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California broke, holds EBay garage sale. March 1, 2003

Posted by worldspectacle in Uncategorized.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – How hard up is California, the nation’s richest state?

So hard up it has resorted to peddling pocketknives, scissors and even the occasional hatchet seized by airport security staff, in a desperate bid to put a dent in its $35 billion budget shortfall.

The California Department of General Services is taking potentially dangerous items confiscated from passengers at airports in Oakland and Sacramento and putting them up for bids on the popular Web site of Internet auction company eBay Inc.




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