Quote of the week

First, the background:

Earlier this week, a pair of sisters in Utah were heading to their car as they left a Macey’s grocery store (not to be confused with the similar-sounding Macy’s department store) and discovered a plain duffel bag containing around $17,800 in cash and nothing to identify the owner. Did they go on a shopping spree? Bury it in the back yard? Nope; they called the police.

The Consumerist, after telling this story, asked its readers: “What would you do?” The definitive answer, from commenter Erich:

[I]t would be a difficult choice. On one hand, turning it in would be the right thing to do.

On the other hand, that’s almost a year and a half of mortgage payments… but in the end, my stupid conscience would get the best of me, and I’d turn in all $10,000 of it.

Oh, by the way, they did find the owner.


  1. ak4mc »

    4 June 2010 · 10:06 pm

    Popular culture teels us the police will hold it for a finite period of time, after which the finder gets to keep it. I wonder if that has ever really been the case — but I’m quite confident that even if it ever was, in these days of asset forfeiture and Kelo it almost certainly isn’t true now.

  2. J.S.Bridges »

    5 June 2010 · 3:26 am

    Well…I’d turn in the duffel bag, anyway.

    Have to think about the money, though – times’re tough, y’know (still drawing that “funemployment” stuff…).

    Probably end up turning it in, though – I’d be a flop as a criminal; not really ruthless enough, or something.

    (Besides – the way my luck generally runs, it’d turn out to be marked and recorded money from a robbery or kidnapping or some such)

  3. fillyjonk »

    5 June 2010 · 8:14 am

    I read “The Tell-Tale Heart” at an impressionable age, and I think were I in a situation like that, and I kept the money, I would be driven mad by “hearing” whatever I had spent the money on taunting me, reminding me of what I had done wrong.

  4. Dick Stanley »

    5 June 2010 · 8:11 pm

    So much virtue. Easy to say you would do it. Harder to actually do it.

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