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(Newsday)   Man returns $12,000 forgotten by Brinks employee tending ATM   ( divider line
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14834 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Jan 2004 at 2:56 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-01-26 01:57:32 PM  
Honestly, it's not that surprising that he turned it in. You don't just keep 12 thousand dollars you find lying around. People will miss that kind of money, and if they miss it bad enough it will come back to you.

It's still nice that he turned all of it in and didn't try to keep a "finder's fee" or anything.
2004-01-26 02:12:33 PM  
Everyone on the thread is gonna call him a sucker, but he did the right thing and I think that's awesome. Interesting that one guy doing the right thing makes news.
2004-01-26 02:36:12 PM  
Thread now changing to "WHAT WOULD YOU DO?"

Personally I would have turned it in, too. BUT the only reason is the circumstances of how he found the money - at work, odd place, etc.

If I found $12,000 in cash in a sack on a bus then someones is SOL cuz I'm keeping it.
2004-01-26 02:39:37 PM  
I'd have kept it, assuming it wasn't a sting operation of some sort.

Hell, I bet that damn ATM charged $2.50 per transaction anyway.
2004-01-26 02:59:48 PM  
I always return excess change given to me by cashiers and bartenders, but $12k from a Brinks guy? I'd think twice.
2004-01-26 03:00:27 PM  
I'd turn it in as well...keeping it would be bad karma and such...
2004-01-26 03:01:28 PM  
Would have kept it, taken it to Vegas, won me some mo money and returned the 12gs I had left yo.
2004-01-26 03:01:30 PM  
2004-01-26 02:36:12 PM MurphDogg

Thread now changing to "WHAT WOULD YOU DO?"

Not entirely sure, but I'm pretty sure there are some hookers in the mix somewhere.
2004-01-26 03:03:10 PM  
asshat!! buy crack, beer, and hookers

...drew would be there in a heart beat!
2004-01-26 03:03:17 PM  
Should have a "dumbass" tag.
2004-01-26 03:03:25 PM  
That would be tempting... but karma would bite me in the ass eventually. That biatch always does.
2004-01-26 03:04:04 PM  
I would have at least rolled around naked in it for a while, screaming "BUTTERBALL TURKEY'S, BABY!"

/maybe i would, and maybe I WOULD
2004-01-26 03:04:18 PM  
If it was stashed back in a closet, wasn't it tucked away wating to be stolen by someone else?

I would have kept it.
2004-01-26 03:05:01 PM  
I don't know. I would have returned it.

But I'd have set it up like some kind of Candid Camera. Tape record the conversation with Brinks... ask them if they could prove it was theres, etc.

Then sell *that* for more than $12 grand.

2004-01-26 03:05:47 PM  
Wouldn't this apply to the "Bank error in your favor, collect $12,000!"

Oh well, he did the right thing. I myself returned someone's wallet just a few months ago, felt all warm and fuzzy inside.
2004-01-26 03:06:15 PM  
I would buy

Then I would get me some coke fish.

Then I would get the Queen to knight me.

Then I would buy a million lottery tickets.

And finally I would spend whatever was left over
on duct tape.
2004-01-26 03:06:16 PM  
step 3: Profit!

Would have given it back, though. With my luck something bad would have happened if I tried to keep it. I can never have neat stuff. :(
2004-01-26 03:07:48 PM  
I returned $1,275 today. Had been erroneously credited the money by my only occured to me after the fact that they would have never known. Oh well. At least I'll my slumber won't be disturbed by THAT demon tonight. Now...about the others, drink to forget!!!
2004-01-26 03:07:58 PM  
Would I have returned it? Yes.

Would I have skimmed some off the top, or at least asked for a "finders fee"? Hells yes.
2004-01-26 03:08:16 PM  
yeah, too bad the guy who lost the money originally still lost his job.
2004-01-26 03:09:24 PM  
How do we know $12,000 was all he found? Maybe it was $15,000 and he kept a reasonable delivery fee.
2004-01-26 03:09:24 PM  
You'd be a fool to keep that money. It's getting traced back to you somehow. This is different than finding $5 lying around on campus.

/happened to me once...w00t!
2004-01-26 03:09:45 PM  
I had an atm spit out an extra $60 once. I didn't say shiat!
2004-01-26 03:10:00 PM  
I returned someones purse once I found in a parking lot (looked her up in the phbook from her drivers licence). The B!tc4 then had the gaul to accuse me of stealing her cash and threaten to call the cops. Because of course I would CALL her and RETURN her purse had I stolen it.
2004-01-26 03:10:25 PM  
And when this guy who turned in the money gets to heaven after leading a hard life, he will face God and ask "God, I was a good human, even turning in a bag of money that wasn't mine. Why did I suffer so much in life ?"

And God will reply, "I left you a bag of $12,000 in cash, dumbarse !! How much more am i supposed to help you out ?!?!? "

Only reason I would turn it in:the serial numbers. Little things like that would come back to get you, even if you did try to launder the money.

