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e-commerce marketplace eBay has swiftly removed a listing for an artifact claiming to have belonged to Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.
Within 24 hours of the cathedral being engulfed in flames, a product described as “embers from the Notre Dame fire” surfaced on the site, in addition to t-shirts bearing the slogan “Je Suis Notre Dame.”
eBay immediately took down these listings over a breach of the platform’s policy, which ensures that items on its site aren’t “profit[ed] from human tragedy or suffering.”
The offending “embers” listing was fronted by a typical image of a burning log, and was accompanied with a message to bidders that read, “Grab a section of timber from the fire.”
Bids started at £0.99 (US$1.30), with the seller claiming that the piece would be shipped from the UK “with Royal Mail 2nd Class Letter” to the highest bidder.
The t-shirts, on the other hand, were promoted as “Fire Remember Tops” and were found on 14 separate listings.
All of these items were promptly removed by eBay, which also issued a warning to the merchants for seeking to “profit from human suffering or tragedy.”
— Bev Boden (@Bev_boden) April 16, 2019
— erica mcalpine (@Gunnerchica) April 16, 2019
[via ITV, opening image via Shutterstock]
How can be so sick to do this, while everyone around the world is coming together to fundraise to help restore this iconic building, some thinks it’s acceptable to mock such a tragedy. I am discussed and shocked by this. #Notre_dame_de_Parishttps://t.co/SeM4ZcqhKC
— lauren Corey (@LaurenCBooth86) April 16, 2019