You're walking along the street when you find $5,000 in an unmarked ziploc bag. Do you think you would turn it into the police or keep it?
It’s likely drug related, and i’m against the drug war. I’d keep it
I’d try to find who it belonged to through CL or something. If it was someone’s life savings or something and you used it your karma would be all fucked up
Its in a ziplock bag which means its probably crime related. No upstanding person keeps that kind of cash in a ziplock. The cops will just keep it for proceeds of crime so yea, Thats a brand new les paul and a nice marshall amp
I’d probably try to get to the bottom of it but not by giving it to cops.
I would be buying a motorcycle
I'd probably turn it in. I saw No Country For Old Men. I ain't messing with that.
😂😂😂 Exactly what i was thinking
That and the movie A Simple Plan. Not a good idea at all.
Well if you turn it in after so long you get to keep it, that’s what I would do.
$5,000? Hell yeah! That money’s MINE, bitches!
I’d love to keep it, but idk what/who it’s connected to. Rather not take the risk
I'd keep that shit.
I’m so cynical I would think it’s some kind of trap to see if you spent it.
I'm not 100% sure I'd even touch it.
It would depend upon whether the bills were wrapped or just thrown in the bag helter-skelter. If there a variety of bills or just $50 and $100. If the bill were numbered sequentially I turn it in.
I would not take it if I found it in Juarez, Mexico.
That’s very specific..
If I'm out of sight, id take it. Better in my pocket than sitting in an evidence room
None of my business... I’d keep walking.
This is probably the smartest decision.
What if it was a poor persons life savings they were taking to the bank? If you turn it in to the Police station and no one claims it I believe you get to keep it. If they do you might really help someone out.
If I don’t pocket it, the cop I turn it over to likely will. So might as well.
Turn it in, not because it's the right thing to do, but because the ziploc bag part sounds like it could be dangerous.
I agree, but it may be important to someone who can't afford the loss.
Not that important if they kept it in a ziploc lol
I'm a cop, so I would call it in as found property and stay with it until a second officer shows up.
Is that standard protocol?
For my department, yes. Single officers never count or turn in money on their own in my department.
That's a smart policy. Covers everyone's ass alittle more.
Police corruption is genuinely non-existent in my area, so it's for posterity as much as anything.
Makes sense. Not a terrible route either.
I’m just curious, why the police? Was finding this modest amount of cash-in-a-baggie (non-personalized!) emblematic of some kind of criminal act/offense? I believe my issue would be: “Do I keep this or do I leave it? What are the odds the owner will come back to THIS very spot and retrieve it, versus leaving it behind and another random stranger such as myself profiting on my good intentions?!” So, perhaps I take it, advertise for ‘x’ amount of days what I found, generically, and any caller will have to verify both the amount and denominations. If no one can satisfy that criteria, it’ll be a Festivus miracle!😃
Some years back, the Tampa police Department left wallets with cash in TIA waiting areas under video surveillance. Finders who removed and pocketed the money were subsequently arrested. Yes, it was a sting operation. When in doubt, involve the police.
Good to know.
Lot of thieves here
I don't think it's theft if you pick money up off the ground....
It’s not yours, a large amount and I’ll assume it belonged to another. Turn it into the police and if it unclaimed then it’s yours.
Taking something that doesn’t belong to you is theft. Especially in regards to money or costly items.
No. Taking something that belongs to another is theft.
Taking something that has been left in a public space that has no discernible owner is not.
What if it was 20k? Btw their are local statues regard found money.
Take it, check it over, then spend it if the money's legit.
"I totally agree officer, littering is bad. People shouldn't leave empty ziplock bags lying around. Unrelated question, how do I look in this new $5000 suit?"
I'd probably turn it in just because I'd be scared of who may come looking for it. Safer to just turn all $1000 in to the police.
Thank you, and i tell nobody
I look at it as a gift from above
“Hello police, I found $500 in a zip lock bag”
I wouldn’t give it to the police. I’d donate most of it, and maybe go to a nice dinner with my fiancée.
Who puts $5,000 cash in a bag and casually drops it besides a drug dealer or other criminal? Finders keepers.
I agree. Definitely a drug dealer who may be nearby to collect.
It's a trap, wouldn't touch it
Wouldn’t even think twice about it. I’d turn it in.
Id either turn it in or leave it!
Karma likes to bite me quick.
I’d try to locate the owner rather than keep it, but I sure wouldn’t be contacting police, haha.
I tell the police that I found $2500
I’m not opening anything.
I don’t want Javier Bardem hunting me
I would keep it. Advertise that a zippered package was found and where. I would expect callers to be able to describe the denominations (in general) and size and type of bag.
Not even touch it. I am not going to mess with that much money. Only bad stuff could follow
Walk the hell away from that bait. Someone’s watching.
They'll never return it to its owner, so it's mine!
How would the rightful owner prove they own the money short of naming the serial numbers?
Describe the container and it’s contents. They’d also know roughly or maybe exactly if it’s an even number how much money is in it.
"Hey guys, I just found this really suspicious $800 in a bag. You should have it."
"That's a small ziploc for just $800."
"Yeah, idiots must of wasted whatever else they had on unnecessarily large Ziplocs...."
Both. I would turn it in, and ultimately, assuming its rightful owner isn’t found, I would expect to get to keep it.
Yeah I found $4,000 in a bag on the street I wanted to do the right thing and turn it in
55% situation ethics & greedy opportunism, 45% honest & consciences.
I prefer to stand & live among the 45% minority❗️
Ethically, why would you turn it in to the police? They wouldn't know how to find the rightful owner and likely wouldn't even try. Give it to charity.
Kscott, same question, right back at you, ethically, how do you justify keeping it or even giving it away, when, you’ve made no effort to even ask or search for someone, who lost a large amount of money❓If I had lost it, I would be asking the help of good, honest people & law enforcement in that area, with the instruction, they must describe accurately, all the amount, area where & how they found it. If by some remote chance, a unscrupulous person could answer all my specific questions, then I would tell them that was half the amount it actually was, observe they’re reaction, as my “truth detector”. Sometimes trying to do the right thing, requires some thinking & effort on our part❗️If no one clams it, then a good worthy charity, would be a good next step👍🏻
I would definitely look around and try to find its rightful owner. Money in a bag is typically not the standard way someone carries cash, and especially in that amount. I would try but, if no luck, then to charity it goes.
Wow...even as badly as we need money, id turn it in. Kinda sad how many people would keep it
If I didn't turn it in I just wouldn't touch it at all. I make a very active effort to avoid crime, the last thing I want is to have anything to do with drug money.
Turn it in. I don't want that responsibility.
I would turn it in, same as anything I find that’s not mine, it’s called honesty, it’s what separates us from thieves & greedy opportunists !
Turn it in. It doesn't belong to me.
I found a rather big hunk of money (although not that big) lying all by itself on a supermarket floor once. I turned it in. The man who had lost it claimed it by specifying exactly how much it was.
He was *so* grateful, it was worth having turned it in rather than having just kept it. He tried to buy my whole cart of groceries. I wouldn't let him.
Why did I do that? Because twice in my life people had returned things to me when they didn't have to, and it taught me to be grateful for people's honesty, and to be that kind of person myself. Once it was a rather large amount of cash. The other time it was a purse with some personal valuables in it, lost in another city. The finder removed enough money to send it to me, with a note explaining, and signed it "From a friend in Grants Pass."
I had no way of thanking that person directly. I continue to thank them by trying to be that kind of person myself, for the rest of my life.