Would You Take a Large Sum of Money if You Could Get Away With It?

@worldwise1 (14890)
United States
October 14, 2007 11:53am CST
I know that most of us are conscientious, law-abiding citizens in every sense of the word. Sometimes, however, we can be tested. Hypothetically, if you came upon a large sum of money and you knew that you could keep it without fear of detection, would you keep it? I have not included in this scenario the details of the where or why that this money fell into your hands. After giving it a lot of thought, I have decided that I would keep it because I could really use it. I believe that many of you would do the same if you had need of it. My reasoning is that I would not have stolen this money, it just happened to fall into my hand at a time when I really could make use of it.
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21 responses
• United States
15 Oct 07
Yes I would keep it. No doubt about it! lol Not long ago in our local newspaper, this guy bought this house, and after a few years of owning it he was doing some work in the crawl space in the attic. He found thousands and thousands of dollars and turned it in to the police because he had heard that a person was killed in the home prior to him buying it and he thought perhaps the killer would come looking for it. lol ??? Anyway, the old owner got wind of this, and they are now fighting in court to see who should get the money. Well had the new owner just went about his business and kept it quiet, there would be no court case to decide this. I really thought this guy must be some kind of wonderful to try and be such a "good citizen" and turn it in, then end up feeling like he had some rights to the money. lol Bay xx
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I like the way you think, BayleighGray! Had the man kept his trap shut nobody would have been the wiser. It is called an OPPORTUNITY! And when it knocks, you'd better be ready to take advantage of it.
• United States
16 Oct 07
Thank you! I totally agree! Is it wrong of me to pray for such an opportunity?? I sure could use it right about now. Id probably invite it in fix some coffee and bake a cake! LOL Bay xx
@steney (1418)
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
I have thought of this a lot of times in the past, and I always stuggle with my conscience because it automatically says not to. But practically speaking, I think I would. Because just like you said, you did not steal the money or anything, it just happened to fall into your hands. But the next thing that comes to my mind is, what if I was the one who lost that large amount of money? It would be just fine if I'm a millionare or something, but if I need that money for emergency purposes, I'd definitely be depressed! So things like these come to mind too, and a lot of what ifs...
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• China
15 Oct 07
i have come across such things,it was in the school and the loser was a student.In his burse i find his telephone number and called him to return his lost burse as soon as possible.The only reason why i did that was that we were both students just then,and i thought maybe he was also need the money to support his life and studies.if in futhure the similar things happen to me,i will do so all the same,i think it is a moral problem.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
In my opinion, steney, a person who really needs their money will keep it closely guarded. Maybe it's because I don't have a lot, but I guard my money very closely. I would not feel bad at all if I found money that someone was careless enough to lose in the first place. You know that old saying, "A fool and his money are soon parted."
@steney (1418)
• Philippines
17 Oct 07
Yes, I agree with you. People who really needs money should keep it closely guarded. But I think that does not apply to all. Some people are just careless or forgetful, regardless if they have lots of money or only some of it. I don't have a lot too, and I guard it very closely because it's hard to earn it nowadays. Knowing that the one who lost the money was careless still doesn't make me feel completely okay with taking the money. Well then again, it's just my own opinion. :)
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
15 Oct 07
Ok, I hold my hands up here, you want honesty? Truthfulness you've got it, I would take it! Sorry but I would, I know that sounds bad and selfish, but I believe that if you don't help yourself someone else will and they won't have any bones about it. I have learnt the hard way in this cruel world you have to grab everything with both hands and if you get away with it then good luck! Yep deffo I'd keep it without a second thought.
@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I see, wolfie, that we are from the same school of thought! Of course we would keep the money. Why shouldn't we? We did not steal it. We can never find out who the previous owner was. It's a no-brainer.
@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
16 Oct 07
What a way to convince yourself!Just because you didn't steal, doesn't mean its yours.. The excuse about not knowing the owner is simply bulls***. You can hand it over to the Police and let them handle...
