What would you do if you found $100,000?

@glambank (221)
United States
August 22, 2009 6:30pm CST
To make this more interesting you saw a man drop the bag while walking down an isolated street. When you try to catch up with him he disappears. When you open the bag you saw a load of money. Exactly $100,000. Myself I would wait a period of maybe 2 weeks to see if someone that I could recognize as the man and was looking for the bag. If not I would then anonymously donate $91,000 to charity and keep the rest. I would not turn it in to the police or any other government authority (I have trust issues with government agencies). What would you do with the money?
19 responses
@chadott (61)
• United States
27 Feb 10
I'm not gonna lie, I'd keep it! I would pay off my bills and start all over. Hopefully I would have enough left for some new camera equipment! But for sure, I'd keep it! So keep that in mind next time we are walking down the street together and you are carrying a bag full of money!
@glambank (221)
• United States
27 Feb 10
Least you know what you would do, and since you mentioned camera equipments that would be a heck of a temptation for me as well.
• United States
1 Mar 10
I thought it might be!
@bonez899 (42)
• Canada
23 Aug 09
If i found 100 000 dollars i would give most of it to invest and pay debt off with the rest.
• Canada
23 Aug 09
sorry i just signed up like 10-20 miniutes ago
@glambank (221)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Welcome to Mylot bonez899. We could all use the money that's for sure.
@smileonstar (4012)
• United States
22 Aug 09
wow, you will donate 91,000 to charity? and you keep only 9,000?wow!!! you are good man. for me, I will wait for at least a month if no one claim for it then I will pay all my cars and every loan I have. Then give some to my brothers and sisters and some to charity and then I will keep the rest too. lolz. last time, this guy walked up to this couple and asked them if they have kids. They said Yes, so he held them a blank check and said to the couple to write any number they want and deposit it. He just want to give those money to a couple that have kids. So, the wife wrote 1million dollars on the check and let the man see it. He said, I can work this out... so the couple thought it was a joke. But the next morning she decided to deposit the check and the bank said it will be available in 2 days. Yes, they got 1 million... it is hard to believe but she was on TV and she said Thanks to the man and would like to meet him in person again... I don't know what happened next but it is just great... I wish I have someone does that to me ... lolz
• United States
22 Aug 09
Oh, wow! That would be very rad! I'd be ethatic if that happens to me.
@glambank (221)
• United States
22 Aug 09
I'm really not such a good guy. I'm trying to avoid any attention. Mostly from Uncle Sam. Anything over $10,000 has to be filed. Also I'm suspicious of anyone carrying that much money in a paper bag. More likely illegal money of some sort.
• United States
23 Aug 09
I'm not sure I'd be so willing to return such a large sum of money if the person just up and disappeared and I had no way to contact them. I'd probably just keep the money for awhile and probably lay low. I doubt I'd jump right into using the money or anything as I'm sure my morals and guilt would probably get in the way of possibly spending it right away. However, I'm sure at some point I would break and I would probably end up using the money for good things. I'd end up using the money to buy food and to pay off my student loan debt. I'd also use the money to help my family pay off some of their debts to make their lives easier. We could use the help and if someone was that careless while wandering around with $100,000 in a bag, I'm sure they probably didn't need all that money anyway!
@glambank (221)
• United States
23 Aug 09
It seems you know yourself pretty well. I think that mostly all those who say they would do the right thing eventually would give into their own needs. We underestimate the power of money.
@yparson (582)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Divine intervention - If it was dropped and I tried, very tried to catch up with that person and they disappear into thin air. Yeah! It was meant to be. I once drove up to an ATM and notice something that looked like cash on the ground, low and behold it was five $20 dollar bills. I was there to get my last $20 out the bank. When I picked it up my first thought was to keep it but I drove around and went inside to turn it in. I sure needed that money, but I know that my blessing comes from the Lord my source. Never heard back from the bank either. Besides there were too many camera around to keep going with the money just in case the person were to return back. But in the case of the disappearing person, its mines.Hehee
@glambank (221)
• United States
23 Aug 09
I had something similar happen to me. It was 2 $100 dollar bills in the middle of the sidewalk in broad day light. I looked around, and even went into a couple of stores to see if someone was looking for something they lost. After about 15 minutes or so, I walked away and eventual spent the much needed cash. But $100,000 dollars that is different. Really don't like the attention something like that could bring.
