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Guy Buys $123 Safe on eBay, Finds Major Cash Inside
newser.com ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

Posted on 01/22/2013 5:41:37 AM PST by rawhide

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What would you have done?
1 posted on 01/22/2013 5:41:47 AM PST by rawhide
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I probably would not have bought a safe that had to be cut open in the first place!


2 posted on 01/22/2013 5:44:12 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: rawhide

I’d have given a tenth, or more............... to God’s work....


3 posted on 01/22/2013 5:46:50 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: rawhide

I know people that have portable imaging equipment, one phone call, a small exchange of courtesy monies and then I would definitely know if it was empty.


4 posted on 01/22/2013 5:46:59 AM PST by Eye of Unk (AR2 2013 is the American Revolution part 2 of 2013)
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To: rawhide

It could just have easily had a turd inside.....50/50....right?


5 posted on 01/22/2013 5:47:10 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: rawhide

Although I wouldn’t have an obligation to do so, because he did not demand anything I’d send the guy a thousand bucks (that’s less than half a “finder’s fee”) with a suggestion to use it to buy a couple bottles of a good single-malt to help him deal with his error.


6 posted on 01/22/2013 5:47:24 AM PST by glennaro
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To: rawhide

I would have given half back, but he did say, “no returns,” so... legally, he’s not entitled to it.

Of course, I wouldn’t have been a doof and sold it unopened.

I know a guy in town here who bought house that use to be owned by a banker from the 1880’s. That house has a built-in vault with combination known. We keep telling him to get it opened, but he just shrugs and says he hasn’t gotten around to it yet.


7 posted on 01/22/2013 5:47:24 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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That's a chunk of change, you know. That's life-altering money.

First of all, I would not have informed the seller.

Second ... $26K isn't life altering money. It's a nice little windfall, but you would still have to get up and go to work the next day.

8 posted on 01/22/2013 5:47:32 AM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

$123 to buy an old safe that might have been empty, and needed to be cut open, is a big risk of money.

Maybe the buyer felt he could crack the safe and had money to play with?

Be that as it may, would you keep all the money?


9 posted on 01/22/2013 5:48:14 AM PST by rawhide
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he wasnt willing to give back $122.93 to the buyer ...

so I doubt if he would have given him $13,000, one hundred times that...

Yeah sure he would have shared...

The buyer doesnt owe him a penny...


11 posted on 01/22/2013 5:48:56 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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He also insists that if he were in the buyer's place, he would have offered to split the cash 50/50 with the seller

......oh yea!

12 posted on 01/22/2013 5:49:28 AM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: rawhide

I would have done exactly what the buyer did. Seller was to cheap to pay someone to open the safe, he loses. Mr. Labrecque you are an idiot.


13 posted on 01/22/2013 5:50:42 AM PST by knife6375 (US Navy Veteran)
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To: tx_eggman
Second ... $26K isn't life altering money. It's a nice little windfall, but you would still have to get up and go to work the next day.

True, but someone like me, that's a year's salary right there. I could pay off my house, get a better car, fix the wife's van, put it away for one of the kids' education. Yeah, that would be life-changing in some way.
14 posted on 01/22/2013 5:50:42 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: rawhide

I would have kept the money as per the terms, “no returns”. I think the seller is indulging when he says that HE would have returned half the money. He would have done no such thing. This is the same situation as when someone buys a storage locker’s contents at auction for a thousand dollars or less and then finds a small fortune inside. No one should expect him to return any part of this unless he wants to do so as an act of personal generosity. When you sell a locked safe under those terms it is pure foolishness to ask for a return when you stated “no returns” in your ad. Next time he should say no returns...UNLESS there is something inside that I would want to have.


15 posted on 01/22/2013 5:51:50 AM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: rawhide

Why do folks who find free money set themselves up to be victimized by crooks and the government?

...but I repeat myself...

They need to SHUT UP!


16 posted on 01/22/2013 5:52:03 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: rawhide

The buyer was obviously thinking of the show “Storage Wars” when he bought the safe because it had to be destroyed to get in. Why share the money when he bought the safe ONLY to see what was inside? He took the risk with $122. The seller was probably thrilled when he got the $122. Simple.


