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2013-02-27 10:46:07 AM  
She lives in New York, she should have just called it a rebate and kept it.
 
2013-02-27 10:47:52 AM  
The author of that article needs to go back and take a fourth grade English class.
 
2013-02-27 11:20:15 AM  
Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.
 
2013-02-27 11:20:19 AM  
Brinks is claiming $110,000,000.00 in losses.
 
2013-02-27 11:21:07 AM  
It's all about (returning) the Benjamins
 
2013-02-27 11:21:14 AM  
Brinks did a great job with the diamonds in Antwerp.
 
2013-02-27 11:21:16 AM  
There was a guy selling iPads in the parking lot behind my house that "fell off a truck".

Riiiiiight, And I have a bridge for sale, too.
 
2013-02-27 11:22:53 AM  
What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.
 
2013-02-27 11:24:03 AM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.


You always this cheerful or did someone skip peeing in your Wheaties this morning?
 
2013-02-27 11:24:06 AM  

CygnusDarius: What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.


So shines a good deed in a weary world?
 
2013-02-27 11:25:25 AM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.


Especially when doing the wrong thing would have meant cramming a crapload of $1 bills and PENNIES into your car.

Also, not sure from the article but was there or was there not a mail man there behind her who saw it happen?
 
2013-02-27 11:25:33 AM  
Praise the idiot. Stroke the idiot. Publicize the idiot. What the idiot did was a big deal but any normal person would have done the same. B.I.R.G. We are a great nation indeed. Trust us. You are us. Praise....
 
2013-02-27 11:26:39 AM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.


Uh, doing the right thing absolutely does make one a hero.
 
2013-02-27 11:26:52 AM  
You could be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if you kept that bag. Taking things of that kind of value without trying to return them is not only theft, pure and simple, but is a crime.

Don't worry, I'm sure plenty of internet white knights will be lining up to give her money. in fact, isn't it about time for the monthly Fark beg-athon?
 
2013-02-27 11:27:02 AM  

MightyPez: CygnusDarius: What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.

So shines a good deed in a weary world?


Maybe a more positive spin - every act of decency doesn't merit front page news - and $11,000 being dropped isn't exactly a common thing to happen too.

More often the crazy stuff is negative, because its outside the routine, civilized nature we already experience. Hence, news.
 
2013-02-27 11:32:50 AM  
Why was all that money loose and insecured to begin with?
I kinda figured when they transport it, it would be wrapped in stacks, or at least packed in bags.  And how did the door on the truck open up?

This is a really cute story, and all...  It just doesn't add up.
 
2013-02-27 11:36:15 AM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing Thing that wont end up with you going to jail doesn't make you a hero.

 
2013-02-27 11:37:18 AM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: Praise the idiot. Stroke the idiot. Publicize the idiot. What the idiot did was a big deal but any normal person would have done the same. B.I.R.G. We are a great nation indeed. Trust us. You are us. Praise....


Consider yourself praised, stroked and publicized...
 
2013-02-27 11:37:52 AM  
Sorry, I am a bad person. I would have sat on the money for a while to make sure it's cool. Then it is all farking mine. Sorry. That's a lot of dough, could make my life a lot better. A thank you call from Brinks, not gonna do much for me.
 
2013-02-27 11:39:17 AM  
May have actually been the smart thing to do.  Sudden windfalls that you didn't earn can be dangerous.
 
2013-02-27 11:39:30 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: There was a guy selling iPads in the parking lot behind my house that "fell off a truck".

Riiiiiight, And I have a bridge for sale, too.


How the hell does this even happen?  Dont they get reported as stolen and the moment somone activates the IPad, the cops know who has stolen goods?  (and the GPS location)
 
2013-02-27 11:39:40 AM  
Good for her.  I'd have kept it. $11k would be a nice chunk of change to have fall into my lap.
 
2013-02-27 11:39:46 AM  
Well, there's a messenger getting fired.

/no, wait. It got returned. He'll get suspended, maybe.

//used to work for Brinks, so getting a kick.
 
2013-02-27 11:39:47 AM  
We're going to have an entire generation that has either been to Iraq and Afghanistan or have an immediate family member who went over there. What a terrible legacy these past 10 years will be when we look back and wonder why this country's become a military dictatorship.
 
2013-02-27 11:41:52 AM  
...so now you're a hero for retuning things that don't belong to you?
 
