A pregnant Jacksonville, Florida woman, needing money for school, had an idea, one that perhaps maybe she saw online a few years ago: Since she was already pregnant and, as a result, had to urinate frequently, she might as well do so onto pregnancy test sticks. And sell them. On Craigslist. Someone at WJAX-TV saw the ad and decided to send an intern undercover to arrange a purchase, resulting in a what was sure to be a hit segment, even if it’s not sweeps right now.
They agreed to meet at a pharmacy, pick up a pregnancy test, and send the woman to a public restroom, where she created the positive test. After the deal was complete, the reporters revealed themselves, and the woman agreed to an interview as long as she remained anonymous. “I saw from other women and their experiences that it’s very easy,” she said. “$200 in a day off, [for] something I have to do no matter what.” She makes it a no questions asked transaction, and feels that given what else it would take, it’s unlikely that these would be used for nefarious reasons, noting that “I don’t see how you could trap a man.”
Dale Carson, WJAX-TV’s “law and safety expert,” disagreed. “Fraud is the first thing that comes to my mind,” he explained. “This is the kind of thing that makes legislators go ‘we need to pass a law that says you can’t do this.”
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