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#1 anon

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 04:35 PM

If you find a large amount ($400.00-$500.00) of money in a parking lot would you keep it, or return it to the store?

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:04 PM

is it the stores or just random money on the ground

if it was the stores like in the deposit bag or something like that i would return it
if it was just random money on the ground i think i would keep it

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:09 PM

I would contact the police. Honestly...if it was your money you lost wouldn't you want someone to return it if they found it?

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:11 PM

That amount of money I would turn it in, most likely to the police. I would then let the store know that I did this, so if the rightful owner came looking for it they would know where to find it. A large amount of money like that would be missed by someone, it could be thier food budget for the month, a rent/mortage payment etc.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:12 PM

I'd be torn to be honest.

But I'm interested in knowing the background story. You found that much money in the parking lot?

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:17 PM

I would have a hard time returning it, honestly. I'd like to say I would....but I really don't know.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:29 PM

There was just an article about this or something similar in the Windsor star... Said was found under a bench in front of grocery store... Police said you had to describe package it was in n amount n denominations.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:32 PM

I would turn it in to the police. Im too much of an honest person to keep that amount of money. I would hate to know that I took that money knowing that was someone paycheque and they needed to pay bills, buy groceries or clothing for their children. I think it would be wrong to keep it.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:38 PM

What's the saying.... oh yea. Finders Keepers!

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:40 PM

I went and did some shopping today and when I returned to my car I seen money on the ground about 5 feet from my car.

I picked it up and there was around $400.00. There was no one around, not knowing how much was there at first I picked it up and left.

I could use this money so bad right now but I also feel guilty keeping it.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:42 PM

i would bring it in
not mine

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:45 PM

What's the saying.... oh yea. Finders Keepers!


Yeah sure.. If it was $5, $10 or even $20... but thats a large sum of money that was obviously meant for something more than pocket change... I have a conscience haha... I couldn't do it!!

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:58 PM

That large of an amount I would bring to the police also. People are still having a tough time making ends meet and that amount of money could mean the difference of a roof over their heads or being evicted or diapers/food for a baby. There are just too many scenarios that would keep playing through my head.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:04 PM

Just to play the devil's advocate here, what if it was a drug dealer's money?

Honestly, I'm not sure. I would think I would turn it in, but I guess I would never know until the moment.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:07 PM


What's the saying.... oh yea. Finders Keepers!


Yeah sure.. If it was $5, $10 or even $20... but thats a large sum of money that was obviously meant for something more than pocket change... I have a conscience haha... I couldn't do it!!



Not sure what I would do.. Like to say Id turn it in. It could be money from alot of things.. drug money, bingo/casino money won, Id find it hard to beleive that someone would go shopping with that much money in their pocket. Was it rolled up? Why wasnt it in a wallet... If it was in a deposit bag like Sheri mentioned, for sure Id return it. Im a pretty honest person so chances are Id probably turn it in :\ haha

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:10 PM

if it was up to $50...i would keep it, anything above i would turn it in, esp b/c of the economy, and if it was drug dealers money, then MORE reason to hand it in to the cops.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:14 PM

I would turn it in. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night knowing I had kept something that wasn't mine.

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:19 PM

If it was a labeled bag (store deposit etc) than I would return it to the store, otherwise I would bring it to the police station. Giving it to the closest store likely means it will not be claimed and go in their pockets ( or their securities if they have it).

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 06:25 AM

If it was a labeled bag (store deposit etc) than I would return it to the store, otherwise I would bring it to the police station. Giving it to the closest store likely means it will not be claimed and go in their pockets ( or their securities if they have it).


true that it would go into the stores pocket but the same thing would happen at the police station as well

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 06:38 AM

As I teach my kids. It always feels better to do the right thing.

I would absolutely, without a doubt, turn it in. The guilt you have about it is your gut telling you to do the right thing.

It may end up coming back to you anyway because if no one claims it after a period of time the police will give it back to you, as the person who found it.

So do the right thing, turn it in and hope that no one claims it. If you end up getting it you will feel fantastic that you did the right thing and got the bonus of spending it guilt free.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 06:54 AM

As I teach my kids. It always feels better to do the right thing.

I would absolutely, without a doubt, turn it in. The guilt you have about it is your gut telling you to do the right thing.

It may end up coming back to you anyway because if no one claims it after a period of time the police will give it back to you, as the person who found it.

So do the right thing, turn it in and hope that no one claims it. If you end up getting it you will feel fantastic that you did the right thing and got the bonus of spending it guilt free.


I was just going to type pretty much the same response - so ditto!!

As a teen I found a significant amount of money and didn't hesitate to hand it in to police. It didn't get claimed and it was given to me. I hadn't even realized there was a chance to get it back - I just knew it wasn't mine to keep and the right thing to do was hand it in.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 08:52 AM

I would hand it in. Wasn't mine to take. Karma is an awful thing as well, and I try really hard to treat others as I would want to be treated.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:12 AM

Someone beat me to it!!

