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Keep the money?

Hell yeah!
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Maybe... depends how much
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I'd hand it into the police
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Would you keep the money?

Postby mister k » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:13 pm UTC

This genuinely happened to me. I got home from university to find my flat mates in the sitting room, counting 50 pound notes. They counted several thousand pounds. Apparently they had arrived home to find a wad sitting on the doorstep!

Now obviously, this presented a slight dilemma- keep it, or call the police? We eventually settled on calling the police, slightly disturbed by the possibillity of large gentlemen knocking on our door demanding it back. It turned out there had been a theft from the local supermarket, then an on foot chase along our street. The thief had thrown the money aside, and was later caught, but the police officer did not notice this... in other words if we'd kept the money, no-one would probably have known......

So what would you do if you found a wad of cash in your front garden?

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Postby Toeofdoom » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:17 pm UTC

Well, I have an unfortunate sense of morals and all that, so I'd hand it in I guess. Of course if the "system" had recently screwed me over and I got pissed off at it, or I particularly disliked the supermarket I would keep it, but thats rather unlikely...
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Postby Belial » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:21 pm UTC

Somebody threw a wad of money at my house?

Oh hells yes, I'm keeping that
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Postby Unforgiven » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:26 pm UTC

Hand it over to the police, definitely.

I'm far too honest for my own good. :)
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Postby Thunderbird4! » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:32 pm UTC

I'd hand it over to the police and then ask if you could have say 100 pounds of it for returning it.
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Postby KicktheCAN » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:35 pm UTC

If it was only a little bit then I would keep it but otherwise turn it over to the police. If they do not find an owner after a certain amount of time they give it back to you.
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Postby C. uniparens » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:36 pm UTC

I probably would plan on keeping it initally, but I wouldn't spend it for several months just in case. Though if I happened to see an article in the paper that connected the dots it might make me feel guilty/righteous enough to give it back.

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Postby PandaFluff » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:39 pm UTC

I go through this dilemma every time I find pennies on the floor of a supermarket.

The police don't like me very much because of it.
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Postby bbctol » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:48 pm UTC

Take half of it, tell the police you found half of what you did, if they know how much was stolen, be able to say "I swear this is how much I found" with a straight face.

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Postby Bakemaster » Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:26 pm UTC

I'd really, really, really want to keep it. But if I knew that it was probably the money stolen from X place as you describe I would have to return it.
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Postby stuck » Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:36 pm UTC

Depends on the amount. If it was 20 bucks I'd keep it. Several grand - going straight to the police.
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Postby Twasbrillig » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:12 pm UTC

$50 is generally my limit. Any more than that and I'd call.

However, were it lying on the doorstep, I might call from an arbitrary location and tell them I had found the money, and if they had no idea where it was, ask for a reward.
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Postby SecondTalon » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:19 pm UTC

WHEN TotalBillsFound = OR > 10
IF FoundCash <$200
Return KEEP
IF FoundCash = OR > $201
Return CallPolice
WHEN TotalBillsFound = OR < 10
IF FoundCash <$500
Return KEEP
IF FoundCash = OR > $501
Return CallPolice

Basically... if I find three hundreds... they're mine. Unless someone comes knocking on my door asking about that precise amount of money.. Jackpot.

If I found $300 bucks in assorted $1s, $5s, $10s, and $20s... yeah, I'm calling the cops. Mostly because the average person isn't going to carry that much cash in that many small bills. They're going to have several large bills to break up later.

I mean, even if $200 of it's in 20s, and the last hundred half 10s/quarter $5s/quarter $1s... that's still a large number of bills. Believable that someone lost it, sure, but a large number of bills.

Which means... store, in my head.
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Postby Gelsamel » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:51 pm UTC

Police have Finders Keepers laws and stuff like that anyway - if noone claims it then it's yours! I have patience.
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Postby gmalivuk » Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:07 pm UTC

Yeah, depends on the amount.