2013-02-27 11:42:54 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: We're going to have an entire generation that has either been to Iraq and Afghanistan or have an immediate family member who went over there. What a terrible legacy these past 10 years will be when we look back and wonder why this country's become a military dictatorship.


Yeah, it sure was a shame when we became a military dictatorship after all those other wars we had.
 
2013-02-27 11:42:58 AM  
Haha. Right now, in Augusta, GA, a lawyer with the local Public Defender's office is facing charges of Theft of a Lost or Misplaced Item. Seems she and a friend found a $10,000 ring outside a local Cracker Barrel. Her friend went inside to possibly find the owner of the ring. When no owner turned up, she said she would turn it in to the police. Days later, the ring was reported lost/ stolen. They found her friend on the security footage of the restaurant, and her friend fingered her as being in possession of the ring and intending to turn it in. There wouldn't have been any charges filed, except for the fact that she took the ring to get it appraised, and solicited offers for it.

Lawyers.
 
2013-02-27 11:48:27 AM  
Use of the hero tag says more about subby's integrity than it does about anything in article.
 
2013-02-27 11:48:45 AM  
Meh. I'm sure she'll reap the rewards of her sons 100% disability check when he comes home from Afghanistan with his limbs blown off.
 
2013-02-27 11:48:58 AM  

The Glorified Jailer


...so now you're a hero for retuning things that don't belong to you?


What a retuner might look like:

3.bp.blogspot.com


pic is borrowed
 
2013-02-27 11:53:21 AM  
Well of course she returned it. Those eight cartridges didn't even fit her printer.
 
2013-02-27 12:01:59 PM  
www.gwu.edu
 
2013-02-27 12:05:09 PM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.


These days it does. Too much "do the wrong thing" happening.

She only got a phone call from Brinks? 10% finders reward would have been nice
 
2013-02-27 12:05:19 PM  

twiztedjustin: gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.

Especially when doing the wrong thing would have meant cramming a crapload of $1 bills and PENNIES into your car.

Also, not sure from the article but was there or was there not a mail man there behind her who saw it happen?


For what it's worth, 11,000 $1 bills would take up less than half a cubic foot

(.004" x 2.61" x 6.14") x 11000 = 705 in^3 = 0.41 ft^3

That's something like two or three shoeboxes; you could hide that much in the space under the seats.
 
2013-02-27 12:09:47 PM  
She's a better person than me. I would have kept it.
 
2013-02-27 12:09:54 PM  

Buffalo77: Use of the hero tag says more about subby's integrity than it does about anything in article.


I found $5 in the dryer and returned it to my boyfriend.
HERO
 
2013-02-27 12:11:09 PM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.


This. I had no idea that having a disabled kid made doing the right thing more impressive. In fact, I'd argue the opposite. Not having a disabled kid and doing the right thing makes you a hero. You see, having a disabled kid and one deployed in the military tells me this woman is used to making sacrifices. She has a very good idea of what is important in life, and what is not. People like her are used to hard work and rise above petty theft and such moral quandaries as to whether she should return the money or keep it.
 
2013-02-27 12:14:47 PM  

Molavian: Good for her.  I'd have kept it. $11k would be a nice chunk of change to have fall into my lap.


This.
 
2013-02-27 12:17:09 PM  
*shrugs*

Isn't that money all tracked and counted?  It's not exactly manna from heaven.  You'd probably be committing some Federal crime being caught trying to spend it.
 
2013-02-27 12:21:17 PM  

Buffalo77: Use of the hero tag says more about subby's integrity than it does about anything in article.


IME people tend to think/hope/fear that other people have values similar to their own.  If I were to drop $11,000 on the ground, I think I'd like to do it in front of subby's house.
 
2013-02-27 12:22:04 PM  

whidbey: *shrugs*

Isn't that money all tracked and counted?  It's not exactly manna from heaven.  You'd probably be committing some Federal crime being caught trying to spend it.


A drone would of tracked her with a Hellfire.
 
2013-02-27 12:27:00 PM  
Brinks should have done more than simply call to say thanks.  It would have cost more to them than losing the 11k (probably insured), but they should have fixed her car (or bought her a new one) and maybe set up some kind of fund for the disabled kid.  The ROI from the good PR would have been huge.
 
2013-02-27 12:35:44 PM  

CygnusDarius: What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.


