won't stack up your sin against mine, but i can choose the type of people to whom my belongings will end up with ... and what i'm supporting with that action. i cannot support homosexuality bc i feel it robs true soul mates from being with one another. nature / God / whatever one may believe intended one man for one woman. period. jmho. don't hate me, i tolerate that these things exist ... the only thing i have no tolerance for is islam ... which, i would hope as a gay man you would also not tolerate (since they think all of you should be killed and i think that is WRONG).

best,
-[redacted]

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I recall hearing some calls that this was fake ro a trolling attempt because the individual used "LGBT" in their term. The idea was that people with this much prejudice probably aren't the ones to use a term like LGBT.

What do you think?

Om Kalthoum | July 19, 2011 1:30 PM

Capitalism and democracy in action. I think she has the perfect right to do this.

Of course, her municipality probably prohibits putting up signs with directions to the sale. And I hope she makes certain to collect sales tax and remit it to the state. And her neighbors will probably be p.o.'d at the inevitable protesters. And so forth.

I am also suspicious of the "LGBT" usage in "her" statement. Homophobes don't usually use such specific terminology. It smacks of TROLL and POE (a fake item meant to stir up trouble)!

Assuming this is real, I'm incredibly bothered that you chose only to mention gay people being disallowed. I am not gay. I'm still a member of the LGBT community. When are gay men going to realize that they are not the only people represented within LGBT?

I think here, as in many cases "gay" is used as an umbrella term, albeit a slightly outdated one since queer has recently started to be used more. I don't think it's so much call for offense personally (I am not a gay man either). It's a general title that most people recognize quicker than the others.

Also, to the comments that this was a fake just because the woman used "LGBT" in the words? I don't know if it's a fake or not but she already said that she had gay friends, so she would almost definitely know the term. Especially if, and I hope it's happened, one of them argued her disgusting views against her and pressured her to minimally use the right words. Clearly nobody did that with her speech about Muslims.

In general I'm just disgusted by the idea, because it does happen whether or not people actually write it in their advertisement. I do hope a bunch of protestors mob the yard sale. Maybe, minimally, pick up every piece of crud there and attempt to buy it just so nobody else can while she's refusing them service.