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Milwaukee police invite you to do your Craigslist business at the station

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After an uptick in Craigslist-related robberies, police in Milwaukee have made a novel suggestion: instead of going to a stranger's place, or inviting one into your own home, or meeting at some predetermined but out-of-the-way spot in a local park or whatever, they've invited users to conduct all their Craigslist transactions at the safest place they could think of: the police station itself. I mean… thanks for the invitation, obviously, but do you guys have a bed? Or even a couch with cushioning? I guess a table will do. I'm surprised by your openness, Milwaukee PD, but if you guys don't mind spending your work day watching people fu…

Sorry, what's that? The invitation is meant for people who are selling their old coffee tables and slightly battered microwaves and signed copies of Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine "Superhead" Steffans? Oh. Um, I guess that's cool, too:

"This is nothing new. It's happening all over the country," police officer Lisa Staffold said Monday. "The media has deemed it 'robbery by appointment' because you're posting ads, you're selling your iPhones, your iPads, your vehicles, and when you go to a meeting location, you're being robbed"…

"If they don't want to meet you at a safe place, if they don't want to meet you at a police district, that should be a red flag, an indicator: Don't do business with that individual," Staffold said.

So if you're in the greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin area and you're looking for an affordable loveseat that maybe has like two weird stains that you totally won't notice with the right throw pillows, come on down to the station and avoid getting mugged. Sorry, those of you looking for NSA sex: you still need to worry about serial killers.