It's money.  What does decency have to do with it?  Are you actually claiming that people are 'decent' in their pursuit of cash?  The CEO who cuts half their workforce to increase shareholder value?  The police officer who ruins someone's life over a petty incident?  I could go on and on with examples of people throwing decency out the window to feed their families..

This lady was just plain stupid.
 
2013-02-27 12:35:56 PM  
Is it a source of pride these days to proclaim you have a disabled child ?
 
2013-02-27 12:36:24 PM  
Why does this stuff never happen to me??
 
2013-02-27 12:40:34 PM  

The Glorified Jailer: ...so now you're a hero for retuning things that don't belong to you?


Someone who is honest when no one is looking? Drew frowns on using the Wheaton tag for that, and the Walken tag demands more cowbell.
 
2013-02-27 12:46:10 PM  
It was all in coin and singles? shiat that would be a strip club casino visit waiting to happen.

Make it rain!!!

/although I guess no slots really take coins anymore, maybe some ghetto Vegas off the strip stuff.
 
2013-02-27 12:47:49 PM  

Snarfangel: The Glorified Jailer: ...so now you're a hero for retuning things that don't belong to you?

Someone who is honest when no one is looking? Drew frowns on using the Wheaton tag for that, and the Walken tag demands more cowbell.


What about the Florida tag?.
 
2013-02-27 12:47:59 PM  

The Glorified Jailer: ...so now you're a hero for retuning things that don't belong to you?


Yeah, I'm not getting this. Seems all too common someone is deemed a hero for doing the right thing.

"Hero" tag should be reserved for extraordinary behavior... Oh, wait, okay, now I get it.
 
2013-02-27 12:50:40 PM  

MightyPez: CygnusDarius: What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.

So shines a good deed in a weary world?



I SAID GOOD DAY SIR!
 
2013-02-27 12:50:42 PM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.


On fark.com it does, think about what that means.
 
2013-02-27 12:55:54 PM  

jgilb: Is it a source of pride these days to proclaim you have a disabled child ?


Well duh, because "look at how hard it is, look at how I've suffered, look at how selfless I am, look look look look look."
 
2013-02-27 01:02:12 PM  

HAMMERTOE: Haha. Right now, in Augusta, GA, a lawyer with the local Public Defender's office is facing charges of Theft of a Lost or Misplaced Item. Seems she and a friend found a $10,000 ring outside a local Cracker Barrel. Her friend went inside to possibly find the owner of the ring. When no owner turned up, she said she would turn it in to the police. Days later, the ring was reported lost/ stolen. They found her friend on the security footage of the restaurant, and her friend fingered her as being in possession of the ring and intending to turn it in. There wouldn't have been any charges filed, except for the fact that she took the ring to get it appraised, and solicited offers for it.

Lawyers.


I present the NYPD's "Lucky Bag" sting operation. Leaving unattended bags in public places, and arresting people for picking them up. nevermind that current laws allow 10 days to turn in lost property.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bad-buzz-nypd-sting-operation-lu ck y-bag-pol-put-setup-article-1.144861
 
2013-02-27 01:07:34 PM  

jst3p: Molavian: Good for her.  I'd have kept it. $11k would be a nice chunk of change to have fall into my lap.

This.


Many people share this perspective but won't admit it. Why is it that these people returning money get so much publicity?
 
2013-02-27 01:10:42 PM  
Keeping oneself out of prison by not letting greed get the best of you does not automatically make one a hero.  It just means smart.

/Not that the person returning the money isn't honest, but this is something will will get prison time in the United States.
 
2013-02-27 01:11:09 PM  

Deep Contact: whidbey: would of


Dear Drew,

I have this idea for a new word filter.
 
2013-02-27 01:11:53 PM  

TiiiMMMaHHH: CygnusDarius: What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.

It's money.  What does decency have to do with it?  Are you actually claiming that people are 'decent' in their pursuit of cash?  The CEO who cuts half their workforce to increase shareholder value?  The police officer who ruins someone's life over a petty incident?  I could go on and on with examples of people throwing decency out the window to feed their families..

This lady was just plain stupid.


This too. She should have considered it a gift.
 
2013-02-27 01:12:44 PM  

CygnusDarius: What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.


We don't live in such a world.  Most people are honest.

It just *SEEMS* like we don't because we hear about the exceptions more often than the normal behavior of most people.
 
2013-02-27 01:23:55 PM  

show me: The author of that article needs to go back and take a fourth grade English class.


