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Hundreds of bottles of rum found concealed in walls of house

By T.K. Randall
September 8, 2023 · Comment icon 12 comments

The bottles had seemingly been left by the house's former occupant. Image Credit: Pixabay
Cathy and Roy Aukamp got quite a surprise when they began renovating the walls of their basement.
It is perhaps not surprising to discover something unexpected hidden away in a home that you've just bought, but for one New Jersey couple recently, a wall overflowing with rum bottles was the last thing they expected to find just days after moving in.

The discovery was made after Roy attempted to repair their water-damaged basement wall.

Incredibly, footage of the find - which quickly went viral on social media - actually prompted the person responsible to come forward and explain how the bottles had ended up there.

"Purchased a home and immediately had a huge flood," Cathy wrote.
"Massive rain storms and more water than the ground could hold. This is what we found in the walls of the finished basement when removing ruined sheetrock."

"The person who did it saw the video after it went viral and reached out and said there are hundreds more but also that he is now three years sober."

Extracting all of the bottles from the walls of the house will likely be quite a task.

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Cho Jinn 7 months ago
Cubs win!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Roshman 7 months ago
Use the garbage can?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog 7 months ago
Was thinking they were full ! Damn... quite a sad day.
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin 7 months ago
And there's "hundreds more"? Though I'm sober now too, the unexplained mystery in this case might be how he is even still alive. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by NCC1701 7 months ago
The picture doesn't show any trace of flooding on the wall or mud at the floor.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Scholar4Truth 7 months ago
My question is why the person who hid the bottles in the wall didn't just throw the bottles away?
Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin 7 months ago
There are some suggested reasons in the expanded article...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Susanc241 7 months ago
I do wish headlines were worded correctly. They aren’t bottles of rum but rum bottles!
Comment icon #11 Posted by pallidin 7 months ago
On the video it shows the lower portion of the walls, cut as if drywall was removed. For the floor I would have cleaned that up first, before tackling the walls, which could explain why there is no mud on it now.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Freez1 7 months ago
Liver damage?

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