This old gentleman was in court because he got a felony ticket for Welcome to Tampa Bay Buccaneers vintage shirt hunting with a self made shotgun round that was one grain too heavy after being weighed by the game warden. Some random obscure law. He had been returned to court a number of times while the DA was trying to figure the case out. A new judge who heard the case had the biggest smile as he heard the story from the DA and the very humorous man. The judge started chuckling then roared laughing as the man explained that he was the president of the young duck hunters boy scout something or other for the past 40 years teaching young men to hunt ducks and the Game Warden was his ex wifes new victim and the GW was a bit of a tool. What kind of problem have I just discovered, and how much is it going to cost to fix?” Since it was near the corner of the room, I pulled back the carpet to see what was wrong with the floor underneath.
I found a steel plate about a foot square with a small hole to put your finger through to lift it up. I lifted the steel plate, and beneath it, I found a hidden floor safe! The real estate agent had no idea it was there. I did a little investigation to see if I could find somebody who knew the combination and found that a previous owner from several years back had also found it by accident and they also had no idea what the combination was. I contacted a local lock & safe company, and they wanted $400 to come open the safe and repair any damage caused by drilling it open. (Apparently using a stethoscope to open a safe only happens in the movies.) Since it is just a small safe that I didn’t know I was getting and don’t really need, I declined. I could be sitting on a real treasure, but more likely just some dust and rust. I’m not willing to spend $400 to satisfy my curiosity about what, if anything, is in that floor safe.