I believe there is something in place where after a certain amount of time (few weeks?) that it goes unclaimed, you will get it back for being the one who turned it in.

IMO, call the police station and inquire how that works.

For $400 I couldn't sleep well... always wondering if that is part of someone's rent payment!! As the person who lost it, it's a good lesson to not carry that much cash at one time, but I'd be worried sick about being out that much money....

....for me, I think I'd declare "Finders Keepers" for anything $100 or less.....

And I thought I hit the jackpot going through the self-serve lanes at Zehr's a couple weeks back... someone didn't take their change, so I grabbed it when I got my cash back (it was less than $2)

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:13 AM

As I teach my kids. It always feels better to do the right thing.

I would absolutely, without a doubt, turn it in. The guilt you have about it is your gut telling you to do the right thing.

It may end up coming back to you anyway because if no one claims it after a period of time the police will give it back to you, as the person who found it.

So do the right thing, turn it in and hope that no one claims it. If you end up getting it you will feel fantastic that you did the right thing and got the bonus of spending it guilt free.

Couldnt say it better.
Put yourself in that persons shoes who lost it, ever think how badly they may need it?

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:19 AM

Turn it in. Are there any chances the stores have cameras? If they do, and your identified as taking the money (through your plate etc), you could be charged with theft.

I also believe that if you turn it in and it's not claimed its yours to keep. I found a lot of gold jewellrey when I was younger, when it wasn't claimed after 90 days, it became mine.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:07 AM

Karma's a b!tch. She scares me.

I would turn it in and hope that no one claimed it. There's a millions things it could be from, but in the end, it's not yours. Plain and simple.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:47 AM

So I made a few phone calls today in the shopping Mall Centre where I found the money and no one has came in looking for the money.

I also call the local Police and they also said no one has came in looking for it. I left my name and numebr.

How can I be charged with theft I didn't steal anything. I found something.

I will keep you all posted if anything happens.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:24 AM

As much as I'd love to say I'd take it... I'd probably turn it in. I think I'd cry hysterically if I ever lost that much $$$ and would hope that a kind soul would turn it in so I wouldn't have to pawn everything in my house to pay whatever was supposed to be paid/bought with that $$$. It it was a smaller amount... say under $100 or $50, I might be more likely to take it, but it would depend on the situation.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:33 AM

i had soemthing like that happen to me. i was in the drive thru of a bank and the man before me had left over 400 in the machine. he drove away. when it was my turn i saw the money. and i knew it was his. i went to the bank and told them what happend. they found the man whom the money belonged to. turned out the man was a very wealthy business man and he was very touched that i didnt just take the money and run, so he gave me all of the money. i split it with my sister since she was the one driving the car with me.

i am a strong believer in Karma

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 12:16 PM

I would definitely make a strong effort to find the owner!! I would be so pissed if lost that much money.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 12:58 PM

i had soemthing like that happen to me. i was in the drive thru of a bank and the man before me had left over 400 in the machine. he drove away. when it was my turn i saw the money. and i knew it was his. i went to the bank and told them what happend. they found the man whom the money belonged to. turned out the man was a very wealthy business man and he was very touched that i didnt just take the money and run, so he gave me all of the money. i split it with my sister since she was the one driving the car with me.

i am a strong believer in Karma


What a touching story. I would be devastated if I lost that much cash.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 01:38 PM

One day I was at Target in the states I went to the bathroom my mini wallet fell out of my pocket. No ID in it as it is the one I take only to the states. I had forgotten to leave my morg. poyment at home so it was in that wallet. I returned to Canada & discovered I ahd lost it. Went back the next morning and there was my wallet truned into the store with my $500 still in it. I offered a reward was told NO WAY! I was SO VERY THANKFUL that the person turned it in and did not take my $$ I cried right there in the store! I was so distraught. I say turn it in you just never know fi that person needed the $$ even more then you!

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 02:05 PM

I would return it.

Question though, was the money in something that is distiguishable to the person who lost it.

If it is loose money, how can they put the story out there? Lots of peole would claim it.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 02:08 PM

i had soemthing like that happen to me. i was in the drive thru of a bank and the man before me had left over 400 in the machine. he drove away. when it was my turn i saw the money. and i knew it was his. i went to the bank and told them what happend. they found the man whom the money belonged to. turned out the man was a very wealthy business man and he was very touched that i didnt just take the money and run, so he gave me all of the money. i split it with my sister since she was the one driving the car with me.

i am a strong believer in Karma


Excellent story! Just goes to show good deeds often ARE rewarded.

I had something kind of similar happen only, in my case I turned it into the police (about $600) and after awhile it wasn't claimed, they called me to come get it.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:52 PM

So I made a few phone calls today in the shopping Mall Centre where I found the money and no one has came in looking for the money.

I also call the local Police and they also said no one has came in looking for it. I left my name and numebr.

How can I be charged with theft I didn't steal anything. I found something.

I will keep you all posted if anything happens.


Just bumping and bringing attention to anon's response that I just approved in post #27. See above.