WooHoo, Free Money?!?

@deesamps (653)
United States
March 25, 2007 11:16am CST
Ok, say you are walking through the parking lot to Wal-mart and you happen to look down and see an evelope with some money sticking out. So you reach down and pick it up and wrote on the evelope is the words rent money and inside is $400. There is no address or name on the evelope. So do you pocket it and say "Woohoo, free money" or do you turn it into the service desk just incase the person comes back for it? Would it make a difference in your decision on keeping the money or not if the evelope said Beer money instead of rent money?
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37 responses
• United States
25 Mar 07
That amount of money I'd most def. turn it into the service desk. It might not get back in the right hands still, but at least its a better chance that whoever lost it will be looking for it and hopefully get it back in full amount.
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@deesamps (653)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Yeah, an amount that big and I am sure someone would return looking for it. Even if it didn't get back into the right hands, at least you would be able to say that you did your part in trying to return it. Thanks for the great response!
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• Philippines
25 Mar 07
I'd say, whatever is written on that envelope, still its not mine. I believe in Karma. I don't want that to happen to me either. I'm pretty sure that when I found that money somebody is already grieving because it is important for him. So better take it back to the service desk. Its up for the person on the service desk whether he will give it back to whoever will claim it. The most important is you had done your part.
@deesamps (653)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Oohh, good answer. Thanks for sharing!
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25 Mar 07
I am not sure if I would hand it into the desk as they might keep it themselves. I guess if there were several members of staff there they couldn't do that, so I probably would. I think I would hand it back regardless of what it said, I would feel too guilty to keep it really. I think for me if the money was in an envelope I would hand it back but if it was loose cash I would be more likely to keep it as it would be harder to identify whose it was.
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@deesamps (653)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Thanks for commenting. You gave a great and thoughtful response.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
I have found envelopes with money and a bill payment and turned it over where I found it, but I've also found a 100 dollar bill and kept it. There was no way to know who it belonged to and if I had turned it in more than likely the clerk would have kept it too. I would never keep money if it has a person's name or a note attached because they might call to claim it and I would feel bad about keeping it, but if it's just money and no note or anything, I would keep it. They shouldn't have been so careless.
• United States
25 Mar 07
I would go to the service desk and give them my name and number and tell them if anyone comes to desk saying they lost the envelope to have them call me. I would not tell them what was in the envelpoe just to make sure. Some people are sneaky. Only someone who lost it would really be looking for it.
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@deesamps (653)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Thanks for sharing your comment. That was a good one about leaving your name and number at the service desk.
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@all4ucnc (861)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Large sums like that, I couldn't take, I wouldn't feel right, I'd probly look around to see if any one was looking for the envelope, searching the ground. If not then I would leave a message with the store that I did indeed find the envelope and give them my number to hand out to the person who comes in asking for it.
@deesamps (653)
• United States
25 Mar 07
hey, that's a good answer. Thanks for your response.
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@aso322 (75)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I don't know if I'd trust the people at Wal-mart. I would try to leave my name and phone number with someone at the service desk, so that if anyone did try to claim it, they could contact me personally and I could return it.
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@deesamps (653)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Thanks for your response to the what if question.
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@setylon (86)
• China
26 Mar 07
If I had picked up the money,I would give it back to the lost or turn it into the service desk just incase the person comes back for it.
• United States
26 Mar 07
have you ever heard you have to give to recieve? You were just getting your blessing. Take it. The universe says ITS YOURS! The person that did that will get back 100 times more. The law of giving and recieving may be slowed down if you dont take the money. Most people wont get that, but thats really your money. It doesnt make a difference what the evelope says, he/she doesnt care what you use it for !
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• United States
26 Mar 07
I am a very honest person, and have been in just about the exact same situation. Both sides actually. Here is what I did.. I went into "Walmart" and told them that I found an envelope with money in it and would like to leave my name and number in case the person came to retrieve it. I said if the person can tell me how much was in the envelope it is theirs. I dont think it should be just turned over to Walmart because I do believe in finders keepers after attempting to find the real owner. And I know that not everyone is as honest as I am(employee). So the odds that I or the real owner would ever see it are slim to none. But by reporting the undisclosed amount, My odds are better of finding the real owner and if noone claims it then its mine. If the owner can say how much they lost then I know that they really did lose it. But if I leave it with an employee the real owner might have lost their chance at getting it back all together. I know how honest I am, but I have no idea about the employee.
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@egay679 (152)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
i don't know what to react because i have not been into this kind of situation but if ever, i would have second thoughts of taking it since that is huge money and if it says rent money, then it must be really important. i think, i don't have the guts to take it because i would be bugged my conscience. well, i don't want to have guilt feelings everytime.
26 Mar 07
i d really give it to service desk
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@dawn31 (4)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I would turn it in no matter what. If I had dropped something like that I would hope that whoever found it would turn it in too. I totally believe in karma. What comes around goes around and God will bless you for your act of kindness.
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@nameerf (99)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I have an overdeveloped sense of morality and would probably turn it in even if it was a paltry amount (larger than a coin or dollar). You don't know who you are taking the money from if you pick it up off the street. It could be a mother of five with more mouths to feed than she knows what to do. It could be some rich snob who wouldn't notice she had dropped any money in the first place let alone miss it if it's gone. I guess my opinion is if you didn't earn it and it wasn't a gift, it isn't yours and you should at least make an attempt to give it back. Even a dollar I might look around to see if someone is looking for it. What if it was a child's dollar to spend on candy?
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
26 Mar 07
No, the money is not mine so I want whomever it belongs to get it back. I would want someone to do the same for me if I lost money.
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• Estonia
26 Mar 07
i would keep the money...
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• Malaysia
26 Mar 07
As a human being for sure I will be in big smiles for that free money but what will I do is I will give the money to the help desk. It is not like I am an angle but I consider on the person that lost the money. Besides the word "rent" makes my heart really consider on that person. Maybe that person just write it down in order to remind him$self that money is for his house,shop or office rent fees. So I think the best thing is just give the moeny to the help desk.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
I would so totaly turn it in. I would hate it if I would have lost money like that and hope that someone else would turn it in as well. NO it wouldnt make a differnce to me what the evelope said its not my money. What walmart did with it would be there problem for I know I will be reward 10 fold for doing the right thing.
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@tsolman (47)
• Canada
26 Mar 07
This is a tough question. As a believer in the LOA money that comes to you is yours. However that being said I too have had large money lost. I do have to wonder at where my head was at when I lost it, but that's neither here nor there. I, like many others here, would at least make the attempt to get it back to the rightful owner by leaving a message with the counter. I also would only leave a description of the item found not any real info. As posted prior, the true owner will be looking for it and will know the contents as well as the labelling. If no one calls well then maybe it really is the LOA at work! :)
• Pakistan
26 Mar 07
I would try to find it's real owner and if I'm not able to find it I would keep the money then. Well it is free money of course then but i'm an hoest person.
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
26 Mar 07
The bottom line is that money does not belong to you no matter what it was intended for. What I would do I take it back into the store and give it to the courtsey dest with a note stating that it was found in the parking lot and here is my name and number if they feel the need to call and just say thank you. I would also give my name and number to the courtsey desk innase NO one comes and claimes it they can call me and I will then claim it.
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