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James Labrecque of Memphis, Tenn., sold an old safe. Without the combination, he couldn’t determine the contents. “I thought it was empty,” he said. “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.” When the buyer had the safe cut open, though, he discovered it wasn’t empty: $26,000 in cash. The buyer posted a positive review on eBay and shared the news, prompting Labrecque to ask for a cut of the cash. The buyer declined, citing Labrecque’s seller policy: “What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back.” But Labrecque thinks this case is different. “That’s a chunk of change, you know. That’s life-altering money,” he said. On the other hand, he adds, “I told my friend, I won the stupidest idiot in the world award the other day.” (MS/WMC Memphis) ...Caveat venditor — let the seller beware.
Publication Date: 11 March 2012
This story is in True’s book collection, Volume 18.
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