The May 26, 2011 Craigslist ad was pretty straightforward: EVERYTHING’S FREE!!! Furniture! Clothes! Books! Toys! We’re giving it away, so come take it away! Saturday, May 28th, 10am-2pm, No Early Birds, Please! 501 Evergreen Ave, Boulder An earlier ad had scheduled the start time at 8 a.m., but the “No Early Birds” ad above was intended to correct that … unsuccessfully, it turned out. Here is the ad that ran three days later: Regarding the “Free Sale” on Saturday, May 28th at 501 Evergreen Ave: Due to miscommunication and confusion over start time, many items were taken that were not meant to be free. PLEASE return the following items as soon as possible if you have them: Lawnmower and garden hose (these belong to the landlord) Comforter set, Mens clothes from upstairs, Tools ANYTHING from upstairs. Please be honest and return these things, Thank you. The Boulder Daily Camera reports that a perfect storm consisting of the exaggerated claim that “EVERYTHING” was free, the change in the start time, an open back door and some “particularly bold” garage sale goers led to the unexpected losses described above. A police report states that when the woman who placed the ad returned…

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