A woman tossed a vintage Apple I computer from 1976 worth $200,000 at a recycling center in Northern California, and now workers are trying to track her down.
NBC Bay Area reported
that the woman had chatted with workers when she dropped off a box of electronics in early April that used to belong to her late husband.
"She said, 'I want to get rid of this stuff and clean up my garage,' I said, 'Do you need a tax receipt?' and she said, 'No, I don't need anything,'" said Clean Bay Area Vice President Victor Gichun.
Gichun said workers would soon discover that inside the box was the rare computer.
"We really couldn't believe our eyes. We thought it was fake," he said.
What the woman didn't likely anticipate is that the computer she thought was junk would later sell at a private auction for $200,000, CNET.com reported
Gichun said it is company policy to give 50 percent of all such sales back to the person who donated the items, and that they are now looking for her.
"I ask this lady, please come over to our warehouse in Milpitas again, and we'll give you check — $100,000," he said.
Although the woman said she didn't want a tax receipt, and did not leave her contact info, workers said they would recognize her face if she came back in.
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