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2014-02-02 03:07:24 AM  
I'd be happy to return their $4,300.
 
2014-02-02 03:19:08 AM  
FTFA:

Police were able to track down the owner of the cash. That man, who asked not to be identified, said he was cleaning out an elderly relative's closet and took the clothes to Goodwill.

So it was the elderly relative's money then, not his. "Elderly," not "deceased."


He said he never thought to check the pockets. In fact, he didn't even know the money existed...

So conceivably nobody would have missed it.


"It would have been extremely easy to take the money and walk away," Sgt. Miller said.

Ya don't say.


"It's reassuring sad to know there are people in this world who are willing to do the right thing be so dumb.

FTFY.


Sheesh. I hope the Goodwill guy at least got a suitable reward. And I don't mean a nice shiny penny, unless it's from 1734.

Dentures nothing, with $43,000 I could have bought implants. And coke & hookers.
 
2014-02-02 12:14:41 PM  

The One True TheDavid: I'd be happy to return their $4,300.


i would be happy to return their $4.30
 
2014-02-02 12:19:49 PM  
For every person that returns their found treasure, how many are out there that don't?

Think that one over, folks?
 
2014-02-02 12:24:47 PM  

some_beer_drinker: The One True TheDavid: I'd be happy to return their $4,300.

i would be happy to return their $4.30


I'm glad they got all of their 43 cents they left in the donated clothing.
 
2014-02-02 12:28:41 PM  
A few grand hidden in the pockets of otherwise dumpy clothing is not a bad ploy.  It would have been better if the clothing was just donated as is and made some lucky hobos day. "Membership Only jacket golden ticket. Nighttrain for everyone!"
 
2014-02-02 12:29:05 PM  
Where's the follow up story of the guy being fired for giving away donations and possibly getting prosecuted?

They need to stay consistent.
 
2014-02-02 12:36:07 PM  
The One True TheDavid:

Sheesh. I hope the Goodwill guy at least got a suitable reward. And I don't mean a nice shiny penny, unless it's from 1734.

Am I too jaded for thinking this employee is going to be fired for not notifying his boss ahead of police?
 
2014-02-02 12:36:53 PM  

berylman: A few grand hidden in the pockets of otherwise dumpy clothing is not a bad ploy.  It would have been better if the clothing was just donated as is and made some lucky hobos day. "Membership Only jacket golden ticket. Nighttrain for everyone!"


"We are back Mortimer.  We are back!"
 
2014-02-02 12:39:26 PM  

emersonbiggins: The One True TheDavid:

Sheesh. I hope the Goodwill guy at least got a suitable reward. And I don't mean a nice shiny penny, unless it's from 1734.

Am I too jaded for thinking this employee is going to be fired for not notifying his boss ahead of police?


Well considering how Goodwill isn't exactly an organization dedicated towards helping people, much more "Goodwill" towards it's executives than helping people in need, I would say your fears could be justified.
 
2014-02-02 12:40:35 PM  

lack of warmth: "We are back Mortimer.  We are back!"


Haha! One of my favorite movies. Pardon me while I deposit this entire smoked salmon in my Santa pants.
 
2014-02-02 12:40:57 PM  

lack of warmth: Where's the follow up story of the guy being fired for giving away donations and possibly getting prosecuted?

They need to stay consistent.


Yeah, I could see Goodwill doing something like that.

/Doesn't stop me from turning a $7 pair of shoes into $100.
 
2014-02-02 12:44:42 PM  
I buy loads of used books at Goodwill and occasionally find interesting things used as bookmarks. $80 in a book of Spinoza, 40 pounds in a business book. Dividend checks, sealed lawsuits, enough details to steal identities, it's all in there. Of course, I literally buy a thousand books in the average month, so we're in the realm of large numbers and low probabilities.

As far as the "cleaning out the elderly's closet" my great aunt kept little bundles of cash tied to fishing line and paperclips, stashed in a wall gap in the closet. Before going to a casino she'd visit the closet and pick one paper clip and that was what she'd have to gamble. You damn well bet we ripped out that bit of dry wall after she died, there was a pile of bills that had slipped or come untied.

My grandfather, other side of the family, kept a dozen bank accounts to hide money from his lush wife. Surprised everyone when we thought the estate was a few thousand plus an old farmhouse. $140k in the banks, and he died in his sleep at home, aged 91.

We also knew he had other stashes around that house when I got mint sequential 1950 $10 bills in a birthday card in the 90's.
 
