Forbes says that when a San Francisco neighborhood recently placed boulders on the sidewalk to obstruct homeless encampments, a young artist named Danielle Baskin stepped up on Craigslist in protest:
|"Hi! We're getting rid of our beautiful collection of landscaping rocks. We realized we don't have enough space for them in our own home."|
An interview with Baskin in The Washington Post suggests that Baskin's prank was a major inspiration for the prank, and her latest hoax shows that the virality was no fluke. She's just created a website for Blue Check Homes, a new service that purports to offer custom-built "verified" badges for San Francisco houses occupied by "an authentic public figure."
|"I make viral art, companies, and delightfully weird events. Most began as jokes or art projects (and some remained that way). But many of them turned into businesses. I like figuring out new ways to facilitate conversations through delightful and strange experiences," she explains. "I'm excited about building stuff that makes people interact with the world differently."|