- Feb 5, 2005
- Detector(s) used
- Aquapulse, J.W. Fisher Proton 3, Pulse Star II, Detector Pro Headhunter, AK-47
- Primary Interest:
Yeah, Mr Fenn maybe didn't realize that he has created a monster and that many people will lose their way and their lives for his box of dead metal. Like gluing a hundred dollar bill in the middle of the freeway. It's all fun and games till...
Snowflakes and SJW's now infesting treasure hunting websites too? FYI, Fenn did nothing culpable, nor does he owe anyone proof of his claims. His legal liabilities (none) have been discussed thoroughly in an earlier TNet thread and on other websites.
Anyone "victimized" by searching for this prize, hiking the Superstitions seeking the Lost Dutchman, diving for Spanish treasure ships or hunting a thousand other lost mines and hidden treasures is acting on his own volition. Same goes for folks hiking wilderness trails, rock climbing, sky-diving, surfing, motorcycle riding and any number of other potentially hazardous activities. Hopefully, Mr Wallace will be located alive. If not, condolences to his family are in order. That said, I for one don't wish to live my life in a nanny state - I prefer to make my own decisions and accept their consequences.
I certainly did not post to be insulted.
Creating a fake treasure hunt is wrong. The other treasure quests you mention are based on fact or history, excluding the Lost Dutchman which was also a fake. The geology of that specific region does not support such mineral deposits. I have no idea how you tie normal sporting activities into this discussion? You are right about people seeking established treasures, like Spanish treasure.
If I toss a wad of money out the window on a busy freeway, I am certainly responsible if anyone is killed trying to pick it up. There is zero evidence that Fenn actually planted a treasure anywhere. It's a publicity stunt, designed to sell books. No one on this group or anywhere can prove it was actually planted. He can go out tomorrow and place it somewhere and claim it was there all this time.
Seems to me the ball is in your court. You can justify your outrage just as soon as you can prove that Fenn's treasure placement was a hoax. The fact that nobody has claimed the prize is certainly not proof that it doesn't exist. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me to find out that the treasure was located and quietly recovered years ago. Then what would you do - sue the finder for not publicizing his good fortune?
Well, one person has already died searching for Fenn's treasure. That was last year, if I remember right. I think he was searching along the San Juan river. I never heard that Fenn commented on his death.Thanks for the civil response.
I'm just saying that if someone plants a "confirmed" hidden treasure, I think it's a great idea. There is no liability because it actually exists. If people do stupid things, you are right, it's on them. But if someone "says" they hid a treasure, and the clues happen to be in a book that sells for over $60.00, then it's a big red flag. If it's a joke he should come clean. If it's been found, and he knows it, he should tell everyone. He is a smart guy and it would have been quite easy for him to have had sealed legal papers drawn up confirming the existence / placement of a genuine treasure. He could have photographed the contents. This entire set-up is full of holes. Regardless of liability, any deaths or injuries associated with this stunt should haunt him.
I hope they find this guy alive. If not, we will see where this goes. I seriously doubt Fenn will let the death of someone just slide by. It's time to come clean.
Well, one person has already died searching for Fenn's treasure. That was last year, if I remember right. I think he was searching along the San Juan river. I never heard that Fenn commented on his death.