2004-01-26 03:10:59 PM  
Aint worth a Federal Rap.
2004-01-26 03:11:09 PM  
Yeah is this "dumbass" or "hero". I'm baffled.
2004-01-26 03:11:25 PM  
Thread now changing to "WHAT WOULD YOU DO?"

Easy, shoot the hostage.
2004-01-26 03:12:05 PM  
I also had an ATM spit out an extra $50, once. Initially, I wasn't going to say anything. That lasted about 5 minutes... I then returned the excess money to the bank.

A kid at a grocery store somewhere in Connecticut found a bank bag in a grocery cart that had $85,000.00 in it. He turned in the money and got a $500.00 reward. Personally, I think he should have gotten more than $500.00, but I guess something is better than nothing.
2004-01-26 03:12:17 PM  
This shoulda been a hero tag useage.

Honesty seems to be a rare thing sometimes....but there are some great people about.
2004-01-26 03:12:43 PM  
He should have given back $11,997.50 of it, and claimed he was keeping the rest as a transaction fee.
2004-01-26 03:13:01 PM  

Take it to vegas and get chips. Gamble a bit, and cash the chips back in the next day.
2004-01-26 03:13:45 PM  
Anybody know the law regarding found money?

If keep $100,000 of "found" money, and the rightful owner claims it, what happens?

And if keeping $100,000 of found money is a crime, where do you draw the line? Certainly keeping a $5 bill isn't a crime, but is a $100 bill? $50?
2004-01-26 03:13:49 PM  
restores my faith in mankind, somewhat.
2004-01-26 03:13:59 PM  
I would have to return it. I'm certain it would hurt badly to do so, but I'd have to return it. I know how life goes with me......If I didn't return it, somehow, it would come back on me, and reflect very badly, no matter what the circumstances. And - it would end up costing much more than $12,000 is worth.

For instance - if I tried to keep it, we would find out that it had been intended as the last deposit necessary to some medical laboratory that was on the brink of finding a cure for AIDs, and I would be responsible for delaying that.
2004-01-26 03:14:14 PM  
As much as we'd all like to keep it, giving it back is the right (and legal) thing to do. I like how the dumbass girl at Nine West shoes admitted she would have kept it. That would be grand larceny.
2004-01-26 03:15:20 PM  
$12,000 is nothing compared to the money you'd lose in the long run getting a record. I'd want nothing to do with it.
2004-01-26 03:15:23 PM  
Allow me to be the only honest fella in the room when I say:

Finders Keepers.

I would take the money and run. See ya suckers.

You all would too, stop bullshiating yourselves
2004-01-26 03:15:52 PM  
At blackjack this weekend in Vegas, the dealer paid me several times on pushes. Of course, I wasn't complaining. And in the end, Vegas got all its money back anyway.
2004-01-26 03:15:58 PM  
Not the same as a bank error at the ATM. You gotta figure that the bank will figure out whose account was being accessed when the error was made and that "the man" is gonna catch up to their mistake eventually.

finding a big pile of cash in the mall? I'm takin it home.
2004-01-26 03:16:19 PM  
I returned a wallet I found next to an ATM once upon a time in Fairbanks, AK; $800 in cash and another $2000 in unendorsed travellers checks. I was tempted for a couple of seconds but I guess my conscience got the best of me.

It belonged to a drunk native fisherman who most likely spent it all at the local watering hole before going out to sea again. I could smell the alchohol on his breath from 10 feet away as he opened his motel room door (the bank graciously provided me with his temporary address), grabbed the wallet, called me a stupid cracker and slammed the door.

I did not receive one penny as a reward.

But I'm sure that in some small fashion I made a worthy deposit in the Universal Bank of Karma by not just walking off with the wallet. At least it's what I tell myself.

I'll never get rich by being honest or having a conscience, but at least I have one.
2004-01-26 03:16:28 PM  
Find a wallet? Return it, no question.

Find a small amount of cash? Try to find out who it belongs to.

Find a bag of cash owned by some banking corporation? $Profit$
2004-01-26 03:16:42 PM  
Here ya go Mr. Brinks guy... heres your thirty thous... Twelve thousand dollars
2004-01-26 03:17:21 PM  
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I'd keep it.
2004-01-26 03:18:04 PM  
I only kept the money after I went home and checked my account. I asked for $40 got $100 my statement had just taken out $40. With an atm you would think they would have to ask every single person that used the machine that day anyway. Probably too much work.
2004-01-26 03:18:48 PM  
Only reason I would turn it in:the serial numbers.

Serial numbers? Since when do they mark serial numbers when exchanging cash at an ATM machine?

If he would have kept the money and kept his mouth shut, no one would have ever known because Brinks would have fired the guy and eaten the loss to avoid the embarassment.
2004-01-26 03:18:56 PM  
This a thorny legal issue that dates back to Finders vs. Keepers.
2004-01-26 03:19:58 PM  
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Conveniently "forgotten"
2004-01-26 03:20:06 PM  
ya know, if i had a spare $12k sitting around, I would give it ot this guy as a reward for doing the right thing.
2004-01-26 03:20:11 PM  
Sadly, I would have turned it in.
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