Post # 1
This is a spin off from a previous post.
Lets say you found $40 on the sidewalk. Not a huge amount by any means but enough to pay for a small splurge for yourself. You ask everyone in the area if it is theirs but no one claims it. What would you do with the $40?
Post # 3
I would do the honest thing and turn it in to the police. “Asking everyone in the area” to me would mean knocking on all the doors in the neighbourhood.
It makes me sad to see that so many bees would not have more compassion for the person who may have lost this money . $40 may mean way more to them than it would to you or me.
Post # 4
I would have just left it on the sidewalk.
Post # 5
I know it seems like a small amount, but if I had lost $40 that would mean I don’t have enough money to buy groceries for the week after our bills are paid. I would be devastated losing it. I would try to return the money.
Post # 6
this actually happened to me once! I found two 20’s on the ground. It was in a very shady part of brooklyn. It was under a pile of snow that was melting so i knew it had been there a while. now I feel horrible, but I kept it! There was no one else around to ask…
I found $60 total in about a 2 month span. once a couple of one dollar bills, a five, etc.
Post # 7
If I know whose money it is, I promptly return it, even though the last two times I’ve done that I’ve been greeted with stank, unappreciative responses. *grumble grumble*
Loose money on the ground is fair game though, and I feel absolutely no guilt about keeping it.
Post # 8
I guess it depends where it is lost… in the Kroger parking lot? I would bring it in to the manager. In my apartment complex? Turn it into the office manager. Literally on the street downtown with a bajillion people running around? I may ask a few passerby’s but honestly after attempting to turn it in find out who it belonged to with no luck I would pocket it.. BUT- I am a huge believer in “paying it forward”, so if someone down the road needed 40 bucks I would hand it over.
Post # 9
I once found a $50 bill lying on the sidewalk. I looked all around, and asked the only person nearby. It wasn’t hers. It never occurred to me to go to the police for that. I mean, would anyone who lost a fifty actually go to the police about it? If I lost a bill like that, I would just assume it was gone forever. And it’s not like there was a police station right there…
I don’t know, I generally think of myself as a good person, but I always thought that finding money lying on the street was just good luck for whoever found it! Unless it was a really large amount, like more than $100, it literally would have never occurred to me to turn it in to the police.
Post # 11
Well what do the police do with it if no body claims it…………….
Post # 12
I know I would be devastated if I lost $40 in the street because I can’t afford that. But at the same time I wouldn’t go to the police or post signs or anything because I would never expect someone to turn up with it. I agree with what Amanda_Rae said about it depending on where I found it. If I found it in my apartment complex or the grocery story parking lot I would definitely turn it in, no question. If I found it lying under a pile of melting snow in a park that might be a different story.
Post # 13
I would not go to the police over $40. I’d get laughed out of the station. I’d ask around and if no one claimed it and it wasn’t in front of a store/home/business that I could turn it into I’d keep it.
Post # 14
@Eva Peron: Here the police department has a policy that if it is unclaimed after a certain period of time, the money is returned to the finder. A few years ago someone found a suitcase with thousands of dollars in it. It was never claimed ( likely the proceeds of crime); it was turned over to the finder.
Post # 15
@Mrs_Amanda: I agree. It would totally depend on where I found it. I would turn it in, though, to whatever appropriate authority was nearby.
$40 seems like such a small amount, but to whoever lost it, that could be all they had for the week. It would be a big amount of money for me to lose.
Post # 16
@mixtapehearts: Yep. I can’t imagine going in to the police with $40. I’d probably give it to charity.