Man Throws Away Hard Drive Holding $7.5M In Bitcoins

December 2, 2013


James Howells of Wales is sad. Really sad. You see, James threw away a hard drive containing the 7,500 Bitcoins he purchased back in 2009. Now those Bitcoins are worth $7.5-million. If I were James I would be on top of a bridge right now. "Suicide?" Worse -- stuck in traffic because he still has to go to work everyday.

"You know when you put something in the [trash], and in your head, say to yourself 'that's a bad idea'? I really did have that," Howells, who works in IT, told the Guardian.

It was just this past summer that he went through his belongings and threw out the hard drive, thinking it was junk.

Then he went down to the landfill with the idea of digging for it, but was told it's not as simple as going in with a shovel.

"[E]ven for the police to find something, they need a team of 15 guys, two diggers, and all the personal protection equipment. So for me to fund that, it's not possible without the guarantee of money at the end."

But he's still hopeful that someone may find the hard drive, and split the take with him.

"If they were to offer me a share, fair enough," he said. "If they were to go out and find it for themselves ... it's my mistake throwing the hard drive out, at the end of the day."

What landfill was this again? I only ask because my weekdays after 5PM and weekends after 10AM are pretty much free for the next eternity and I love treasure hunting. Could you imagine finding $7.5-million? I've shit myself after hitting $100 on a lotto scratcher before. I would definitely need to be on the toilet when I found that hard drive.

Thanks to Thaylor H, who agrees there's no forgiving yourself for throwing away seven and a half million dollars.

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