When he finally managed to force the mystery safe open and saw what was inside, his jaw fell to the floor. Under a stack of VHS tapes was a hint of green. He felt like he was the luckiest man alive, gaping at the wads of cash which spilled out. However, he soon realized that he was wrong to think that what he had found was a blessing. It was actually a curse. As a matter of fact, a few hours after he opened the safe, there was a knock on the door. A voice bellowed, “Open up. It’s the police!”
Stories Of Striking It Rich
Bidding on storage containers which were on auction was something that he was only getting comfortable with. It was a huge gamble to spend money he didn’t have, especially since he had no idea what was inside those containers. However, he heard of stories about individuals striking it rich because of storage containers that they had bid on. Some people even found whole classic cars, driving off happily into the sunset.
The man was inspired by these stories and had humble success so far. He sold off the contents of the units for a small profit. However, it took a lot of effort since he had to sift through garbage and clean the items he would sell. He had become impatient and he thought he needed his break. If it was not in the next storage unit he would give up.
Outside the unit were Joe and a crowd of people. He would have to bid against them for the unit, which was 75 square feet. Since it was really large, anything which wasn’t in plain sight would be hard to see. There was a bunch of stuff from a one-bedroom apartment. The unit was good for someone looking for furniture because there was a chair, couch, dining set, sports equipment, and bicycles inside. However, the unit wasn’t good if you only wanted to spend a few hundred dollars.
Bidding Wars Were Fun
Joe really enjoyed joining an auction. For Joe, the parts that you see on TV, such as the intensity of the bidding wars, were fun. He loved beating out a competitor and winning a unit. However, he had to stick to his budget – something that he found hard to do. He kept telling himself not to put up money that he really cannot afford to lose. Joe had been lucky so far.
Packed With Things
Joe felt as if he was losing grip on himself because of this unit. It was packed with stuff that he wanted to look at. However, he realized that unless he beat out the woman who kept outbidding him, checking out the things in the unit was not something he could do. The starting bid of the container was a pricey $100, but then again the unit was stuffed. Joe and the woman continued to outbid each other. How long could they last?
The Bidding War Ended
After bidding $350, Joe felt confident that the woman wouldn’t go any higher. However, the bid kept climbing… it became $400, then $450, and finally ended at $500. Bidding definitely gave him an adrenaline rush, but Joe snapped out of it. What had he just done? He desperately hoped something worthwhile was in the locker since he would have to shell out a whopping $500 for it. So, what was inside the unit?
Almost the whole crowd proceeded to walk away from the unit. Since they didn’t win anything, they didn’t really stick around. However, there were a few stragglers left. They wanted to see what was in the unit. To their surprise, Joe emerged with something that made them really wish they had been the winner of the bidding war. So, what exactly did the new owner find in his newly acquire unit?
Sauntering into the container, Joe noticed the old furniture that he’d seen earlier. There was space between them, so he squeezed through. He was getting concerned as he looked at the contents of the unit. All of the furniture wouldn’t cover how much he spent for the unit. He had to find something of value there. Joe began his search for any hidden treasure, hoping that he would get a big break.
What He Found
Then, something suddenly caught Joe’s eye – an old container that was on the ground in one corner of the unit. He tried to open it but he wasn’t able to do it. The safe was secured. He called a friend who had a drill and they finally managed to force it open. However, both Joe and his friend could never have guessed what they would find inside the mysterious safe.
Forcing It Open
Joe did what he thought would surely open the safe – he drilled into the lock. When he finally managed to break through, he took the lid off carefully. He was surprised to find a bunch of old VHS tapes. Joe stood up and started pulling them out. Then, he saw something else. There was a note underneath the tapes. When he read it, he felt a chill go up his spine.
In rough handwriting was the word “don’t”. Joe looked at the old videotapes carefully, one by one. He noticed that aside from the dates on some of the tapes, no other information was written on the labels. Joe suddenly felt like he was being watched, but when he turned to see if anyone was behind him, no one was there. Was Joe being paranoid or was someone actually watching him?
What Joe didn’t know was that things were about to go south. Barely two hours into his discovery, he heard a knock on the door. At the same time, men in uniform swarmed over the container. His elation was short-lived. He was wondering what he had gotten himself into. Something sinister was afoot. The question is what had Joe found? Why was there a need for men in uniform to go to the container?
A Stroke Of Good Luck
In the safe were bundles and bundles of something wrapped in yellowed wax paper. Carefully unwrapping one bundle, Joe was really surprised to find $50 bills. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing as he unwrapped the parcels. Never in his life had he seen so much money! How much was in the safe? Who owned the money? Why were the authorities interested in it? Opening the safe had raised so many questions.
