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(Seattle Times)   Walmart worker finds an envelope left in a cart containing $20,000. Quickly does the right thing ... and returns the money to the person who left it there   (seattletimes.com) divider line 133
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2013-04-07 12:24:41 PM  
A fool and their money are soon parted. Wait, her name is Wisdom??

/Ethics people, not that hard.
 
2013-04-07 12:38:29 PM  
So after picking up your $20K in cash, why would you go to Wal-Mart instead of taking it directly to wherever it needed to go for safe keeping?
 
2013-04-07 01:21:28 PM  
All fifteen thousand of it got returned. Good to know.
 
2013-04-07 01:47:00 PM  
I've heard of these new things called banks. Apparently they can hold on to your cash in some kind of impregnable, steel envelope.
 
2013-04-07 01:56:04 PM  
Seems like a great guy. I hope living in America doesn't destroy his soul.
 
2013-04-07 02:03:17 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: So after picking up your $20K in cash, why would you go to Wal-Mart instead of taking it directly to wherever it needed to go for safe keeping?


No kidding.  When we pay rent here in Spain, I have to go up to personnel detachment and write a check to the treasury in USD, and they give me that money in euros to pay our landlord.  So for the rest of the day I'm wandering around base, I have about $2800 stuffed in my pocket.  Granted, it's only until noon, when I have to pick up my daughter from school, but it's still weird.  And it makes me paranoid.  I'm constantly touching it to make sure it's still there, instinctively move that side of my body away from anyone who comes too close...  I wasn't that paranoid when I was in the police department and had to wear a freaking firearm.

And when I get home, I immediately lock that shiat up in the fire safe until the landlord comes to collect.
 
2013-04-07 02:12:41 PM  
Why is this so surprising, subby? Not everyone's willing to stab strangers in the back at the first opportunity
 
2013-04-07 02:14:51 PM  
I'm surprised Walmart didn't fire him.  They are usually in the habit of canning employees for doing the right things.
 
2013-04-07 02:16:14 PM  
What? Is the HERO tag broken today?  Spiffy be lame.
 
2013-04-07 02:17:25 PM  
Was the drug dealer appreciative?
 
2013-04-07 02:18:37 PM  
And then she tries to set the guy up with her daughter?  I wonder if that was her cunning plan all along.
 
2013-04-07 02:18:42 PM  

whither_apophis: A fool and their money are soon parted. Wait, her name is Wisdom??

/Ethics people, not that hard.


And his sounds like MENSA
 
2013-04-07 02:19:43 PM  
I'm surprised that the Feds didn't confiscate it since it obviously positively must be drug money.  With the onus on the owner to prove that it's not.
 
2013-04-07 02:20:01 PM  
Wow, this happened in my town.  I'll have to keep my eye out for this guy.
 
2013-04-07 02:20:17 PM  

Shadowknight: TuteTibiImperes: So after picking up your $20K in cash, why would you go to Wal-Mart instead of taking it directly to wherever it needed to go for safe keeping?

No kidding.  When we pay rent here in Spain, I have to go up to personnel detachment and write a check to the treasury in USD, and they give me that money in euros to pay our landlord.  So for the rest of the day I'm wandering around base, I have about $2800 stuffed in my pocket.  Granted, it's only until noon, when I have to pick up my daughter from school, but it's still weird.  And it makes me paranoid.  I'm constantly touching it to make sure it's still there, instinctively move that side of my body away from anyone who comes too close...  I wasn't that paranoid when I was in the police department and had to wear a freaking firearm.

And when I get home, I immediately lock that shiat up in the fire safe until the landlord comes to collect.


I'm exactly the same way when I have a lot of cash on me that I need for a specific purpose. So why the heck are there so many stories of people losing envelopes of cash?
 
2013-04-07 02:20:18 PM  
Two words: "Vegas, baby!".
 
2013-04-07 02:21:26 PM  
Finders Keepers; Losers Weepers.
 
2013-04-07 02:21:46 PM  
Another morality tale, something the social studies teacher can print out for current-events class.  News outlets are pulpits.
 
2013-04-07 02:24:34 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: All fifteen thousand of it got returned. Good to know.


I know, right? It gives you some faith in humanity. I'm not sure I could have parted with twelve thousand dollars so easily.
 
2013-04-07 02:25:48 PM  
Well I guess that's why he's working there and not the TSA.
 