First paragraph: "Pat Wesner said she was driving to work at around 8:15 Tuesday morning when an armored Brinks truck passed her along a stretch of 22 right outside Salem when suddenly she saw coins and dollar bills flying everywhere."

Agreed.
 
2013-02-27 01:25:21 PM  

dittybopper: Most people are honest


That's a lie.
 
2013-02-27 01:28:39 PM  

Enemabag Jones: Keeping oneself out of prison by not letting greed get the best of you does not automatically make one a hero.  It just means smart.

/Not that the person returning the money isn't honest, but this is something will will get prison time in the United States.


Exactly. She returned it because of paranoia-- The concern that she would get caught, not because of any sort of ethical code. If she knew she could get away with it without the feds tracking her, she'd have kept at least some of it. This woman isn't a hero; she's just intelligent enough to know some basic rules of self-preservation.

We over-use "hero" these days. A hero is someone who faces a risk-- without promise of compensation-- for the benefit and well-being of other beings.

A cop who takes a bullet in a gunfight while on duty is not a hero. That's doing the job, which they are paid for and for which they gain significant perks, as well.  They're trained for this.

A firefighter who pulls someone out of a burning building is not a hero. That's part of the job for which they are decently compensated. They are trained to do this.

A soldier who kills a group of enemies to save civilians is not a hero. That's his job. He's trained for it. He's compensated for it. He's expected to do this.

A dog that barks at people who break into your house is not a hero. That's his duty. He is expected to do it, and he is compensated for his role in the household's security.

A cashier who risks getting shot by a robber in order to protect a child being threatened is a hero.
A nurse who pulls someone out of a burning car she spots as she's walking home from work is a hero.
A homeless man who stands up to muggers to protect an old woman they're harassing is a hero.
A soldier who donates his kidney to save a civilian's life is a hero.
A cop who risks the wrath of the police force by preventing another cop from brutalizing a suspect is a hero.
A firefighter who saves someone from a burning building while he's being shot at is a hero.
A dog that pulls an unconscious child from a river is a hero.

Heroism is going out of your way to aid someone else when there is some risk involved and there is no expectation of compensation.

And heroism is  not returning money because you're worried that they'll find you and arrest you. That's called guilt, and  paranoia, but not heroism.

You know what would make this woman a hero? If she took that money and-- knowing that the feds would catch up with her-- gave it all away to starving, poor, homeless, sick, and needy people. THAT would be heroic. She would be putting herself at risk (prison) to aid other people with no expectation of compensation for her deeds.
 
2013-02-27 01:29:42 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: There was a guy selling iPads in the parking lot behind my house that "fell off a truck".

Riiiiiight, And I have a bridge for sale, too.


Got a sweet P-P-P-Powerbook that way...
 
2013-02-27 01:36:59 PM  
at work i used to take a walk with John & Eric after we ate lunch. one day walking & talking about what we would do if a truck came by right in front of us and dropped two big arse money bags Eric (who was trained in martial arts) immediately responds, perfectly serious: "the first thing i would do is kill you two". i never felt comfortable around him again.
 
2013-02-27 01:42:41 PM  
There's no way I would return that money
 
2013-02-27 01:48:26 PM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.


Once again, someone failed to look up the meaning of "hero."  It's the protagonist in a morality  tale, the central figure in a story designed to convey a moral message.  The fox in the "sour grapes" fable may not be admirable, but he is the hero of the tale.
 
2013-02-27 01:50:58 PM  
Isn't that money insured anyways?
 
2013-02-27 01:57:50 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Exactly. She returned it because of paranoia-- The concern that she would get caught, not because of any sort of ethical code.


If that were true, then why not just keep driving?  Why stop and call the police and help them pick it up?  If she were paranoid, the truly paranoid thing to do would be to just keep going and not stop.  After all, what if she helps the police pick it up and Brinks claims there is a couple hundred missing?   A paranoid person would think of that, and not even stop the car.
 
2013-02-27 01:59:22 PM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.


I'm sure if you ask the Brinks driver, he'll disagree with you. Vehemently.

CygnusDarius: What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.


A sad and pitiful one where the use of the hero tag is absolutely appropriate for someone doing the right and decent thing, despite gopher321's biatchiness. Here's a lady who actually needed that money and did not steal even a penny of it. That's what you call "an everyday hero." Just because she doesn't wear a cape and tights or didn't save someone from a burning building doesn't make her any less heroic--especially to that driver.
 
2013-02-27 02:00:56 PM  

WinoRhino: gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.