How The Police Found Out
It dawned on Joe that in his elation, he had sent pictures of the safe’s contents to his girlfriend and uploaded the photos on practically all social media sites. Of course, the police would find out about it. He still hadn’t finished counting all the cash, but so far, he had counted $1 million. Joe stopped counting the money and went to talk to an officer who was waiting for him. Joe soon found out that aside from the police, there were others who were interested in what was inside the safe.
Millions Stashed Away
All in all, $7.5 million was stashed away in the safes inside the container. Everything was there – from nickels to hundred- dollar bills to pink slips for cars. However, there was one massive problem. When the original owner found out about Joe’s discovery, he hired top-notch lawyers in order to get his fortune back. Joe was certainly in trouble. However, does the original owner still have a right to the contents of the container?
A Living Nightmare
Soon after Joe found the massive amount of cash, things began to take a scary turn. At first, he was amazed and thought the find was the stuff that dreams are made of. However, things quickly became a living nightmare. That night, Joe lay in bed with so many questions racing through his mind. Who had hidden the money in the storage container? Why did they only collect it now? What was recorded on the VHS tapes?
What The Law Says
After Joe consulted with his friends, he learned that in California, the delinquent tenant no longer owned the contents of a unit once it had been sold. Therefore, Joe had full rights to anything in the unit. He had bought it fair and square, after all. However, the man who used to own the storage unit wasn’t backing down that easily. Perhaps he believed that the money found in the unit belonged to him.
A Finder’s Fee
After the authorities got involved, things started moving really quickly though he didn’t divulge anything about the tapes. Not long after, lawyers called Joe and told him that in no uncertain terms, he had to return the money. They also said that as a finder’s fee, he could keep $600,000. Although Joe wasn’t sure if the safe’s original owner was someone that he would want to tangle with, he did want to keep the money. He thought that he had found the money fair and square. Then, the lawyers called him again.
It seemed like they actually thought that they were helping Joe out and they increased the finder’s fee to $1.2 million. They were playing hardball. What were these people capable of? Joe started to wonder how someone forgets keeping $7.5 million in a storage rental. Whatever the reason was, it seemed that person was not someone good. If Joe refused to return the money he’d found, how bad would the situation get?
They were offering Joe $1.2 million – a massive amount of money in a lot of people’s book though still not quite as huge as the figure that he had felt in his hands when he was unpacking the wads of money. Also, he didn’t like that they were strong-arming him. He wondered if he should give the money back but something was telling him that wasn’t the right thing to do either.
Curious To Know
Joe had been told very clearly to leave everything the way he had found it. However, there is a limit to how long you can keep a man’s curiosity at bay. He had to find out the content of the tapes. That night, Joe got the plastic bag where the tapes had been sealed in, carefully opened it, and popped one tape into an old VCR. Then, he pressed play.
The Content Of The Tapes
According to Joe, he saw something on those tapes which made his blood go cold. He wished he could unsee what he had watched but he knew that was impossible. The scene kept playing in his mind, haunting his nightmares. Joe tried to tell himself that they were fake and that they were meant to scare anyone who found the huge amount of money. However, he wasn’t completely convinced by this.
Joe’s curiosity had gotten the better of him in the end, but what he saw haunted him. What’s worse, Joe was now caught in a real dilemma. If the safe’s owner learned that he had found the tapes, would they come after Joe? Should he just keep quiet? Did they know that he had watched the tapes? The images plagued him. However, the situation was about to become a lot worse.
A Sense Of Unease
The first night started uneventfully enough, but Joe was feeling some growing unease. That night something felt different. He could not sleep because his mind just would not turn off. He had been watching Netflix for hours, so he decided to just get out of bed. He shuffled down the stairs and into the kitchen for some cocoa. He had no idea that all of his movements were being observed.
Sitting on the porch, Joe realized that his phone was inside the house, so he left his mug outside the front door to get his cell phone. He made sure to lock the door as soon as he stepped inside. Just seconds later, he gasped with relief that he had locked the door. So, what exactly was happening on the porch? He had been sitting there only a few moments earlier.
Luring Him Out
After unlocking the front door, he stepped outside and looked for his cocoa. However, it had been moved. It was no longer on the ledge next to the door and was six feet away, illuminated by the porch light. Every hair on Joe’s neck stood on end and his heart sank. He knew that all of the signs pointed to “danger.” He wondered who was watching him and why they were attempting to lure him out.
