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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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To: rawhide

Hellofa return!


51 posted on 01/22/2013 6:47:33 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: rawhide
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. "That's a chunk of change, you know. That's life-altering money."

PURE 100% BS!

52 posted on 01/22/2013 6:49:03 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: G Larry

They need to SHUT UP!


I was wondering about that. It was tax free until he brought it up.


53 posted on 01/22/2013 6:49:57 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: jsanders2001

He could have bought a storage locker, or bought it at an estate sale.


54 posted on 01/22/2013 6:51:56 AM PST by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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To: woodbutcher1963

I confess that with that kind of money sitting in my lap I’d just use it to pay all my daily expenses and charity giving while my paychecks built up in the checking/savings accounts. I’d also pull out the stuff I thought might have collecter value and maximize its return.

Get as much out of it as you can.


55 posted on 01/22/2013 6:55:07 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: rawhide

I would have kept my mouth shut. Now the buyer has to pay income tax since he advertised his $26K to the whole world.


56 posted on 01/22/2013 6:55:19 AM PST by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ------- The New Gold)
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To: rawhide

If he didn’t know the money was in there, he had no claim to it other than possession, and he was clear about the transference of risk associated with possession.

Given that I would not share the reward after taking 100% of the risk. I also would not have told him anything simply because I think it is mean to do so. It serves no purpose other than making him feel like an idiot.


57 posted on 01/22/2013 6:59:43 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: rawhide

I would have banked my 26 grand and went back online to see it that doofus had anything else good for sale !


58 posted on 01/22/2013 7:05:25 AM PST by Newbomb Turk (Freedom is my F word.)
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To: rawhide

You find cash from an “as is” sale publicly offered? Caveat emptor has a reciprocal.... seller emptor too. The seller represents the product as sold. The seller should have at a minimum opened the safe (who wouldn’t?) before selling. That’s it.

Another big mistake is to announce to the world a “windfall” because of course this is not a blessing but needs to be shared/re-distributed. No way— the law of the mountains... or really any where else. It was a transaction that was completed as sold— keep your business to yourself. Find a gold nugget on your land/property— same thing. And praise God.

On the other hand, another example— find a brown bag with $250K cash in it— you should turn that in— because if you keep it you’ll get a visit from guido or carmine from hoboken- and not be long for it— or maybe pablito or carlito from brownsville. Not all transactions are blessed.


59 posted on 01/22/2013 7:06:46 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: b4its2late

If I buy a security and it makes money I never feel obligated to give any of my return to the seller. Similarly I don’t expect the seller to bail me out when a stock tanks. I don’t see this as any different.

I would have kept quiet and discreetly moved the money in equal portions into my children’s accounts.


60 posted on 01/22/2013 7:11:07 AM PST by posterchild
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To: apillar

I’m smelling BS here.

The buyer likely found nothing.


61 posted on 01/22/2013 7:14:41 AM PST by zeebee
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To: jsanders2001
How could you own a safe and not know what’s in it?

And there's the rub. Chances are the seller got it from an expired storage unit, or a yard sale, or from cleaning up an estate.

So, the $13,000 question is - Would the SELLER have felt any obligation to give the money back to the ORIGINAL owner in that case?

I doubt it. So, therefore, this guy can take a hike.

62 posted on 01/22/2013 7:21:21 AM PST by Fido969
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To: jsanders2001
How could you own a safe and not know what’s in it?

And there's the rub. Chances are the seller got it from an expired storage unit, or a yard sale, or from cleaning up an estate.

So, the $13,000 question is - Would the SELLER have felt any obligation to give the money back to the ORIGINAL owner in that case?

I doubt it. So, therefore, this guy can take a hike.

63 posted on 01/22/2013 7:24:09 AM PST by Fido969
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To: Thorliveshere

Do you actually believe he hasn’t opened it?


64 posted on 01/22/2013 7:30:59 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: John S Mosby
Caveat emptor has a reciprocal.... seller emptor too

Caveat= Beware

Emptor=Buyer

Caveat vendor?

65 posted on 01/22/2013 7:31:06 AM PST by xone
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To: rawhide

I wouldn’t have felt obligated to share any of the money with the seller, but I also wouldn’t have told him about my windfall unless he asked.

And $26K isn’t “life altering” money unless you’re one hell of an investor.


66 posted on 01/22/2013 7:37:43 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: rawhide

To the risk takers go the spoils!!


67 posted on 01/22/2013 7:51:34 AM PST by ontap
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To: rawhide
says Labrecque, who adds that he shook the safe and didn't think there was anything inside.

No sympathy for Labrecque whatsoever. He thought he was ripping off some rube. Well, in hindsight, he did!

68 posted on 01/22/2013 8:06:50 AM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: rawhide

Why does anyone even know?


69 posted on 01/22/2013 8:11:20 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: rawhide
Interesting almost 1 year old story. According to a snip in the WMCTV report, the buyer was playing a joke on him. I don't know if that is true or not but is on the tv website.

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."

70 posted on 01/22/2013 8:22:01 AM PST by deport
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To: Newbomb Turk
I would have banked my 26 grand

You DON"T take that kind of cash and "Drop" it in your bank account. The bank HAS to report it to the "Feds",then the nightmare begins. The IRS,and the DEA will come knocking on your door. Put the money in a coffee can and stash it your freezer.

About 6yrs ago I sold a collector car (Shelby Mustang) for Alot of money. I was offered cash I said no give me a certified check.(I knew the buyer's reputation and knew the check would be good). I told my CPA about it and he said never take that kind of cash, Too much grief.