2013-04-07 02:26:25 PM  
explains why he's working at walmart
 
2013-04-07 02:27:54 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-04-07 02:28:45 PM  
Where do you come up with $20,000 cash? I remember trying to get a mere $2500 out of the bank. They had trouble finding enough cash in that branch to give to me. Most of it was in 20s. And this was 12 years ago, when people used cash a lot more than they do now.
 
2013-04-07 02:29:13 PM  
Anyone who would consider keeping the cash for even a moment is a farking grade-A moron. There are a billion security cameras in this country, any one of which might be aimed in your general direction right at this moment. How long would it take to pull the footage and track down the "finder?" Less than an hour and he would have been behind bars if he hadn't turned it in.

/If he was in fact motivated by honesty rather than paranoia, then my hat's off to him. Kudos.
 
2013-04-07 02:30:18 PM  
So maybe those emails I get from Nigerian widows on their own death bed are real.
 
2013-04-07 02:30:34 PM  
Walmart worker finds an envelope left in a cart containing $20,000.

Walmart worker finds an envelope, left in a cart, containing $20,000.

Walmart worker finds an envelope containing $20,000 left in a cart.

Walmart worker finds $20,000 in an envelope left in a cart.

PulpFictionStill.jpg
 
2013-04-07 02:32:02 PM  
a part-time job for which he earned $9.05 an hour as a "courtesy associate."

A month ago, Mensah was moved to a full-time position, and $9.19 an hour, with benefits.


See folks? His integrity was rewarded.

Now he'll be able to earn $20,000 (gross) on his own in a little bit over a year instead of a bit more over a year.

That 14 cent raise makes all the difference.
 
2013-04-07 02:32:54 PM  
I'd say the "right thing" would be do whatever rhe hell it takes to get out of working at Walmart.

/Are we gonna live together? Together, are we gonna live?
//and then the Mercury 7 walk together in slow-mo to electronic stacatto noises
 
2013-04-07 02:33:52 PM  

Via Infinito: Seems like a great guy. I hope living in America doesn't destroy his soul.


Give it time
 
2013-04-07 02:34:37 PM  
This has a certain 90's vibe to it. More on the Dumb and Dumber side, less Big Lewbowski.
 
2013-04-07 02:37:09 PM  
Anybody with an ounce of integrity would return the money. No question I'd return it as well. But I'd hate myself for giving up $20k as well.
 
2013-04-07 02:38:23 PM  
I agree with the camera angle. He wasn't getting away.

Hear it was for a downpayment on a house.
 
2013-04-07 02:41:18 PM  
Disapproves:

www.forexlive.com
 
2013-04-07 02:41:52 PM  
Same thing happened to me. Some how a ring that was my great grand dad's fell off my finger in a WalMart. It was turned in to Customer Service.
 
2013-04-07 02:43:13 PM  
It is the truly good people who's first and only instinct is to give it back
It is the borderline people who keep the money for a week and then guilt fills them so that they give it back.
It is the Sociopath that finds the money, goes home and beats his wife then heads to Vegas where he loses it all
 
2013-04-07 02:45:02 PM  
These peoples' story sounds suspicious. The wife said that they took the money in cash because they didn't want to have to wait for a check to clear, but couldn't they have gotten some kind of cashier's check or something similar that clears immediately? Also, they could have just done a wire transfer and avoided waiting for anything to clear as well as the possibility of losing the money. You'd think that the finance company that she claims they got the money from would have mentioned this.

Also, while he seems like he's probably just a great person, it's possible that his decision was practical instead of ethical. Since he helped bring their two carts worth of items to their car and handled the carts immediately afterwards, he would have been the primary suspect when the money turned up missing. Furthermore, the Walmarts that I've been to have all had surveillance cameras in the parking lot. So he had to consider that if he took the money it may have been reasonably likely that he could have been fired, convicted of a crime, and deported. He could have also been considering the fact that people who carry large amounts of cash in random envelopes are often involved in things that you don't want to get involved in in any way. As for rejecting the offer of a reward, I wouldn't be surprised if something like that would be against Walmart's rules. And if he loses his job it would put his residency status at risk. So all things considered it's probably not worth all of that for an envelope of cash. At least that would have been my thought process if I were in his position.
 
2013-04-07 02:46:16 PM  

GGracie: It is the truly good people who's first and only instinct is to give it back
It is the borderline people who keep the money for a week and then guilt fills them so that they give it back.
It is the Sociopath that finds the money, goes home and beats his wife then heads to Vegas where he loses it all


What about those who would simply bank it and not feel guilty at all? What are they?
 