This. I had no idea that having a disabled kid made doing the right thing more impressive. In fact, I'd argue the opposite. Not having a disabled kid and doing the right thing makes you a hero. You see, having a disabled kid and one deployed in the military tells me this woman is used to making sacrifices. She has a very good idea of what is important in life, and what is not. People like her are used to hard work and rise above petty theft and such moral quandaries as to whether she should return the money or keep it.


She works for a nonprofit, which surely sucks from the government tit.  Her disabled son gets tax dollars and so does her military son.  But this welfare queen is too proud to do a little menial labor that would reduce her family's dependence on me.

/the Politics tab is warping my mind ;-)
 
2013-02-27 02:02:44 PM  

Fallout Boy: Isn't that money insured anyways?


Of course, it's only an extra penny on each policy.

classicfilmsreloaded.com
 
2013-02-27 02:06:44 PM  

AbbeySomeone: jst3p: Molavian: Good for her.  I'd have kept it. $11k would be a nice chunk of change to have fall into my lap.

This.

Many people share this perspective but won't admit it. Why is it that these people returning money get so much publicity?


Same reason prostitutes and DUIs get publicity:  to convey a moral message.
 
2013-02-27 02:08:26 PM  
If I came across that much money, I'd regard it as a favor from God.
 
2013-02-27 02:08:47 PM  
Is her son in Afghanistan standing in the middle of a field right now?
 
2013-02-27 02:09:47 PM  

CygnusDarius: What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.


Why do you assume that news must be rare?  Financial, sports, and weather news are not rare; they are simply matters of public interest.
 
2013-02-27 02:09:50 PM  

octopied: You could be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if you kept that bag. Taking things of that kind of value without trying to return them is not only theft, pure and simple, but is a crime.

Don't worry, I'm sure plenty of internet white knights will be lining up to give her money. in fact, isn't it about time for the monthly Fark beg-athon?


"Cop didn't see it? I didn't do it!" -- George Carlin
 
2013-02-27 02:12:56 PM  
i51.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-27 02:17:34 PM  
I would have kept driving and called the cops when I got to my destination.  Why risk being investigated for theft if you don't intend to profit?
 
2013-02-27 02:25:42 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: I would have kept driving and called the cops when I got to my destination.  Why risk being investigated for theft if you don't intend to profit?


Bingo.  That's what a paranoid person would do.
 
2013-02-27 02:27:05 PM  
BarkingUnicorn,
I would have kept driving and called the cops when I got to my destination. Why risk being investigated for theft if you don't intend to profit?


Why bother reporting it at all?

I do realize that it has a very negative about society, but why bother to deal with police when it will only put you in jeopardy and really doesn't bother to do clear good for any specific person?
 
2013-02-27 02:29:34 PM  

Enemabag Jones: BarkingUnicorn,
I would have kept driving and called the cops when I got to my destination. Why risk being investigated for theft if you don't intend to profit?

Why bother reporting it at all?

I do realize that it has a very negative about society, but why bother to deal with police when it will only put you in jeopardy and really doesn't bother to do clear good for any specific person?


For the same reason anyone does anything:   it would make me feel better.  That's the only reason; all else is window dressing.
 
2013-02-27 02:38:17 PM  
I won't argue the definition of 'hero'. This woman did the right thing and I think the world can always use reminders that not everyone is a selfish cynical asshat.
 
2013-02-27 03:08:24 PM  
mutterfark

I won't argue the definition of 'hero'. This woman did the right thing and I think the world can always use reminders that not everyone is a selfish cynical asshat.

Money = time = life.

Think about it, kid.
 
2013-02-27 03:11:32 PM  
If the money is from a small business and/or hard-working folks just trying to get by, I'll return the money.

If it is from a large multi-national corporation, I will treat them as they would treat me. (I'd keep the money)

To take from those with too little is not the same as taking from those who have too much.

///loved the catwoman character from "The Dark Knight Rises"
 
2013-02-27 03:14:57 PM  

marleymaniac: Sorry, I am a bad person. I would have sat on the money for a while to make sure it's cool. Then it is all farking mine. Sorry. That's a lot of dough, could make my life a lot better. A thank you call from Brinks, not gonna do much for me.


This.
 
2013-02-27 03:17:42 PM  
So doing the right thing is now something that gets you called a Hero and rewarded.

USA! USA!
 
