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Man tries to sell vote on eBay

Postby Mercer Boy » Fri Aug 27, 2004 8:43 am

It figures... :-P

Yahoo! News wrote:ELYRIA, Ohio - It took authorities just 12 hours to hear about and stop a man's eBay offer to sell his vote.

James Pengov, 36, of Elyria, said he was hoping to land enough money from selling his vote to pay medical bills.

"Up for auction is MY VOTE!," said Pengov's Aug. 19 posting on the online marketplace. The item, advertised as "Presidential Vote for Sale," with a starting bid of $50, was yanked 12 hours after it was posted.

"Simply tell me who to vote for, after paying the auction, and it will be so," his listing said. "If you care, buy my vote and you will have twice the power in the upcoming election!!!!"

Pengov said he didn't know that selling a vote was illegal.

The fraud unit of the California secretary of state's office, which has been alerted to votes for sale on eBay in previous elections, came across the posting and notified Ohio authorities.

Pengov told buyers he generally votes Republican, but expressed dissatisfaction with both parties.

Hani Durzy, eBay spokesman, said the online auction service screens the 29 million listings for violations of its policies, but because 3.5 million are added daily, it relies on outside help to catch inappropriate listings.
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Postby Homeless » Fri Aug 27, 2004 9:20 am

Its funny since all these large groups of people seem to "sell" their votes as a block time and time again. Unions are one example of that.

Double standards if you ask me.
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Postby portisfan24 » Fri Aug 27, 2004 9:07 pm

haha thats an awesome idea. I dont think that someone would pay enough for one vote to pay this guys medical bills. good old canada, with our health care.
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Postby Favre.com » Fri Aug 27, 2004 11:37 pm

Nice, why didn't I think of that? :-b
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Postby tman570 » Sun Aug 29, 2004 4:36 pm

good post, theres a site somewhere called who whould buy that or something that lists ridiculous auction items
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Postby Monty » Sun Aug 29, 2004 4:43 pm

damn, that guy stole my idea!
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