BOSTON - Several gold-colored medals strung on yellow-and-blue ribbons for runners of Monday's Boston Marathon were being offered for sale on eBay on Thursday, listings the manufacturer described as "disgusting" because of the twin bombings at the finish line.
Dan Ashworth, president and owner of Ashworth Awards of North Attleborough, Massachusetts, which has made medals and pins for the marathon for the past 31 years, said passersby may have picked up medals in the chaos and could be trying to profit from them. Some were fetching bids of more than $500.
"It's pretty disgusting," Ashworth said. "I don't think any marathoner would sell their medal."
eBay Inc spokeswoman Kari Ramirez said the company "does not allow listings that graphically portray, glorify or attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering," and that the company was "deeply saddened by the Boston tragedy."