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(Some Guy)   Man finds briefcase with $60,000. Turns it into police, rightful owner claims money   ( heraldandnews.com) divider line
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64 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Mar 2003 at 2:08 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-03-25 10:28:58 AM  
"He placed the cash in a briefcase, and set the briefcase on his vehicle and forgot about it."

Forgot? This ain't like forgetting your milk money, dude..
2003-03-25 10:36:48 AM  
If he left 60K somewhere.....he doesn't deserve to have it! Prob buying drugs or blackmarket babies with it.
2003-03-25 10:41:47 AM  
He was too busy trying to get the other $940,000.00 before midnight, or else the Russian Mafia was going to kill him.

2003-03-25 10:47:02 AM  
and people thought I was dumb for losing 20$ twice in an hr... jeez
2003-03-25 10:57:54 AM  
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Man, that Wilson is such a nice guy.
2003-03-25 11:30:30 AM  
I'm with Sven on this one - I mean, I appreciate and respect honesty (can't identify with it but I respect it) but this money should NOT go back to the original owner. If you're stupid enough to "forget" about $60K then you deserve to part ways with it - preferably to someone who can appreciate it and use it properly.

Oops, I forgot about my SIXTY FARKING THOUSAND DOLLARS.... cry me a river Richie Rich, go felch some processed puppy chow from Dollar.
2003-03-25 11:35:51 AM  
I would have been hard pressed to turn it in. In these times, that would have taken me a long ways! If somebody is stupid enough to leave it on top of a car and drive away, they don't need it as bad as I do!!!!!!!
2003-03-25 11:55:37 AM  
If I had $60,000 in a briefcase it would be hancuffed to my wrist.
2003-03-25 12:02:05 PM  
Being the dizzy blonde that I sometimes am, I once forgot my wallet on top of my car. Apparently, it stayed on the car for most of the trip home. A very nice lady found it a few blocks from my house and called to return it.

What's pitifully sad is that when she called to return it, I still didn't know it was missing.

I don't think I would be this oblivious with a briefcase containing $60,000, but then again, I can't say that with certainty. My husband called from out of town yesterday. I set the phone done to answer the front door and never came back. I had forgotten he was on the phone.

Either, I have the short term memory skills of a two-year old or senility is creeping up on me. Probably a little of both.

Oh, and I would return the money.
2003-03-25 12:10:13 PM  
Being the dizzy blonde that I sometimes am, I once forgot my wallet on top of my car.

Good for you that the cops didn't pull you over, handcuff you and then shoot your dog.

2003-03-25 12:14:18 PM  
Wow, that's a toughie. I'd like to think I had the morals to turn the money back in, just stand up and say what's right is right and so forth....

Uh, on the other hand, we're talking about paying off the rest of my mortgage, my car loan, my credit cards, and still having about $10,000 left over for fun.

I'm really glad it wasn't me that found that money.
2003-03-25 12:27:38 PM  
I forget stuff all the time too - but c'mon, $60,000???

The financial reality of this is most people find this to be a rather large amount for an individual to have on hand, in cash - much less the astronomical level of carelessness needed to 'forget' about it on top of a car. I too am glad I didn't find it - cause I most likely would've just sat on the cash for a period of time, then used it slowly to alieviate assorted family expenses. I wish I could say with great conviction and character that I would've returned it, and if it was from a charity group or other easy to sympathize with organization/individual (I'd watch the news for reports, etc.) I'd return it post-haste. But I do believe I'd keep it under these conditions.
2003-03-25 01:21:58 PM  
Bump, Karma.
2003-03-25 01:29:49 PM  
If I made a decision to keep this money, I would be so excited on the way to the safety deposit box that I would forget the briefcase on top of the car.

My Karma follows me everywhere. I can't get away from it.

But in returning in the money, I would be blessed with something. I don't know what, but something.

2003-03-25 01:50:25 PM  
Sudie I know, I know.... and you're right,.... but damnation I could do a lot with that much green.... and I'm guessing (read: rationalizing) that the owner would not truely appreciate that much money as much as I would.
But let's not mince words here - I'm a greedy, selfish person and I know it. I must reiterate: I doth truely suckith.
2003-03-25 02:12:37 PM  
if it would have been me, he only would have gotten 50 grand back. 10 grand would take care of the remainder of my tuition nicely.
2003-03-25 02:13:03 PM  
Most likely scinario:

1. Man leaves briefcase with $60,000.
2. Well-meaning stranger finds it, returns it.
3. Kidnappers don't get their ransom, victim dies.
2003-03-25 02:13:44 PM  
Anyone who packs $60k into a briefcase prolly wasn't up to any good in the first place. Shoulda kept it.
2003-03-25 02:14:45 PM  
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2003-03-25 02:14:59 PM  
It just goes to show: The path of most resistance is the path of heroes.

Read the short story "The Loom of Thessaly" by David Brin for insight.
2003-03-25 02:15:13 PM  
if there was ever a time for an idoit tag......
2003-03-25 02:16:00 PM  
not a chance in hell would I have turned this money in. I might have a heavy conscience for a while, but I'd be out of debt and have a new car to make me forget the naughty thing I did.
2003-03-25 02:16:17 PM  
2003-03-25 02:16:42 PM  
Thats a tough call.

I mean.. fark I don't think any of us could say they couldn't use 60k.

