what would you do? ?

Floating around craigslist, is an ad posted from a Sacramento resident who is distraught over mistakenly selling a corkscrew to someone at a garage sale. The ad, which has been posted a couple of times reads as follows:

TO THE NICE MAN FROM THIS LAST WEEKENDS ESTATE SALE WHO BOUGHT A CORKSCREW WITH LEGS ON IT…IT WAS SOLD BY MISTAKE. IT WAS MY FATHERS AND HAS SENTIMENTAL VALUE (I USED TO THINK IT WAS A TOY WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID AND PLAYED WITH IT ALL THE TIME). I HAD PUT IT IN THE ROOM THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OFF LIMITS BUT SOME OTHER CUSTOMERS HAD GOTTEN INTO THAT ROOM WHEN WE WERE BUSY THE DAY BEFORE AND BY THE TIME I REALIZED IT WAS GONE IT WAS TOO LATE. PLEASE CALL ME AT (phone number removed) AND WE WILL MAKE IT WORTH YOUR WHILE TO RETURN IT. WE ARE BRINGING OUT A LOT OF OLD STUFF FROM THE GARAGE FOR THIS WEEKENDS SALE AND WE WILL LET YOU HAVE FIRST PICK WITH A NICE CREDIT TOWRADS OTHER ITEMS IN RETURN FOR THE CORKSCREW. WE HAVE A LOT MORE KNIVES, SOME OF THEM ARE VERY OLD. I KNOW THIS IS A LONG SHOT BUT I’M REALLY HEARTBROKEN THAT IT’S GONE. HOPEFULLY YOU READ THIS AD. THANK YOU!!!! The picture below is similar to the one that was sold

This ad was followed up by another which reads:

A nice gentleman came to our estate sale this past weekend and my aunt mistakenly sold him my old corkscrew. I am heartbroken that it’s gone and I’m willing to do a lot to get it back. It was my fathers and he passed away in January and I have a lot of memories tied to this old corkscrew. We have a lot of old stuff in the garage including pocket knives and tools that we are willing to trade in return for it. Please call me at (phone number removed) if you are the person that bought this. thank you!!!! Here is a picture of a similar corkscrew but it’s not the same one I had.

Now, assuming that the ad is real, and that there is some poor person who mistakenly sold a pair of legs–probably for a song–should the man that bought them go back? Should the seller simply move on? Does the mystery buyer even read craigslist?

Given that this is going on in Sacramento, CA and I am on the East Coast, I am not the mystery corkscrew man.

But that said, what would you do if you were the leg-man who read this ad? Return the legs for what you paid? Return the legs and play on their sentimental value for a profit? Ignore the ad? Get a good chuckle over someone’s seller’s remorse? Or….?