• India
23 Aug 09
wow...! you will donate $91000 if you will donate that much money than definitely you are a kind hearted human being, but the view is nobody will donate $91000 from $100,000, its cool to tell other but nobody can do this. Everybody just say that i will donate that much. if i will get $100,000, i'll donate some part and some part for younger brothers study and rest amount will give to my parents.
@glambank (221)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Just concerned about good old Uncle Sam. He probably will want half after I already spent it.
@maysya (84)
• Indonesia
23 Aug 09
hi, gamblank, i new member here. i've read your topic. hmm, i will do the same like you do if i'm in your position.
@glambank (221)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Welcome to Mylot Maysya. I can only dream that it happens to us and hope we do the right thing.
• United States
23 Aug 09
To be honest, you have to be the most amazing person on earth to donate to charity or to turn it into the police. With this day and age, with the economy, there is no possible way that I could do any of that lol. I have too much old debt from our past, when we were young and dumb, and we have two little toddler/infant children, and no house yet. I would definitely get us out of debt, and start to build a house. I hate to say it, but I would be selfish and think about only us.
@glambank (221)
• United States
23 Aug 09
That is very honest. In reality we only know what we would want to do, what will do when it happens is another thing. Money changes people, creates a false power.
@janebeth (2033)
• Philippines
23 Aug 09
oMG that is a very huge amount.. if i were in that situation, ahhmm thinking to be so rude, maybe i will be more relax and used them in good things.. but still it is stealing and it is not good, if you do bad, of course we call it "karma", things goes round and round.. better be a good citizen and GOD will help you more..
@glambank (221)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Oh yeah, the God card. I always try to do the right thing. My conscious would get me in the end. Darn it.
@marvil (25)
• Philippines
23 Aug 09
i will first look around if there is a police, that man might be a robber and he just accidentally drop that bag.
@glambank (221)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Never thought of that. Some older people might hide their money in a paper bag. That is something to think about.
• Singapore
23 Aug 09
i will hand it over to the police remember, some things that doesnt belongs to you will never be yours besides you may be punished for being a greedy person and not an honest one
@glambank (221)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Very wise. Yeah, when you put it that way. I do believe what comes around goes around.
@amit2506 (233)
• India
23 Aug 09
I would like to setup a small business with the use of that money.
@bonez899 (42)
• Canada
23 Aug 09
If i found $100 000 i would probaly hand around 25-50k of the money over to..... A REGISTERED INVESTER so he can make it grow then i would probaly buy some items and use the rest to pay off debt where ever i can (sorry but probaly only family debt).
@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
23 Aug 09
in a nutshell i would keep it.
• United States
23 Aug 09
I'd be really torn between keeping the money and turning it in lol I'd probably take some of its as a 'finders' charge and invest it, then turn the rest into the police or charity, that way I'd get what I need while still doing something good ^_^ Either way, it'd be some serious luck to find something like that Lol
22 Aug 09
Hm, firstly I'd pay off any of my family members debt etc, then donate each of them 1k. Then put the rest into a bank account and save it for times when I really need it. Better be safe than sorry!
@Jathop3 (42)
• United States
22 Aug 09
I would do some reseach or hire a renowned financial advisor so he/she can tell me the best way to make that moey doubled, tripled, quadrapled...you name it! And if I find the person who lost that bag, I'll give him the exact $100,000 plus $25,000 as 'interest rate', keep on making money with the profit I earned, then go from there! With that I can afford luxurious life, donate to charities, etc, etc...mwahaha, I'm greedy!
@maezee (37728)
• United States
22 Aug 09
Oh my goodness.. UMmm. This is probably the part where I SHOULD say that I would return it to the police..But I would LOVE to random find $100k! That would probably be the highlight of my life. Here's my breakdown of it: $1500 - get myself out of credit card debt! $14,000 - get my mom out of credit card debt! $3,000 - get my dad out of credit card debt! $15,000 - pay in advance for tuition (probably more than this, but it's just an estimation) $10,000 - buy myself a reliable car (instead of having to worry about my junker breaking down on me..Which has happened in the past). And boy. I don't really know exactly what I would do with it. I definitely would want to donate at least a portion of it to charity; for karmic reasons. But I'm not sure how much. That would be SO lovely to find that money.
@Quiplet (255)
• United States
22 Aug 09
I'd lay low for a long time. Ya never know where it coulda been last.