2014-02-02 12:51:17 PM  

wildcardjack: I buy loads of used books at Goodwill and occasionally find interesting things used as bookmarks. $80 in a book of Spinoza, 40 pounds in a business book. Dividend checks, sealed lawsuits, enough details to steal identities, it's all in there. Of course, I literally buy a thousand books in the average month, so we're in the realm of large numbers and low probabilities.

As far as the "cleaning out the elderly's closet" my great aunt kept little bundles of cash tied to fishing line and paperclips, stashed in a wall gap in the closet. Before going to a casino she'd visit the closet and pick one paper clip and that was what she'd have to gamble. You damn well bet we ripped out that bit of dry wall after she died, there was a pile of bills that had slipped or come untied.

My grandfather, other side of the family, kept a dozen bank accounts to hide money from his lush wife. Surprised everyone when we thought the estate was a few thousand plus an old farmhouse. $140k in the banks, and he died in his sleep at home, aged 91.

We also knew he had other stashes around that house when I got mint sequential 1950 $10 bills in a birthday card in the 90's.


Why are you buying thousands of books from Goodwill a month?  Are you a shiatheel used bookstore owner going to a charity to buy really cheap and turn around and sell them for more?
 
2014-02-02 12:53:33 PM  
CSB time.

This past Friday I went to the store a few blocks from my house. After checking out, somewhere between the store and my car, my wallet fell out of my pocket. I realized it as soon as I got home and rand right back, literally less than 5 minutes later (since it's only block from my house) hoping I'd find it sitting in the parking lot near where I was parked. It wasn't there.

Resigned to a life of hellish inconvenience for a few weeks while I cancelled and replaced everything, I went home and started calling. Cancelling my debit card, credit cards etc. But I also had about $200 in Hone depot gift cards in there. A little while latter I had to go pick up my wife at the hospital (her mother is in there) and as I walked out the door to get in my car, There it was. Someone found it, came to my house and set it on the ledge by the front door. Everything, including the gift cards were still there.

They didn't knock or anything, just put it there and left. Whoever they are, they're an awesome person.

/true story
 
2014-02-02 12:59:13 PM  
My Grandpa stashed money in old newspapers from his hometown.

At one point, years after Grandpa died, Grandma needed a new washer/dryer. My dad was in the process of cleaning out Grandpa's garage that weekend and found the old newspapers. As my dad & Grandma sorted through them, they found enough money to cover the exact cost of the new washer/dryer.

I'm absolutely convinced my Grandpa helped her from his grave on that one, given the timing.

Other hidden money was found in the house over the years, but never that much at once...

/CSS
 
2014-02-02 01:00:52 PM  
I used to be the Operations Manager of a big chain thrift store. This happens so much, there is actually a protocol about what to do when you find money. I suspect the "sorters" in the back room were paid pretty well with all the money found in items and never turned in. Not that they didn't deserve it. Disgusting job, sorting through others people crap they don't want anymore.
 
2014-02-02 01:07:05 PM  

abhorrent1: CSB time. After checking out, somewhere between the store and my car, my wallet fell out of my pocket.They didn't knock or anything, just put it there and left. ...Whoever they are, they're an awesome person.


I have a similar story...involving taking a crap at the Dulles-Fort Worth airport (god forbid) and losing my wallet  After the routine freak out I found it in my mailbox in NC totally intact hand delivered a few weeks later not even by mail service.  Strangest thing as if someone actually went from Texas just to deliver my wallet.  To paraphrase Canned Heat good people no matter where ya go...and I have little faith in humanity at large,
 
2014-02-02 01:09:50 PM  

emersonbiggins: The One True TheDavid:

Sheesh. I hope the Goodwill guy at least got a suitable reward. And I don't mean a nice shiny penny, unless it's from 1734.

Am I too jaded for thinking this employee is going to be fired for not notifying his boss ahead of police?



The person who found the money is the manager of the store.
 
2014-02-02 01:10:59 PM  

Babbs: Disgusting job, sorting through others people crap they don't want anymore.


I feel fairly certain I'm going to catch something or develop a new allergy every time I step into a thrift store.  On the plus side, I've probably developed a military-grade immune system by now.
 
2014-02-02 01:15:37 PM  

berylman: A few grand hidden in the pockets of otherwise dumpy clothing is not a bad ploy.  It would have been better if the clothing was just donated as is and made some lucky hobos day. "Membership Only jacket golden ticket. Nighttrain for everyone!"


No self-respecting bum would pay for bum wine. E.g., Franzia Sweet White tastes better and is more economical ounce for ounce; Burnett's Vodka, "quadruple distilled for superior smoothness," ain't bad either.
 
