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I agree, Danette. A clear conscience is worth a lot!
I agree with you Mazzy. I could never have done that. The money came from someone's account after all.
I agree with you duffsmom. I would hate to think that it was someone's life savings that somehow was lost.
You and I are of the same mind. Having a witness is probably a good idea as duffsmom suggested.
Oh to be that wealthy that one would not miss the loss of $100,000.00! Just think of the good that one could do with that kind of extra money! Wonder if his story was legitimate? Did he report it to the police?
Hi Peggy, I assume his banker reported it to the police (this was many years ago). Yup, it was a true story, he was one of our dept's wealthiest clients. We used to handle the richest folks in the world.
I don't think your actions might be completely legal, actually. I don't think the government looks too well at people trying to do the work of the police. (It's the reason Batman is fictional because his ass would have landed in jail in real life).
A good point about who carries that much money in a sack. Another guess is that the cops are using it as bait for a criminal or something in which case, even picking it up is an obstruction of justice.
Or it could be a lonely old, Silas Marner, who socked away a few dollars out of every paycheck. Perhaps he was carrying it to the bank for safekeeping, or to some store for that long-desired item. Your suspicion is not proof.
I would also turn it in but the idea of having witnesses is a good one. Thanks!
Well, if you bring karma into the equation, who's to say *I* didn't lose $10,000 cash in a previous life and the cosmos merely arranged for me to get it back in THIS life. ;D
Hey! Finders, keepers! Abandoned treasure! Luck of the draw! All that stuff!
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And oops, the owner comes 3 days later, because he was in the hospital. Now, without his life savings. It's very possible he stole from you last lifetime. That's karma. But forgiveness is far better. That and unselfishness.
The chance anyone would stash his $10K life savings in a paper bag, and then drop it, is disappearingly small. What you'd find is that it's drug money, and it would be confiscated by the authorities to be spent on new police toys. Keep it instead.