WOMAN TRIED TO RENT A FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAYS, USING CRAIGSLIST
A college student in California posted an ad on Craigslist asking to rent a family for the holiday season.
The ad reads: "I am looking to rent a mom and dad who can give me attention and make me feel like the light of their life just for a couple of days because I really need it. On the outside, it looks like I'm the American dream kid. But I have a back story that most people wouldn't believe if they looked at me today."
The woman explained she has been physically, sexually and emotionally abused since she was a child. To escape it she spent years living on the streets, which created even more problems.
She wrote: "I was in gang life, on the streets, fighting, doing drugs, just making a mess of my life."
She was eventually arrested for grand theft and after spending almost a year in jail she decided she'd had enough. She went to a camp for troubled young adults. Now she's a presidential scholar at her school with a scholarship and a 4.0 grade point average.
She wrote: "There's still something deep inside of me. There's this void, my biological parents aren't here, and it's kept this hole inside of me. I want to rent a mom and dad."
She explained she'd be willing to pay $8 an hour.
She wrote: "Just to sit, just to listen. Just to cry with me, no strings beyond that. I've never felt the touch of my Mom hugging me and holding me. I don't know what it's like to look in my dad's eyes and feel love instead of hatred."
Dozens of families responded to the ad, all willing to take her in for free.
*** Instead of renting a family, the woman is now creating one. She hopes to organize a gathering of the people that responded to her ad.