Previous owner

I just got a call from the storage facility and then a call from Bid13. The previous owner of a unit I just bid on, won and cleaned out was apparently in the hospital. He wants to get a few items.
Any suggestions?

Depends what they are, I guess. When I find things like family pictures I anonymously send them to the most recent address I can find for the person (there’s always been something in the unit with the owner’s name and address at the time), and I’d probably do the same for other personal items if they reached out to me provided it wasn’t one of the main things I bought the unit for.

So yeah, I’d probably accommodate them provided they could tell me specifically what they want and they weren’t things I considered essential to the value of the unit. There would be no just coming by and going through everything, though. If they forgot something was in there it wasn’t very important to them in the first place.

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If it isn’t of value to you, why not give it back?

I’m someone who saw my landlord rummage our garage and lock us out of our complex when I was a kid 25+ years ago, we had got evicted when my Dad lost his job and took what we could but my parents messed up and left the garage filled. While a few neighbors grabbed what my Mother was yelling to grab, most took what they wanted. It’s some of my earliest memories. I’ve almost lost storages myself and found out about this site because I forgot to pay my bill and was threatened with auction so I inquired what website was used. My storage facility says they go through the units and shred all pics and important paperwork.
I asked “why not just give them that stuff?”
And she said “if we could find them, we’d have them Pay”
“that can’t be the case for every unit. Had I lost mine it would have been due to financial reasons”
she didn’t seem moved by this at all. Actually more annoyed I would suggest they give them back and not just agree with her.

I guess what I’m saying here is each of us need money to pay the bills and live our lives but we also have a moral compass and they are as unique as our personalities. By even posting here I can tell your moral compass has directions in compassion and empathy. I hope you did the right thing, and if the items were within reason and not something of extreme value, I’d return them to the man anonymously-maybe having a third party talk to him or her for you and using the sending address as the return address also, so you can keep your privacy.

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