Dan Dotson, auction house owner and frequent star of Storage Wars on A&E, was recently told a yarn so compelling he simply had to take to the internet and pass it along to his fans.
What would you do if you came across $7.5 million in an abandoned storage unit, only to be approached by the money's real owner shortly thereafter?
Watch the story being told here.
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The story, told to Dotson by a woman at an event, involved a man who had bought an "abandoned" storage unit at auction for $500 (after a certain amount of time left unused or unpaid for, storage units are available to be sold by the establishment's proprietors).
Inside, the man found a safe.
Inside the safe: treasure.
Dotson told the tale in his video:
"The first person they called to open the safe, I guess, couldn't, or didn't, so they called a second person. When that person opened it up, inside the safe — normally they're empty, but this time it wasn't empty— [and] it had $7.5 million cash inside."
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura If there was 7.5 mil in cash why did they let payments lapse?????— Lisette Amoroso (@Lisette Amoroso) 1541456344.0
Naturally, the unit's buyer was overjoyed.
However, that $7.5 million didn't appear out of thin air—it belonged to someone who had stowed it in the storage unit.
Before long, the buyer was approached by an attorney with a proposition: return most of the money to its original owner and they could keep $600k off the top.
This unit sells for 500 bucks, buyer finds 7.5 million cash, attorney reaches out on behalf of the previous owner &… https://t.co/FcxUauvI7h— Dan Dotson on A&E (@Dan Dotson on A&E) 1541440931.0
The attorney would later raise the offer to $1.2 million, making the deal a little more palatable.
The buyer relented and decided to go through with the deal, losing some of his $7.5 million but ultimately walking away with nearly $1.5 million on a $500 gamble.
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura If you have 7.5mil sitting in a locker and don’t pay the lock… https://t.co/UVamVKLSu8— Chuck Heshler (@Chuck Heshler) 1541442334.0
Dotson and his wife Laura debated whether or not they would keep the money, with Laura saying:
"I don't feel like it'd be clean money."
The Storage Wars star ultimately agreed, commenting:
"I wouldn't ask a damn thing. $7.5 million is a lot of money… but that's a lot of running, too."
Twitter also shared what they would do in the unusual scenario.
@micha3laml @TVAddictsAnony @auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura They aren’t smart for speaking up...— Lee Ann (@Lee Ann) 1541476449.0
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura I'd keep it!! But I'd donate a lot of it to charities!! Then… https://t.co/t9Znjgj5Vv— Kay Seguin (@Kay Seguin) 1541539324.0
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura I'd take the 1.2. I'd make sure that 1.2 was take home. I'm t… https://t.co/bDxWkOUcyq— Mike Ruk (@Mike Ruk) 1543034262.0
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura 1.2 million and a clean concions...sounds great to me...!!!— Leroy (@Leroy) 1541464622.0
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura I would keep the money. A guy who forgets to pay a bill where… https://t.co/L7QWHAdYeK— Brian H (@Brian H) 1541652487.0
@auctionguydan @paytheladylaura @AETV @storageauctnet What I find in the locker I buy is mine. Pay the lady and move on to the next sale— margaret marcelak (@margaret marcelak) 1541443418.0
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura Why on earth would anyone say a word after finding this? This… https://t.co/OmmhoL0pJQ— DK Kauffee (@DK Kauffee) 1543083505.0
Other people were wondering why all that money was sitting in a storage unit.
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura I would question why there's 7.5 million in cash— Cathy Russon (@Cathy Russon) 1541444991.0
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura Also who legitimately has $7.5 million in cash? Either way, I… https://t.co/Bjq60qPel9— Dave Scott (@Dave Scott) 1541441281.0
At the end of the day, everyone walked away happy.
The money's original owner got most of it back and the buyer got quite the bonus on a relatively small investment.
Could you imagine a better scenario?
@auctionguydan @AETV @storageauctnet @paytheladylaura If I bought a unit and it had 7.5 mil in I would have done th… https://t.co/7YlI4Vlkcv— Tre Rudy (@Tre Rudy) 1543076594.0