@saintdeb (42)
15 Oct 07
To be honest it depends on the situation and the circumstances i am into! If i have no other option and desperately need some money, i would definately take the money! i mean lets be frank, its not that we get hold of a large amount of money every day! moreover it is very much possible that i may be in dire need under that particular situation.....so i guess its gods wish to help me in my time of need.....however if i have no financial issues i would definately try and help others....specially the poor and needy with the money!!!
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
So, saintdeb, in other words, you are saying you would keep the money?
16 Oct 07
As i have already articulated pretty well, i would keep the money if i really need it......else i would use it for some good deed....probably give it up for charity!
@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
15 Oct 07
Even if you have not stolen the money and it just "happened to fall into your hand", it doesn't mean that its yours. Period. Who knows if the real owner have some other use for it like he's withdrawing it to pay for ransom for his kidnapped child? You won't know it, and you would be responsible for the consequence because of this. Unlike most of the people here, I would not keep it, especially, if you are a believer in karma...
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I do believe in karma, chunter, and I don't think I would be thinking about what circumstances brought the money into my hands. I would feel that it was meant to be mine. To take the opposite view, the money could have been taken in a robbery.
@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
16 Oct 07
As long as its free stuff that landed in your hands, it is natural to feel that the "thing" is yours. But in truth, is it yours? Did you win it? Did you buy it whatsoever? These are the questions you should be asking, rather than say. "hey, because it just happens to be here, so it naturally belongs to me". Even if the money was taken in a robbery, it belongs to the bank or someone else and NOT you. Why don't you say you are greedy, rather than trying to ease your conscious and make yourself feel good about keeping something that is not yours? Especially, if you are a believer in karma, then you would not have wanted to keep the money as other misfortunes will come to you because of this...
@SViswan (12095)
• India
15 Oct 07
I don't think I would keep it. Even if I could use the money, it would eat into my conscience that it doesn't belong to me. I've given it some thought and don't think I'll keep the money.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
But, SViswan, you're not really reading between the lines. The fact is that once the money falls into your hands you do own it.
@SViswan (12095)
• India
16 Oct 07
I understand what you mean and I'm not saying people who keep it are wrong in doing so. All I'm saying is that 'I' couldnt do it. I'd rather use money that I earn than something that came to me easily (even if someone just gave it to me and said use it!...small amounts are fine as gifts....but I wouldn't be able to take huge amounts)
@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
14 Oct 07
hmmm.. no contest, i'd do the same. if the money just came out of nowhere, and theres no means for me to return the money, then i consider it mine. theres no point in looking or waiting for someone to claim it when theres nothing to identify them. and that would really make me happy. a lotta money with no worries! c",)
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I agree with you, repzkoopz! After all, it is money with no strings attached. Life is too short to wonder where the money came from.
@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
16 Oct 07
exactly man! besides, its not everyday you get such a great surprise. c",)
@devilangelo (4528)
• India
15 Oct 07
:D lol . duh .. ofcourse . i would take it . n im sure .. almost evryone .. would take the money .. who wouldnt want to have possesion of huge sum of money which .. just landed in ya lap. :D ... its a materialistic world nw :D .. well ... im surprise ya after giving alot of thought . :D .. i wouldnt take all that time :D :D :D
@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I can't argue with you on that, devilangelo. Found money is found money.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
15 Oct 07
That depends. I work at my second job at an office building where you see a lot of drawers and stuff opened. Sometimes I see loose change and such lying around. Once I even dropped some money, and though I wasn't sure of it, I left it there. That money stayed on the person's desk for a bit. But I wouldn't pick it up for nothing in the world because I know folks will do stuff like leave out money, important stuff, and I'd clean right around it and leave it. I don't want them to think that I will go their things just to have something. I want them to feel that they can trust me. Now if I see a bunch of money somewhere where I KNOW someone just cannot claim it if asked, then that's another ballgame. At my main job, I deal with hospital linen, and it's been known for large amounts of money to be found. shoot, once I found $2, and that day I really needed it; the girl I worked with found $20; then another lady found $200; someone else found $5000, and told everyone and got fired. So it depends.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I think that some are not getting my point, savvynlady. The whole scenario is based on FOUND money where you would have no hopes of finding out where it came from or who it belonged to previously.
