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Found Money: What Would You Do with a Huge Sum?

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Found Money: What Would You Do with a Huge Sum?

As a followup to my recent post about picking up money off the ground… A bus driver in Austria was cleaning out his bus at the end of his shift when he discovered a shopping bag containing 390,000 Euros (ca. $510k).

Yowza!

And guess what? He turned it in. With the help of a deposit slip, the police were able to track down the owner.

Kinda makes me story about helping $1100 find it’s way back to home look small time, doesn’t it?

So, dear readers… What would you have done? Be honest. ;-)

Source: Reuters via The Consumerist

Published on December 6th, 2012
Modified on December 16th, 2012 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany

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9 Responses to “Found Money: What Would You Do with a Huge Sum?”

  1. 1
    Lance @ Money Life and More Says:

    Honestly, I’d feel horrible if I kept it. I’d have to turn it into the police and pray no one claimed it and I get it back :)

  2. 2
    Monica Says:

    Turned it in. Sure, I’d love a huge windfall like that, but I couldn’t stand the thought of being responsible for crushing somebody else’s dreams or livelihood by keeping it. $390k could be startup funds for a business, or paying off a home, or college funds for your kids, or the money you’d saved up so you could travel the world or write your screenplay or… well, just about any dream.

    Good for that Austrian bus driver.

  3. 3
    mike Says:

    yep, I’d turn it in….all $410k, right officer.

  4. 4
    Jay @ effumoney Says:

    Being that there was a deposit slip which could be used to track down the owner and it was the bus driver who knew the time table of where the bus had been it only makes sense to turn it in, not just because it is morally the right thing to do, but because if/when someone claimed it you might have trouble explaining the new beach house on a bus drivers salary.

    On the other hand if you happen to find a bag of money just sitting on the street and there are no ways to track the owner then, leave it, run away and don’t look back…. That is how mob movies being, and those never end well for the poor sap who thinks they won the lottery…

    Just saying…

  5. 5
    Johnny @ Our Freaking Budget Says:

    I’d probably play around with it for an hour or two, because who knows when/if I’ll ever see that amount of cash ever again.

    I’d rent a hotel room (on my own dime) and then jump on my hotel bed while throwing the money in air. Then I’d pick up every last dollar and place them neatly in the silver briefcases that make an appearance in every Bond/mob movie. And then I’d call it a day and give every last dollar back to its rightful owner.

  6. 6
    BG Says:

    What shopping bag?

  7. 7
    Andrew Says:

    Aside the guilt ridden conscience I’d suffer if I did keep the money, reality TV has also set a healthy paranoia with regards to anything like that. How would you like to be the fool on TV keeping the money?

  8. 8
    Viola Says:

    I’d turn it in straightaway, as I’d be paranoid that it had mafia ties or something. Then, I’d ride that good Karma wave into the ground ;)

  9. 9
    Jo Says:

    I would definitely turn it into the nearest PD, but so help me if they got dirty and kept it for themselves….just sayin’.

    I believe in doing the right thing. If I did decide to hold on to it and kept quiet to see if anything came of it, which didn’t transpire after a few weeks, I would pursue my dream of becoming a philanthropist….

    I would invest the money and then set up a foundation. This could be for educational, medical, animal shelters in dire need, conservation, definitely children (aka St. Jude’s Hospital)and shelters for the homeless….America FIRST, and then if all went well, the rest of the world.

    Dreams, I know….which would go right back into the community. Using any of it for myself….that would depend on what the returns turned out to be. Keep working? Absolutely….

    First thing, however, would be to see if an owner turned up…..above all else.

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