Senses On Overdrive
Joe quickly slammed the door behind him and made sure to lock it. His senses were all on overdrive. He could feel that the adrenaline was rushing through his veins, and then he heard some heavy footsteps. He looked though the peephole to see what or who had made that noise. What he saw made the blood in his veins run cold. What do you think Joe saw on his porch?
A Dark Figure
A dark figure was pacing back and forth just outside his front door. He was muttering something viciously under his breath too. That is when Joe realized that someone had been watching him the entire time. He felt absolute terror, so he grabbed his pepper spray. However, when he looked through the peephole again, the figure was gone. The next morning, though, he found his mug empty except for a rolled note inside. There were three words crudely scrawled on it: “Let Us In.” Things were about to become stranger.
His Reddit Post
A couple of days later, the situation which was unfolding intensified. Joe decided to post something on Reddit describing what had been happening to him since he had found the cash and VHS tapes. At least, if something bad happened to him, an account of what he’d been going through would be available. He ended his post with: “It’s become clear to me that I am a pawn, forced to play in a very sick game.” Just what twisted game had he been inexplicably drawn into? Joe was about to find out.
There was another incident that happened. He came home earlier than usual and decided to order pizza and watch a movie. He was starting to settle in when he walked over to the refrigerator. However, he noticed that the fridge was slightly ajar. When he checked the temperature inside, it hadn’t even risen a few degrees. That means he couldn’t have left the refrigerator open when he left for work. Someone else had done it and just a couple of minutes before he arrived.
The implications were terrifying. All of a sudden, his dog started barking in an unusual way outside. Then, Joe saw it. In his peripheral vision, he could see something on the chopping board to his left. He knew right away that the board was out of place. “When my eyes fixed and focused on what it was, it hit me so hard it put the deepest crack in the hull of my sanity,” Joe revealed. There was another note.
His knees buckled underneath him because of the terror, but he stretched and got the note. “I told you,” it read. With the words spinning around in his mind, Joe started to tear around his home, looking for something… any sign that there was forced entry… However, he could find none. The question was how did the intruder get inside his house? Joe couldn’t come up with an answer but he knew he was terrified.
Asking For Help
Joe sprinted to the bedroom and made sure to lock the door. He knew that it was time to ask for help. He dialled 911 but was so terrified he could only whimper his address. He couldn’t give any more information. A couple of minutes later, he heard the authorities pull up the drive. They forced the front door open, and pounded on Joe’s bedroom door, screaming “police!” However, he didn’t come out of his room until the police had searched everywhere in his house and outside.
Joe told the police what had been happening. With every word that he said, he could see they were getting more and more incredulous. However, they could see he was shaken. After they found nothing, they reassured him that if something happened, he could call again. Nevertheless, they still insinuated that their time had been wasted. Feeling foolish, Joe let them out. The police disappeared into the night, leaving him alone again.
Taking Things Into His Own Hands
Joe decided to take things into his own hands. After bringing his dog inside, he made sure to lock the doggie door securely. For a few nights, there was no incident, so Joe was starting to feel somewhat at ease in his own home again. However, he knew there was still a real threat and the warning was serious. Joe thought that he had found the weak spot in his house and secured it. The stranger must have crawled through the doggy door. Having bolted it shut, Joe had no longer seen any signs of the intruder. However, he knew that the police had to see the tapes.
It was Joe’s curiosity that had led him here. He had found something that he definitely wished he hadn’t. He had been threatened for days because he had found them. Joe was starting to wonder if all that money was worth crossing these people. He also wondered if they somehow found out that he had seen the content of the tapes which they hid in the safe. Clearly, it is not good to mess with these people.
Informing The Authorities
After all of the terrifying threats and much deliberation, Joe decided to tell the police about everything that had happened. Once they saw the tapes, everything was seized and the storage unit shut was sealed. Joe was placed under a witness protection program and further investigation into the storage unit’s previous owner was carried out. Needless to say, there was some criminal activity here. So what exactly was on those tapes?
We might never find out what Joe saw. After he decided that he should get the authorities involved, he gave them the VHS tapes and removed all his posts on Reddit. He also deleted his profile and all posts that linked him to the case. Joe refused to reveal what he had seen. One thing is for sure, though. At that point, Joe was well and truly scared for his life.
The netizens who were following Joe’s story on Reddit were surprised to see that he removed all of his posts about the cash and the tapes. Joe never posted what he had seen on the tapes but some Redditors guessed that he had been requested by the sheriff to take down everything related to the discovery. The investigation is ongoing. Hopefully, Joe remains safe and everything works out for him.