Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Money Falls From Brinks Truck. What Would You Do?

This is a story about a real-life test of human nature.

Imagine this scenario. You're walking down the street and a Brinks armored truck comes ambling by. Maybe it hits a bump in the road. Maybe the guard didn't properly secure the doors. Whatever. BOM - Bags Of Money - fall out onto the street. Maybe I should call it LOM. Lots of Money. We're not talking about finding a $20 bill someone dropped in a store by the cash register. We're talking $338,000 dollars dropping at your feet like an unexpected gift. What do you do?

Well, this actually happened, in Syracuse, NY. And in this case, two guys who witnessed the manna falling from heaven did what we were all taught as the right thing. They called the cops. And the police responded quickly - recovering the money.

Well, not exactly. They actually recovered $278,000 of the money. That's right. Some $60,000 remains unaccounted for.

So here we see two sides to human nature here. We have our two Good Samaritans who phoned the police. And we have someone, or multiple someones, who pocketed what wasn't rightly theirs.

What would you do?

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

well ill tell you what i would do and im an honest perso ,,but the way the world is going ,,well im broke so i would keep it ,,that much ,,but dont get me wrong ive found wallets and money and just simply put them in a mail box back home ,,anthony265

Anonymous said...

I would report it and return it. Nothing is free and you will pay some how some way in the end. Not worth it!

James said...

Gary, I would call the police as well and return the money, (save $100 for a bottle of Crown Reserve..lol

Anonymous said...

Want to invite a real dose of Bad karme? Keep the money.....Bebe_zilla

psychiereport said...

To begin with, you DO NOT call the cops. You call BRINKS and tell them what happened and arrange to meet them at the nearest bank. Yes, you call the police as well, but you let the police know that you're meeting Brinks- the agent for the money- and where you will meet them. Brinks can track the money and which truck and also note for certain the amount of money that should've been in the bag.

Now these guys could end up being accused of taking the money that's missing.

I guess, to answer the "what would you do" question: I would report it- but to the rightful owner- not only the police.

-LD MCLELLAN

fnthngs said...

That is a lot of Moola to pick up and being a realist I'm sure there would be other ppl that saw the money also and so I would probably pick up and return the money hoping for some kind of reward. But my dream would be to use that money to help other ppl with housing, medical help, and food.

Anonymous said...

It would appear that our two good Samaritans each took their ten percent reward. Don't you think they deserve it?

Sylvia_Lovejoy

Anonymous said...

I would return the money........ then spend ages dreaming about what I COULD have done with the money! lol
I would think that the vast majority of people would report the money - not for anything more altruistic than fear of being found out!

DangerRus said...

I simply do not believe a word of it. Money does not mysteriously fall off a moving brinks truck. If any could describe any possible scenario as to how that would happen I would be impressed.

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Anonymous said...

Gary, I'd like to to keep the money, but my conscience would let me do so. Perhaps if I were a Republican, oh never mind.

Anonymous said...

I say pocket the money and buy gold, because will be worthless in 18 months anyway the way they are printing it, and then give them back a little of the profit, with interest.


Don Rich

Anonymous said...

Give it back. Simple. First you know the source and second you need to return it. If you found a large sum of money and did not know the source, the legal procedure is turn in the money to the authorities. If no one claims it within (depending on the state) a certain amount of time the money is yours.

If you find 20 bucks blowing down the street with no owner chasing it. You could turn it into the police and wait, but really is someone going to contact the police because they lost 20 bucks? I would keep it in that case and buy a round of coffee for the group down at Starbucks.

One time I found a savings passbook with ID in the parking lot. There was over 17 thousand dollars in it. I drove across the street to the bank and gave it to the teller, the thought of trying to steal the money never entered my mind. I think the majority of people would. And I was a republican at the time.

M Todd

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure I would do the right thing and return it. It's not as though we don't know who the owner is. Simply because a possession is misplaced does not mean that it does not still belong to someone. I would equate keeping the money with stealing.

Anonymous said...

