Finders Stealers

| Wilmington, VT, USA | Right | May 10, 2012

(I am bagging groceries at the checkout for a family during Christmas week. This is the busiest week of the year, with many rich out-of-staters coming up to go skiing.)

Little Girl: “Mommy, look what I found! What should I do with it?”

(I look over and see that the little girl has found money on the ground.)

Mother: “Shhhh! Just put it in your pocket, quick!”

(Knowing our store’s policy, I speak up.)

Me: “Actually, if you don’t mind, can I hand it into the service desk? That way, if the person who lost it returns, they can get it back.”

(The little girl hands it to me willingly and I go hand it in. A couple minutes later, the parents come up to the service desk.)

Father: “My little girl found some money on the ground, and some employee made her hand it in. However, I think she should just have it.”

Manager: “Store policy says that if no one comes to claim it after 30 days, then the person who found it—your little girl, in the case—can have it.”

Father: “But it was all tightly rolled up! The person who dropped it was obviously using it to snort coke or something!” *leaves with his family*

(Ten minutes later, the same family managed to con their way into getting the money by speaking with a different employee at the service desk. The real, original owner—one of our regulars—came in two hours later inquiring about $40 he dropped, which at that point was unfortunately long gone.)

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  • Kalu-chan

    Wow, way to set an example for your kid. Now, when I find a 10 Cent piece on the floor of a random bus, I obviously don’t try and find out how it belongs to – But 40$ is quite a bit of money, and inside a store, there’s a much better chance of figuring out who it belongs to.

  • Abigail Hermione Irwin

    Great example for your kid.
    The store needs a tighter policy on who can release “found” money to a claimant. It’s a bit of a PITA, but at least it makes instances like this a bit less likely … one hopes.