17 posted on 01/22/2013 5:52:22 AM PST by albie
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What would I have done? Shop, shuffle and shut up, I guess. Certainly wouldn’t tell ebay, preypal, seller, and the whole darn internet. The IRS is probably on their way.


18 posted on 01/22/2013 5:53:43 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: rawhide

Always reading about people finding construction trash bags full of cash by the side of the road.

Still waiting to find my bag-o-bucks...


19 posted on 01/22/2013 5:54:05 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: rawhide

$13k is not life altering, except maybe in the very short run.


20 posted on 01/22/2013 5:54:12 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: rawhide
What would you have done?

Pocketed the money
Tipped the welder

21 posted on 01/22/2013 5:55:40 AM PST by HangnJudge
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I would not have gloated to the seller, but in any event the buyer has no moral or legal reason to give any to the seller...the terms of the sale were clear and indeed made by the seller.


22 posted on 01/22/2013 5:55:51 AM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: rawhide

I would have done the split or give all the money back. Clearly it was a mistake. If I found it at the junk yard or purchased it from a 2nd hand store, I might do something differently.


23 posted on 01/22/2013 5:56:19 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: rawhide

I probably wouldn’t have bought it in the first place but if I did, I wouldn’t have said anything about what was in it, nor would I give part of it back to the seller. That doesn’t make any sense at all. The sale means the item and contents if any transferred from seller to buyer totally, not conditionally.


24 posted on 01/22/2013 5:57:20 AM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: Thorliveshere

Darn tootin’ — for me that’s 3 years of income. Seriously life-altering money. Yet there are (financially) fortunate people who’d turn up their noses at it.


25 posted on 01/22/2013 5:58:26 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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Be that as it may, would you keep all the money?

Probably not, but I'd definitely keep some. I'd be pretty annoyed if the guy wanted to thank me, give me a 50 buck reward, and get all the money back. I don't think I'd go along with that, but I might go along with 50/50, or even just keeping 25%.

26 posted on 01/22/2013 5:58:55 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: HangnJudge

And NOT tell a soul


27 posted on 01/22/2013 5:59:54 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: rawhide

Who is the real idiot?

The guy who sold the safe?

or the guy who disclosed the contents?

Now he has to pay taxes on that 26k


28 posted on 01/22/2013 6:02:08 AM PST by Safrguns
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“or the guy who disclosed the contents?”

This story immediately made me thing of a graphic that floats around the internet of a World War II looking GI drinking a cup of coffee with the caption,

“How about a nice big cup of STFU!”

(For anyone that hasn’t seen it, ST = Shut the, you can guess the rest.)


29 posted on 01/22/2013 6:06:44 AM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: Pearls Before Swine
I would have keep my mouth shut, period..!! Now he gota pay taxes on dim bucks....

Don't feed the monster...

30 posted on 01/22/2013 6:06:55 AM PST by unread
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And NOT tell a soul

Bingo!
You get the Kewpie Doll!


31 posted on 01/22/2013 6:07:12 AM PST by HangnJudge
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I wouldn’ have said a word about it. Now the IRS knows and he gets to pay his fair share to the piglets at the slop channel.


32 posted on 01/22/2013 6:13:41 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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“Pocketed the money
Tipped the welder”

Exactly!

What we have here is a case of two morons.

One who couldn’t find a way to determine the contents of the safe and one who couldn’t find a way to keep his yapper shut.


33 posted on 01/22/2013 6:14:11 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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Pocketed the money
Tipped the welder

Oh yes,
Sell the destroyed safe for scrap

Waste not, Want not

34 posted on 01/22/2013 6:16:23 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: USS Alaska

If things keep going the way they are, by the end of Obama’s reign(2017?)that 13k will probably buy a sandwich and a quart of milk.


35 posted on 01/22/2013 6:16:43 AM PST by macrahanish #1
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To: rawhide
Why in the heck would you tell anybody?!?

Now the IRS will know about it and want their cut as well....

36 posted on 01/22/2013 6:18:07 AM PST by apillar
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I bought a ratty old electric guitar at a yard sale for $35.00.

I took the whole thing apart and found out that it was a 1984 USA Fender Phil Kubicki custom neck bolted onto an old Fender Mustang body.

I listed and sold each piece separately on eBay, for this:

Neck...$275.00
Body....$99.95
Pieces and hardware package $19.95

In the hands of a collector, these were probably worth a lot more, but I was happy and so were my customers.

