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M4W on Craigslist

Unfortunately, the listing has been flagged for removal, but last night Jimi Morales, ’10, discovered something both hilarious and horrifying on Craigslist and lovingly decided to share on WSO in a post adeptly titled, “alumni.”

A “Boston exec” in his thirties offered $1000 for a female “friend with benefits” for his frequent (monthly? I can’t quite remember the listing.) two- to three-day visits to Williamstown.

Any guesses as to whom this generous alumnus might be?

UPDATE from dk: Here is the original Craig’s List post. (Click for larger version.)


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#1 Comment By Brandi ’07 On October 7, 2009 @ 10:43 am

Good grief, Jimi, pictures or it didn’t happen.

Always get the CL screenshot.

#2 Comment By Ronit On October 7, 2009 @ 10:48 am

I saw that ad last night because someone emailed it to me. Somewhat creepy. It was in the personals section.

Headline was “Friends with Benefits – $1000 (Williamstown)”. The person in the ad said he was a “White, thirties Boston exec looking for someone to hang out with when I visit the area.” He said he spent Thursday through Saturday (or Sunday?) nights in Williamstown.

#3 Comment By JeffZ On October 7, 2009 @ 10:53 am

I too am saddened by the absence of a screen shot.

I am just glad I moved from Boston a few years back, lest I be under suspicion …

#4 Comment By JeffZ On October 7, 2009 @ 10:54 am

I nominate this for best of Ephblog, by the way.

#5 Comment By Brandi ’07 On October 7, 2009 @ 10:59 am

I don’t support that nomination without a screenshot. With the screenshot, I would have agreed with you.

#6 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On October 7, 2009 @ 11:00 am

Worst of EphBlog?

#7 Comment By Brandi ’07 On October 7, 2009 @ 11:16 am

Disappointing of EphBlog.

#8 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On October 7, 2009 @ 11:53 am

And here I was thinking, that this (Craigslist) post, could give the Williamstown police something more interesting to do.

#9 Comment By BHC On October 7, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

Google confirms that there was a “Friends with Benefits – $1000 (Williamstown)” heading on Craigslist, at:


However, the link currently brings up the Craigslist “flagged for removal” page. Google apparently did not cache the original.

#10 Comment By Rechtal Turgidley, Jr On October 7, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

What is Craigslist?

What is “M4W”?

#11 Comment By Ronit On October 7, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

@Rechtal Turgidley, Jr: Craigslist is the most popular web site in existence for apartment hunting, job searching, dating, selling every kind of used good, and hiring prostitutes. This Wired article explains a bit more about Craigslist.

“M4W” means “men seeking women”. This solicitation was posted in the “M4W” personals section of the Western Massachusetts Craigslist site.

#12 Comment By BHC On October 7, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

Older Ephs, such as Mr. Turgidley, may recall a phenomenon known as “daily newspapers”, which had a section devoted to “classified ads” where anyone could post a brief message for help wanted, items for sale, etc. Craigslist is the Internet equivalent. It is extremely popular, which is why the classifed sections of the remaining daily newspapers are now much shorter than they once were.

One difference is that the classified ads of newspapers were subject to some degree of review and editing before publication. Craiglist postings are not.

#13 Comment By wslack On October 7, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

This was real; I saw it.

#14 Comment By Rechtal Turgidley, Jr On October 7, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

Thank you Ronit and BHC for the fill-in.

Hmmm, and to think in my day, we considered that being bussed down to Smith for the freshman mixer was hot stuff!

And, yes, the demise of the daily press for lack of advertising dollars lost to something like Craigslist and the more and more targeted marketing of the Facebooks (as reported in these pages) is to be deplored.

I wonder if the gain of the instant and the highly personal view is worth the loss of more researched and fact-based information.

#15 Comment By Ken Thomas ’93 On October 7, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

N.B. Not “something like Craigslist.” Craig’s list is the direct financial reason for the demise of the newspaper. (Or so the paper people tell it; but close). Craig throws a great Christmas party with the proceeds at his mansion in the Oakland hills, however.

#16 Comment By BHC On October 7, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

Maybe it’s not that unusual. For example, Craigslist is also currently offering an ad under the heading of “Valley Businessman seeks college student – 36 (Amherst)”, which states: “I’m not too old to remember that college can be a lonely (and expensive) time in one’s life. Let’s talk.”

#17 Comment By ’12 On October 7, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

#18 Comment By ’10 On October 7, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

from WSO: the original post.

#19 Comment By eph’10 On October 7, 2009 @ 11:37 pm

#20 Comment By Ronit On October 8, 2009 @ 12:17 am

@eph’10: Unbelievable. This guy is an idiot.

#21 Comment By Larry George On October 8, 2009 @ 5:51 am

I enoyed that this post was tagged “Charity/Fundraiser.”

#22 Comment By JeffZ On October 8, 2009 @ 6:25 am

The author should pop that screen shot in the original post! Great work!

#23 Comment By Chotch On October 8, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

Could a current student who could have posted it as a prank to see which of his/her classmates would respond?

#24 Comment By Ronit On October 8, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

@Chotch: Are Ephs capable of being such evil geniuses? Possibly.

#25 Comment By ’12 On October 8, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

Thanks to Dave Moore for ROUND 2! http://albany.craigslist.org/m4w/1411422422.html