2014-02-02 01:16:35 PM  

emersonbiggins: The One True TheDavid:

Sheesh. I hope the Goodwill guy at least got a suitable reward. And I don't mean a nice shiny penny, unless it's from 1734.

Am I too jaded for thinking this employee is going to be fired for not notifying his boss ahead of police?


Probably. It's been all over the Internet, they have an image to uphold.
 
2014-02-02 01:21:02 PM  

GoldSpider: Babbs: Disgusting job, sorting through others people crap they don't want anymore.

I feel fairly certain I'm going to catch something or develop a new allergy every time I step into a thrift store.  On the plus side, I've probably developed a military-grade immune system by now.


One of the reasons I got out of the industry after a short amount of time was the god damned  smell. I just couldn't get over that thrift store smell. Funny thing is, doesn't bother me so much now that I don't work in it constantly.
 
2014-02-02 01:21:39 PM  
Why get the cops involved at all?  The ID is in the wallet; return the cash directly
 
2014-02-02 01:27:01 PM  

Babbs: One of the reasons I got out of the industry after a short amount of time was the god damned smell. I just couldn't get over that thrift store smell. Funny thing is, doesn't bother me so much now that I don't work in it constantly.


I'm not an allergy-prone kind of person, but a half hour in a Salvation Army has my eyes and nose running like a faucet from the dust and miscellaneous mystery particles.  I can't imagine the misery of working with that stuff for several hours a day.
 
2014-02-02 01:33:41 PM  
oukewldave:

Why are you buying thousands of books from Goodwill a month? Are you a shiatheel used bookstore owner going to a charity to buy really cheap and turn around and sell them for more?

What's wrong with that? There aren't enough used bookstores around to buy & resell everybody's unwanted books, even if you could move 72 copies of The Human Stain a month. Sometimes it can be hard enough to get a box of books to the Goodwill donation center if you're busy, the weather's bad and you don't have a car.

If people want to buy second-hand books at $1 for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks they too can go to the Goodwill. If they don't want to have to pick through the three or four carts full of books they always have beside the overstocked shelves every time I go then let 'em pay a used book dealer a few bucks to save 'em the trouble.

My last time looking for books at Goodwill I found paperbacks of Kite Runner, Middlesex and Tolstoy's Resurrection, and it only took me 45 minutes. But then I'm unemployed, broke and practically a hermit, and it was too cold & dark & IIRC rainy to walk the dogs anywhere. You too might have all evening to sort for needles in a haystack but not everybody is so pathetic, y'know?

Or they can download ebooks from a torrent site for free, but that would be STEALING, right?
 
2014-02-02 01:46:46 PM  

abhorrent1: CSB time.

This past Friday I went to the store a few blocks from my house. After checking out, somewhere between the store and my car, my wallet fell out of my pocket. I realized it as soon as I got home and rand right back, literally less than 5 minutes later (since it's only block from my house) hoping I'd find it sitting in the parking lot near where I was parked. It wasn't there.

Resigned to a life of hellish inconvenience for a few weeks while I cancelled and replaced everything, I went home and started calling. Cancelling my debit card, credit cards etc. But I also had about $200 in Hone depot gift cards in there. A little while latter I had to go pick up my wife at the hospital (her mother is in there) and as I walked out the door to get in my car, There it was. Someone found it, came to my house and set it on the ledge by the front door. Everything, including the gift cards were still there.

They didn't knock or anything, just put it there and left. Whoever they are, they're an awesome person.

/true story


Why would you drive a block to the store?
 
2014-02-02 02:00:49 PM  

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: emersonbiggins: The One True TheDavid:

Sheesh. I hope the Goodwill guy at least got a suitable reward. And I don't mean a nice shiny penny, unless it's from 1734.

Am I too jaded for thinking this employee is going to be fired for not notifying his boss ahead of police?


The person who found the money is

was the manager of the store.

Amirite?
 
2014-02-02 02:03:16 PM  
The One True TheDavid:
What's wrong with that? There aren't enough used bookstores around to buy & resell everybody's unwanted books, even if you could move 72 copies of The Human Stain a month. Sometimes it can be hard enough to get a box of books to the Goodwill donation center if you're busy, the weather's bad and you don't have a car. If people want to buy second-hand books at $1 for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks they too can go to the Goodwill. If they don't want to have to pick through the three or four carts full of books they always have beside the overstocked shelves every time I go then let 'em pay a used book dealer a few bucks to save 'em the trouble. My last time looking for books at Goodwill I found paperbacks of Kite Runner, Middlesex and Tolstoy's Resurrection, and it only took me 45 minutes. But then I'm unemployed, broke and practically a hermit, and it was too cold & dark & IIRC rainy to walk the dogs anywhere. You too might have all evening to sort for needles in a haystack but not everybody is so pathetic, y'know? Or they can download ebooks from a torrent site for free, but that would be STEALING, right?

