Adam Investigates: 12 Days Gifts on Craigslist

Adam Investigates: 12 Days Gifts on Craigslist


– Let me
ask you a question, uh, how many of you
have used Craigslist before? [cheers and applause] It’s the number one site
for selling your old garbage to creepy strangers. [laughter] You can find
so many things on Craigslist. Uh, everything from,
like, an apartment to a toaster
to a boyfriend. But recently I found something
else out on Craigs–Craigslist. Uh, some of my audience members
who were here for our 12 Days of Giveaways
decided to take the gifts that I gave them– [audience grumbles] And sell them online
for profit. I mean, really,
can you believe that? Okay, so, I mean,
I knew we had an Ellen shop, but now there’s
an Ellen black market. [laughter] We found
all kinds of things. We found
this Fender guitar, and it says, uh,
well, it says that they, uh, can’t use it,
but we gave away lessons because they said–
anyway, we, uh– [laughter] There’re headphones,
there’s, uh, an Ellen bike, and–
[audience scoffs] I know. Someone was even selling
an ED by Ellen gift card. How dare you. So here’s what we did. We set up
a little sting operation. My writer Adam contacted
these people anonymously and set up
a time to meet. They thought they were
meeting someone who wanted
to buy their stuff, but really it was Adam
and a camera crew and, uh,
it’s very enjoyable. [typewriter clicking] [investigative music] [jingling] – All right,
let’s go. Hi there,
are you selling the Ellen bike? – Yeah. – So, uh,
so your wife got this bike? – My wife got it, yeah. – See, Ellen gives
these gifts away to people and then we found out
people are just selling them trying to turn–
trying to turn a profit on Craigslist.
– Eh. – Can we see the bike?
– It’s in a box. – Can we open it up
and take a look? Let’s see if we can
get this thing together. Uh, where your wife
listed this online, she said,
“This is a quality bike and even better
for anyone who loves Ellen.” So does she not love Ellen? – I mean,
everybody’s gotta love Ellen. – Where’s your wife at
right now? – She has a condo
that she’s selling. – Oh, I see.
Do you want to call her, and let her know
what’s going on here? – Uh, sure.
Let me get my phone. [laughter] – Hi, babe, um, I got people
from the Ellen Show here. – You’re not even funny.
– No, I’m serious. – Hi, uh, you were selling
the Ellen bike on Craigslist? – I didn’t realize
that was an issue. – It’s a small issue. The cops are
on their way right now. – No, are you kidding me? – No, I’m kidding.
It’s not illegal. It’s–it’s just ungrateful. Why don’t you take this bike
for a test drive? Prancer’s gonna spot you
as you go. There you go. Take him around
the cul-de-sac, Prancer. You can’t see this,
but it’s going really well. Go Gary, go Prancer. So you still want
to get rid of the bike. There might be, uh,
bike paths in Las Vegas at the new property. – Yeah, if we move out there. – So you guys have a condo,
and this house, and a property in Vegas,
and you’re selling a bike for $400? [typewriter clicking] [investigative music] – Hi there.
– Hi. – Are you Jessica?
– I am. – My name’s Adam. I’m with
the Ellen DeGeneres Show. – Oh.
– Do you mind if I talk to you
for a little bit? – Yeah.
This is hilarious. Someone’s supposed to be
picking up a guitar. – Yeah, that’s the guitar
that Ellen gave you, isn’t it? – Yes, it is.
– So was– – Oh, no. – So was Ellen’s gift
not good enough for you? – Oh, no, it was amazing.
I just don’t play guitar. – Do you think
you would like to try to learn? – I think I will now. – Now, first thing,
first thing. You should learn
what the strings are. Do you know what
the strings on the guitar are? – Um, no.
– Okay. So it’s E, A, D, G, B, E.
– Okay. – Do you know
how you can remember that? – Every good boy
deserves fudge. – Or you can do
“Ellen always does good “but everyone
disrespects her by selling her gifts
on Craigslist.” – Okay.
– That’s a good way to, uh– – It is a good way
to remember. – You’ll always be able
to remember that. Here, let’s try
this power chord. Put one finger–
put your forefinger here. – Uh-huh.
– And then put your pinky there. On the second string. [strums guitar chord] – There you go,
now sing. [singing]
– I’m so sorry – Sing to the camera. [singing]
– And I feel guilty I’ll never betray
Ellen again [typewriter clicking]
[investigative music] – Is that guy holding something
across the street there? – Ben? Hi, are you Ben
with the headphones? Come here. So you’re selling–
you’re selling the headphones that Ellen gave you
as a gift? – Yeah, I didn’t go
to the show. – Oh, you didn’t go
to the show? – My sister did.
– Your sister did. – With my mom, yeah. – And she didn’t want
these headphones that Ellen gave her?
– We have two, so yeah. – It’s still
a nice gift, though. She could have kept it. – Yeah, I mean,
we already have a pair so– – Uh-huh.
– ‘Cause I didn’t post. I said–just–
– Don’t try to get out of this now.
– Yeah, no, I mean– – It’s too late.
Prancer’s here. I’m here. Ellen’s watching.
– I know, hi, Ellen. – You want to come
to the next house? We found someone else
who’s also selling their stuff. – Yeah, sure,
can I–can I bring my sister? – Yeah, go get–
where’s your sister? Go get–
– She’s at home. – I want to talk
to your sister. – They were, like,
texting me and then this bear came
and like– and I was like,
“What is that?” – Oh, really?
Wait is it an actual guy? – Yeah, he’s, like,
in a suit and everything like– – So you were at one of the 12 Days of Giveaways
shows, right? – Yes, I was.
– You were? – Hi, Prancer. – So, uh,
you said you had a pair of these headphones already?
– Yes, I have a pair. – But there’s two of you. Maybe you could have kept
both of them. – Well, no,
my mom was on the show with me so we were selling
two of them and– – So you don’t want
either of them. So kinda what you told me
was a lie. – I mean, kind of.
– So Ben lied to me. – So here’s the offer I made–
– I’m so sorry, Prancer. – So here’s the offer
I made to Ben. Would you guys
like to come with us to the next–the next person?
– Wow. – Maybe they would want to trade
you for your headphones. – Sure. [laughter] [typewriter clicking]
[investigative music] – Hi there. Are you selling
the ED by Ellen gift cards? – Uh, yeah. – Hi, what’s your name?
– Travis. – Travis, uh, I’m Adam. I work for Ellen.
– Okay. – So, uh, you don’t want these–
these wonderful gift cards that Ellen gave you? Do you remember Prancer?
– I do remember Prancer. – Well, the gift card
was for women’s shoes. – Now would you be interested
in trading with someone else, perhaps, for their, uh,
12 Days gifts? – Uh, yeah sure.
– Uh, this is Emily and Ben. – Hi, nice to meet you.
– Hi. – So, um, would you
be interested in headphones by any chance?
– I would way use headphones. – So, how would you like
some ED by Ellen shoes? – That would be awesome.
– Sweet. – I better not see this stuff
back on Craigslist. – Ellen, uh, everybody is happy
with their gifts, and we met someone
who’s almost as tall as Prancer. So, uh, thank you Ellen.
– Thank you, Ellen. – Thanks, Ellen. [cheers and applause] – Thank you, Adam,
and thank you, Prancer. Ah, that was some great
investigative reporting. If you want Adam to investigate
something, uh, for you, please let me know.
We’ll be right back.

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