Posted by Jo Robertson Jun 29 2013, 11:59 pm
There’s been considerable flurry in the news recently of big-time mistakes people have made in relation to money or valuable items.
One man had a garage sale while his wife was in the hospital delivering a baby. He later discovered that she’d put her engagement ring in a box for safe keeping during her stay. He sold the box, apparently believing the ring was costume jewelry. Fortunately, the kind recipient discovered and returned the ring.
Clearly men don’t pay attention to the jewelry they buy us!
I don’t know what the deal is about garage sales (often called yard sales here in the States), but industrious people seem to give away valuable items all the time. Another woman recently made an appeal to the person who bought her wedding ring set for $20. She’d tucked the rings inside a shirt pocket while she was volunteering in her child’s classroom and had forgotten they were there. Actually, I can totally see that happening!
You get busy, drop your car keys on the floor, baby throws them in the toilet. I’d do something like that. My personal fear is that I’ll step on the gas pedal while driving when I intended to brake.
It happens more often than you’d think. My husband was golfing recently with the group he calls “the old guys” because most of them are in their 80′s or 90′s. Afterward they always go to Taco Bell for lunch.
On a recent occasion a woman backed into the Taco Bell brick portion at the bottom of the fast-food restaurant. The glass didn’t break, but the sound was like an explosion. Apparently, she’d thought the car was in drive when it was actually in reverse. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but “the old guys” were annoyed by the lunch interruption.
When my youngest daughter was sixteen, she took down quite a length of fence, mistakenly slamming on the gas instead of the brake. I only learned a few years ago that she’d been eating an ice cream cone and gotten distracted.
I want to ground her all over again for that trick.
My daughter-in-law’s father was famous for tucking a bit of money here and there, inside old wallets, boxes, shoes and shirts. He immigrated from Mexico in the 60′s and never quite trusted American banks. We used to joke that he kept his money hidden under the mattress like the Mafia.
During one garage sale my daughter-in-law and her sisters donated a lot of Abuelito’s old clothing. Toward the end of the day one of their earlier buyers returned. She said she’d just found a wad of money inside one of the shirt pockets and hadn’t unrolled it because she didn’t want to be tempted to keep it.
“It wouldn’t be the Christian thing to do,” she said.
The roll contained $5000 in cash.
Hand to God, true story.
I learned a big lesson when I took money out of a retirement account many years ago and forgot to pay the extra tax to the IRS. I was young and naive and only learned of the mistake when the IRS finally caught the error three years later, and I was compelled to pay both the tax and the interest! Never made that mistake again.
It’s true that we learn from our mistakes, but hopefully the price isn’t too high! I’m grateful I never made a tatoo mistake like this one above from www.jobsformyprofile.com :
What about you? Any stories, positive or negative, of mistakes or errors you’ve made? Any lessons learned in a big or small way?
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