I don’t know about you but I absolutely adore people got too much money don’t know what to do with it! A couple of days ago I brought you the story of the guy who has made millions selling off the moon in bits (two former presidents are on his list of clients so quit smirking). Well now we have the former orthodox Jew who put up his spot in heaven on auction…and got a 100,000.00 dollar bid! Oh yeah.
I need to start selling bits of River Benue. Any takers?
Ari Mandel started selling salvation on Ebay for a mere 99 cents. One bidder was willing to pay $100,000 before the site shut the auction down.
BY CAROL KURUVILLA / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Ebay yanked an item posted by Ari Mandel, selling hi place in Heaven. He racked up $100,000 in bids before it was pulled.
Looking for a one-way ticket to heaven?
Ebay has pulled a New Jersey man’s auction for his “Portion in Olam Habaah (Heaven),” right after one eager bidder reportedly placed $100,000 on the table.
Ari Mandel isn’t too surprised.
“It was nice to fantasize,” Mandel told The Jewish Forward. “But I didn’t think it was going to happen.”
The enterprising 31-year-old posted the prime spot on the auction website Tuesday morning. The winner would have received two signed contracts — one guaranteeing Mandel’s “timeshare” in the skies and another promising that Mandel would keep the spot open by staying free from sin.
He assured bidders that he had lived a life full of Mitzvos (good deeds), never worshipped false gods and is still 98% vegan.
Bidding started at a humble 99 cents and reached six figures within a few hours.
That’s when the wrath of eBay moved in. The internet giant struck down the post after receiving numerous complaints from people who thought Mandel’s flippant theology was deeply offensive.
An eBay representative called Mandel and reminded him that users aren’t allowed to sell intangible items.
Mandel insists that the auction was a harmless prank.
“To those of you who took this seriously, chill out. It was just a joke,” he said. “Whether or not you’re a believer in this sort of thing, chill out.”
Mandel was brought up in an Orthodox Jewish community in upstate New York, Opposing Views reports. He left the community at the age of 23, then joined the U.S. Army. He is now an NYU student and a divorced dad who considers himself culturally Jewish and theologically atheist.
He had no idea that the hoax would attract so much attention.
“I’m not a master prankster,” he said. “This idea just popped in my head and I jumped on it.”
Culled from nydailynews.com