There is no better investment than books.  If it furthers your knowledge and gives you the gift of wings that is great.  And if it doesn't hey combustible material.
 
2014-02-02 02:09:12 PM  

abhorrent1: This past Friday I went to the store a few blocks from my house. After checking out, somewhere between the store and my car, my wallet fell out of my pocket. I realized it as soon as I got home and rand right back, literally less than 5 minutes later (since it's only block from my house) hoping I'd find it sitting in the parking lot near where I was parked. It wasn't there.


Back in college I found a driver's license while walking to my favorite neighborhood bar.  I put it in my pocket and continued on for another block or so to the bar.   When I sat down at the bar I showed the ID to the bartender and asked if the guy in the photo looked familiar.  He said "Yeah, he's sitting right next to you."   Indeed, he was.   We had a good laugh and he bought me a drink.

/have found money several times in books purchased from Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores
 
2014-02-02 02:10:22 PM  

DrBrownCow: /have found money several times in books purchased from Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores


Clearly I need to get out more.
 
2014-02-02 02:21:09 PM  

chitownmike: Why would you drive a block to the store?


Because he wrote "a few blocks" and not "a block"?
Because there aren't sidewalks to walk safely?
Because he was going to buy more than he could carry?
Because he has a disability?
Because he ran a marathon the day before and his legs were really tired?
Because he felt like it?
 
2014-02-02 02:26:18 PM  

chitownmike: Why would you drive a block to the store?


Too much/too large to carry on foot, perhaps?
 
2014-02-02 03:07:23 PM  

RockofAges: B) Goodwill is a giant laugh of a "charity". They are a huge corporation.


The Goodwill around here has a high quality daycare that would be unaffordable to the working poor if not for the reduced rates, they have a job resource center, income-based family and child counseling, and free seminars for educators and social worker.    They also take an unlimited amount of computer/electronics at  no cost to the donor, whereas many electronic recycling programs charge a fee for more than a few items.

The problem with getting a great deal at their thrift stores is that they identify and list many of their most valuable items on their own auction website similar to Ebay.
 
2014-02-02 03:12:38 PM  
The people who lived through the Depression, tend to become bent in their head and squirrel away money and valuables in the weirdest places.

My mom, who is now in assisted living, took her " good" jewelry and pinned it to the back of drapes. (She has no good jewelry except her wedding ring, which she hasn't been able to get off her hand in decades.)

She also saved every republican or catholic donation bullshiat card, flyer and what have you and would write checks to anything that came in. I

The final straw was her watching info mercials nonstop and deciding she needed a facelift. At 85.
 
2014-02-02 03:39:11 PM  

berylman: abhorrent1: CSB time. After checking out, somewhere between the store and my car, my wallet fell out of my pocket.They didn't knock or anything, just put it there and left. ...Whoever they are, they're an awesome person.

I have a similar story...involving taking a crap at the Dulles-Fort Worth airport (god forbid) and losing my wallet  After the routine freak out I found it in my mailbox in NC totally intact hand delivered a few weeks later not even by mail service.  Strangest thing as if someone actually went from Texas just to deliver my wallet.  To paraphrase Canned Heat good people no matter where ya go...and I have little faith in humanity at large,


I lost my wallet when I was on vacation in the UK last year. Still haven't got it back, convinced some mothereffer stole it.
 
2014-02-02 03:58:30 PM  

DrBrownCow: abhorrent1: This past Friday I went to the store a few blocks from my house. After checking out, somewhere between the store and my car, my wallet fell out of my pocket. I realized it as soon as I got home and rand right back, literally less than 5 minutes later (since it's only block from my house) hoping I'd find it sitting in the parking lot near where I was parked. It wasn't there.

Back in college I found a driver's license while walking to my favorite neighborhood bar.  I put it in my pocket and continued on for another block or so to the bar.   When I sat down at the bar I showed the ID to the bartender and asked if the guy in the photo looked familiar.  He said "Yeah, he's sitting right next to you."   Indeed, he was.   We had a good laugh and he bought me a drink.

