Man’s classified ad open to interpretation
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Chuck Cole was just trying to find a carpet layer to install carpet at a small job when he placed a classified ad in the Post Independent last Friday. But what he got was something entirely different.
“It got pretty darn kinky!” said Cole with a laugh at the six to seven calls he received in response to his help wanted ad, which inadvertently left out the words “Carpet layer wanted” in its heading.
Instead, Cole’s ad read: “3 hour quickie! Extra Christmas $. Cash upon completion. Glenwood. Ready right now!” The ad also included Cole’s cell phone number.
Cole, who owns an apartment complex in Glenwood Springs and lives full-time in Colorado Springs, started receiving phone calls Friday morning after his ad hit the streets, so to speak.
Since he was out of town, he hadn’t had a chance to see his ad, so he was assuming that carpet layers were responding to his request.
“Out of all those calls, I’d say two or three callers were extremely serious,” Cole said, about, ahem, providing their services to Cole ” and we’re not talking about laying carpet.
“I was completely clueless,” he said. “One woman said she thought she could ‘help me out.’ I started to feel like something goofy was going on so I said, ‘Are you a carpet layer?’ She said, ‘Well, whatever.’ She sounded like she was ready to party!”
Cole said another woman called and told him that she could do the job, and that her husband was at work during the day.
“I thought that was odd, so I asked her if she had a kicker and an iron and she just hung up,” Cole said with a grin.
Cole said he thinks some callers were just playing along with the ad.
“One woman called and said, ‘A three hour quickie’? That doesn’t sound very quick to me!'” Cole said.
“Another called up and said she had two friends and asked if they could split the quickie into three-one-hour sessions. ‘Would that work for you?’ she asked me,” Cole said, laughing. “I just hung up.”
Only one man called in response to Cole’s quickie request, sounding very confused when Cole mentioned the carpet laying aspects of the job. That call, too, ended in a hang-up, courtesy of Cole.
With all the strange calls coming in, Cole called Lynn Duchscher at the classified ad department to find out why he was getting such weird responses.
“He was such a trooper about this,” Duchscher said with a smile. “Plus, he has a great sense of humor, which helped. We started laughing on the phone, and we couldn’t stop!”
Cole got his ad printed correctly for the next edition of the paper, and got his apartment unit carpeted. The apartment is now listed in the classifieds with positively no typos or misprints to confuse anyone.
“He told me he couldn’t believe that there were so many people in Glenwood who would respond to an ad like that,” said Duchscher.
Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518
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