Skip to comments.Woman turns in bag stuffed with $65,000
Posted on 10/05/2007 4:54:23 AM PDT by ninonitti
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --A county garbage operations employee found a plastic bag on the road stuffed with $65,000 Thursday -- and immediately turned it in to authorities.
It turned out the money had fallen off a Loomis armored car half an hour before Debbie Cole found it near the Pinellas County solid waste operations facility where she works. First she thought it was a turtle in the road.
The 53-year-old Largo woman found the bag just before 7 a.m., full of enough $50 and $100 bills to pay her salary for two years. She immediately contacted a supervisor, who called deputies.
It's not clear how the bag fell from the truck, said Mark Clark, spokesman for Loomis, a Houston-based cash-handling company.
Cole's boss, Bob Hauser, said he can't give her a raise or a bonus for her good deed because she's a government employee. But maybe, he said, he can arrange some extra time off.
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Hope they used heavy-duty plastic, and that it was firmly zip-locked.
Pleases me that the reason she stopped was to help a turtle cross the road!
If I found $65K in drug money, I promise you no one would be writing news articles about how I stupidly turned it in to the government.
Is it illegal for Loomis to give this woman a reasonable reward?
Why can’t I find a bag full of money! Of course, I’d donate it to Hitlery (I’m sure she would find SOME way of accepting it) and then turn myself in....
Vet, the dateline on this story was FLORIDA. Your average solid citizen isn’t throwing plastic bags full of hundreds around. Why, are you suggesting that this was Grandpa’s pension money? Be serious. You’ll notice that prior to this discovery there were no public screams from lovely suburban people crying that they had lost $65 thousand they’d saved up painfully through years of hard toil. Yes, I’m sure it was drug money.
LOL! Good one....
It would save the republic I tell you!
Well, there is enough there to account for both her and my part of the national debt.
No, but th4ey are probably too cheap.
LMAO after squirting coffee all over - almost drowned. “-)
I can hear W.C. Fields saying:
"Ah, yes...the old $65,000-fell-off-the-armored-car trick..."
Unless it was stone cold obvious where the money came from, I don’t think I would have turned it in. I just can’t see myself handing $65k over to the government.
I would have a very difficult time giving found money to the government. If I found that much I think I’d hang on to it myself and conduct my own search for the rightful owner by simply keeping my eyes pealed for stories about someone bag of money being missing.
I guess virtue is it's own reward but I'd have trouble turning down the $65K kicker.
Evidently it is, as she is a government employee. Her raises are governed by her contract, and bonuses are apparently verboten. It’d be nice if Loomis ponied up a few bucks, though.
It’s pretty classy, IMO, of her boss to recognize his limitations on how he can reward her and try to figure something out to give her a benefit - the extra time off.
You need to read the article after your first cup of coffee, it clearly states the money fell from an armored car.
Apparently, Congressman William Jefferson (Democrat-Louisiana) was sending a freezer to the landfill but forgot to clean out the “goodies” first!
Unless it was stone cold obvious where the money came from, I dont think I would have turned it in.
If the cops find $65k in your car, THEY’LL assume it is drug money and confiscate it.
So if the cops assume it is drug money, it must be, right?
Oops, I’m sorry. Of course in my own defense I must point out that it takes far, far more than one cup of blow-the-top-of-your-head-off supermax high-caffeine Sumatra coffee for me to achieve anything like consciousness, much less rationality.
I would suggest that you don’t trust any anything.
I counted about six replies that said they would not have turned in the money. It bothers me that a Freeper would do that! Can’t they just think of it this way - you don’t want something that doesn’t belong to you. Regardless of who knows that you did the right thing. You do the right thing for your own conscience, not for recognition.
Supposedly, the money fell off an armored car (how that happened must be a good story). That would mean the "government" as you put it would simply be acting as an intermediary and will I assume be turning the money back over to its rightful owner.
That said and with all due offense, your lack of moral fiber is what is wrong with this country today. If this woman had kept the money, it would have been theft, nothing more and nothing less. And if I were you, I wouldn't be so open about your felonious proclivities. It reflects not only poorly on you, but on the family that raised you and the few friends who support you.
Have a nice day!
How would you know it was drug money?
“It turned out the money had fallen off a Loomis armored car”
What other group of individuals routinely conducts transactions with tens of thousands of dollars stuffed into plastic bags? I just didn't think it was Grandpa's pension money. But I have been corrected.
Same here. And if you want to fool the IRS, deposit in you bank over the course of a year and claim it’s cash from you professionally cutting lawns. :)
Thank you for having a little common sense.
Q: Which woman got the job?
A: The one with the large breasts.
Just got your email. Thanks for that mature response. Oh, and you misspelled a#$hole.
You are right I did judge you. That’s the problem with living in this new and improved PC world, people don’t judge enough. They have been told this is impolitic. They are afraid and remain silent. They close their eyes and their hearts to the corruption of the culture and by so doing the offer their tacit approval.
Fifty years ago, your remarks would have drawn gasps and howls of disappointment. Sadly, today they are shugged off with a grin. I am sure you are a good person, but may I suggest you examine what you write before you post.
That said, if you wish to comment or call others names, be a man and do so in public. You betray your immaturity by doing so out of view of the community.