2013-02-27 03:25:20 PM  

MilesTeg: So doing the right thing is now something that gets you called a Hero and rewarded.

USA! USA!


Better to call them a hero than a sucker.
 
2013-02-27 03:27:29 PM  
Put me down for keeping it.

/broke as a joke!
 
2013-02-27 03:33:45 PM  

Lord Howard Hurtz: If the money is from a small business and/or hard-working folks just trying to get by, I'll return the money.

If it is from a large multi-national corporation, I will treat them as they would treat me. (I'd keep the money)


How would you be able to distinguish between the two?
 
2013-02-27 03:38:46 PM  

TV's Vinnie: [i51.tinypic.com image 513x639]


Was the CEO black?

Well that settles that then.
 
2013-02-27 03:41:26 PM  
More publicity for doing the right thing, for whatever motivation, is about what we need.  I'd rather give this person more attention than the Aurora shooter.
 
2013-02-27 03:51:18 PM  

CygnusDarius: What world do we live in where decency is so rare?.


One where large amounts of cash don't fall off the back of a truck very often.
 
2013-02-27 03:55:56 PM  

dittybopper: Lord Howard Hurtz: If the money is from a small business and/or hard-working folks just trying to get by, I'll return the money.

If it is from a large multi-national corporation, I will treat them as they would treat me. (I'd keep the money)

How would you be able to distinguish between the two?


Brinks is responsible for the money, if they lose it, the small business that they picked it up from is not the one who takes the hit, it's Brinks.
 
2013-02-27 03:58:46 PM  
I'm sure the fact that the money was all in one dollar bills, and pennies, factored into it as well.
 
2013-02-27 04:12:44 PM  
She figured that after paying the New York Roadside Currency Location tax, the New York Civilian Bulk Found Money Handling assessment, the Sheldon Silver "Fark You, Pay Me, Because Fark You" tax, and the New York Legislative Sex Scandal Hush Money Fund tax, on top of the usual bribes, extortion and graft, she'd be left with minus twelve dollars...so the logical thing to do was turn it in.
 
2013-02-27 04:20:26 PM  

TommyymmoT: dittybopper: Lord Howard Hurtz: If the money is from a small business and/or hard-working folks just trying to get by, I'll return the money.

If it is from a large multi-national corporation, I will treat them as they would treat me. (I'd keep the money)

How would you be able to distinguish between the two?

Brinks is responsible for the money, if they lose it, the small business that they picked it up from is not the one who takes the hit, it's Brinks.


Actually, yes they do.  Brinks is either insured, or self-insured.  That means they have enough money to handle the occasional loss.  That's factored into the cost of moving the money (it's not free you know, they charge for that service).
 
2013-02-27 04:23:21 PM  
No one is regarding this woman's actions as anything but positive - she's obviously a decent woman with a strong moral compass...but hell, she was faced with a simple choice. Steal, or don't steal.

I find someone's wallet on the ground with a bunch of cash, I turn it in to the police. Sure, I think about keeping it, that's human, but if I did I'd be a thief. Crimes of opportunity are still crimes.

As for the definition of 'Hero', that involves self-sacrifice. This lady sacrificed nothing, despite her situation. Calling her a hero lessens real heroes...including 'everyday' heroes who sacrifice their time down at the charity shelter, who volunteer at AA meetings, who donate to the food bank, etc.
 
2013-02-27 04:24:42 PM  
Santadog: looking at your profile, i wish to ask - did you go to one of these colleges (or ones similar): Swarthmore, Reed, Antioch, Bard, Hampshire, Oberlin, etc.?
 
2013-02-27 04:36:13 PM  
whid

Flakeloaf: Deep Contact: whidbey: would of

Dear Drew,

I have this idea for a new word filter.


I agree. Anyone who posts the word "Flakeloaf"  immediately gets banned for 10 years. No amnesty.
 
2013-02-27 04:51:27 PM  
Is it wrong that when I read about someone returning found money all I feel is vague contempt? If someone can't keep track of their bills, there's no reason you shouldn't take them. Money ALWAYS moves from those who can't hold onto it to those who can, it's the way of the world.

Returning a windfall out of some misguided ethical sense isn't "decent," it's just naive and foolish.
 
2013-02-27 05:13:52 PM  
The way I see it, the banks owe me my share of the TARP bailout anyway, so...
...Finders Keepers.
 
2013-02-27 05:14:10 PM  
This is why she can't have nice things.
 
