Finding Money in BoardGames
- Doug BraaschUnited States
The money goes out but it never comes back ... except as paper, cardboard or plastic tokens! Always spending money for the wonderful games we want to play. Never having enough to buy all the games you want. Well... what if the games you bought actually returned some of that hard earned cash. That's what happened to me on 11-29-08.Recommend
My family drove from Harrisburg, PA all the way to Clarkston, MI to spend Thanksgiving with my mother. While we were there we decided to go to a movie on Saturday 11-29-08. My mom thought she knew where the theater was and told me how to get there. We came to the last intersection where my mom thought the theater was located. Not so..
We weren't sure whether to go left or right. Not much time left to get to the theater!! What to do? "THRIFT STORE!!", I yelled. I'll just run in, check the games real quick (priorities, you know!) and then ask the cashier where the theater is. I go in check the games.. a couple of possibilities.. maybe we can stop by after the movie. Asked the cashier where the theater was -- "..down the street about a mile." Thanks.
Hopped in the car and off to the movie. After the movie, back to the thrift store. A little more time to check the games. Found one minus the instructions.. OK. Started to move one game to look at another.. whoa, this is heavy for a kids money game. Kind of rattles too like plastic or metal coin tokens. Hmm. Moneycent$. I open it up. Checked out the little box full of cardboard money tokens. Seems complete. Looks like some of the pieces may have gotten under the cardboard insert. Let's just lift it up... NO WAY!!! (Well, those weren't my exact words, but I'll keep it clean). Underneath the cardboard insert were A BUNCH OF REAL COINS!!! "Debi (my wife), come take a look at this!" She lets out a gasp and then quickly covers her mouth in surprise and disbelief. My daughter Mary starts to laugh and I tell her ssshhh. OK, let's flip up the other side of the insert, DANG!! Two one dollar bills and a few more coins. A little voice tells me to "PUT THE INSERT DOWN DOUG". I return the insert to its rightful resting place. No price on it. Probably $3.99, that's what the rest of them are.
So I take my two games up to the cashier. I gently raise the "money" game up, whitout tilting it, and tell the cashier that there doesn't appear to be a price on the "money" game. She says $3.99. And then, more good news .... the games are 75% off!!!! Talk about scoring. Two $3.99 games for $2.11 and a bunch of real money.
We start walking out to the car and my mom says something about finding some games. I tell her, wait till you see what I found. We get back to the car, I open the "money" game on the trunk and show her what's inside. She lets out a laugh and says "Oh my gosh".
We start driving back to my mom's house and we decide to make a gentlemen's bet on how much real money is in the game. Debi - $5.00, Mary - $5.50, Mom - $6.00 and me $7.50. Back at the house, I quickly put the game down on the dining room table and open her up, careful not to allow any mula to go running off onto the floor. I start counting. Two one dollar bills, 24, no 26 quarters, a bunch of dimes and nickles and some pennies. Total: $10.45 cents!! SCORE!!!
Should I have told the store what I had found? Would they have asked for the money? What would they have done with it had they taken it? Could they have returned it back to the original owners of the game? Who knows? I do know that a co-worker pointed out the "buyer-be-ware" point of view. Be careful what you buy, check it out before you buy it. Well, a small adaptation turns that into seller-be-ware. Be careful what you put out for sale.. you may sell something that is more valuable than you think.
Do I have any feelings for the people who left the money in the game and forgot to take it out before they gave it to the thrift store? Sure I do. I don't think anyone would want to have that happen to them. And sure there may be some samll chance that the owner came back to the store and told them that they wanted the game back because they had left money in it.
We could go on and on. Let's not. Lesson learned... for all parties.
Now that I have told my story, any of you fellow BGGers have a "money" story to tell? If so, feel free to add to this list. If not, feel free to comment anyway.
Thanks. Doug Braasch
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