Darrious Hill was satisfied when he walked out of Sol's Jewelry and Loan last week, having purchased two VHS tapes for $1.
But when Hill went to watch one of the videotapes with his uncle, Ben Hill, more than just a Mel Gibson movie slid out of the package. The pair were staring at a Patriot Bond, issued in 2009 with a face value of $50.
They began wondering about the savings bond's owner, Ronald Grundmann. Perhaps he had died and left it behind. Maybe he had simply forgotten about it.
“We wanted to give it back to the person that lost it, be a good Samaritan,” Ben Hill said.
They looked for Grundmann in the Omaha phone book but came up empty-handed.
Tyler Yager, manager of Sol's, 2906 N. 72nd St., said that because the store inventories all VHS tapes under the generic “movie” listing, there was no way to track down the seller.
The World-Herald located Grundmann in Lincoln.
He was surprised to hear that the savings bond, purchased for his now-7-year-old granddaughter in Omaha, wound up at a pawnshop. He had no idea how the bond ended up in the sleeve of Mel Gibson's “Forever Young,” but he guessed that one of his grandchildren must have slipped it in there, just playing around.
Grundmann's son Jason, father of the bond's recipient, said he never actually saw the bond, although he knew that his father had purchased it. He and his wife Hilary had no idea the bond was tucked away when they took their VHS collection to a Goodwill more than a year ago.
Somehow, unopened for more than a year, the tape made its way to Sol's.
“I don't know how many people have had that movie and not watched it,” Hilary Grundmann said.
The Hills have contacted Ronald Grundmann, who passed their number on to his son. The bond will be returned to Jason Grundmann this week.
“That's feel-good news,” Darrious Hill said. “I'm happy that the person was still around and that I could give it to the right person. It made my month already.”
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