A What Would You Do Discussion...

Sara - posted on 05/18/2010 ( 40 moms have responded )

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- A worker at a furniture liquidation business in Richland found bundles of cash hidden in the back of an armoire. The owners of the company, Liz and Mark Thompson of ET Estate Sales & Liquidation, traced the furniture to an estate sale and were able to return $20,000 to the family of the owner.



The Tri-City Herald reported the money belongs to Ron Davidson's sister, a 78-year-old widow he does not want to name. She lost her husband to cancer in February and has moved into an assisted-living home in the Tri-Cities.



Davidson said with her medical bills and stress, the cash is a blessing. Davidson said her husband stashed the money years ago because he distrusted the banking system.







WWYD? Would you have returned the $ to the owner or kept it for yourself?

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LaCi - posted on 05/20/2010

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Hey, it may be illegal, but they'd have to find out about it. Old lady doesn't remember it so it won't be reported. I'm not putting it in the bank or anything, no paper trails. I'll just be transporting it from its old armoire to my armoire. If I found 100,000 in a suitcase I wouldn't turn it in because that makes me think Mob money, and I don't want to declare I've got their money. I'd just go ahead and leave town.

Charlie - posted on 05/19/2010

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we had a case here recently where a couple purchased a suitcase from an Op Shop and it has $100,000 in the lining, the owners wife had given it to the shop but did not know about the cash.

They were charged by police for keeping the money with "theft by finding "Under the law, if you acquire something that doesn't reasonably belong to you, it's stealing. Clearly the $100,000 was not intended for the people buying the suitcase and there is no reason why it should belong to them. The idea of "finders keepers" might work in the school yard, but it has no legal basis. You only have the right to things that are legitimately given to you, or that you purchase.

In Australia , by law if you hand in the money and no one claims it in 90 days you get to keep the amount handed in , so i would hand it in if it were a large amount like that , who knows Karma might just return it !

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Can't say for sure until I'm in that situation.....obviously I know what the RIGHT thing to do would be BUT.....

*Lisa* - posted on 05/21/2010

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It is tough and I think the thought to keep it would cross my mind but I would have to hand it in. The guilt would eat me alive too.

Charlie - posted on 05/20/2010

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The thing is , with the couple who took the 100,000 , they did try to run and were tracked down and arrested , Im sure Gangs and Mafia groups have plenty of people on the streets who could easily track where the money went and then you'd be in a whole lot more trouble than just a simple arrest and charge , i know i dont have any outfits that go with concrete shoes LOL

Megan - posted on 05/20/2010

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As much as I would like to think I would return it, I really don't think I would. I would probably put it in the bank and let it sit for a while. I know there would be no questions asked.
I know my fiancee would say keep it as well.

Becky - posted on 05/19/2010

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I would return it. It would be tempting not to, but that's a lot of money and I know if I somehow misplaced that much money, I would want someone to return it to me!

Celia - posted on 05/19/2010

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I would like to say I'd take the time to return it... but I would probably think about my sons education, the house payments, bills, and keep it.
There is no way on this earth that I would misplace 20k for any reason. And if I loved my wife I'd tell her where I stash cash. So if you give away furniture filled with money you dont know about then so be it.
The same as if you have a garage sale and sell a Van Gough for 50 cents to a guy who finds out its worth a million. Would or should he return the painting to you who sold it to him just because you were too stupid to know its worth? No way!

Kate CP - posted on 05/19/2010

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I probably would have called the cops for fear that it was drug money, to be honest.

Tah - posted on 05/19/2010

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thank you laci, i was beginning to feel like i was the only one that may have been 20,000 dollars richer..

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2010

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I would keep it, no questions! Even though it was a lot of money, I see it as the same as finding money on the sidewalk. Finders Keepers.... However when I find a wallet or a cashier gives me too much change I return it. The two things are different to me, I guess because with a wallet or the wrong change you know where it belongs immediately. I just wouldn't spend the time tracking down a rightful owner that was unknown.

LaCi - posted on 05/19/2010

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Texted the boyfriend- "Keep it, what a silly question to ask. If I find money anywhere its mine. My treasure. ARRRRRR"



I should know his answers are going to be the same as mine in almost all circumstances.

LaCi - posted on 05/19/2010

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I'm not sure what my boyfriend would do, he could probably convince me either way. If it were me alone though... my money. I don't think I'd feel an ounce of guilt afterward either. I mean COME ON. how do you FORGET about $20k? Maybe she didn't forget, maybe she didn't even know about it because he never told her about it because he didn't plan on letting her have it, it was his stash. Anyway, totally mine. I'm not a perfect person, and I'm alright with that ;D

Sara - posted on 05/19/2010

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LOL, Laci.

I was discussing this with my husband last night and he said that he would keep the money. After I thought about, I think that I'd eventually let him convince me to keep the money...he can take the karmic responsibility for it.

LaCi - posted on 05/19/2010

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I'd keep it, I'm not going to lie to look like a better person. Finder's keepers. I'll consider it karmic payoff for all the money I've lost and never gotten back, it will be a blessing for me as well.



Add: If it were a wallet I would return it. Or a purse, anything containing ID and other personal items. I just won't go through the trouble of tracing furniture lineage back to someone who obviously hasn't had that money in a VERY long time.

Emma - posted on 05/19/2010

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I would try and find the owner of the money if i could not i would keep it but use it for something like the kids education fund.

