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Old 10-12-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Discovery in my Brother In Laws Shed

This is a true story. I will add PICS as soon as I can to further add to the story.

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So my brother in law is a fellow geek/toy collector. So, it makes sense that many friends of his would also be geeks and toy collectors.

My brother in law's best friend (formerly) was having some tough times, and needed some space to store some things sometime around 1998 or so. To do this, my BIL would need to INCREASE the size of the unit he was renting, and take on a larger monthly payment. So my BIL agreed to let him put his stuff in his new storage unit. The friend agreed verbally to pay a portion of the new storage fee's when he could to help with the storage. The amount of things he put into the unit was LARGE.

Years passed, and the friend never gave a dime of help. My BIL still paid 100% of the storage fee, even though nearly 50% of the stuff inside was not his. It got to the point where friend owes over $3,500 to my BIL for back storage fees.

14 years has now passed, and friend will not answer the phone, and is nowhere to be found. My BIL was tired of the high storage fees and having bought a new large home, got rid of the storage and moved all of the items to his house. The 8-10 LARGE plastic totes that belonged to the friend had not been opened since 1998. My BIL finally said "I wonder what is inside, and opened the boxes"....

"Friend" had been a part-time employee at TRU and was a hardcore toy collector and hoarder. Inside the boxes is....

-G1 TF MISB
-G1 TF Loose
-TF G2
-TF Energon
-TF Beast Wars MISB
-He-Man MISB
-1978-1984 Star Wars Carded MISB
-1988-1991 TMNT MISB
-Macross, Gundam, MISC Japanese Collectibles
-More toys than I could ever describe

Now, this stuff has not been appraised, but I would suspect that my BIL is sitting on top of at least $10,000+ in toys. Its insane. Wanna talk about "TREASURE" this stuff would make for a top rated episode of storage wars TRUST ME.

Well, my BIL is still sympathetic to his friend, and says that despite the THOUSANDS in back rent he is owed, he feels that he should find him and return the toys. My sister (his wife) feel's as if they should simply hold the toys until my BIL is compensated for the storage fees. Others feel as if the friend will never come forward and the toys now all belong to my BIL...

Now the boxes sit, shut, in a extra room on the 2nd floor at my sisters house.

What should be done?
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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i just pissed myself with laughter

thank you so much!

must be the same guy that broke into my car and left a full TT MP collection in it
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If years and years have passed, then I say sell off just enough stuff to pay off what he owes you, then hold onto the rest of it for a set period of time. If no further contact is made after that period, sell the rest or take it for yourself if your brother-in-law is feeling nice
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:05 PM   #6
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i just pissed myself with laughter

thank you so much!

must be the same guy that broke into my car and left a full TT MP collection in it
I know you might think this is some kind of parody thread...

Its not.

What I just typed is 100% factual. Pics coming.
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What should be done?
They belong to your brother-in-law.

I wouldn't push contacting him further. With the f'ed up possession laws, and civil courts nowadays, you never know how it could turn out.
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They belong to your brother-in-law.

I wouldn't push contacting him further. With the f'ed up possession laws, and civil courts nowadays, you never know how it could turn out.
Legally: I agree with you.
Morally: ????
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Well, that's tough.

Morally I'd say do what you can to contact him, but I've been burned enough in the past to not care. If it's someone who doesn't stand by their word for something as minor as $21 a month storage fees, then I would assume they either wouldn't contact you if the tables were turned, or will do something to burn you in the end.
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Not doubting the story, but if they hadn't been opened since 1998 how did TF Energon toys get inside?
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