Have a nice day!
My take is that she turned the money in because it was the right thing to do. I wouldn’t be surprized if she really doesn’t care for a reward for doing the right thing. I can only hope I have the same convictions if I found myself in her place.
This woman’s integrity should make most politicians die of shame by comparison.
You are right I did judge you. Thats the problem with living in this new and improved PC world, people dont judge enough. They have been told this is impolitic. They are afraid and remain silent. They close their eyes and their hearts to the corruption of the culture and by so doing the offer their tacit approval.
Fifty years ago, your remarks would have drawn gasps and howls of disappointment. Sadly, today they are shugged off with a grin. I am sure you are a good person, but may I suggest you examine what you write before you post. That said, if you wish to comment or call others names, be a man and do so in public. You betray your immaturity by doing so out of view of the community. Have a nice day!
Synopsis: When Joey, a likable longshoreman from the city's working class happens upon $1.2 million in unmarked casino money on his way to score drugs, his life is turned upside down. He lives the week following the discovery in a whirlwind, plotting his future even as he grows anxious that he could be found out, captured, or even killed. The pulsing suspense never lets up as the entire city of Philadelphia is swept up in the hunt for he missing money and Joey struggles with an incredible moral dilemma.
Book Magazine: Bowden follows the success of Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo with another tale of drama culled from real life. His latest nonfiction book tells the story of Joey Coyle, a drug addict from Philadelphia who in 1981 found $1.2 million in unmarked casino money that had fallen off an armored truck. Coyle's remarkable predicament attracted the attention of Hollywood producers, who worked with Bowden to make 1993's Money for Nothing , starring John Cusack. Coyle's ultimately tragic tale provides a fine showcase for Bowden's talents as a storyteller
I sent a PM to be polite to others in the forum. Yes, I think you’re an asshole.
This is the problem with the internet. Cowards like you can insult a stranger and their family without fear of repercussions. If you had insulted me like that to my face I would beaten you severely. But, that’s why you do it over the internet, isn’t it?
I rest my case.
Let’s be clear. I may have insulted you, but in no way did I insult your family. That’s your projection not mine.
What is my crime? You said if you found a lot of money in the street, you would have taken it and not turned it in. In my book, this is theft. The money did not belong to you. You did not earn it. Why in good conscience would you tell the world you feel free to pocket it.
If I have pricked your conscience so be it. Like I said, I don’t know you but I am confident you are a decent person and your pen overloaded your good judgment. If you are embarrassed, I am sorry. It was not my intention. My purpose was to remind you that words have meaning. You and what you write encourage or discourage those around you. We all have this power.
You do yourself an injustice. You claim you would have beaten me severely if I had chastised you to your face. Have you really such little tolerance? Is violence the only recourse when intellectually challenged. If so, I have given you too much credit.
I mean you no harm, but at my age, I have learned to draw some lines. I will not shrink from my beliefs. And I do this over the internet because that is where we are. This is how we all speak to the greater community.
I live in Atlanta and I am over sixty. If you wish to pummel me, I will be more than happy to give you my address. But be forewarned, the treachery of age will always defeat the heat of youth. :)
Now, do me a favor. Relax. Have an adult beverage and do something really important. Love your wife, hug your children and pray for your neighbors who are in harms way.
It’s pretty obvious by now who the real asshole is.
Most likely it is not prohibited for Loomis to provide a reward but depending on who finds it that person might not be able to accept. But for the average joe on the street what’s wrong with 10 per cent? Loomis was looking to lose all of it after, certainly something they did not want to have happen, and maybe a nice reward increases peoples’ honesty? I dunno, what Miss Manners has to say about this but if you lost your wallet wouldn’t it be worth it to you to get your cash and credit cards, identification cards, phone numbers back?
Now that I think about it returning a lost cell phones might be a nice thing to do but tough to leave a tip.
It reflects not only poorly on you, but on the family that raised you and the few friends who support you.
After having said:
That said and with all due offense
Please tell me how that was not intended as an insult to my family? My friends? I have a thick skin and I could care less what you say about me. But, I do have some buttons and my family (my wife, my 3 children, my own mother and father) is one of them. I have an special dark spot for people who say those kinds of things behind the safety of anonymity.
You claim you challenged me intellectually and only chastised me, which is not true. You insulted me outright without even the pretense of initiating a discussion. You were an asshole; period.
Now, let's discuss. If I had found $65k lying in the road in a bag I would have assumed somebody was going to be looking for it. In fact, I would go so far as to assume that they would be conducting a rather public search. With that in mind, I would hang on to the money and watch the news. Let's remember that it is $65k we're talking about. I am almost positive the owner would be discovered that way.
What do you think would happen if you turned the money over to the government? Do you think they would conduct a search for its owner? Not likely. They'll let it sit at the station (provided it is actually noted as having been turned in) and wait 30 days to see if somebody comes in to claim it. If it isn't claimed, then they get to go buy a couple of nice new cruisers. If you think that the government, as an entity, has more integrity that your average citizen, myself included, then you are mistaken. I enrich the government plenty each year, I don't see any need to enrich it any further.
I take back what I said about beating you. You're several years older than my parents. I'm sure I would have just told you where to stick it and left it at that.