Find some cash on the ground: How much is too much to pocket?
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Few things can create so many smiles with such certainty, even if it’s the smallest of smirks, then when one finds a small coin on the ground. It’s one of the rare positive moments we can actually assign a true literal value. Money doesn’t buy you happiness but finding it helpless and unaccompanied on the street floor will make you feel it, if only slightly and for the briefest of moments.
Upon spotting a penny your brain cries: “oh look a penny.” Silver coins are obviously more illustrious though everyone's reaction to pocketing them is slightly different. A pound and well you’re balling, drinks on you, some may even choose to tell others of their experience, if a conversation begins to fall flat they may add: “I found a pound coin today” or something similar to that ilk.
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I scrolled down to the comments, as I shamefully do for all the articles I read, and attempted to gauge the public opinion. “Honesty is always the best policy.” one commenter said agreeing with my sentiment, “It seems these
I still remain adamant speaking out is the best direction to take but the clause: “They may well not get to keep it.” stuck with me. In the article one of the workers said: “Anything they can give us is a bonus as we did not expect to find anything in the first place.” As righteous as that may sound I couldn’t avoid thinking maybe in such a situation we must allow a finders fee. As the employees otherwise may not see any of the money, would it not be so unreasonable if they took a cut before handing it over if £7,000 suddenly became £5,000?
I would be less skeptical if I knew say, the money was going to charity or at the very least put towards a worthy course, a friend's rent, an operation or even university tuition fees.
I thought this over but then I put myself in their situation, imagining the idea of trying to undercut the authorities and pocketing a percentage. In my eyes, simply stashing the dough would lead to more problems than it solves. What if you’re handling stolen good or depriving someone of their life savings? Furthermore its cash, more suited to little and often rather than the one big purchase. No, under my ownership the notes would lie under my bed gathering dust, I’d be too worried to spend it.
Fair play to those skip workers though, they did the right thing.