A man found himself in a moral quandary after buying a second-hand safe on eBay – as it had £20,000 inside and he decided to keep it, even when the previous owner asked for some of it back
A man found himself in a moral quandary after buying a second hand safe on eBay for £80 – as it had £20,000 inside and the previous owner asked for it back.
James Labrecque decided to sell the heavy-duty safe as he didn’t have the combination to open it and to him it was useless, so he put it on eBay.
A determined buyer snapped it up and managed to prise it open with brute force, and they were presumably pleasantly surprised to find £20,000 inside.
James, flabbergasted at his bad luck, asked the buyer for at least some of the money back – but they refused, and said it was finders keepers.
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Speaking to local news outlet WMC-TV, James, from California, said: “I made a mistake, you know, that’s what it boils down to, and it cost me dearly.
“I shook it and I didn’t feel anything inside of it, so I figured, well, maybe it’s just a locked safe, you know. So I put it on eBay.”
“I told my friend, I won the stupidest idiot in the world award the other day, you know – I gave away a safe with $26,000 (£20,000) in it.”
Describing it as a ‘life altering’ amount of money, James was gutted that he didn’t prise the safe open, instead posting it out to the buyer in Bartlett, Tennessee.
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The buyer at least gave James a good review on eBay, but some say he should have done more and given some cash back to the seller.
Commenting on the story, one person said: “I think I’d have to give the guy back maybe 5k. I dunno maybe I’m too generous.”
Then another added: “Poor guy. Ouch.”
But others sided with the buyer, as one wrote: “I feel bad for him, but he should have checked first. If it was me I’d be depressed for a while.”
James shared a text message exchange with the buyer, who said: “What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back”.
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