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Fun on Friday: Oops!

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Confession: I am prone to lose things.

I spend an inordinate amount of time looking for my glasses. I had to put a big lanyard on my keys to help me keep up with them. There’s even a running joke with one of my best friends about the frequency of losing my car in the parking lot.

But in all my years of losing stuff, I can’t match some poor soul in Switzerland. Last October, somebody left a package of gold bars on a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) train valued at about $190,000.

So, yeah, big oops!

If you’re reading this and you’re missing a bunch of gold — that might be where it is.

You’re welcome.

Swiss police reportedly tried to track down the owner of the gold, but didn’t have any luck. According to CNN, the bars were then confiscated by the public prosecutor’s office.

So, this is basically like asset forfeiture in the US — except without the pretense of accusing the owner of a crime.

To their credit, Swiss authorities are publicizing the find in an effort to locate the owner. On June 2, officials released a bulletin saying the owner has five years to claim the gold.

Now, mind you, whoever it was lost the gold some seven months ago. Authorities are just now getting around to announcing they have it. That indicates to me there was probably some debate. You know somebody in that office suggested, “Hey, let’s just split it up and keep it!” Then the office goody-two-shoes threatened to tell and after some foot-dragging, here we are.

In all seriousness, I applaud the office for trying to find the rightful owner. But you know somebody in that office was called a “goody-two-shoes.” Frankly, I’m glad those people exist in the world.

Regardless, you would think if you noticed you left nearly $200k worth of gold on a train, you’d make a phone call as soon as you noticed, right? I’ve made these frantic phone calls myself. “Hi! McDonald’s? I think I left my wallet on the table.” So, it’s a little strange that nobody ever came looking for the gold.

It makes me think maybe the person left it there on purpose. Perhaps it was a covert pass-off. Or a smuggling op gone bad. Maybe the CIA left the gold for a German agent who had a flat tire on the way to the train station and missed the pickup.

You could make a movie out of this!

Incidentally, according to the CNN report,  several inquiries had been made about the gold and were being checked.


So somebody is lying.

I’m assuming that is not a person who often gets called “goody-two-shoes” at the office.

Anyway, there is a lesson here — keep up with yo stuff!

Especially if you’re carrying gold around. Gold is valuable. You don’t want to lose it. In fact, I think in this day and age – you want more of it! SchiffGold can help with that. Call 1-888-GOLD-160 or email [email protected]

Fun on Friday is a weekly SchiffGold feature by Mike Maharrey. He digs up some of the off-the-wall and off-beat stories relating to precious metals and share them with you – with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Any opinions expressed are Mike’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Peter Schiff. Click here to read other posts in this series.


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Michael Maharrey is the managing editor of the SchiffGold blog, and the host of the Friday Gold Wrap Podcast and It's Your Dime interview series.
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