2013-02-27 05:31:39 PM  

gopher321: Once again, the use of the 'Hero' tag misused. Doing the right thing doesn't make you a hero.


yeah, let face it the driver who lost it is going to be fired either way, and it's not like BRINKS is going to go out of business without that eleven grand, it's probably about what their executives take home in bonuses a quarter.  Woman is honest, I'll give her that much.
 
2013-02-27 06:57:50 PM  

Nutsac_Jim: Day_Old_Dutchie: There was a guy selling iPads in the parking lot behind my house that "fell off a truck".

Riiiiiight, And I have a bridge for sale, too.

How the hell does this even happen?  Dont they get reported as stolen and the moment somone activates the IPad, the cops know who has stolen goods?  (and the GPS location)


Most often those aren't ipads in the box. Look up the scam, it'll give you the details. works like this:

1. hey you look like a smart college student, i wish i was like you... do you like technology?
2. we ordered too many and we're going to get in trouble if we bring them back, would you like to buy it real cheap and help us out?
3. here it is, still sealed in the box, no you can't open it, you know how that works man...
4. look, we got to go, how's this - $100 bucks, it's all yours.
5. hey thanks for helping us out, here's a receipt for you and my name, but please don't call cause we're going to get in trouble, just email me at this address if you run into a problem with it.

you go home, open the box, find a wooden board with "YOU SUCKER" written all over it
 
2013-02-27 07:00:50 PM  
I just saw on the news that they gave her a $2500. reward.
 
2013-02-27 07:22:11 PM  

HAMMERTOE: Haha. Right now, in Augusta, GA, a lawyer with the local Public Defender's office is facing charges of Theft of a Lost or Misplaced Item. Seems she and a friend found a $10,000 ring outside a local Cracker Barrel. Her friend went inside to possibly find the owner of the ring. When no owner turned up, she said she would turn it in to the police.


Your CSB sounds exactly like a recent fark article.

Days later, the ring was reported lost/ stolen. They found her friend on the security footage of the restaurant, and her friend fingered her

Apart from that detail.
 
2013-02-27 08:03:00 PM  
duenor

Most often those aren't ipads in the box. Look up the scam, it'll give you the details. works like this:
1. hey you look like a smart college student, i wish i was like you... do you like technology?
2. we ordered too many and we're going to get in trouble if we bring them back, would you like to buy it real cheap and help us out?
3. here it is, still sealed in the box, no you can't open it, you know how that works man...
4. look, we got to go, how's this - $100 bucks, it's all yours.
5. hey thanks for helping us out, here's a receipt for you and my name, but please don't call cause we're going to get in trouble, just email me at this address if you run into a problem with it.

you go home, open the box, find a wooden board with "YOU SUCKER" written all over it


That isn't even against the law in NYC.
 
2013-02-27 10:17:27 PM  

JesusJuice: Is it wrong that when I read about someone returning found money all I feel is vague contempt? If someone can't keep track of their bills, there's no reason you shouldn't take them. Money ALWAYS moves from those who can't hold onto it to those who can, it's the way of the world.

Returning a windfall out of some misguided ethical sense isn't "decent," it's just naive and foolish.


She chooses to live in a reality where people are not only honest, but also quite empathetic to complete strangers.  It's a pleasant conceit, but who knows? Maybe she'll drop $11,000 on the street one day and not have it returned.  However, I think she'd probably see it as an aberration and continue to luxuriate in a reality where she feels surrounded by good people.  From that perspective, by returning the money she takes a win immediately (i.e., no eternal soul required, nor externally defined ethics), because she sees herself acting in a way consistent with the definition she has of a good person.

You, however, think that everyone should take the money, and that any time you slip up, people are going to pounce.  The reality you're constructing is one where people are motivated only by self-interest.  If you find $11,000, you'll keep it be happy you scored.  Once.  If you drop $11,000 and don't have it returned, you'll grimly see it as vindication of your suspicions.  Then you'll continue to live in a universe which doesn't sound very pleasant.

If you compare the total happy and/or pleasant days in your life versus hers, I think she comes out ahead, despite the fact that others might think she's an idiot.  Anyway, that's my theory; I haven't worked out all the details yet.
 
2013-02-28 12:22:23 AM  
Quite simply:  Do The Right Thing!

/she did, so she's a role model for the youth of today
 
2013-02-28 10:27:43 AM  
If she ever heads to LA, the cops will shoot her then push her into a building they placed on fire.
 
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