/have found money several times in books purchased from Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores


Because it was 3 outside, snowing and assholes don't clear their sidewalks.
 
2014-02-02 03:59:37 PM  

chitownmike: abhorrent1: CSB time.

This past Friday I went to the store a few blocks from my house. After checking out, somewhere between the store and my car, my wallet fell out of my pocket. I realized it as soon as I got home and rand right back, literally less than 5 minutes later (since it's only block from my house) hoping I'd find it sitting in the parking lot near where I was parked. It wasn't there.

Resigned to a life of hellish inconvenience for a few weeks while I cancelled and replaced everything, I went home and started calling. Cancelling my debit card, credit cards etc. But I also had about $200 in Hone depot gift cards in there. A little while latter I had to go pick up my wife at the hospital (her mother is in there) and as I walked out the door to get in my car, There it was. Someone found it, came to my house and set it on the ledge by the front door. Everything, including the gift cards were still there.

They didn't knock or anything, just put it there and left. Whoever they are, they're an awesome person.

/true story

Why would you drive a block to the store?


Dammit. Quoted the wrong person. see above
 
2014-02-02 04:22:26 PM  
Surprised that Goodwill hasn't charged him with theft
 
2014-02-02 04:53:32 PM  
I wear your granddad's clothes...
I look incredible...
I got this big ass coat - OMG I'M RICH, biatch! Fark this gig; I'm outta here.
 
2014-02-02 05:48:17 PM  

oukewldave: wildcardjack: I buy loads of used books at Goodwill and occasionally find interesting things used as bookmarks. $80 in a book of Spinoza, 40 pounds in a business book. Dividend checks, sealed lawsuits, enough details to steal identities, it's all in there. Of course, I literally buy a thousand books in the average month, so we're in the realm of large numbers and low probabilities.

As far as the "cleaning out the elderly's closet" my great aunt kept little bundles of cash tied to fishing line and paperclips, stashed in a wall gap in the closet. Before going to a casino she'd visit the closet and pick one paper clip and that was what she'd have to gamble. You damn well bet we ripped out that bit of dry wall after she died, there was a pile of bills that had slipped or come untied.

My grandfather, other side of the family, kept a dozen bank accounts to hide money from his lush wife. Surprised everyone when we thought the estate was a few thousand plus an old farmhouse. $140k in the banks, and he died in his sleep at home, aged 91.

We also knew he had other stashes around that house when I got mint sequential 1950 $10 bills in a birthday card in the 90's.

Why are you buying thousands of books from Goodwill a month?  Are you a shiatheel used bookstore owner going to a charity to buy really cheap and turn around and sell them for more?


WHAT the fark is your problem dude? Maybe he's poor and enjoys reading, or collecting books. Me, not so much, my girlfriend, one of her things is buying 5 or 6 books every few weeks at good will. And yes she reads them. The guy didn't say thousands. And even if he is, do you have any idea how much they throw away?  I'll shuffle through their green dumpster on occasion to find a perfectly good frame to a painting I've made when I'm out walking.
 
2014-02-02 10:46:25 PM  
Who wants "43,000 dollars" worth of hobo clothes? Seriously.
 
2014-02-03 12:02:57 AM  

MattyBlast: Why get the cops involved at all?  The ID is in the wallet; return the cash directly


Do you not ever watch movies?  Who the fark has that kind of cash lying around?
I'll tell you... drug dealers and people who don't want you knowing that they have $43K in money lying around. They might take steps to ensure that you don't remember.

OK so maybe that's unlikely, but  getting yourself involved in however slight of a way is a mistake... like "hey there's supposed to be $45K in here, give me back my money!" is pretty likely.
 
2014-02-03 02:52:28 AM  

berylman: abhorrent1: CSB time. After checking out, somewhere between the store and my car, my wallet fell out of my pocket.They didn't knock or anything, just put it there and left. ...Whoever they are, they're an awesome person.

I have a similar story...involving taking a crap at the Dulles-Fort Worth airport (god forbid) and losing my wallet  After the routine freak out I found it in my mailbox in NC totally intact hand delivered a few weeks later not even by mail service.  Strangest thing as if someone actually went from Texas just to deliver my wallet.  To paraphrase Canned Heat good people no matter where ya go...and I have little faith in humanity at large,


Makes you wonder if it was someone on the same flight as you.
 
2014-02-03 12:49:55 PM  

cyberspacedout: I wear your granddad's clothes...
I look incredible...
I got this big ass coat - OMG I'M RICH, biatch! Fark this gig; I'm outta here.


THIS made me laugh.
 
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