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Thu Feb 16 2012 12:08:41

Should Man Return Money He Found in Safe Bought on eBay?

By: Julia Wilkinson

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It's like something out of a "What Would You Do?" TV reality show: a Bartlett, Tennessee man bought a sealed safe on eBay, only to discover it contained thousands of dollars. James Labrecque, the California man and 15-year user of eBay who sold the safe for $122.93, said he did not have the safe's combination "and believed it to be just another item to turn around," according to a story on Memphis's WMC-TV web site.

Labrecque thought the safe was empty, but it contained $26,000 in cash. The Tennessee man who bought it gave the seller a positive feedback and shared the news of his find. Now Lebrecque is asking for a cut of the chunk of change, but the buyer is refusing, pointing to Lebrecque's own seller policy that states, "What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back."

"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 in it," the Lebrecque man is quoted as saying.

What do you think? Should the buyer give the seller some of the money? All of it? None of it? What would you do if you were in this situation? Post a comment here!




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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric

Thu Feb 16 13:46:02 2012

Given that the seller did not think to have a locksmith open the safe to inspect it prior listing the item for sale, he should have no expectation of sharing in the jackpot.

If he had sold an old painting for small change and it turned out to be a priceless work of art, he would have no claim, and there is little difference here.

The buyer in this case came into a windfall that is rightfully his. Unless the safe turned out to be stolen, the windfall should be his and his alone.

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This user has validated their user name. by: elpereles
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Thu Feb 16 14:12:32 2012

I agree. If the safe wasn't stolen. It isn't reason to return or share something.

It was a mistake from the seller. Because as a seller he suppose to check the items before offering the items to sale.

''What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back.''

Nice quote for a lazy seller that gave thousands for hundreds.  

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by: Saintsteven This user has validated their user name.
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Thu Feb 16 14:22:13 2012

I found a hundred dollar bill in a deck of playing cards I bought at an estate sale once.  Since the local Inconvenience store would not break it, I spent a significant portion of it on shrimp.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Nan
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Thu Feb 16 14:48:47 2012

Labrecque is out of luck.  Shoulda looked inside.  
 
And he's fortunate to get a pos feedback since that safe was NOT as described :D

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This user has validated their user name. by: basset

Thu Feb 16 15:04:14 2012

Seller does not deserve it. He should have acted responsibly &  looked to see what was inside before selling it. Sounds like it could have been anything: jewels, weapons, drugs, child porn - I wouldn't want any of that coming back on me! 'cept the jewels.
I know someone who purchased a guitar case & there was a live grenade in a compartment. Bomb squad had to come & get it. Lots of questions to be answered, too! Of course they were referred back to the seller. oops!  

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This user has validated their user name. by: juliawww
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Thu Feb 16 17:42:22 2012

LOL Saintsteven! I was once at an estate clearout sale where I heard someone got a hat box that wound up being filled with cash.

In this case, the seller's strict-sounding return policy certainly doesn't do him any favors.

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by: Fruity This user has validated their user name.

Thu Feb 16 20:09:22 2012

oh no love for Labrecque! Here, let me help him out so he wife doesn't divorce him. I think you should show up with some stray orphans and a bible and get your cut! Remember, Jesus Saves!

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by: Fruity This user has validated their user name.

Thu Feb 16 20:10:57 2012

and that guy from Tennessee better be paying the tax man soon!

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by: tb This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 00:45:47 2012

Who in their right mind would acquire a locked safe and not open it first before selling it? That's just flat out moronic. I wouldn't share a dime with the guy.

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by: JeffP This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 00:45:49 2012

Why would this guy even tell anyone what he found, especially the seller?
Doesn't sound like the buyer is any smarter than the seller. He will be sharing the money alright, but with Uncle Sam.  

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by: Solveig This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 02:14:26 2012

The seller didn't have a locksmith check the safe out before selling it? What a maroon!
The buyer should keep every last cent!