GBB
2013-04-07 02:47:41 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: GGracie: It is the truly good people who's first and only instinct is to give it back
It is the borderline people who keep the money for a week and then guilt fills them so that they give it back.
It is the Sociopath that finds the money, goes home and beats his wife then heads to Vegas where he loses it all

What about those who would simply bank it and not feel guilty at all? What are they?


Normal
 
2013-04-07 02:48:36 PM  

Myria: I'm surprised that the Feds didn't confiscate it since it obviously positively must be drug money.  With the onus on the owner to prove that it's not.


The owner of the money, the Federal Reserve, never seems to even try to prove it's not drug money, they just print more.

Seriously, try to even establish standing to defend a forfeiture case.
 
2013-04-07 02:50:39 PM  
Chasing them down and giving them the money, that could have been immense honesty or fear of being caught. Turning down several rewards tells me it was the first one. Good on him, I hope Walmart realizes that they've got one of the the few truly honest people in the world working for them.
 
2013-04-07 02:50:41 PM  

Myria: I'm surprised that the Feds didn't confiscate it since it obviously positively must be drug money.  With the onus on the owner to prove that it's not.


maybe you should RTFA before you post such drivel
 
GBB
2013-04-07 02:51:01 PM  
Returns the entire $500 to the person who left it behind.
 
2013-04-07 02:51:59 PM  
Doesn't everyone usually walk around with at least 2K in their pocket ?
Never know when a great deal will come along that requires cash.
 
GBB
2013-04-07 02:52:41 PM  

bingethinker: Where do you come up with $20,000 cash? I remember trying to get a mere $2500 out of the bank. They had trouble finding enough cash in that branch to give to me. Most of it was in 20s. And this was 12 years ago, when people used cash a lot more than they do now.


....12 years ago....  There's your problem
 
2013-04-07 02:52:58 PM  
I had to do something similar for a short sale on the house I bought, except it was $15,000. Except we went straight home and didn't stop at Walmart! Those people are VERY friggin lucky. Not sure how honest I would have been in his shoes, to be honest.
 
2013-04-07 02:54:26 PM  

KRSESQ: Anyone who would consider keeping the cash for even a moment is a farking grade-A moron. There are a billion security cameras in this country, any one of which might be aimed in your general direction right at this moment. How long would it take to pull the footage and track down the "finder?" Less than an hour and he would have been behind bars if he hadn't turned it in.

/If he was in fact motivated by honesty rather than paranoia, then my hat's off to him. Kudos.


If they picked me for that jury, I'd vote to acquit. "I'm stuck working at Walmart," sounds like exigent circumstances to me.
 
2013-04-07 02:55:05 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: GGracie: It is the truly good people who's first and only instinct is to give it back
It is the borderline people who keep the money for a week and then guilt fills them so that they give it back.
It is the Sociopath that finds the money, goes home and beats his wife then heads to Vegas where he loses it all

What about those who would simply bank it and not feel guilty at all? What are they?


Fools who are trifling with the mechanical tumblers of the universe. What goes around, comes around.
/Last week I found a wallet full of money and credit cards.  Took one look at the name and it was back in my neighbors hands in under 90 seconds.  Don't eff with the universe, man, ever!
 
2013-04-07 02:59:16 PM  
One of the Waltons must have dropped their lunch money.
 
2013-04-07 03:00:59 PM  

GBB: bingethinker: Where do you come up with $20,000 cash? I remember trying to get a mere $2500 out of the bank. They had trouble finding enough cash in that branch to give to me. Most of it was in 20s. And this was 12 years ago, when people used cash a lot more than they do now.

....12 years ago....  There's your problem


Still and always a problem. My credit union only had $5k on hand when our roofer went to cash the check for nearly $20k in order to pay his crew and suppliers. Gave him a bank check for the rest and waved him off. Of course, the whole CU was in trouble because they had tried to play like a bank and financed a construction project that fell apart in the housing crisis.

/Funny thing about halfway building something and stopping for a year
//You'll probably have to restart from the beginning.
 
2013-04-07 03:01:56 PM  

Larva Lump: Walmart worker finds an envelope containing $20,000 left in a cart.


www.forgetthebox.net
"How they got the cart into the envelope, I have no idea."
 
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