I used to super glue money to the bar and watch as people would try and take it very funny to watch ....lol

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2010

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If it was a big sum of money that could be traced back to it's owner, then yeah, i think unless i was down to my last penny and struggling to survive, i would give it back.

Money loose on the street though is fair game! So long as there's no-one around that it could belong to, i would (and have) pick it up and spend it without a second thought!

Wallets i would return definitely. I had a wallet stolen, and to be honest, i didn't give a crap about the money, or even my cards (i cancelled them straight away) it was the little keepsakes i had in there. Photos, little notes, etc etc.
I wish they'd just taken the money and left the wallet!

Johnny - posted on 05/19/2010

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I would have returned it. It was not mine and my guilt would eat me to bits. You never know who needs it, like the story shows. And here, if you find money that you turn into the police which turns out to be proceeds of crime, you get it back when the investigation is completed.

But... a few years ago I was at the bank machine (which happened to be located in the bank) and the machine spit out 5 extra $20's. I went inside to the desk to tell them about the error, the woman handed me a form to fill out and pointed me towards the line-up for the teller. I put down the form and walked out the door. And let me tell you, if it ever happens again, I don't plan on even walking in that door in the first place.

Jodi - posted on 05/19/2010

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My 5 year old accidentally left her purse in the deli area at the supermarket once. As soon as she realised she didn't have it, we went back to look for it, but it was gone. Before we left the store, we checked with the cashiers, and had an announcement made to see if anyone had turned it it. No. I sure hope whoever picked up her very obviously little girl's purse with about $10 of coins that she earned doing special jobs for me to "help" me with work (and was about to spend on something special for herself) felt good spending a little girl's money.......

Kimberly - posted on 05/18/2010

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I'm pretty sure I would return it. We recently lost a wallet with $800 in it and boy would I have been happy if someone returned it to us. I wouldn't be able to enjoy having that money knowing it was someone elses.

Suzette - posted on 05/18/2010

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Return it. I've kept money that I've found on sidewalks along the road, but it would've been difficult to find out who that belonged to. Recently I made my husband go into Walmart and pay for an item that the cashier missed. I told him it would ride on my conscience if he didn't do it. So he did. =) If I had him do that with a $10 item, I would definitely be returning 20 grand... and like someone else said, I would hope for a 5% reward... lol.

Jodi - posted on 05/18/2010

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I'm a big believer in what goes around comes around......definitely return it. Karma is a powerful thing :)

Rosie - posted on 05/18/2010

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i would return it if it was a significant amount of money and there was a way to figure out who's it was. i am the master of finding money on the ground. i don't know why but i have come across hundreds of dollars on the ground before. one time at a bar i found a $20 on the dance floor, took it and don't feel bad. same night i went down the stairs to the lower part of the bar and found $60, took it and didn't feel bad. got my drink and walked back to go upstairs and found another $40 on my way back, and once again didn't feel bad. another time i was walking into a store and found $140 on the ground in the parking lot. god did i wrestle with keeping it, or turning it in!! i did turn it in though cause i know how frantic i would be if i had dropped it. at the bar-well, i think i used the excuse that drunk idiots shouldn't be dropping their money if they wanted to keep it, lol!!



i've found other littler bits of money in parking lots-usually at work that i keep, i don't really think anybody is going to ask for the one dollar bill they dropped on the floor or even notice that they did. god i feel like a horrible person now!

Joanna - posted on 05/18/2010

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I would definitely return it... When I was a teenager I was working at a music store/headshop and found $20 on the ground, and I took it and used it to buy a new purse. I felt so bad about it that I couldn't even enjoy my purchase.

So now every time I get under-charged, I let the clerk know, or every wallet I find I return it, etc... I just couldn't live with the guilt of keeping it!

Dana - posted on 05/18/2010

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Oh, I would have wanted to keep it soooo bad, but there is no way I would have. I would have made sure it could have been given to the right person though and if not....then it's mine. ;)

Jaime - posted on 05/18/2010

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I would have returned the money...I don't know that I could live with it on my conscience everyday. When I was younger, I found $20 on the sidewalk once, but it being impossible to pin point whose money it was, I kept it. I put it to good use though, because I usually spent most of my money on my siblings back then.

Amie - posted on 05/18/2010

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Whenever I've found money, it's always been a fleeting thought to keep it. I've always returned it though and I'm sure I would in this case too. It's not that hard to go through your records to find where the item came from after all.

Tah - posted on 05/18/2010

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i'll have to let you know when i find that much...i'm sure the person who returned it will be blessed and I too have returned money to cashier's when they make a mistake.. but that is alot of money, im know what i should do...but i couldn't say for sure if i would, if i did say that, i would be lying...a wallet is different, i have found and returned one before because the info was readily available. to say i would be tracking somebody down without info right in front of me...i don't know

Caitlin - posted on 05/18/2010

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heck, i've been known to give a dime back to a careless cashier who gives me 10 cents too much! I think i'd give it back for sure (and i'd hope they'd give me a bit of a reward as well, because it would be a nice thing to do..)

Jenny - posted on 05/18/2010

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I have and would again give the money back. I've found quite a few wallets over the years with thousands of dollars and, while ignoring the protests of my friends, returned them all.

Krista - posted on 05/18/2010

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I would return the money, and would hope that karma would encourage the guy to give me a 5% reward. :)

ME - posted on 05/18/2010

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I believe I would return the money. The guilt from keeping it would eat me alive...

Sara - posted on 05/18/2010

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I admit that I would consider keeping the money, but in the end I'd like to think I would try to find it's rightful owner...

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