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Old 12-10-2004, 12:02 AM
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Woman finds $40,000 in cash on street and turns it over.

A mother of six children (on social assistance) found a plastic bag full of cash in the middle of a busy street in Toronto on Monday (Dec 6./04). She promptly walked into the brach of the TD Bank, just accross the street and offered them the found money. The bank (wouldn't you know it) accepted the cash and rewarded her with $2000 for her honesty. Unfortunately for her the bank did not miss any of the funds, moreover had she turned the money over to the police she could have been $40,000 richer in 90 days provided that nobody claims it.
Now the question is "what would Jesus do?"
How about you? What would you have done?
How important is morality when you have six hungry mouths to feed? Should you keep whatever you find or do you have a moral obligation to seek out the unfortunate looser whose vallet is now 40 grand lighter? Does the bank have any right to keep the money since there were no records of any missing?
Whose money is it anyway?

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Old 12-10-2004, 12:19 AM
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In her shoes: turn it in to the police and hope like hell nobody reported it.
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Old 12-10-2004, 12:28 AM
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What an amazing coincidence.

Just today I LOST $40,000. Have her call me at BR-549.
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Old 12-10-2004, 12:30 AM
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Intertesting question. There's an interesting paradoxical effect to found money, at least in my mind. The more you find, the more likely you are to turn it in somewhere. 40K would be enough for me to turn it in, although I might turn in less and keep more, who knows. Its really hard to say.
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Old 12-10-2004, 02:21 AM
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I would probably turn it in.

But... Keeping it would be mighty tempting....

Look at it this way. if you find a penny on the street you keep it....
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Old 12-10-2004, 02:54 AM
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I dont know, if someone's careless enough to leave $40K on the street then they obviously don't need it that much
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Old 12-10-2004, 03:30 AM
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She was meant to find that money, I think she should have kept it. Ever notice you never hear of millionaires finding money like that, it's usually someone that really could use it. That's the way it's meant to be. If I found money like that, yes, I would keep it. There are too few nice surprises in this world not to take advantage of them.

I found $500 once, and $200 once, both times it was loose money in a parking lot. I also once was following behind a guy on a motorcycle when I saw some bills fly by, and I turned around and collected them, $35. I found a $20 bill on a sidewalk, and a $50 bill on a train. NONE of that money was "turned in", it all went back into the economy.

Lesson to all you millionaires reading this, keep your $$$$ close to you, don't drop any of it if I'm around.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:26 AM
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I think the stories a little fishy.
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Old 12-10-2004, 07:48 AM
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Turn it in!

I would have turned it it. That missing money was probably very important to somebody and would turn it in on the chnace that it may be returned to the proper owner. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to have it and could use the money.
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Old 12-10-2004, 07:56 AM
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I'd turn it in. You're accountable for your actions, regardless of the circumstances. You also never know who dropped the money-- maybe they actually needed it more than you. It could have been their life's savings for their own starving kids for all you know. In the absense of knowing, you can't assume that you are in greater need than they.

I found a wallet in the parking lot of a Dunkin Donuts once. It was already empty.

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Old 12-10-2004, 08:31 AM
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On fieldwork this summer in the Outer Hebrides, I took my wallet out of my trouser pocket and put it on the car roof while I put on my overtrousers. Spent all day in the field, then drove back to our accomdation. You guessed it, missing wallet. It had the equivalent of $400 cash, credit cards and my ferry ticket. I drove back to the field site (actually it was one of two that day, so I drove frantically around - no luck.

A guy had reported to the local police that he had found a wallet. I had drove off with it on the car roof & it fell off. I traced him - he was on holiday farther north on the chain of islands. He refused to take a penny reward.

So, yes, I'd like to think I would hand in the cash. But what if it was 10 million and obviously the proceeds of organised crime? More tempting.
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Old 12-10-2004, 08:37 AM
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Heck I would slowly funnel it into a Retirement account......I lost more than that 2 years back..................corporate fraud. And retirement age is always getting closer........thanks to entitlements given to non-workers I may not even be able to count on Social security being there, and the 14% I pay into that black hole I can't even invest towards my retirement.......

But if that story is true, that woman is full of integrety.
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Old 12-10-2004, 08:37 AM
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Proceeds of organized crime? Turn it in?

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Old 12-10-2004, 10:15 AM
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An armored car full of cash crashed in Watts and not a penny was turned in, it was clean as a whistle when the police got there.
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Old 04-14-2005, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Botnst
What an amazing coincidence.

Just today I LOST $40,000. Have her call me at BR-549.
hahahaha i laughed like hell when i read this
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