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    Found money !

    Sorry no pics on this one... This is just a good true story. In 1999 I went on a noise call to this old womans home. It was a old cinderblock house about 1000 square feet in the older part of our town. She was at least in her early-mid 90s at the time. I look at the gas pak and it sounds like the blower is off balance, so I open it up. I put my hand in and think im pulling out old dust covered paper. After I rubbed off a piece of it I saw it was a 20.00, then I pulled out another and several 5s. I looked up the return line and saw several more laying in the duct! So I go to the floor return (It used to have a floor oil furn, they took it out years before and turned it into a return), and look down and see a few more. Im a little flustered because I cant figure this out, Then I look to my right and see where they panned up under the floor were stacks of cash in older rubber bands. I stop right there and call the womans daughter (who called me out to look at the system, The old woman was 90% blind and deft) to come to the house. She shows up and then I tell her what I found and then start pulling it out, She starts crying and calls her brother and husband. Turns out her father told them that he had money stached away, but did not tell anyone where it was at. He died in his sleep in 1991. They checked all the local banks and found nothing. I think he just kept putting cash away because all the stacks had $1,$5,$10s,20s,100s, Oldest money I saw was late 50s. Rubber bands were shot and breaking apart. I did not stay to count it, but I figure it was at least 12-20K. And I can honestly say I did not take one dime of it. Thats my wall of pride.

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    Kudos to you. There is no money better than a gift from family passed down hopefully used for good.
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    Good on You!!!!!
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    Great story and that sure is good of you to do the right thing!

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    Ide guess u have a customer for life.

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    Wow, I thought I was the only one with a story like that. I went on a call on a very hot summer evening. System not keeping up, another tech had just been out and "added some charge." I got looking around and decided to double check the evap. I cut a little access on the ductboard plenum and that bad boy had wet money all over it. I pulled it off the coil and counted it, I think it was around $700. I was confused on what to do. I brought money down out of the attic and they thought they had won the lottery. I didn't take a dime BUT he gave me a $50 bill when I left for being honest! HAHA

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    good man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    No, Did not get a tip. This woman was poor as dirt and im sure she had plans for the money.ie.food,medical bills,meds. Even if they did offer me some I would not have taken it. I do still work for the family that is still around here though. I have had another business along with this one and I got into that "more money is better" mindset. I lost the other business, lost a damn nice boat, luxury truck gone, but the worst thing I lost was a year working 14-18 hr days 7 days a week away from my wife and kids. So as long as I have enough to feed/cloth/live and a little to save im happy now. There is alot more to the story than there is space and time to write here. Nothing illegal just bad finical decisions along with bad timing and employees who have sticky fingers. Im home now between 4-5 most days, and I only go on emergency calls on weekends and nights (but I do charge 160.00 hr to do it, so it keeps the calls to a minimum.) I found out that I had rather be happy than rich.

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    It wasn't on a service call. But when my ex-wife's grandmother passed away, we moved into the house and I noticed a couple of the registers weren't blowing very well. I took the cover off and dug down to pull out stacks of 20's. I checked all the other registers and found money in half a dozen. All told, we found nearly 20k. Gave the money to my mother-in-law and she paid for the whole family to go on vacation!

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    The good news, they foudn the money.

    The bad news... even just in a IRA or some relatively safe investment, it should have been worth what $100? $200K? if that really goes back 40 years. Inflation aloe at 3-4% would have tripled you money. Even if you do n't trust the banks, you could have bought gold, diamonds, anything being better than paper money over that time period. Hard to explain that to many that were children during hte deperssion and "real" hard time. We don't know hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motoguy128 View Post
    The good news, they foudn the money.

    The bad news... even just in a IRA or some relatively safe investment, it should have been worth what $100? $200K? if that really goes back 40 years. Inflation aloe at 3-4% would have tripled you money. Even if you do n't trust the banks, you could have bought gold, diamonds, anything being better than paper money over that time period. Hard to explain that to many that were children during hte deperssion and "real" hard time. We don't know hard.
    Lots of folks from those times to not trust banks... and the surely do not trust govts. (IMO smarter than we are today).

    There are lots of ways for the system to take your $$$ from you... as many as there are corrupt polecats and corrupt bankers. A good example is the housing boom/bust cycles... And please do not tell me this all happened by circumstance... one really has to not be watching to believe that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by motoguy128 View Post
    The good news, they foudn the money.

    The bad news... even just in a IRA or some relatively safe investment, it should have been worth what $100? $200K? if that really goes back 40 years. Inflation aloe at 3-4% would have tripled you money. Even if you don't trust the banks, you could have bought gold, diamonds, anything being better than paper money over that time period. Hard to explain that to many that were children during hte deperssion and "real" hard time. We don't know hard.
    If he had taken just $5000 in 1950 and bought shares of a company called Haloid which is now called Xerox he would have $800,000 in stock today.

    Recently I bought a house from one of my customers for $2000, it was a complete dump, the ex-resident was some crazy relative who was basically squatting in the place (he was found dead there too). All the utilities were shut off including water. You should have seen the toilets ickk! The good part of this story was that I found an antique pre WW1 working Calvary gun, $963 in cash and sold the contents lots of junktiques for $875. I didn't mention to my wife I was buying this dump, when she found out I was planning of using about $40k of our money to renovate the place, well, I decided to sell it. Two months later I got a check for $15k at settlement.

    Now when I see a customer wring their hands over the need to buy a new heater, I ask if they might want to sell the place instead. Most of the time they have just told me how the place was a dump with constant repairs draining their bank account. Makes for a good spring board for a low offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtticAce View Post
    If he had taken just $5000 in 1950 and bought shares of a company called Haloid which is now called Xerox he would have $800,000 in stock today.
    ...
    If the same amount bought you Nortel, you'd be lucky to get a few pennies back.

    In our line of business, sticky fingers will get you in deep trouble real fast. I don't remember how many times I was left alone in a house doing my work for hours...

    I don't expect tips, but still get them from time to time, and I consider word of mouth is the best tip for me, saved me lots of money on advertising.

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