A post on Reddit showed what happened when a generous offer for a free sofa, posted online, ended up being seen by a freeloader.

The whole text message exchange was posted on the website.

It started off quite normal but quickly escalated and can be read in full below.

In the end, the sofa owner decided it was for the best to stop exchanging messages with this person.

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Many Reddit users were quick to point out that the story could potentially be fake, while others chose to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Real or fake, it's a good cautionary tale about who you may encounter when you offer free things to the general public.