Man buys Apple Time Capsule. The previous owner forgot to wipe it down

In a viral video with over 5.3 million views, TikTok user Willhelm (@dankeunextgay) shared that he bought an Apple Time Capsule, a router, at a thrift store for $15. What he didn’t expect was that the last owner hadn’t erased anything from the hard drive.

“I’m sorry, Don, for going through your shit,” Willhelm says.

@dankeunextgay that’s kind of creepy 😭 #fyp #mystery ♬ O-Ton – Willhelm🇩🇪

In the video, Wilhelm connects the router to his computer and tells his followers that he will update them with what he finds.

Users in the comments section discussed the nightmare of a stranger who has their personal information.

“The FBI entered the chat,” commented one user.

“I just remembered donating my time capsule without deleting it,” wrote another.

“Bad idea for many reasons bro,” warned a third user.

In a second video, Willhelm informs his followers about what he found on the Time Capsule. He clarifies that the device contains multiple backups from Don’s computer of certain data.

“Let’s go find it,” he says, clicking on the most recent folder, which is dated August 4, 2010.

@dankeunextgay in reply to @agoodfamilytiktok824 ♬ Original sound – Willhelm🇩🇪

Among the items found were photos from the 1980s, tax and life insurance information, exam history, credit card numbers, flight information, and a bank account number. Based on all the information he found, Willhelm believes Don was a business owner or CEO worth millions of dollars.

The TikToker also says that Don is likely deceased and that he’s likely to delete Don’s information since he’s uncomfortable with them having it.

“Don’t donate your old technology to Goodwill,” he warns at the end of the video. “And to answer the question I know everyone will ask, there was porn.”

Users in the comments section shared their thoughts on Willhelm’s findings.

“This is a NIGHTMARE of mine and that’s why I’m hoarding every electronic device I will ever have,” wrote one user.

“‘Your bathroom.jpg’ NO THANKS,” commented another, referring to one of the files on the Time Capsule.

“This makes me sweat and I’m not a Don,” wrote a third user.

In a third video, Wilhelm says he will track down the family to provide them with the photos from Don’s router.

@dankeunextgay Answer to @dankeunextgay ♬ Original sound – Willhelm🇩🇪

Willhelm ends the video by saying that he is going to other thrift stores in his area to see if he can find more devices with files on their hard drives. He hopes to turn his investigation into a TikTok series.

The Daily Dot contacted Willhelm via Instagram direct message.


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*Initial publication: December 27, 2022 at 5:52 pm CST

Lauren Castro

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