No one wants to feel like they've been taken in by a hoax. But a Craigslist "roommate wanted" listing makes me hope I've fallen for a whopper, because the alternative—that someone posted the ad in all seriousness—is just too dreadful to contemplate.

In a Craigslist post for an apartment said to be located near Ocean Avenue and Meadowbrook Drive (which is sort of between that strip mall on Sloat and Lowell High School), the current tenant proposes that "instead of paying regular San Francisco exorbitant rent, I have a super affordable alternative for you."

Intrigued? Here's the whole post:


So, let me get this straight: you want me to pay you $300 a month to sleep on your couch (no mention of where I will keep my stuff, or that I will have any expectation of privacy), and I "need to be willing to deal with a little drama." That sounds just great, where do I sign.

Don't even get me started on the space time continuum questions raised by a place that is said to be within walking distance of Stonestown Mall and is still only eight blocks from an unnamed BART station. Because, what?

If I were younger and more resilient, I'd consider taking them up on their offer of "a free trial run for the first few nights" just so I could report back to you guys on the whole affair. Don't suppose any of you are up for it?