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What would you do if you found $1,000 in an unmarked paper bag?

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What if you were out for a walk and came upon a plain paper bag filled with $1,000 in cash, and there was absolutely no way to identify who it belonged to? What would you do? Would you turn it over the police? Or would you just keep it?

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Eric
7 months ago

For all those tempted to keep it, think about this. Is there a chance that the money was stolen, and the serial numbers on some or all of the bills are known to the authorities? Probably not likely at all with twenties, but with fifties or hundreds? Just wondering.

Sherman Johnson
7 months ago

Great question!

My answer was/is “keep it” BUT — I would report (and/or post online) that I found an undisclosed amount of money and give a general area. If someone contacted the local police and accurately described the bag; the amount of cash; and the area where it was lost, I would return it to them in person.

Bruce Haskell
7 months ago

You are supposed to advertise the circumstances…but not reveal the amount. If no one comes forward, the money is yours.

Bob
10 months ago

If you turn it over to the police and there is no way to identify who it belongs to, what do you think he is going to do with it? I’m sure it’s going into his pocket so might as well keep it for yourself.

Eric
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob

If by “he” you mean the police, you have a very low opinion of those who protect us.
The lost property would be logged, and in almost all cases, if the found property is unclaimed, the finder can and will get it back.

Lee A.
11 months ago

I found a wallet in the parking lot of a pizza place years ago. It had $800.00 in cash and airline tickets to New York, plus credit cards, driver’s license, various membership cards and his business card. I called him up and told him I had his wallet and he returned in less than 10 minutes to retrieve it. He went through it to check if anything was missing and then ACCUSED me of stealing it! I was shocked and dismayed that in doing the right thing I was made out to be the bad guy. Might think twice if there is a next time.

Sherman Johnson
7 months ago
Reply to  Lee A.

That is OUTRAGEOUS behavior! That man is a sorry excuse for a human being.

At least you know you did the right thing. Good for you!

Ann Goebel
11 months ago

I would notify the authorities but keep it till the proper owner was found. I have trust issues.
If no one claimed it with the correct info ,as in fingerprints, the amount of cash, I would hand it over to a homeless shelter.

RONALD WHITE
1 year ago

Pick it up and buy food for some homeless people

Kathryn
1 year ago

Let authorities know I have it, but I would be the one to keep it safe.

Tim
1 year ago

Do everything I could to find the owner & return it then use it to help others.

sajohnson
1 year ago

I might let the authorities know that I found a large amount of cash in an unspecified location in their jurisdiction.

Then, if someone came forward with the correct amount of money and said it was in an unmarked paper bag, likely lost near where I found it, I’d turn it in. Otherwise I’d keep it.

Debbie
1 year ago

Even if you give it to the authorities, if it is unclaimed you’re going to get it back after so many days.

Alvin
2 years ago

My wife discovered a ladies purse in the bottom rack of a shopping cart at a large shopping centre. She took it home went through it, found it had about 400 dollars in it. Found the ladies ID, phoned her. She said she’d drop by the next day for it, which she did. Drove up in a 60 thousand dollar Volvo, came to the door, grabbed the purse from my wife, looked inside said thanks turned and walked away.
Hmmm, said the wife “might have to think about how I’d handle this another time”.

She’d still call the owner; I know she would, but if you are that owner – show a little humanity beyond a bland “thanks”.

Virginia
1 year ago
Reply to  Alvin

I hope your wife would act the same way; a ‘thanks a lot’ would have been nice, but I do believe ‘virtue is its own reward’.

Bobby
2 years ago

I would notify authorities that if someone can identify contents, I would return. However, there is always one jerk around for the saying “No good deed goes unpunished” Waiting for a bus in Minneapolis, I see in an open trash can a wallet with a ID from a local company that I won’t say but goes like “3-” I call the company and told to call another location, all while waiting for the “Your call is important, but really isn’t or we would answer” Find the guy and he want me to mail the wallet to him. Said since he in in Minneapolis, to come and get it at my work. He arrives to get wallet with something like $85.00 in it and accuses me of pealing off some cash (which I didn’t) All this crap after spending probably 2 hours at work to return his wallet. A few days later saw another wallet in the trash can again at the bus stop. I walked away. Who needs this crap.

Virginia
1 year ago
Reply to  Bobby

Can it be there is a pickpocket at the bus stop. Two wallets found in two days seems more than coincidental. Maybe the owner spent $85.00 on something he doesn’t want to explain to a spouse.

Craig
2 years ago

Turn it in, but expect to receive it back if owner couldn’t be identified.

Mr. Mustang
2 years ago

We would put as much as we can in our front pockets, and the rest in our back pockets!😂😂😂✌🏻️

Pat
2 years ago

I would do what Dan did, but I like his idea of photographing the bag and the money. I would also use Facebook in addition to Craigslist.

Dan
2 years ago

I would take a picture of the bag and the money, then give it to the local police department, requesting a receipt. Then I ‘d put an ad on Craigslist and the local paper. Any responses to the ad would be shared with the PD and hopefully the cash would get back to it’s rightful owner. If there was no response I would ask the PD to use it in one of their benevolent programs. After reading some of the other comments I see a couple of issues some of you ‘good’ citizens have. Is your notion that all cops are bad based on your getting busted for a traffic violation when the cop should’ve been out arresting real criminals? Or is it because you soak up the negative reporting about police and ignore it when an officer goes out of his way to do something nice, even risking his life when needed? The other that someone carrying all that cash is either a drug dealer or has a mental problem. Believe me, there are many people out there that do not use banks of any kind. They literally live paycheck to paycheck, always pay by cash, and cannot afford to pay any bank fees. The next time you stop and spend $100 on fuel and $20 on snacks, ask yourself if that person behind the cash register could do that, working for minimum wage plus maybe 50 cents.

RHP
2 years ago

Sounds like a drug deal went bad.How many people would you think be calling you if you post that you found $1000 dollars in an unmarked paper bag?I would definitely keep it.

Merrily Robinson
3 years ago

I would keep it while posting a lost item in a brown bag!! Owner would have to know!!

Jim
3 years ago

I would keep it

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