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British Teen Goofs: Tells Cops About eBay Money

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Okay first, let’s establish two things as public service announcements: Don’t pay $200 for a PlayStation 2; if you stumble over almost 100 grand, don’t tell anybody about it, especially not the government.

Okay so, maybe the second bit of advice isn’t the safest bit of advice, but it’s what I’d do, in the unlikely event I was ever so lucky.

A British youngster ordered a PlayStation 2 off of eBay for 95 pounds, or around $193 in US currency, a ridiculous price, considering I saw a dozen of them at the local pawn shop for $80 a year and a half ago.

Regardless, it wasn’t exactly a rip-off in this case, considering the yonker received a package with over 65,000 Euros stacked inside, or the equivalent of $90,000.

And the fool told his parents. And those fools told the cops, who are holding the money while eBay and the government investigate.

The 16-year-old can apply for the money’s return after September 22, if the cops don’t find (and they’ll sure look, mind you) a reason to hold it further.

Like I said, not the safest plan I have in mind, considering goons can most certainly track the youngster down and reclaim their money. But, with that kind of money, you can buy a new house and hide out until the coast is clear.

Golden Rule of Found Money: Unless it’s obvious it belongs to a crippled old lady who lost it by some unfortunate twist of fate, it’s your money and nobody needs to know about it until they need to know about it.

But I wouldn’t follow my advice if I were you.  

 

British Teen Goofs: Tells Cops About eBay Money
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  • GH

    I personally commend this young man and his parents for their Honesty regarding receiving money that clearly does not belong to them.
    Your “Advice” is the reason this world is so corrupt and in the state it is in!
    Your “Golden Rule” WILL come back on you and then you will scratch your head uttering “WHY ME”!

    • Jason Lee Miller

      My fault for not making it clear that I was (mostly) kidding. I admitted my own moral compass would not point in such a direction, but they probably did the right thing.

      Unless that whole honesty thing is just a conspiracy to keep the poor poor.

      You know, kind of like when they tell you, "Money can’t buy you happiness."

      That’s just something rich people tell poor people to keep them from rioting.

      :)

      sorry, can’t keep this tongue out of my cheek.

       

  • http://www.stockmovies.co.uk Keith Taylor

    I don’t know how much houses cost where you are Jason, but 65,000 euros would just about get you the garden shed over here.

    Keith Taylor (England)

    • Jason Lee Miller

      One of the benefits of living in Kentucky is that you can buy a lot of beautiful, untouched land not a lot of money. A nice, albeit small, house will run around $100,000, just 10,000 more than the young man got in the box.

      Now, say you want to buy a place in Red River Gorge, which I’m pretty sure is where Eden was located, it will cost you a lot more than that, plus the rights to marry your first born daughter.

       

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