If you found $100 bill laying by itself in a parking lot, what would you do?

United States
October 7, 2011 7:24pm CST
My dad is the most honest person I know! He is a dear, loving kind person who would never hurt a soul and loves all people. Some time ago, he and mom were leaving the grocery store and as he approached his car, there was a $100 dollar bill lying right there at his feet. He picked it up and took it home with him. One time, years ago, I was leaving a pizza parlor in the evening. As I began to take a seat in my car, I looked down on the pavement, and there was a rolled up wad of bills there. I picked it up and as I recall it was like $32.00. I am an honest person. After some thought, I put it in my purse and made it mine. What would you do in this case? Why do you think that dad and I both made the same decision to take the money home with us?
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@Amanda81587 (3042)
• United States
10 Oct 11
I have never found that much money. But when I find dollars I ask the person in front of me if they dropped it. I always feel like someone will be watching me if I pick it up and if I put it in my pocket I will look bad so if someone is around I try to give it to them. If it was more I would probably put it away for Christmas money but if I heard someone talking about losing 100 somewhere and they are panicking I would give it to them.
@viney17 (688)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
one time i saw a $20 (well equivalent to our money currency which is 750 php) lying on the ground and well use it for my own, though morally wrong this might be a challenge if you are more on the religion side and a "chance" if you are on the practical side. Well i took it, that explains what i really am i. I need money, people need money, and the one who didn't take care of their money properly deserves it, if he really work hard for it he must take care of it properly, im not to blame hell i dont even know who is it from. Im speaking honestly and if i really pick a money on the ground and many people are around me like on a school then I'll first ask if anyone own that and ask him how the bill is rolled or folded then how much is it to prove me that he really owns it, if no one claims it then it's mine. Finder keepers right? If you hate people like me then hate all the treasure hunters out there. They keep things that aren't theirs in the first place.
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@Porcospino (31366)
• Denmark
8 Oct 11
A $100 bill is about the same amount as 500 kr in my country. I have never found a 500 bill in the street or in a parking lot, but if I did I would keep it. If there is no wallet and no name, it is impossible to know where it came from and I would keep it. If there is a wallet I would take it to the police station. My ex-boyfriend has found several 50 kr bills ($10) in the streets, but I have never found anything but coins, so a 500 kr bill would be a nice change
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• United States
8 Oct 11
Yeah I would have taken it as well, as how would we find the owner. I am pretty sure we ask anyone in the surrounding area if it belong to them and most if not all would say it did. Rolled up money of that amount would be simply a bonus. Now if I knew who it belonged to then my conscious would not allow me to keep it.
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@SIMPLYD (90722)
• Philippines
8 Oct 11
On the first place my friend, the money is there lying in a public place with no ID or whatsoever to tell who owns it. Good if it's a wallet with IDs, i would surely find the person who owns it and return it. But that, it's what we call "Finder is Keeper". I would keep it also if ever i find one at a pavement.
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@huilichan8 (1378)
• Singapore
8 Oct 11
In the past, I wldn't pick it up. But now, I wld pick it up and keep it becos I won't know who to return it to. Moreover, it's very unlikely that the person who has dropped it wld bother to file a police report unless it's a big sum of money. Yup, both of you hv made the right decision.
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@pinklilly (3443)
• Australia
12 Oct 11
I would be tempted. I would first look around and see if I was on camera lol I've seen those shows where they film people to see how honest they are... I would feel a little guilty, but yeah I would pick it up... I've picked up plenty of coins off the ground.. There's a saying " If you find a penny, pick it up. All day long you will have Good Luck." I believe that too.. If it was somebodies purse or wallet on the other hand I would hand it in. I lost mine once in a car park, I totally freaked out as I had alot of cash in there and personal cards etc... Lucky it was handed in untouched. I was so thankful... Once my friends mum went for a ride on her horse and was worrying about bills and she looked down on the side of the road and couldn't believe her eyes when she saw a $100 dollar bill. She picked it up and came right home to tell us...
@stephcjh (38473)
• United States
11 Oct 11
I think it is because everyone needs money and it is not every day that you just find some laying around and we all want and need things so we keep it for ourselves.
@daeckardt (6237)
• United States
25 Nov 11
I think that if you find money on the ground and it is nowhere near someone (like in a parking lot) that the person probably didn't realize they had lost it. I think I would have watched for someone asking about it (especially if it was a note posted at the business where the money was found and it included information about how much was lost), but I think that I, too, would have kept it. It would be much more difficult to figure out where you lost money if it fell on the ground in a parking lot than if you lost it anywhere else so it would be next to impossible to find it. Have a great weekend!!!
@lelin1123 (15595)
• Puerto Rico
11 Oct 11
Well because there was no name on the money. If the money is lying on the ground its finder keepers. That is the way it is. How would you ever go about finding who the money belong to. The first person you would ask if they lost any money would say "oh that was my money." I'm an honest person too and I would have done the same thing that both you and your dad did.
• Mexico
17 Oct 11
Hi Kizzy Cat Fish: In a situation like this I think it's right to keep the money. Basically you don't know who is the owner and how he/ she lose the money. There's no way to find the person so it's ok. I only find immoral when people take the money knowing who is the person that has lost it, like for example if you find a wallet. ALVARO
• United States
8 Oct 11
I'd keep it but make sure that anyone around the area hasn't lost it, but if it were in a purse I'd take it to the police.
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• United States
11 Oct 11
The money you found in the parking lot has been left available to anyone who comes across it. It isn't bad if someone puts it in their wallet, because the prior owner has abandoned ownership. I would do the same thing, because there really isn't a good way to find the owner. Even if the owner was found, they are the ones who caused the problems. Next time they should exert more care onto how they keep their money.
@koperty3 (1876)
11 Oct 11
And what would be the other option? Give it to someone? I believe that was the gift from fate. Maybe small one but always treat. I think I would do the same as you don't receive anything for free often.
@AmbiePam (86039)
• United States
10 Oct 11
Something like that happened to my dad before. He found a 100 dollar bill in the bathroom of a restaurant. No one else was in the bathroom so he had no clue who had dropped it. So he asked to speak to management and gave them the 100 dollar bill. They asked for his contact information lest no one claim it (because then they would let him keep it), and my dad came back to the table. But my dad is a preacher and he always really feared not living up to what he preached in front of his kids. You know? I'd like to think I would have gone to the management, but I can't say that I would have. In fact, I probably would not have.
@pergammano (7682)
• Canada
8 Oct 11
EGADS..Kizzy, I am the odd man (woman) out, on this discussion! I have to apply a lot of "what if's"! I live on a small Island, where nearly every person is an acquaintance, and person's are struggling here,too! Every morning (while everyone else is "sleeping it off") I do ALL the Cleaning, Repairs and Maintenance to the only "Neighborhood Pub" here. Over countless years, adding it up, I have probably exceeded my earnings...with my CASH FINDS! I always turn it in...as more than likely, I know the person that misplaced their funds...or they will phone to find out if I have found it! I think I do it because it's a C.Y.A. move...and it truly lends to my creedence, as well as the fact that I am bonded, re; Property Management! You can bet, your sweet buttinski, I have made more than my share of persons..HAPPY! BUT..and here's where my sense of right or wrong goes askew...if I should be visiting Vancouver or Victoria...I would be anonymous at that little "cash stash" would immediately find the warmth of my inner pocket! A lesson in contradictions, aren't I?