It's a story doomed to endlessly repeat itself: A man answers a Craigslist ad from a woman wanting a one-night stand on a bed piled with money. They hash out the details; he arrives with said money at the proposed address, only to be robbed at gunpoint.
Craigslist customers: Meet your chaperone.
If only we'd learned something the first time this sex-atop-a-pile-of-money plan went awry. But no. The ads keep appearing, the sad sacks keep getting bilked. It's an infinite regression.
San Leandro-based entrepreneur Titus Green thinks he can help. His new service, modeled after the new crop of car-hire apps in San Francisco, affords Craigslist customers the opportunity to hire a personal bodyguard for their transactions -- shady or not. As a bonus, some of those bodyguards will double as gadget-testers, to sniff out defective Craigslist products before any money changes hands.More »