If you found a fortune that didn’t belong to you, would you hand it back?
That was the dilemma faced by one family who stumbled upon $7,500,000 (£5,800,000) in a storage container.
The lucky bargain hunters had no idea what would be inside the box they bought for $500 (£390).
Among a host of everyday items was a mysterious safe. The first person called to open it was unable to do so but a second person succeeded.
Normally they are empty, but inside this one was a fortune – that clearly wasn’t theirs.
The find was revealed by Storage Wars TV show star Dan Dotson and his wife Laura.
Dan explained how a lady had told him the story while at a charity event in California.
On video, Dan explained the woman had said: ‘My husband works for a guy and he bought a unit from you for $500 (£390) and it had a safe in it.
‘The first person that they called to open the safe couldn’t, or didn’t.
‘They called a second person and when that person opened it up … inside the safe they’re normally empty, but this time it wasn’t empty. It had $7.5million (£5.8million) cash inside.’
But, of course, there was a catch.
Almost immediately after the couple made the find they were contacted by a lawyer representing the original owners of the unit – and the money.
Dan told the Blast website that the woman claimed the new owner was offered a $600,000 (£465,000) reward for the return of the cash.
In a bid to seal the deal, that sum was then doubled.
In the end they did split the proceeds of the box with $1,200,000 (£930,000) going to the new owners and the remaining $6,300,000 was handed back.
Dan and Laura then asked their followers what they’d do with the money – would they keep or give back.
The pair said the handsome sum would probably not make up for a life looking over your shoulder wondering if the original owner would claim it back.
Others took to social media to debate what they would have done.
One person wrote: ‘If they had that much money, why didn’t they pay for the storage unit? Why would you put money in there anyway.’
Another said: ‘I’d keep it! Why the hell didn’t they claim it, why the hell would they let it sit until someone bought the locker?’