We love a good rags-to-riches story. We also love stories of hidden treasure and unexpected windfalls.
This story is either all of those or none of those, depending on how you look at it and whether or not you think the “unexpected windfall” is dirty money. It all started with a storage locker that was auctioned off by Dan Dotson, one of the stars on “Storage Wars.”
The general idea behind the show is old units or lockers are auctioned off without people really being able to know what’s buried inside. Sometimes buyers end up with loads of trash, but sometimes they turn a good profit with the contents.
Dotson wasn’t even aware of this particular “success” story until he attended a charity event where a woman came forward who claimed to know the people who bought one of the units he auctioned off. And boy, did she have a tale to tell.
“An older Asian woman at the table next to me kept looking at me like she wanted to tell me something,” Dotson told The Blast. “Eventually she walked up and told me her husband works with a guy who bought a unit from me for $500 and found a safe inside.”
The first locksmith they contacted wouldn’t, couldn’t, or just plain didn’t help them open the safe. The second one did, but they were startled by the contents.
Safes are, obviously, meant to hold valuables — but they’re generally kept inside someone’s home or near the owners. Who would keep a safe full of valuables in a storage unit?
But this safe held $7.5 million in cash. That’s a pretty good return on a $500 investment!
Unfortunately, the buyers were contacted by an attorney who informed them that the original owners wanted their cash back. They were willing to fork over a cool $600,000 to reclaim the rest, but soon upped their offer to $1.2 million.
For whatever reason, the buyers accepted the $1.2 million, and while many applaud that choice, others maintain they would’ve held onto the money.
Those who agreed with the buyers said that they wouldn’t have felt right taking that huge chunk of change when the alleged owners were still around and still wanted it.
Others are claiming that if you forget where your money is, then you don’t really need it or shouldn’t be trusted with it. The locker was bought fair and square, and the entire sum should’ve been kept.
There are far more questions than answers in this case, though. Who leaves that sum of money just lying around? Who “forgets” where it is? And if someone has enough money to offer that much as a reward, then wouldn’t they have enough to track you down and make life miserable if you don’t comply?
Rene Nezhoda, also a main player on “Storage Wars,” suggested the money was dirty. “If you find money like that, there’s probably a reason it isn’t in the bank,” he said.
What would you have done?
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