The Craigslist ad read: “Trying to prank your mom, dad, boyfriend, or even keep your boyfriend from leaving you at the moment? Selling positive pregnancy test, no questions asked!” followed by a phone number.
The cost to shatter someone’s life — 15 bucks.
There have been similar Craigslist ads in cities throughout the nation, including Seattle, Indianapolis, Chicago and Phoenix. EBay also has ads.
Home pregnancy tests work by detecting the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin, in urine. According to the Mayo Clinic, with most tests the end of a dipstick is held in a stream of urine or immersed in a container of collected urine for five to 10 seconds. A few minutes later, the dipstick reveals the test result.
Mary McCracken, clinical director at Children’s Advantage, noted that in hard economic times, people seek all kinds of ways to make money.
The girls or women who are buying these pregnancy tests have some psychological issues when it comes to keeping their man, McCracken said. Instead of trapping them, the women need to find someone who wants them for who they are, she said.