Thursday, May 10, 2007


Okay, a girl who works at one of the charity shops found a wad of cash wrapped in a note in a pocket of a pair of donated men's pajamas. She turned it into her supervisor and went back to her job and finished the last six hours of her shift.

The note said this;
"I have been saving this for quite a while. I hope whoever finds it uses it wisely." It was signed with a first name only.

The supervisor put the cash in a safe- and if after 90 days it's not claimed, he says it will automatically become a donation to the charity. The worker will receive from the charity a couple of gift certificates and a party in her honour for being such an "honest" employee.

Big whoop.

First of all- This sweet girl has no problem with the money going to the charity- even tho she is paid only a small stipend for working at the charity shop. Everyone else seems to think that the charity should follow the letter of the law which says that items turned in and not used in a crime which are not claimed by the owner in 90 days automatically become the property of the finder.

To be perfectly honest- if it had been ME that found that chunk of change with that note worded that way- NO WAY would I have "turned it in to the office".

Now people are up in arms about the way things worked out and seems that the Little Miss may be receiving rewards from the private sector that may very well exceed the five thousand dollars she turned in.

Good for her.

I don't think that the donor had any idea that their generosity would create this much of a stir.
And I honestly wonder what they will think when they hear this story on the news. Will they come forth and claim it and clarify the meaning of their note- or will they cringe at the thought of the uproar it has caused?

Makes ya think, doesn't it?


Anonymous said...

Ah, but today it turns out you can end up a lot richer by being honest.

Like the guy who found 60k in the back of a cab and returned it to its owner...and a car company (toyota I think), gave him a 60k car and used the event for publicity.

I don't know if it's a sad commentary on todays society, but people returning large sums of money end up on talk shows, advertising deals etc.

$10? I turn in in. $100,000? I turn it in and wait for the call from 'The Tonight Show'

Sunny said...

But the note said that He/She hoped whoever FOUND the money spent it wisely. That's all it said. How was turning it in being MORE honest than keeping it and using it?
In this case the note implied that the FINDER was to use it- if the donor had wanted it to go specificly to a/the charity wouldn't they have put it in an envelope and given it DIRECTLY TO the charity?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the donor intended/imagined it going to someone worse off than the charity worker ... such as someone he or she imagined who would purchase the pajamas?

I agree that this is not the best way to go about donating money as there can be multiple outcomes resulting in someone more fortunate than less fortunate receiving it.

One of our TV news programs ran a story about one of their people who dropped some money on the street to see how many "honest" people were still out there. It wasn't a huge amount of cash and it was done in such a way that the person finding it would see who dropped it. Still most picked up the money and returned it to the person who dropped it. I think only one person pocketed it and kept walking.

I applaud the girl who turned in the money. I believe that karma will take good care of her and she will be much better off for her action.

topcat said...

The newscast I heard said that the note specified the name of a person for whom the money had been saved. Whoever claims the money has to know the exact amount and the name of the person mentioned in the note.
I do think it rather remarkable that the girl turned it in, and I do hope that she is rewarded for doing so.

Sunny said...

Yeah- they said it was an unverified rumor about the specific name tho- the people at the organization were corresponding with the newscaster that I was talking about and none of the organization ppl verified that there was a specific NAME on the note- only what I wrote down. I think as bad publicity as they're getting about all this they would have been QUICK to mention a specific name had there been one - just to clear their name and put the organization back in the good graces of the public, don't you?

marie said...

frank and i were talking about this just last night lol... The girl showed remarkable honesty in turning it in, but I do think that she should have been able to keep it considering the note attached stated that whomever found it should "spend it wisly".I certainly would have kept it and i consider myself an honest person. If I see someone drop their money or hand me too much, i will return it. But that money was a gift obviously intended to help someone who needed it. Its not going to be claimed since it wasnt "lost" and whos to say that the one who might have found it would be any worse off than the employee who did? Shoot Ive shopped at those places before and im not exactly destitute,but i certainly could use $5000.