Then, we get something like this:
Yes – Craigslist works, better than the police dept. even, apparently. I'm a very poor graduate student who has nothing but a Vespa to make my way around giant Los Angeles. To make matters worse, I live in a terrible Westside suburb and pretty much all of my friends and my usual destinations are at points East.
Two nights ago said Vespa was stolen from a street corner in Hollywood. I immediately filed a police report and started an insurance claim. And on a whim, I posted a notice about my stolen scooter on CL, in case anyone came across it. The very next morning, I wake up to a message on my cellphone. Some man named Michael is calling to let me know not only that he found my Vespa abandoned behind a dumpster in Hollywood, but that he had reported it to the police two days ago and they've done absolutely nothing to contact me. BUT Michael is an actor who uses CL for other things and on a whim searched the word Vespa – bringing up my notice and my phone number. So now I'm in the best fucking mood. The cops let me down, of course, but CL made my day.
I was a poor grad student, myself, but that was around 25 years ago in Cleveland.