CacheCrazy.Com: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Thursday, December 20, 2012



Since Christmas is fast approaching I thought it would be good to give you a couple of things to think about. Today I am going to give you two scenarios that actually happened to me. I want you to think about what YOU would do in the same situation.

This first one happened while I was in the United States Air Force.

I had been working at the base for quite some time and I was now working the day shift of 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM. One day I was coming out of our office building and I was heading to my car when I saw something laying on the ground. I was still a good ways off and it appeared to be a wad of money that someone had dropped. As I was approaching it I started thinking about what I would do if it really was money. Would I pocket it and act as if it never happened? Would I try and find out who it belonged to? Would I just walk on by?

Well as I got closer I realized it was not a wad of money; it was some trash. I walked right on by toward my car. (I was not into CITO at that point.) I began to think how it would have been best if it had been money to try and find out who lost it. But then again maybe no one would have seen me pick it up and I could by something for myself. Hmmm.

As I got closer to my car I noticed something laying on the ground. No, it wasn't a wad of money, but it was a very nice hunting knife. It was somewhat long, and very sharp.

Then my thoughts came back to me. What should I do? I knew what I would do if it had been money that I found, but this was not money.  Should I just pick it up and get in my car? Should I try and find out who it belonged to? What should I do?

This second scenario happened here at our local Walmart.

It was approaching Christmas time and my wife and I were out doing some shopping for the kids. We had picked up some items for them and were actually heading to another area of the store when it happened. I looked down and laying on the ground in the isle was a wad of money. Yes I'm back to the money thing again.
My wife saw it too.  I picked it up and counted it. There was a lot of money there. Then I began to wonder what should I do with it. Hmmm.  Should I just put it in my pocket? It is Christmas time and we sure could use some extra cash. Or I could consider it a gift and buy some other things for the kids they really need.  Should I try and find someone nearby that might have dropped it? But there was no one around. Should I take it to the Customer Service Center and turn it in? Who would know if I kept it? What should I do?

Well, what would YOU do in each situation? Would you keep the knife? Would you keep the money? Would you try and find the owner of each? Tune in next week and find out what I did in each situation.

Since Christmas is coming soon I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I trust each of you will spend some quality time with your families and just enjoy being together. See you next week.



My kids always laugh at me because I seem to always find money. I guess I am just very aware and there it is. Never a lot but money none the less. If folks are around I ask but otherwise, I consider it my good fortune. I think it's also important to say that I notoriously lose money too. Can you say "karma"...... I've lost twice the amount I've found.

Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

I would definitely take the knife, if only because it means it isn't there for the next kid to hurt themselves on. Depending on where I was. BEing on a base I assume this isn't an issue? Perhaps turn it in to the MPs or something. If it was a state park I'd turn it into the rangers. If it was just some random public land, I'd likely pocket it.

The problem with cash is it is almost impossible to clearly determine who the owner is after the fact. So when it comes to cash found money is found money. Unless there is someone around that is looking for it (aka an obvious owner) I'd keep it and put it towards a good use. I rarely find money, but one time while on vacation, and after a rain storm I found $20 in a puddle. I dried it off and treated my in-laws to lunch.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

When we owned our roofing company my husband was replacing a roof on a house. When he tore off the roof, he found a metal box stuffed in the insulation in the eaves. When he pulled it out and opened it, it was filled with old silver coins. He brought the can home to show me. We counted it and there was almost 10 THOUSAND dollars in there. What to do??

I can tell you what I WANTED to do, but I insisted he take it back and give it to the homeowner. She was shocked. Her husband had hidden boxes of coins around their property and then passed away and she didn't know where any of them were. So far she had found 2 and this was the 3rd. She thanked Lou for his honesty but sadly, didn't give him a reward.

I still think he did the right thing and our city honored him with an award for his honesty. True story!!

BigAl said...

Kim, that was great. I too would have returned it, but then I don't want to give away what I did in each situation until next week.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Well, I did find a $ 50.00 bill on the floor in a grocery store once, and I kept that. But I bought a hot chocolate for the salvation army bell ringer out in front of the store with it. However, I also once found a diamond bracelet in the parking lot and turned it in to the service desk. I guess it just depends on the situation.

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