Skip to comments.Good Samaritan returns $4K in cash left in Walmart parking lot
Posted on 08/16/2013 6:35:45 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
ANTELOPE, Calif. (KCRA) What would you do if you found thousands of dollars in cash at a Walmart parking lot?
It happened to Paul Williams. He was leaving work last Thursday at a Walmart in Antelope when he stumbled upon a wallet in a shopping cart. Inside the wallet was $4,000 in cash, a $1,000 check and multiple credit cards.
"I was surprised to see that much money and no ID, no phone number. But there was a check in there with a phone number, so at least I had something to go on," Williams told KCRA 3.
He looked for a manager, but couldnt find one, and had to catch the bus home.
His wife, Debra, was shocked when he told her about what he found.
"All I could say was, 'Wow!' And then I told him, 'Baby, you know we got to do the right thing,'" she said.
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Good for him! That’s a lot of temptation to overcome.
Nice to see good people doing the right thing.
Sincerely, kudos to him I don’t know how anyone with a conscience could consider doing otherwise.
Good story. Thanks for posting.
He did the right thing. God Bless him.
If I found money like that, I would be reluctant to take it to the police -- I would worry that the police might lose it before they got a chance to find the rightful owner. I'd do everything I could to handle the matter myself.
There are still honest people out there. Good for him.
Thank you! Tweeted it out, because Lord knows, the world could use a little good news today.
May God bless,
And I’m pleased that someone called it into the news program. It is something like this that should be reported more often. The finder made the loser’s day. Bless him.
The credit cards didn’t have a name on them?
Yes, I wondered about that, too.
Actually, it shouldn’t have been hard to find the guy. Just call one of the Credit Card Companies, and inform them you found the wallet: have them contact the card holder with your contact number, and meet to hand it back. . .
I found a wallet with $7500 in cash back in the late 80’s while working at a large golf resort. No one saw it but me, and I could have made it mine with zero consequences. The Japanese owner, who I tracked down, didn’t even give me a reward.
Didn’t bother me though, as I knew I couldn’t spend or invest that money knowing I never earned it. I remember thinking that it could have been a down payment on my first house.
A few years later when I DID put that down payment down, it made the purchase that much more special.
I think most people would have reacted the same way I did.
The police use civil forfeiture to seize and keep any cash they come across, usually without ever arresting anyone or charging anyone with a crime. Years ago this involved hundreds of thousands of dollars seized from drug dealers, but there was an article linked from here that studied seizures in Texas, and they averaged about $600. Basically the police were just stopping people and taking whatever cash they had on them.
I’m glad the guy that found the money was honest enough to try to get it back to the original owner, but I doubt the original owner will ever get the money back from the police.
Great job. I’ll bet you didn’t even tell anyone about your good deed (the reaction is universally, “You did what? I would have...”)
The choice is instantanious, if the immediate impulse is that it is yours, you will defend the thought and go to great lengths to justify the possession. If the impulse is that the found property is NOT yours, then you will do whatever you can to return it.
I have a kid’s wallet in my car with about $12 in it that I found. No ID, nothing. I just have it. I can’t spend it, etc. because it is not mine.
Never saw anything like it - before or since. A fat wallet literally overstuffed w/ nothing but $100 bills. Back then the Japanese were everywhere over here - especially at golf resorts. He was probably paying for his entire trip with that money.
I did tell buddies about it and got the responses you would assume, but I think most of them would have done the same thing.
Of course, I quickly got off at the next stop and took the next train back, not realizing the wallet from Friday's paycheck with $1200 or so in rent and other money plus credit cards, had gotten lodged in the seat.
The next morning, when I got up, I couldn't find the wallet in my pants to take the rent money over to the landlord. Just as I was getting in a funk from looking all over, the phone rings. It was the next station. They had my wallet and had gotten my phone number by calling one of my credit cards (JCB).
When I got over to the station, I offered the customary 10% reward and the station master politely declined. He asked me if I had taken the train there and I told him yes. He then asked me if my teikiken (commuter pass) had covered it and I told him no. Then he handed me a ticket for a free ride home and told me to have a nice day.
I am hoping nice people send them rewards
This is SO refreshing to hear
Nice story to read before I start the day. There is goodness in the world.
I’m sort of glad he couldn’t find a manager. That would be lot of temptation to throw at someone making $35K and working a 60 to 70 hour week.
I had Dallas Cowboys season tickets show up on my doorstep a few weeks ago. Face value was $4400. Here is my original post about it...
I did get a reward though. I received two genuine Dallas Cowboys beer coozies in the mail last week.
I think a lot of people would have returned it.
I would have anyways...too much bad karma comes from stolen money.
Same here. The person you hand it over to might not be as honest. As the old saying goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself.
“What would you do if you found thousands of dollars in cash at a Walmart parking lot?”
Keep it and report it. Never give it to the cops. They will
do anything to keep it for themselves, even threatening to
report anyone, who tries to claim it, to the IRS. The best
thing to do is ask around and see if you can find the owner
yourself. You can’t trust most cops any more than an Obama,
they lie to.
“I think most people would have reacted the same way I did.”
Nope. You are rare indeed. I’ve lost my wallet three times
in my life and never once was it returned.
If I found money like that, I would be reluctant to take it to the police...”
Several years ago my daughter was killed in an auto accident in Jasper, Indiana, while she was driving from Virginia to Kansas. One of the police officers in Jasper called me to get my address so he could mail the personal items they found strewn all over the highway. Included was her billfold with cash and credit cards, all her jewelry and her cell phone. There were some good ones at that time, at least in Jasper. But times have changed.
Well, that’s good to hear. And I’m very sorry for your loss.
Good for him! Thats a lot of temptation to overcome.