Okay I don’t really know the shipping details of the auction, but a grandma by the name of Marian Goodall was indeed put up for sale on eBay… by her granddaughter.
Ah, kids; sometimes you just wanna hug ’em, just give ’em a good old one-handed hug, and then punch their little heads in with your free hand. I’m kidding, and so was the granddaughter, 10-year old Zoe Pemberton. Apparently. Allegedly. Or so she says. Now that she’s been caught. Nah, you can see a cute picture of the two in the Daily Mail. According to the Daily Mail article, Zoe “was apparently feeling a bit annoyed at being constantly asked ‘to do things like make her [Mrs. Goodall] a drink’ and decided to do something to cheer both of them up.” Zoe’s father Thomas heard his daughter asking the 61-year old grandma “lots of questions about her favourite drinks, food and height,” and shortly afterwards Zoe proudly announced to her dad, “I’ve put Nan on eBay.”
Zoe’s story might be a tad different, especially the bit about wanting to cheer her granma up, but let’s not pick on the kid. Although she described Mrs. Goodall as “annoying and moaning a lot”, she did say that her grandmother was “very cuddly.” Awww. The amazing thing is that eBay’s moderators (administrators ?) weren’t able to take the bid down immediately, so Grandma Goodall really was for sale for quite some time. Within a day of posting people were already bidding £1,000 (approx. $1,600 USD). The last time Thomas Pemberton checked, the bid was at £20,541 ($32, 700). But the bid has been taken down, so to those of you who are planning on pulling a similar stunt, I repeat: humans cannot be sold on eBay. And have some originality. Sell your little sister on Etsy or something: “Man-made monster, likes Pop Tarts: $45”