71 posted on 01/22/2013 8:30:24 AM PST by painter (Obamahood,"Steal from the working people and give to the worthless.")
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To: rawhide

The second stupidest guy in the world is the one that Posts a Feedback telling the Seller what he found.

I would just say I used the Safe as a Boat Anchor and it worked out great.


72 posted on 01/22/2013 8:36:17 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: deport

Now THAT is funny.


73 posted on 01/22/2013 8:39:45 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: PLMerite
I hope the guy doesn’t just take it to the bank and deposit it.

If he did that he'd be disclosing it to greedy uncle's scrutiny even if he'd kept quiet about it!

74 posted on 01/22/2013 9:37:32 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: rawhide

That’s definitely life-altering money for myself and a lot of other folks.

Would I give it back? No, that’s why I was rolling the dice on a locked safe with no combination.


75 posted on 01/22/2013 11:25:06 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Hieronymus
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.

Don't have a high payment on the house (I'll have it paid off in less than four years). My car has plenty-o-problems, but it still gets me from point A to B, and I mostly walk and ride bike to places anyway. Don't have credit cards. Don't owe much money to anyone anymore. It's nice.
76 posted on 01/22/2013 12:47:56 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: Thorliveshere

Sounds quite nice. While I try to avoid debt like the plague, 26k would only make a sizable dent in the mortgage, and with five young kids, upgrading our van would take a good chunk of 26k.


77 posted on 01/22/2013 12:56:23 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: rawhide
What would you have done?

Follow the seller's lead: "What you receive is what you get"........

I've been screwed twice on Ebay and have no sympathy for the sellers......

78 posted on 01/22/2013 12:57:16 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Do you actually believe he hasn’t opened it?

You know, I can be gullible at times, so it's likely he has.
79 posted on 01/22/2013 12:58:11 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: rawhide
Life altering???

Ha!!

I worked with this low info person a couple years back....

She said she'd retire if she won $1 million bucks. She was in her late 20's early 30's...I told her a million bucks wasn't enough.

She thought I was crazy...LOL!! And I couldn't convince her otherwise...

I'm sure she votes Dim....

80 posted on 01/22/2013 1:02:58 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: HomeAtLast

“Yet there are (financially) fortunate people who’d turn up their noses at it.”

Fortunate? As in lucky and not that they worked hard to get to that point?

“for me that’s 3 years of income. Seriously life-altering money.”

If you believe in hard work and continued learning, then you will improve and maybe after years of hard work you will be LUCKY!


81 posted on 01/22/2013 1:08:33 PM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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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.

$26K is a life-altering amount of debt you could wipe out in one fell swoop.

82 posted on 01/22/2013 1:08:48 PM PST by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: Sloth
$26K is a life-altering amount of debt you could wipe out in one fell swoop.

Only if I had any debt to wipe out.

83 posted on 01/22/2013 1:22:28 PM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: rawhide
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.

Uh-huh, sure. And if the safe was empty was he going to refund half of the $123 so they could share in the loss, right?

84 posted on 01/22/2013 1:23:54 PM PST by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: CSM

Why so prickly about the word “fortunate?” Would you have taken offense if I’d said “blessed” too?
You know nothing about me and I’d like to keep it that way, but you should not presume anything about my age or experience or prospects. You probably have enough to worry about in your own heart.
Good day to you.


85 posted on 01/22/2013 2:09:13 PM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: Hieronymus
If you could do all that with 26K either you owe virtually nothing on your house or you don’t owe very much

Is that so uncommon now? I owe nothing on mine. Debt will keep you up nights, and that isn't healthy! :)

86 posted on 01/22/2013 2:14:49 PM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: rawhide

As a seller I’d have hired somebody to figure out the combination, just under the thought that a safe with a known combination can be sold for more. As a buyer, I bought as is, not my fault the seller didn’t bother to know what he was actually selling.


87 posted on 01/22/2013 2:28:48 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: HomeAtLast

I suspect that ownership free and clear may becoming more uncommon—but I am in an age group that tends not to be free and clear yet. I fully agree debt will keep one up at night, but with regards to a first home, there may be no choice.


88 posted on 01/22/2013 7:15:57 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: HomeAtLast

“Why so prickly about the word “fortunate?”

Because it is the language of collectivists that want to deny that hard work and self education is the formula for financial success. We don’t need to promote their discounting of that fact.

“You know nothing about me and I’d like to keep it that way, but you should not presume anything about my age or experience or prospects.”

Fine, but if you look back at my posting you will see that I did not presume anything about you. I did reiterate the formula for success. You may be living that formula, or you may not be. Since you are on FR, then I would assume that you ARE living that formula and the result will be as I described.

“You probably have enough to worry about in your own heart.”

Why? I pointed out that hard work and responsible living trumps “fortune or luck.” You might call it good stewardship. In reality, they are one and the same and will, in the vast majority of cases, lead to financial security.

Do you know the biggest predictors of poverty? Here they are:

1. Failure to get HS education
2. Bearing children before marriage
3. Criminal Activity

The biggest predictors of success are:

1. Passion
2. Determination
3. Self Disciplin
4. Faith

Do you see a clear difference between the 2 lists? The first is a “living in the moment” approach to life, or to be more blunt it is immaturity. The second is a long term approach to life, where one is willing to forego instant gratifaction for future rewards, or to be more blunt it is a maturity.

In the vast majority of cases the formula will play out over the course of one’s life, regardless of the luck involved. Yes, in a very few number of cases there will be ruination or lack of success based on unfortunate situations, however these few instances should not be the basis for anyone’s plan for life.


89 posted on 01/23/2013 6:52:39 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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