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Man divides opinion after deciding to keep €25,000 he found in eBay purchase

One man has found himself in a bit a moral quandary after buying a second-hand safe on eBay for about €100, only for the safe to be holding nearly €25,000.

James Labrecque didn’t have the combination to open the heavy-duty safe, which made it useless to him, so he decided to sell it on eBay.

A determined buyer snapped it up and managed to open it up with brute force. They were, presumably, very pleasantly surprised to find nearly €25,000 inside.

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James, flabbergasted at his bad luck, asked the buyer for at least some of the money back - but they refused, and said it was finders keepers, the Mirror UK reported.

At least the buyer left a good review (( Image: WMC-TV))

Speaking to local news outlet WMC-TV, James, from California, said: "I made a mistake, you know, that's what it boils down to, and it cost me dearly.

"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."

"I told my friend, I won the stupidest idiot in the world award the other day, you know - I gave away a safe with $26,000 (€25,000) in it.

Describing it as a 'life altering' amount of money, James was gutted that he didn't prise the safe open, instead posting it out to the buyer in Bartlett, Tennessee.

The buyer at least gave James a good review on eBay, but some say he should have done more and given some cash back to the seller.

Commenting on the story, one person said: "I think I'd have to give the guy back maybe 5k. I dunno maybe I'm too generous."

Then another added: "Poor guy. Ouch."

But others sided with the buyer, as one wrote: "I feel bad for him, but he should have checked first. If it was me I'd be depressed for a while."

James shared a text message exchange with the buyer, who said: "What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back".

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