The person who lost it could have been a courier.. banker.. whatever.. imagine the consquences to that person if they lost that money. (unless it was some rich fark who just happens to carry around 60,000 for pocket money..)

I would suspect the person would get fired, fined perhaps jailed.. and I personally wouldn't want to have that on my head..

Tough call .. tough call.
2003-03-25 02:17:47 PM  
Thank goodness he was able to get his money back. Now he can fund some terrorists by buying crack.
2003-03-25 02:17:59 PM  
i found $5 the other day on the floor of the local discount drug mart.. damn i was happy.. i rented a video (new release, nonetheless) and bought a lottery ticket..

i can't even imagine how happy i would be to find $60,000...
2003-03-25 02:19:34 PM  
Wow, Henchman, you having a "glass half empty" kinda day?
2003-03-25 02:19:51 PM  
surly thats mafia.
2003-03-25 02:20:53 PM  
If I found the money, I would have a total fark membership right this minute.
2003-03-25 02:23:00 PM  
yea.. now that I think about it.. I would probably keep it..

who in there right farking mind transfers large amounts of money like that in cash... when the cash could be moved via bank transaction.

the guy was probably scoring some crank and even if he wasn't the time I would spend on vacation would make me forget about the poor bastard.
2003-03-25 02:23:04 PM  
ok kids... people foget things (not 60K of things) but people forget things! This guy was a dumbass and some nice guy gave it back - good for nice guy!!! Now will dumbass give him something in return is the big question?? I sure as Fark hope so.

I lost a wallet on holiday once (I'm a dumbass sometimes too) and the returnee never left a name, even if all I could afford was to buy him/her a beer for returning my small amount of $$$. I never got the chance - how nice will this dumbass be?
2003-03-25 02:23:04 PM  
Hero tag?

No way.

Dumba$$ tag?


Unless there are some very pertinent details missing in the article, it would appear to me that the finder had an expectation in excess of 99% probability that no other soul would ever create a trial from the fool who was parted from his cash. That's a no-brainer. Think of it as Evolution in Action.

Ethics? Not applicable here. Morals? Very flexible in the first place, and our leaders have just clearly signaled that such things are highly overrated in the New World Order.

I found a dollar on the curb Sunday while cleaning my mother-in-law's yard. Pity the amount couldn't have been switched with what this bozo found.
2003-03-25 02:23:10 PM  
I probably would lean towards keeping the money for myself...although I'd also be scared batshiat about guys showing up at my doorstep carrying violin cases.
2003-03-25 02:23:46 PM  
I'd keep it. i'd fix my car - then pay all the frikin' insurance for that stupid thing.
2003-03-25 02:23:50 PM  
Sixty grand in cash? Hell, transactions involving ten thousand get reported to the feds; withdrawing sixty probably screams "investigate me!" to both the IRS and DEA.
2003-03-25 02:24:51 PM  
I'll bet the guy who found the baby in the laundry basket is pissed.
2003-03-25 02:25:21 PM  
What kind of person keeps 60k in a briefcase? I would say that it was probably involved in drugs or diamond smuggling. Then I would spread some of the money out on my bed and role around in it. No problem with keeping the cash here.
2003-03-25 02:25:58 PM  
I'm not positive but I think that is only deposits. Well, at least, that's what they tell you.
2003-03-25 02:27:04 PM  
Some jerk just stole my $60,000. I didn't even realize it was missing.
2003-03-25 02:27:46 PM  
I would keep it, no question.

I wouldn't spend a dime for at least a year, in case someone I didn't want to deal with came looking for it.
2003-03-25 02:31:04 PM  
Wow. The most I ever found was $200 folded up at a Gasparilla parade one year. It wasn't all beer-soaked and trodden upon,so it must have just happened. Half of me wanted to stand back and see if anyone was looking for something. But I listened to my other half. Best Gasparilla ever!
2003-03-25 02:31:07 PM  
There's no way I'd return that cash. It was probably drug money anyway, and I can do some good with it, like buy a new car and big screen TV to keep the economy moving, right? That and strippers. They need money. And beer companies. And maybe I'd stuff a buck into the begging can for the March of Dimes at the VP. See, I'd do more good for the world than the dumbass that lost the cash.
2003-03-25 02:32:08 PM  
I would have to return it because the guilt would eat me alive.

That said....buddy that left it on the roof of his car needs a kick in the head. I had $4000 canadian in my pocket (that's like $47.32 for you Americans) and I was walking around like a hole was going to spontaneously open in my pocket.
2003-03-25 02:32:49 PM  
If I found $60,000, y'know what I'd do ?

Two women at the same time, man.

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2003-03-25 02:34:40 PM  
Skinink Not all women are just in to money.
2003-03-25 02:35:22 PM  
How do you just forget about $60k???!?!?
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2003-03-25 02:35:28 PM  
"hero" my ass.
2003-03-25 02:35:34 PM  
Damn right I'd keep it....

I'd head to Vegas with a few buddies
Score some serious coke
Order up a few high-class hoochies (ala Hiedi Fleiss)
Drop a wad at the HardRock
Go home and never tell my wife a thing
2003-03-25 02:43:59 PM  
All I can say about this is I hope I never find any money in that quantity. I'd go nuts trying to figure out if I should turn it in. It's like finding a Pizza Hut in the middle of the desert with a full bar and buffet...
2003-03-25 02:44:05 PM  
EatHam But plenty are!
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