If it's not a huge amount (I've got nothing as specific as SecondTalon, but along those lines) I'll keep it. If it's big, I'll turn it in.

I mean, haven't we all seen those movies where someone finds a million bucks in a briefcase or something? Those always turn out badly.
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Postby parkaboy » Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:19 pm UTC

if i were still in texas, i'd keep it. i've been screwed out of so much money by that state that i dont give a GODDAMN where the mystry money came from. its mine.

now that i've relocated i'd probably hand it in to the police and hope that no one claimed it, or there was a percentage reward or something.

it just kinda sucks when you have to forego a $20 thift store shopping day b/c you need a vaccuum cleaner and cant afford it anyway. *grumble*
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Postby Meowsma » Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:09 pm UTC

Keeping money that belongs to hardworking people who earned it?

Possession of stolen property?

Yeah, I'd return the money.

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Postby zenten » Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:03 pm UTC

I'd be afraid of a drug dealer showing up demanding the money back.

So I'd tell the police, but more so I could get protection from said drug dealer.

Although now that I think about it, if it wasn't for the room mates I might just hide the money somewhere in my place, and if no one claims it in a few months, then I spend it.

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Postby __Kit » Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:19 pm UTC

Anyone seen 'Funny Money'? Great movie, use the logic from there, it's nobody's money, we stole nothing.
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Postby McHell » Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:09 am UTC

The supermarket has an exact count of what's missing. The police knows exactly what's recovered. Either the thief keeps playing stumm at considerable effort, or he admits to throwing the money in exactly that place. You will get a visit of either party, and you as a group don't have what it takes to keep lying consistently. [I don't insinuate balls, I mean experience.]

You are screwed.

Even if the above scenario is 30% probability: do you 3 or 4 guys want a 1:3 chance of being seriously screwed over a meagre 750-1000dollar? If it's the police, you'll get off with some talking too and some shattered nerves plus one of your buddies will be hated as the first to give in. If the other guy, it's worse.

That, independently of any moral implications, plus the paranoia you'll get in spending the sudden wealth in your town. Not worth it.

If you're alone, yeah, you can take a chance; you have all information, no mind games to break you.

So: poll vote no.

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Postby ZeroSum » Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:31 am UTC

Hand it in. Proceeds from crime is a bad thing to have.

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Postby une see » Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:46 am UTC

I voted "maybe, depends on how much."

If it was a relatively small amount of money (in terms of bank heists and...other illegal stuff), I'd probably keep it. Not a big deal.

But if it was a few thousand, or more, I would hand it into the police. Wouldn't want to be framed for some kind of Bonnie-and-Clyde type crime or anything like that. And plus, I'd be really, really paranoid all the time, and it's not worth it to be so stressed out.

If there were no possibility of repercussions, however, I'd for sure keep it. What can I say? My morals are a little lax...
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Postby davef » Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:26 am UTC

Pretty much what Bakemaster said. If I knew it was the spoils from some local theft then I couldn't live with myself if I didn't hand it back. Otherwise I'd keep it and secretly feel guilty about it for the rest of my life.
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Postby sillybear25 » Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:41 am UTC

If it was anything more than about $50 I'd hand it over to the police; otherwise, I'd consider it my lucky day...
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Postby Narsil » Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:59 am UTC

Depends on the scenario.
If I get a yellow envelope from a guy in a trench coat on the street and he tells me that I'll get the rest when the job's done, I'm gonna get out of that situation.
Now if I stumble upon money far from where I live, that shit's mine. I got stuff I need to buy.
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Postby Spot » Sun Aug 19, 2007 2:45 am UTC

Narsil wrote:Depends on the scenario.
If I get a yellow envelope from a guy in a trench coat on the street and he tells me that I'll get the rest when the job's done, I'm gonna get out of that situation.
Now if I stumble upon money far from where I live, that shit's mine. I got stuff I need to buy.