A passbook or wallet or purse? No question, I'd make extraordinary efforts to return it to it's rightful owner. An armored truck? The line becomes less clear. Considering that many large banks are tossing billions of tax dollars around to the incompetent boobs that drove them into bankruptcy, I might just see it as my own retention bonus.

maiddy78_1 said...

well i never give the money back but i would try to spend that on the poor and helpless people in every way by opening a charity trust for them

Anonymous said...

Two decades ago, a local boy from a family of extremely humble means was playing in the woods where he discovered a sizable amount of cash and brought it home. When his caregivers (if I remember correctly, he was living with his grandparents) counted the money, the amount was tens of thousands of dollars.

They called the authorities who arrived, quickly seized the money and announced it was all counterfeit and the kid did the right thing. And the boy's reward for ostensibly saving the treasury the problems and costs associated with such a large amount of money, more than a few years worth of earnings for his family? Agents presented him a $50 savings bond.

Now, it's pretty clear the authorities were going to announce the money was counterfeit just in case this poor family secreted portions away for later use. They wanted to dissuade them from using it.

But I have to wonder if the implicit message behind this would have been that the impoverished are better rewarded by not cooperating with authorities.

Would I keep the money found in your scenario? I would certainly have notions to do so. I'm in the lowest percentile of earners in this nation, bringing in far below the poverty line.

But knowing what I do about the world, that money in the bag from the truck wouldn't just be from a nameless, faceless corporation, the kind that rob the federal coffers with bailouts to cover their shoddy and self-serving business practices, that taint and rig our political system and society. No, they would find a way to pass the loss down the line to average folks, then find a way to recoup the loss through federal insurance so they end up better off on both ends.

Then, there's the fact they would likely catch me and I would go to prison.

Not only would I not take the bag, but I would get as far away from the scene as quickly as I could.

Kevin Lee

Anonymous said...

Take it, then call the police and give it back at a safe location, probably with a relatively decent reward and a horrible backache.

I'd never turn in a bill or a small batch of bills that had no identifying information with them. Personal items such as jewelry or a cell phone...definite turn in.

I'd definitely turn in a bank card, wallet, purse and other things that can identify the owner. Someone has returned my lost or stolen wallet or purse every time it's ever happened (three times in my lifetime).

I'd never touch a package, briefcase, bag or backpack. Ever. I'd call security or the police.

Anonymous said...

I'd probably turn it in, but not because I'm so noble. More because I'm completely paranoid and I'd be sure I was going to get caught. Or that it was mafia hit money that they'd send their goons after me to get it- you know guns blazing and car chases ensuing. I've seen too many movies haven't I?

Anonymous said...

Honesty, I would have a hard time returning it, BUT in the end I would.

Anonymous said...

Hard one. I'd like to think I'd give it back ,but not sure anymore,
after all I've seen. Wasn't that Bernie Madoff who picked up
that money?

Anonymous said...

I would keep the money, and not have so much as a qualm of conscience. If that makes me a bad person, so be it.

On the other hand, if it was 50 bucks, I'd give it back.

WorthyOfUrAttn said...

Well, I remember when I was 14 years old and I had snuck my first pack of cigarettes under my bed. I swear guilt was written all over my face. I was paranoid that at any time I would be called to the carpet because of course, parents have eyes in the back of their heads. It was the worse feeling I put myself through and this would be the same case scenario. Hiding a pack of smokes to a 14 year old is like trying to hide 330,000 to an adult. The guilt and paranoia of getting caught just isn't worth it. And feel that for the rest of your life too? No. Turn the money in.

jacqueline54_1953 said...

To be honest , I really don't know until it happens. All these people saying this is what they would do.. No one really knows until it happens to them.. .. I would however think it was a test on my integrity and would I pass or fail??? I would hope I would pass since I do believe God has a way of testing us to see if you we are our word....

flalady_1 said...

Keeping that money would be the same thing as stealing , and I could never sell my soul for any amount of money. One can not buy self respect or a clear conscience.
I would never even consider keeping it!!!!!!!!!