Do I need to locate the yard sale and give back money to the person who sold me the guitar?

I don’t think so.

It’s called capitalism.


37 posted on 01/22/2013 6:18:41 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

> I wouldn’ have said a word about it. Now the IRS knows and he gets to pay his fair share to the piglets at the slop channel.

You know the government wields too much power when you can’t tell the difference between the IRS and the Mafia


38 posted on 01/22/2013 6:18:41 AM PST by jsanders2001
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This saturday on a pure impulsive whim I went into a Bargain Village thrift store and found an authentic and discontinued Sydney Oilskins full length drover in XXL size and in mint condition...for $30.

Just my size and I always wanted a good drover, they cost at least $160 or more.


39 posted on 01/22/2013 6:20:02 AM PST by Eye of Unk (AR2 2013 is the American Revolution part 2 of 2013)
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Exactly. There’s the whole short term capital gain thing here. Ouch.


40 posted on 01/22/2013 6:21:21 AM PST by Mercat (Never laugh at live dragons)
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To: rawhide

Well at least it wasn’t Al Capone’s safe. Geraldo must still be pissed


41 posted on 01/22/2013 6:24:10 AM PST by shadeaud (We need to learn to know what our enemies are truly creating)
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To: tx_eggman

Down payment on a new truck or four months college for your kid. LOL


42 posted on 01/22/2013 6:25:15 AM PST by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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Question 1: Does anybody find it funny that the owner did not have or know the combination of the safe? Sounds like possible theft to me.

Question 2: How could you own a safe and not know what’s in it? I mean seriously. It’s not like someone passed away and their heirs would have sold it unless they’re complete idiots. They would have paid someone to cut it open too. If it was a safe left behind in a storage unit I would have thought the owner would have taken it with him unless he was a drug dealer and a piddly $26,000 wasn’t with much to him.

Strange overall.


43 posted on 01/22/2013 6:25:33 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Thorliveshere

If you could do all that with 26K either you owe virtually nothing on your house or you don’t owe very much and your car is in worse shape than mine.


44 posted on 01/22/2013 6:27:09 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - UPDATE: The seller has added a new comment to his feedback page claiming that the buyer never found any money:

“He was playing a practical joke the safe was empty there wasnt any money in it.”


45 posted on 01/22/2013 6:32:00 AM PST by inkfarmer
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To: rawhide

When one gets free money keep your mouth shut,it’s taxable.


46 posted on 01/22/2013 6:34:30 AM PST by Vaduz
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Depending upon how “old” the money is, it might be worth more than face value. I hope the guy doesn’t just take it to the bank and deposit it.


47 posted on 01/22/2013 6:37:51 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: G Larry

Good point Larry. His first mistake was telling ANYONE about the cash he found. Now he will have to pay tax on it.
You can buy a lot of things with cash: groceries, big screen tvs, etc. What you do not want to do is go out and buy a new car and pay cash. Then they will think you are a drug dealer.


48 posted on 01/22/2013 6:41:47 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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What would you have done?


I would have kept it and used the cash to buy gold and junk silver. And the former owner would have never known. Nor would anyone besides my wife.

That would be my take if it were a million dollars. There are all sorts of stories about someone buying a classic painting for a few bucks at a garage sale or money in a safe. That is what makes them kinda fun. It’s a grab bag and you never know when you might strike it rich. And the obvious assumption is that the seller does not consciously miss the valuable item/money.

The only caveat I have is if a young person threw Grandma’s locked box (with Grandma’s life savings inside) up on an auction or garage sale, and Grandma KNEW the money was there and counting on using it, if I were the purchaser and discovered the money, I would return every penny. It’s a subtle but key difference. Kinda like an extra oxygen atom turns necessary oxygen into poisonous ozone.


49 posted on 01/22/2013 6:43:54 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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Second ... $26K isn’t life altering money.


That’s what I was thinking too. It was about 20 years ago that I realized how dumb it is to rob seven-eleven’s. I calculated what I’d probably get by doing it and compared it to what I made at my career.

To keep up my standard of living I’d have to rob a seven eleven every single day. Obviously I’m ignoring the moral problem, but it drives the point home about how petty crime really is “petty” crime.


50 posted on 01/22/2013 6:47:16 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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