Words by Krista Thurrott.
A Brit has gone viral after a prank went wrong – and ended with an eBay bidding war for his girlfriend.
After his girlfriend, Kelly Greaves, played a joke on him, Dale Leeks could think of only one thing: getting even.
Arriving home from a horse riding shop one afternoon, the Londoner told CTV News he “wanted to have a laugh” at his girlfriend’s expense.
“You know what? I’m gonna sell her,” he said.
Listing Greaves as a “miniature collectible” on eBay, he described her similarly to a used car, including details of a “constant whining noise” and “a leaky rear,” he included a disclaimer: “no serious damage but you can see she’s been used.”
He shared the ad with Greaves and the two “had a laugh” about it, but neither was expecting what came next.
A bidding war began/ Leeks said his phone wouldn’t stop buzzing from interested eBay purchasers.
“I thought, ‘Oh no, what have I done?’,” he said.
With interest coming from Europe, United States and Australia, within 24 hours, the highest bid was at £70,200.
With more than 81,000 views, the post was eventually removed by eBay due to infringing their policy against selling body parts and remains.
“They told me I couldn’t sell a human being,” he said.
While the inquiries related to the post were questionable with some asking to “test drive” his girlfriend, Leeks said he hadn’t expected the response the ad received.
“‘I’m not going to lie, I would have been quite sad to see you go, but it wouldn’t have been so sad ‘cause I would have been crying in my Ferrari or my Lamborghini’,” he told his girlfriend.
As for retaliation, Leeks has been left unscathed – for now.
“This hasn’t backfired. Yet. But we’ll wait and see.”