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by: comet This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 02:22:39 2012

I find cash---not large quantities but often enough to make it noteworthy---in the old clothing I buy for resale.  And a friend bought two boxes of books at DIFFERENT yard sales and discovered weeks later---after the books had been shelved and mixed in with other books---that there was cash stuck between the pages of a LOT of them---hundreds of dollars.  And she had no idea where they had been from so couldn't exactly go back and say---missing anything?  

Also cash in pockets of new clothing that people apparently take home---wear---and return.  Sound like some place WE know???

My mom found a bill in a purse that had belonged to HER deceased mother---dated several YEARS after she had died.  The items had been stored and not used or seen by anyone in that time.

Both the seller and the buyer are dumbasses for saying anything to anyone.  They deserve each other.

And check your pockets.  Ya never know.

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by: SBeS This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 04:38:07 2012

Agree with the comments, however, if the safe was sold unbeknown to the owner, and he/she goes ''OMG - You sold my safe. It had $26000.00 in it''!, in Australia at least, the money would have to be returned as the item for sale was a safe, and not the contents of a safe. This, apparently, is the law in Australia (happened when someone sold a suitcase to a charity with several tens of thousands of dollars in it. Owner realised that the suitcase was mistakenly sold by a well meaning relative. Law said return the money, you bought a suitcase, not a suitcase and contents).

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by: frustrated This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 07:59:07 2012

Puhleease.

Only the stupidest idiot in the world would have gone to the trouble of contacting the seller in the first place??

Probably drug money, so (why else would you hide the cash instead of using a BANK?)keep it, or better still, give it to your favorite local charity, and then claim tax deduction.

Dumb seller who let someone ELSE pay to have it opened cannot claim a dime.

Why on EARTH would you tell the seller anyhow?

If you tell him, then split it.

Sounds like a fake story to me.

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Feb 17 09:25:33 2012

Definitely a case of 'finders keepers, losers weepers'. He sold the item with the full ability to check to see if anything was in it. I have found all sorts of things in items that I bought for resale but never money. I didn't try to return them though, I kept them on a bulletin board as some of the stuff was interesting.

He sold it as is, which I would think even in Australia that would mean safe and contents.

I'm sure somehow ebay is going to try and stake a claim if they find out!

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by: bacpro This user has validated their user name.
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Fri Feb 17 09:36:45 2012

Finders keepers, I think the guy that sold the safe is out of luck, the guy that bought the safe should have kept his month shut.

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by: spooky This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 10:06:19 2012

I bought an old tube radio at a local estate sale. I went to list it on eBay and at the last moment I decided to open up the back (4 screws) to take a photo of the tubes to maximize bidding. Thank God - I found nearly $3000 inside. The bills were so old and in perfect condition that I actually was able to sell the bills on eBay and double the 3K!

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by: Oh, For Goodness Sake This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 11:02:38 2012

I always thoroughly check all of my local auction purchases before selling them, to make certain that they are in good repair, or in the process of dusting and cleaning them to photograph for listing. No luck so far, but we went on an 'auction spree' last year, and this has certainly increased my ambition to attack the hundreds of boxes sitting in the warehouse to get those items listed! There are several boxes of books ... hmmmm ... Unexpected motivation!!  

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by: Tired of eBay's Bullsh*t This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 11:25:06 2012

The seller is SOL, because ... WAIT, WAIT !

THIS IS EBAY AFTER ALL. So...

SInce the safe was SNAD, buyer should return the safe and get his $122.93 back (of course, not returning the $26k, since that was not mentioned in the listing). Or...

Perhaps eBay/Paypal should step in on this one, demanding that buyer send it ALL to that special eBay processing center in Texas or wherever. Then eBay could return the safe to the seller under its "Seller Protection" program. Of course, eBay would return only the safe, not the cash (since that was not part of the listing).

But, in all seriousness, the seller is out of his mind to think he has some claim on that money.

- Tired of eBay's Bullsh*t

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by: amorelle This user has validated their user name.

Fri Feb 17 13:32:14 2012

I think I'd share, just to be nice. If the seller is a small seller, it may not have been worthwhile to pay to have it opened.
We always say we'd share if we won the lottery - would we really?

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