Ok ok...I have one :)
Neighbour's elderly mother passes away, elderly father goes into a nursing/old age home. Important point, I feel, as one of them is still alive.
Before mom is even buried, they empty out the parent's house, grab a realtor, and put it on the market. Sells for 1.2 million, minus closing costs, etc. Neighbour and sibling split the proceeds equally, so neighbour gets around $500,000. They DO NOT tell the elderly father that they sold the house (they have power of attorney, etc so it is legal...but moral is a different story).
Neighbour is now coming around every day dancing for joy that his debt will finally be paid off...he is mid-50's, married, with 2 teenagers. He tells us "Man, it'll be great to have my debt and mortgage paid off now. I might actually be able to retire!! So excited!! The first $300,000 will wipe out all my debt!!!"
So, we estimate he has $200,000 left...then finances a new vehicle for $45,000 and sells the old one for $500, and has contractors in and out of his house non-stop over a few weeks...re-does landscaping, concrete driveway for $18,000, currently ripping out kitchen and renovating for $30,000, sends the kids and wife on a trip for $10,000, plus several other items that I know I'm forgetting. And every day now, he comes over complaining that "my wife wants a new XYZ...guess there goes more money..."
A fellow mustachian neighbour and us have a running bet on when the above neighbour will be broke again, because really...it's just a matter of time!!!