That is exactly what I would do. If there is no way for the money to be traced to me, then it's mine. Whoever put it there should have been expecting that to happen. If I later heard that a local store had been robbed of exactly the amount that I had found, I probably would still keep it unless the robbery put the store in danger of bankruptcy. I would probably feel awkward if I ever went to that store again though.

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Postby __Kit » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:08 am UTC

sillybear25 wrote:If it was anything more than about $50 I'd hand it over to the police; otherwise, I'd consider it my lucky day...


I'm gonna leave $50.25 outside your door.
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Postby Narsil » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:12 am UTC

Spot wrote: I would probably feel awkward if I ever went to that store again though.
Not me. If I knew it came from [place of employment], I'd probably take it faster.
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Postby Castaway » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:52 am UTC

I'm taking it, no questions. If anyone asks for it directly though I'll give it back. Probably.
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Postby Cheese » Sun Aug 19, 2007 6:31 pm UTC

I reeeeeeeally need to learn to do wrong/evil/nasty things. As has been said by someone else, I'm too moral for my own good. I'd like to keep it, but would probably go insane within weeks.

Unless it was a HUGE amount of money (and we're talking at least hundreds of thousands). Then I'd take as much as I thought I could get away with and then hand the rest in with no explanation. And probably get caught.
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Postby Lanjolo » Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:19 pm UTC

As others have stated, it depends on a lot of factors including amount of money, where I found, where it came from etc...

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Postby xkcd_n00bz » Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:32 pm UTC

I would have called the police in this case also.

Not because of any strong moral obligation to society. But as stated, I would be worried about some crackhead pounding down my door in the middle of the night wanting it back.

If I was walking down the street and saw a paper sack full of loot, yeah, I'm picking it and taking it home.

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Postby Castaway » Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:46 am UTC

Psh, crackhead schmackhead, just tell him that it was the house next door that he threw it in. They'll believe anything.
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Postby Alisto » Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:47 am UTC

I would be concerned that it was a ransom drop gone bad.

Then again, I have bills to pay.
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Postby Castaway » Mon Aug 20, 2007 5:46 am UTC

Also, i don't think the police would mess up a ransom drop, so to turn it in to the cops would still not get it back to the proper owner.
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Postby blind visionary » Mon Aug 20, 2007 6:16 am UTC

Yeah, if it's some absurd amount like thousands of dollars, I'm calling the cops. Otherwise, screw that, I'm keeping it.

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Postby jestingrabbit » Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:03 am UTC

Like a lot of people said, if its lots of money its the sort of thing that could end in a lot of trouble, but if its a single note, blown by the wind, who can stop me from keeping it? Apart from the producers of baked goods and other consumables, who will have it in the end.

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Postby The Cosmic Fool » Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:45 am UTC

I'd keep it.

If it was alot of money, say about $1000. Somebody knows where you live, since the put it on your doorstep, expecting you to take it. They want it gone. So if they were going to put it right on your doorstep, they wouldn't be expecting it back.

Now, if it was in the bushes nearby and I found it, I'd either call the cops or leave it where it was. Chances are I'd be dead if someone came back for it.
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Postby Pebbles » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:00 am UTC

My sister and her friend found $5000 is a bundle of $100 on the bathroom floor in that big casino in sydney I forget the name of.. they kept it. I dont blame them and Id prolly have done the same. If I knew the money was stolen from some little shop though, Id definitely think twice about keeping it. But profits from gambling are fair game.
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Postby Andrew » Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:59 am UTC

KicktheCAN wrote:If it was only a little bit then I would keep it but otherwise turn it over to the police.

Is this a practicality consideration or a moral one? Only if it's the latter it's interesting, because you're essentially willing to commit what you see as a crime for a small reward but not for a large one.

Personally, I expect I'd sit on it until I was confident nobody wanted it then I'd spend it. But I wouldn't feel good about it.


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