And it was because of what they triggered when they posted a craigslist ad Tuesday night.
Their online post was just a well-meaning ad for a giveaway in their driveway outside the small house, a giveaway scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday night, Michael Vercher walked 11Alive's Jon Shirek through his family's almost empty soon-to-be former home.
"Well, when we got to the house, I mean, pretty much -- this," he said as he stepped from the foyer into the living room.
Their home -- ransacked, ravaged, raked over.
Almost everything inside -- gone.
"They came in and just tore the place up," he said.