Latest Troubling Internet Trend: Selling Positive Pregnancy Tests
They say you can buy anything online, but here's a new one on us: pregnant women selling their used positive pregnancy tests. The market for this item, presumably, would be unpregnant women who want to convince someone they are pregnant. For whatever reason. Far be it from us to speculate.
According to CBS 2/New York, these used little sticks with a plus sign (usually, that's what they look like) are for sale all over the Internet, and people are snapping them up.
This can't be good.
CBS 2 found a woman from Dallas, who naturally did not want her identity revealed, but who does want people to buy her positive pregnancy tests. She freely admits that 95 percent of her buyers are girls who want to trick a man.
Is this a good time to mention that tricking someone into thinking you are pregnant when you are not is not the most wonderful thing to do for a relationship?
We suppose that in states where abortions and reproductive healthcare are harder and harder to come by (like Texas, thanks to Gov. Rick Perry and the Republican-dominated state legislature), the market for such trickery would be all the more thriving. Not to mention the obvious economic desperation of those who would resort to selling their urine soaked, plus-signed pee sticks.
According to CBS 2:
One Craigslist ad posted last year by a Central New Jersey woman read: “I am pregnant and will sell you a positive pregnancy test. These will be taken right before you’re ready to pick them up. Wanna get your boyfriend to finally pop the question? Play a trick on mom, dad or one of your friends? I really don’t care what you use it for.”
Another ad from Buffalo promised no judgment at all. It read in part: “Ever since I became pregnant, I have been asked numerous times for a positive test, so I decided to start charging for it! I will test the same day you want to pick it up! I don’t care what you use it for, not my business!”
“You can tell the girls who are up to no good,” the seller said.
Not everyone is trying to trick a man, one buyer wanted to get the stick to trick her mom. April Fools! Ha ha ha!
While, apparently, selling the positive tests is not illegal, using them to trick someone could rise to the level of criminality, one cop said.
“For example, if a married man is having an affair and he tried to break it off with the girl, and she became upset and decided to present this fake pregnancy test and demand money, otherwise she would tell the spouse. That would be a level of blackmail,” Overland Park, Kansas, police Officer Gary Mason told CBS affiliate KCTV-TV, Kansas City.
The going rate is about $30. Some pregnant women are going so far a to sell their urine, which is profit free and clear.
Wonder if the sellers are using the proceeds to pay for junior's sky-high college education costs?