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Wife of famous former baseball star fights a privacy nightmare

Wife of famous former baseball star fights a privacy nightmare
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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling garnered plenty of money and fame during his baseball career with a very good shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sadly, his second career as a video game developer didn't go as well, and he had to sell most of his family's assets when his video game company 38 Studios went bankrupt. Now, his wife is trying to get a family computer back because she says it's full of personal information and shouldn't have been sold in the first place.

After 38 Studios went bankrupt, Schilling had to sell a lot of his family's things, so he hired a company called ConsignWorks to run the massive sale at his Massachusetts home.

There were chairs shaped like baseball gloves; an eight-piece drum set; a Hummer golf cart; holiday decorations; artificial plants; candlesticks, glassware and cutlery. Other items included a 38 Studios drafting table; a baseball bobblehead collection; DVDs including “The West Wing”; video games including “World of Warcraft”; and copies of Shonda’s book, “The Best Kind of Different,” about their son with Asperger syndrome.

But, something else was sold that day. One man bought a non-working off-brand computer for $100. That wouldn't be a big deal if the computer was supposed to be sold, because then the Schillings likely would have wiped it clean. But, that doesn't appear to be the case. Now, Curt's wife, Shonda, wants the computer back.

At first, the Schillings didn't even know their old computer had been sold. But, when the man who bought the computer fixed it, he requested a password so he could log in. Thank goodness Shonda had that password in place to keep her info secure.

“This computer, which includes personal information regarding Mrs. Schilling and her family, was not a part of the sale and we do not understand how it came into your possession,” the letter states.

The Schillings' lawyer attempted to get the computer back, but faced some resistance when Sullivan hired a lawyer of his own. He claims Shonda Schilling threatened him in a phone call.

After spending around $1,500 on legal fees, Sullivan eventually sold the computer back to ConsignWorks for $1,000. But, the saga isn't over. The Schillings still haven't received the computer back from the company.

This a cautionary tale that shows you how important it is to keep track of your gadgets because they're loaded with personal information. If you're having a yard sale or open house, always make sure your computer is locked up tight. If you are going to sell your old gear, click here to find out what you need to do beforehand.

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