Four months after Paul Walker's death in a tragic car accident, news about the actor continues to surface. And this is no surprise. Walker was a well-known actor with dedicated fans and was in the middle of filming Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death. It isn't wrong to continue to talk about Walker and the films he starred in, but is it wrong to sell one of his personal items? One anonymous man doesn't think so. Paul Walker's sunglasses that he wore when he died are being auctioned online by a man who found the glasses at the accident. Additionally, the auction includes a fire extinguisher that was supposedly used at the crash site and a piece of debris.
The man claims to have been a bystander at the accident and says he found the sunglasses, but was waved off when he tried to show them to a police officer. A description on the audition website, bidami.com, reads,
The owner of this lot offering was nearby and on scene for information and assistance with officers and reporters. Once the site investigation was cleared with car debris hauled away and tape taken down, a responding officer allowed him as well as others back to the public site. The only thing left was a charred ivy brush, minor residual debris, a knocked down pole and tree. As the consigner walked the scene in disbelief and grief, he found a pair of sunglasses nearby in the ivy. After showing one of the officers, he was waved off.
The listing claims that a portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the charity "savethemustangs.org" which is not an actual website so perhaps he meant, savingamericasmustangs.org, a charity which protects wild horses.
Regardless of whether or not the money is going to charity (or if the charity even exists) it seems that the sunglasses should have been returned to Walker's family, That way they could decide the appropriate action and, if they want the item auctioned, the appropriate charity. They would probably choose Reach Out WorldWide since that is the charity Paul Walker started himself. Also, screw the whole "portion of the proceeds" thing. This guy found these items, one of which is just unidentified debris, and is going to use them to profit from someone's death.
It seems most people agree that the auction is not the correct course of action. Currently, the auction only has four bids; although the collection is now priced at $1,572. The only smart thing this seller did was choose to stay anonymous.