• China
15 Oct 07
It is hard to answer .but it is actually my dream.I really want to use it but will never.you may think I am hypocritical but that is ture.If the owner of the lost poverty is in dire need of the money ,what he should do.he maybe handwringing.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Sorry, chexingsen, but I cannot agree with you on this one.
• United States
15 Oct 07
Honestly I would be one of those that would want to keep it I may do the right thing but I cant swear that I would because Im human and I know I could make use of the money.A few weeks ago a lady here where I live found a money bag that fell out of a loomis fargo truck 60 grand she turned it in and was on the job, she didnt get a reward becasue their company forbid rewards. I was like what she turned it over to them, another guy in WV found 10 grand in the snow a money bag from a pizza place he got pizza for life as a reward.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
That is the main reason people turn in money when they find it, smurfettewv, because they hope to gain some kind of reward from it. They will try to convince you that it is because they are morally upright, but that is rarely the case.
@gwendovere (1283)
• United States
15 Oct 07
I would keep it, as long as it wasn't stolen. My family would benefit greatly from having a large sum of money given to it.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
That is showing common sense, gwendovere. Wherever the money came from, you would never be able to find out anyway.
• Philippines
15 Oct 07
I will keep the money without batting an eyelash.It is not only me who could benefit from it.
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Good for you, goodtimegirl. I don't think it is immoral at all to take advantage of any windfall.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
14 Oct 07
You and I think alike..LOL...Oh you bet...If I came across a nice big wad of money, and there was no way to trace it back to me that I took it..why sure I'd keep it...Just once, just ONCE when I went to use an ATM machine I sure wish it would make a mistake and give me more money for instance--I mean as long it is on the record that say I had only taken out say $20,..but the machine maybe spewed out a few hundred..whose to say or trace the error??...LOL
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Great minds, pyewacket! I knew that I would get some responses of moral outrage, but I really didn't think many would be as honest as myself. I knew that I could count on you, however. I would consider myself a fool to pass that money up when I needed it so badly, lol.
• India
14 Oct 07
Yes i want to do this give me money
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
Gee, mortalkombat, I really wish it was in my power to give you that money, lol.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
14 Oct 07
I would keep it unless after I got it I heard who had lost it and they needed it more than me. I think Karma would bite me in the butt if I kept it and someone lost it that needed it more than me. If it was a large sum I would probably feel inclined to donate a lot of it to animal rescue causes.
@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
That would be a good decision, whywiki, but in my scenario you would have no way of ever finding out where the money came from.
@bronie123 (4596)
• United States
14 Oct 07
Ok im sure that if i came across a large sum of money that at this point in my life yeah i would keep it. Ok let me explain first so you dont think im a bad person right no im in so much debt that i can't afford much i can't even pay all my bills with my paycheck so therefore im behind on a lot of payments sooo yes if i were to happen upon some money i would keep it
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@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
15 Oct 07
That makes perfect sense to me, bronie. I would look upon it as an answer to my prayers!
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
16 Oct 07
I am law-abiding but I will say that if i found a bag of of money or alot of money, Ummm YES I would keep it but I would not spend any of it til I knew for sure that the police were not looking for it or something like that. I think now and days with the way the world is and the cost of living just about anyone would keep it and if they said that they wouldn't then they would be lying to a point. I am keeping it and then will try to get things caught up and pay some stuff and try to get out of a hole with it. Hugs!
@chunter (1761)
• Singapore
19 Oct 07
I pity your perception about people and your greed about money... If you have read the previous posts, you would see that I am perhaps the only one who would choose NOT to keep the money...And that is not a lie, no matter what you think....
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I couldn't do it...it would make me nuts and keep me awake. I'd be farther ahead to just return it and be done with it. It wouldn't be that I'd worry about getting caught as much as it would bother me wondering if someone else needed it and couldn't find it. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
16 Oct 07
A tricky decision to make here. While I couldn't condone stealing money, if a good sized wad was lying at my feet I would have to pick it up. Money is very tight at the moment and every penny is having to stretch a lot further these days, money found and unclaimed would go a long way to easing the difficulties.