Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Finders Keepers, Loser Weepers

When we moved into our house in 2005 we were excited!  There is something about having a huge mortgage payment owning your own home. One of things we liked about the house was that it had a finished basement.  Our first home was an older one that had a dark, musty basement.  You couldn't' make it into a place where the family could hang out.

A few days into the move we finally began unpacking items in the basement.  I plugged in lamps and the TV. To my surprise, the outlets did not work.  WHAT??  Todd unscrewed the outlet plates, only to find out the electric was never hooked up.  The former owners had a contractor install outlets with out running the electric and did not disclose it at the time of sale.

Fast forward a few hours
I opened the hall closet to put some things away.  On the floor was a popcorn tin.  Still being angry about the basement.  I was very childish. I kicked the can!


It was summer.  I had sandals on.

I thought the can would be empty.

What the heck?  Since when is popcorn in a tin card hard? right?

I opened the can and was jumping up and down like a child at Christmas who just received the best present ever surprised.  It was filled with gold dollar coins!!

My sister was helping me unpack.  "Tiffani", I screamed! "I found treasure"!

We took the can and dumped it on the floor… stacking and counting the coins.  $1,300.00

Wahoo!!!!  It was like winning the lottery.

After the excitement died down, I began to think rationally.  I called my realtor.

"Hypothetically, if we find something in our house, we get to keep it?"



The former owner was shady.  I wanted to stick out my tongue and taunt "Finders Keepers, Loser Weepers".

"But it's $1,300.00.  I can't keep it."

Our realtor called their realtor and the former owner came within minutes to pick up the pirate booty.

The man took his popcorn can without even thanking us.

I know the man did us wrong, but I know we did the right thing.

22 pretty purplexing comments:

  1. oooh, ouch! You're a good one Tami. Seriously. Especially since they burned you in the electricity dept.
    I can imagine how rewarding home ownership is, working towards something that is yours and is a legacy for your children.

  2. awww, bless your heart...

    and may karma hunt that man down :-)

  3. you are an amazing lady... you did the right thing....

  4. You're a saint and I hope Karma has found you.....we have outlets that aren't hooked up either what gives!! Happy Tuesday!

  5. I wouldn't have sold a house without disclosing something like that. I can't believe people are that dishonest!! Have a great day!

  6. Thanks! I have to give credit to my husband too. He keeps me in check. LOL

  7. What comes around, goes around.

  8. We are slowly fixing up the house. As time goes by, we find more work that wasn't done right. These people just wanted a quick profit and didn't care if the house was constructed right.

  9. Wow, you totally did the right thing. I don't know if I could have, especially if the hadn't disclosed the thing about the electric.

  10. Hello Tami! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving the sweet comments! WOW! What can I say....My first thought is how the good LORD is blessing you with this find after what happened with the electrical situation. Then the rest of the story.......I'm as honest as they come but that would have been a hard thing to do....but we know about sowing and reaping....it truly was the right thing to do! (I believe it was meant for me to see this, finances have been very tight for a while) I enjoyed your post and I am your newest follower! Blessings, have a wonderful week! Roxie

  11. OH...p.s. I would love for you to follow me too! Thanks! Roxie

  12. holy - meaning Real Gold? you know that was probably worth way, way more than $1,300.00, right? If you melt it down the values shoots through the roof. My husband figures, if real gold, you could have had up to $10,000 once appraised. did you just throw up? LOL

    I would have held it hostage pending a favourable outcome regarding the basement.
    But you're a much nicer person than I. :)

  13. Thank you Roxie. It was very tempted to keep the money for that very reason. Once the decision was made to give it back, I felt almost relieved. So I know we did right.

  14. I figure he has his coming in the end. I only wish I'd be there to see it! HA!

  15. Lol! And it totally figures he'd show up for the pirate's treasure.

  16. Oooh, it would have been tempting to have kept the money, especially in light of how dishonest he was in not disclosing the electrical issues. But you have the satisfaction of knowing that you did the right thing, even if he didn't. Way to go.

  17. yep. assuming we are talking about the US Gold Dollar Coin that is 90% pure gold. and if you had it all melted down by a smelter. I just checked the current price of gold: per Ounce $1,701.70!!!!
    I'm not making you feel better am I? LOL

  18. Oh it would have been so tempting to keep it!!!!

  19. You did do the right thing but he certainly was not worthy of it!

  20. Thank you. I agree that he wasn't worthy.



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