Ah Bitcoin, it’s been gaining quite a bit more traction than usual because pretty much everyone has released that this seems to be an easy way of making an astronomical amount of money, which is totally fair.
And with a whole host of people discovering and getting into Bitcoin for the first time, it inevitably forces people to think about everyone who hopped on the wave early, hopped off and are now regretting flipping when Bitcoin rose to $100.
One bloke who knows this pain all too well is Welshman James Howells, who after throwing away a hard-drive with $120m worth of Bitcoin on it, is now begging the local tip to allow him to search through it.
Apparently, the IT worker had gotten into Bitcoin pretty heavily in 2009 and had managed to rack up around $920,000 just from Bitcoin mining and trading. After accidentally throwing out the hard-drive, old mate has been pestering the council to find it and even offered a reward.
Hey @NewportCouncil what if i ran for council leader at the next local elections and pledged to give 50% of my Bitcoin ($50 million) to the City to sort this place out.
Be damm sight more than you lot are doing!
— James Howells (@howelzy) December 4, 2017
But the council aren’t too keen, according to a spokesperson, “the cost of digging up the landfill, storing and treating the waste could run into millions of pounds — without any guarantee of either finding the hardware or it still being in working order.
“The council has told the individual concerned on several occasions that excavation is not possible under our licencing permit, added to the fact excavation itself would have a huge environmental impact on the surrounding area.”
So unlucky for old mate I guess, probs take more care of your shitty laptop worth millions of dollars in the future?
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