Then he returns it!! WOW… How’s that for being a good Samaritan? I saw this on ABC News this weekend and was just floored. Can you imagine going in YOUR garage and finding bags and BAGS full of cash hidden away? I don’t even know what I would do. I’d like to think I’d give it back to the original owner too, but I gotta admit I’d be tempted… at least until the initial shock went away and I could think straight ;) (Check out the pictures of all these bags of cash, it’s so sexy!)
Here’s why the guy did it:
“I’ve got two boys and we teach them to be honest and to do what is right and I knew this was a teachable moment that I would never get back again … So I thought we would have fun with it. We would do something courageously honest with it. Something awesome. It’s been a great thing for us and our kids.”
That’s true – you’ll never get that exact same chance again! haha… Man, how crazy… It reminds me of the time I found this bag full of coins and dollars outside a Food Lion parking lot once. I opened my car door and almost stepped on it. “Out of alllll 300+ parking spots, how on earth did I manage to park in THAT exact one?” I thought to myself. Which was followed by “Is someone watching me right now?? Is this a trick??” Haha… I didn’t even think I was being punked, I immediately thought some bad guys were waiting to come after me or something ;) Which obviously shows how bad my guilt can be! (So yeah, I would def. return that $45k once I got my head on straight, even if I didn’t want to. I’d go bonkers inside!).
As it were, however, there wasn’t a soul in sight. There may have been 3 other cars in total, and def. no one around at all. I guess I could have walked into the store and asked around, but I just remember thinking there’s no way someone would have announced they lost a bag of cash to anyone there. So I just stuffed it in my pocket and dreamed about how much was gonna be in there when I’d open it back up later at my house. And you know how much there was? $90+!!! Freakin’ awesome! And to make myself feel better about the person who lost it, I just pretended he was a drug dealer ;) Haha… is that wrong?
This also reminded me of something *else* I saw over the weekend. Any of you all watch that recent Oprah episode where she reveals her favorite guests? Well, they brought out the mom of that little Saint boy, Matte, and among other things she recounted a time when he had found a nickel at their local thrift store. He, too, felt bad about keeping it since it mean someone had lost it, so he went up to the cashier and told him about his findings. The guy thought it was awfully sweet of him, and told him to keep it and to go find something there that he likes at the shop. And guess what he picked up? A copy of Oprah’s bio! Which he then promptly devoured, and realized he just *had to* meet her one day. And they did, and then became close friends thereafter!! :)
All this stuff just fascinates the pants off me. I don’t really know what the point of bringing it up today is exactly, haha, but it does give you something to think about and question yourself. If you were in that father’s shoes, would you have returned the $45k too? Knowing how much that could have changed your lives? I’m interested to see how the original owner’s family responds. They’ve received the long lost cash by now, but has yet to respond with anything back… They’re probably scared some bad guys are playing a trick on them too! ;)