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February 8, 2010
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John Surdi has been in the carpet cleaning business for 19 years. And during that period the owner of Bellevue's Crystal Carpet Cleaning has avoided promoting his services on Craigslist, partly because it doesn't mesh with the high-end services he provides.

So, you can imagine Surdi's surprise on Thursday after he was told that an advertisement for his carpet cleaning business was circulating on Craigslist under the title "Want Cleaner Looking Carpets?" Surdi didn't post the ad, which used his company's name and included a misspelling. So who did? From TechFlash.

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