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OT: Deal of a lifetime...

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Posted by Lanse on October 19, 2012 at 11:25:06 from (

So there I was early this afternoon cleaning out my truck, and out of no where drives up this little dodge neon. I look out the back of my truck and see something towering over the car, which looks like a garden tiller of some kind. I assume its someone who heard of my welding and needs the thing fixed, so I hop out and walk up to him.

This friendly tweaker-ish guy gets out and is like "Hey... I saw you guys have a farm... Wanna buy a tiller?"

I was like "WTF?" But I kept a straight face and talked to him for a little bit. He clearly knew nothing about it and said he just bought some land and it was on it.. Which looking at him, and the beat-up old car I found hard to believe but I went with it. He said it runs, just needs a tune up, gas, spark plug, etc.

I said I wasnt that interested so I got out my iphone and took down his plate number and called my buddy who deals with a lot of small engines to make my actions seem legit... He said he wasnt interested, which I passed along to the guy, thanked him for his time and watched him drive off.

I then called my buddy back and told him what just happened and he about died laughing, which I did too. That was the most random thing I've ever had happen in my life, lol.

Afterward I called the local police department and asked the guy if he'd had any reports of a stolen garden tiller lately, he laughed and said no, "but if you have to ask, we very well might get one tonight". The salesman guy seemed nice and all so I didnt want to rat him out, so I just gave the police my name and number and said if one comes up missing "CALL ME". lol

Maybe he was legit, but its not every day someone tries to sell you a beat up rusty craftsman garden tiller out the back of a dodge neon. lol.

Oh sheeeit was great. I honestly thought about buying it, the guy said he'd seen them in good shape go for around $175 which I found hard to believe since I work part time at a local store that sells them new for $200, but he said he'd take $50 for it. I was VERY tempted for haggle him down to $20 or so, he seemed like he wanted to get rid of it pretty bad, but one of a few things would happen:

1) I'd have a $20 tiller that kinda runs that I have absolutely no interest in owning... Back in the day I used to mess with beater garden tractors and everything, I doubt my 13 year old self with little money and nothing to do would have wanted to mess with this old tiller.

2) It was stolen, the police would take it and I'd never see my $20 again...

3) The rightful owner would show up with the cops and give me my $20 back and thank me for my time (doubtful).

I know the local economy sucks, and I hope people honestly arent trying to sell things out of the backs of cars to feed their families, but somehow, I doubt that. lol.

haha that was awesome. This is my cool story of the day... Maybe I just missed out on the deal of a lifetime :P


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