Meet Reddit user “btclostandfound“. On November 14th, he asked the genius Borg hivemind that is r/Bitcoin, “If I find 61 BTC on a laptop at a garage sale and I don’t return it, am I a monster?”
About 2 weeks ago I was rummaging around a garage sale (as I often do on the weekends) and found an old Dell laptop that was in fairly good condition and paid $50 for it. I’m fairly into tinkering with old electronics and such so before I reformatted the drive, I decided to go snooping. To my amazement, It had an old version of bitcoin qt on it which contained about 61 btc in an unencrypted wallet. At first i thought i was could good to be true but I was able to transfer the btc into the wallet on my computer with the help of a friend who knows way more about btc than I do. He was shocked as well. Next week I plan on selling about 1/2 of the stash on coinbase and use the money to buy a car. Am I a terrible person because i have no intention of giving any of the bitcoins back?
Now, before we continue, we should point out the following:
- 61 BTC, as of Nov. 18th, is worth $23,040 dollars, at $377.70 per BTC.
- In California, Grand Theft is when property has been taken at over $950. We’re using California as a reference, because Grand Theft law changes from state to state. Legal Match pegs the average you’d need to steal as somewhere in the $500-$1,000 range.
- A Third Bullet Point!
But, hey! He is generous:
I did give my friend a few bitcoins for helping me out.
- That would make his friend an accomplice. Hey, that could be our third bullet point!