ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2192 times:
How much money are we talking about? Pocket change, as in a couple of quarters or a significant amount, like $10 or more?
I'm not going to care one way or the other who the rightful owner of a quarter may be or even something than say less than $5, unless I actually saw the person drop it. I'd try to return it then. Any other time, it's mine.
I have found large amounts of money (highest $80) in a parking lot on many occasions. Each time I turn it into the management of the establishment. Each time, no one has claimed it, and it was handed over to me.
WarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 6559 posts, RR: 8 Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 5): I'm not going to care one way or the other who the rightful owner of a quarter may be or even something than say less than $5, unless I actually saw the person drop it. I'd try to return it then. Any other time, it's mine.
A sensible and realistic answer from someone who considers himself honest, as I do.
[Edited 2011-07-30 18:31:24]
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Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2166 times:
Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 5): unless I actually saw the person drop it. I'd try to return it then. Any other time, it's mine.
I've found money on 2 occasions - $5 and $50. I kept the $5..a few weeks later found a $50 bill at the university carpark..I just kept it...no point in handing it over to university security etc..they'll just pocket it anyway.
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 4927 posts, RR: 27 Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2125 times:
If I actually saw the person it dropped from, I would return it immediately. Otherwise if I find it on the street I keep it. If I am on a private place, like a parking lot or a club, bar etc. anything above $50 I give to management. Knowing that sometimes they´ll keep it, but sometimes they´ll return it to the rightful owner. At least my conscience is clean. Anything below $50 is mine.
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2085 posts, RR: 6 Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
Depends on the place and conditions under which I found it. If I saw the person drop it (whether bills or coins), I give it back, no questions asked. Otherwise, if I find a large dollar bill, I'll be around to see if the owner comes by. If I don't see anyone, finders keepers. I've been fooled too many times to be generous and give it to the first person I see walking by. It's a little harsh, but maybe the next time the person will be more careful with their money. Let's face it: how many honest people are there in this planet?
As for coins, I might bend and pick it up if it's silver colored. Pennies...meh
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KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 5424 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2042 times:
I found a 500NOK note last year in my hotel room, I kept it, if I didn't the maid would have, the person who lost if was probably on a plane and had left the country.
Finding money on the ground is one thing, finding a wallet with money in it is another, it's pretty difficult to prove ownership of a banknote, much easier to prove you own the wallet, I'll always hand in a wallet, never loose money.
KiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 5424 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
Quoting AR385 (Reply 16): country.
I have no idea how much that is or what the "NOK" means. Fogive my ignorance please. But. Could it have been the tip left to the hotel chambermaid after the previous room occupant left?
NOK = Norwegian krone, 500NOK about 100 USD. The room was made up when I got it, the money was beside the tv, if it was for the maid she should have easily seen it when cleaning the room.
armitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3366 posts, RR: 16 Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
If I find cash of any value I ask around to see if anyone has lost it. In my experience its only been a few dollars so I've not felt bad pocketing it after.
I did lose my wallet while riding a bike in Vondelpark, Amsterdam in the summer of 03' and was greatly disappointed. Thank goodness I took over 200 Euros out beforehand. Over 6 months later an anonymous package arrived at my house in Tennessee, USA with my wallet and cash still inside. I was amazed.
I'd love to know who sent it to me so I could thank them.
planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1077 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1951 times:
I pick up coins, etc that I see on the street nearly every day (yes, including pennies). I keep a separate jar for them in my house. I collect Jan 1 to Dec 31 and then donate the year's total to a charity. I choose a different charity each year. Most years it yields between $10 and $20.
Last year I found $40 on one day. The money was with an ATM receipt so I took it to the bank labeled on the receipt. Was told they couldn't id the account and to keep the money - a big surprise to me. Made it a bigger donation year.
Boeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1774 posts, RR: 25 Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1826 times:
I seem to find cash quite often. I found $40 at a packed bar this year, as well as $20 in a deserted parking lot. I also find smaller denominations fairly often ($5 and such a couple times a year - I guess I have good eyes!).
For me, if I find it in a location where it would be very difficult to determine the rightful owner, I would just keep it. I have never turned simple cash over to a business (customer service or whatever), because I wouldn't trust the employees, and it would be very difficult for someone to claim it without it being attached to something identifiable like a wallet. I did find a wallet recently with about $100 in in, and returned it to the security guards at my place of work. The guy got it back the same day and called me to thank me.
The craziest I've experienced was when I was staying in a rented condo in Spain with my family in 2005. My sister found a scrummpled up 500-Euro bill on the top shelf of one of the cabinets in the kitchen! What we ended up doing was calling the owner of the condo (not specifying the denomination), and asking if any previous guests had reported any money lost. He indicated that no one had, nor had he lost money himself, so we ended up keeping it...
25 Aaron747: A couple years ago I found 20,000 yen in a bathroom stall at a train station - likely left by someone who was drunk as it was nearly midnight. That's
26 joffie: Well it depends how much money. If it is a coin, or a small amount like $10 I would take it. No point handing it in. If it was a bunch of notes, then
27 zrs70: So if you can find the owner, good. If not, you keep it? That doesn't sound reasonable. It still wasn't yours to begin with!
28 NorthstarBoy: Ironic topic. When i lived in Long Beach and was unemployed, i was walking home one night from 7-11 and i saw about nine dollars on the sidewalk in fr
29 Aaron747: Cannot agree. Money doesn't grow on trees. Don't leave it behind anywhere then. My attitude: I hang on to my cash. If someone is unable to do same in
30 something: Below €10, keep it. Above €10, bring it to the police. That's what the law says.