New York man retrieves soaked cash stash using magnet fishing

By Jurassic JennJun 25, 2024 10:37 AMCuriosity
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New York man retrieves soaked cash stash using magnet fishing
New York man retrieves soaked cash stash using magnet fishing. Source: www.newscentermaine.com

A magnet fisher named James Kane recently made a remarkable find in the waterways of New York City. Using a powerful magnet, Kane managed to extract a slimy safe from Flushing Meadows Corona Park, known for hosting the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. What awaited him inside the safe were bags filled with waterlogged $100 bills, in a partially decomposed and gunk-covered state, SSP reported.

Excitedly capturing the discovery on video, Kane exclaimed, "Oh, that's money! Stacks of bills, dude!" His girlfriend, Barbi Agostini, couldn't contain her astonishment either. Together, they estimated that the safe hauled in as much as $100,000, despite the bills being severely damaged and sticking together.

Notably, the bills featured the 3D security ribbon, which indicates a recent vintage. However, there were no identifying marks on the safe to reveal its rightful owner. Upon reporting the finding to the police, Kane and Agostini were informed that no crime had been detected. Consequently, the authorities considered it a case of "finders keepers."

Although the New York Police Department's information office stated that the value and authenticity of the deteriorated currency couldn't be determined, Kane's magnet fishing endeavors have garnered attention. Magnet fishing, whereby enthusiasts use magnets attached to long ropes to retrieve submerged objects, has gained popularity as YouTube videos showcasing fascinating finds accumulate views.

Kane himself has experienced successes within the hobby, attributing it to sheer luck. He has retrieved bicycles, guns, grenades, and even jewelry from New York City waterways. Sharing his exploits on social media platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram, he enjoys documenting his discoveries.

Confronted with intriguing encounters during their outings, Kane and Agostini have often notified the police about their findings. Some of their videos show law enforcement officers examining recovered weapons or calling in bomb squads for potentially hazardous items. Recently, they contacted the police after uncovering a safe filled with credit cards.

In light of their waterlogged money, Kane, aged 40, and Agostini, aged 39, have intentions to redeem it at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington. They are aware that some bills might be beyond recovery due to extensive damage. Nonetheless, their magnet fishing adventures continue to surprise them, proving that luck can play a significant role in this unique hobby.

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