A Cleaner Finds £300,000 On A London Bus; What Next?

They do say ‘honesty is the best policy’, but this one leaves you thinking endless, what-ifs?

This does sound fictional, as you’re probably thinking, who would be walking around with £300,000 in cash? But guess what? It happened! I heard this article a few months ago, and couldn’t believe it!

Incredibly, instead of keeping the money, she handed it into the police. It had apparently been left in a brown envelope by an absent-minded passenger and it was only spotted when the vehicle was being cleaned. But it left me thinking, what would I do?

I think many of us like to think of ourselves as good honest people, so if someone dropped their credit card, of course, we’d catch up with the person and let them know it was on the floor. Or, if a child drops a toy and the parent(s) are oblivious to it and carries on walking, sure we’ll fetch the toy and hand it to the child’s parent(s). But finding £300,000 in a brown envelope, many questions run though your brain, you can’t even begin to gather your thoughts. It’s almost like you have an imaginary angel on one side and an imaginary devil on the other!

Our first thoughts may be, lets just sneak this in my pocket no-one will ever know, then another thought will be, ‘but what happens if someone finds me and hunts me down for this money?’ Another will be ‘this could change my life so much, make all my debts and worries go away and I could have a much better life’, and so could any offspring you may have. But at the end of the day, who’s money would you be stealing?

Money doesn’t grow on trees, we all know that. But I can’t imagine an upstanding member of the community, would carry almost a third of one million pounds, in a brown envelope. What for? You wouldn’t need that kind of money in cash for anything legal. You can’t walk into an estate agents and drop that on the table. You can’t stroll into a Lamborghini show room and hand that over either, as many businesses have a little thing they must follow – called, protocol! Having a substantial amount of money like this means you can attempt to evade tax. So 9 times out of 10, the owner of this money will be involved in some kind of underground business.

That factor makes it seem less wrong for you to take it, but you still might get found out. What if the money was a trap? If it was planned just to prove you can’t be trusted by the boss of the cleaning company. I think you’d be living a life full of paranoia and trying to scheme the system so no-one can find out. Where would you put the money? You can’t walk into a bank and deposit that kind of money without a very legitimate reason and paperwork.

It’d be hard giving that money to the police as you know it probably won’t return back to its owner, so where would it go? It’s so tempting to keep but…

The money comes with never-ending questions and I don’t even have the money, never-mind if I did! It takes an extremely high risk person to go down the road of taking the money. At the end of all this I think, what kind of person accidentally leaves £300,000 on a bus? How could you leave that behind? I’m sure the weight enough not being in your pocket is more than a reminder, don’t you think?

What would you do in that scenario? Have you ever handed something like that into the police? Have you ever picked up cash left in the street? No judgement here! Comment below… honestly!

32 thoughts on “A Cleaner Finds £300,000 On A London Bus; What Next?

  1. I would feel too guilty, but also pragmatically you have just a few seconds to make a decision. Are you sure no one has seen you or filmed you and if it’s ill gotten gains some scary gang members might be tracking you down!

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    1. Exactly! You don’t know who the owner of the money is, and they could be people who you really don’t want to mess with! Is your life worth £300,000? I don’t think so!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  2. Guilt would eat me up I think. I did once find $2,000.00 on a bench that when I returned it to the bank that the envelope was from turned out to have been lost by an elderly lady. Felt great I was able to do that.

    Besides, in 2019 everybody is watching, so you may as well have your conscience in check. lol

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    1. £2,000 on a bench? Wow I imagine that must’ve felt amazing to have given that back to an elderly lady! You’re so right there’s CCTV everywhere nowadays! Paranoia would eat me up inside!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  3. I would have turned it in because I would think of you reap what you sow. Especially with a large amount like that. If it a small amount I probably would have kept it. That money was probably for something big in life and I wouldn’t want to be responsible for the person not getting it. That’s just me!

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    1. I completely get what you mean. Imagine if the tables were turned and if you had lost that money, you’d hope that a kind-hearted person with a conscious would hand it in!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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    1. £300,000 is a lot of money to take you’re right. Hahaha at least it went to a good cause! It could’ve been used for a lot worse!😂😂
      Ps I love Harrods! There’s nowhere like it😃.
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
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  4. I once found wallet of young girl with 200 leva, three credit cards, personal card, business card of gynecologist. This girl was student but she was from other city. I called to the doctor, he called her and she was very happy.

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    1. That’s amazing wow, she must’ve been so grateful that someone didn’t take her wallet for their own personal use! Great thinking to call the dr!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  5. Your post brings up a lot of interesting scenarios. I don’t think I would have handed it to the police. Perhaps, I might have taken some of the money to place an ad in the paper, of course not mentioning the amount. Still, it’s kind of weird that someone with that kind of money would be taking the bus. Seems like he (or she) intentionally wanted to leave it behind, for whatever reason (think shady). .

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    1. I see where you’re coming from! And you don’t know what the police will do with it! They might just take it for themselves if no-one claimed, it who knows! I never thought of the ad idea, that’s a great thought!
      Exactly it does seem very odd and shady to leave £300,000 on a bus! I’m sure your mind would’ve been on that 24/7, it’s virtually impossible to lose!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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  6. as much as u would like to keep that honesty is the key to life thats why i get into trouble every now and then being honest lol
    how are ya Antonia all good and well have a great day o yea well done on the blog it was good to read.
    Paul

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    1. Hahahah I still don’t know what I would do if I were in that situation!
      I’m good Thankyouu for asking hope you’ve been well!
      Have a lovely day😊

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    1. Same! I wouldn’t have a clue what to do! Too many thoughts would enter my brain😂😂.
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day!😊

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  7. I’ve handed in money before but nothing like that. I think as you said earlier the person who lost that money is likely to come looking and people have been killed over far less… So yeah, I would hand that in.

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    1. It’s great that you’ve handed in money before! I agree people have been killed for a lot less unfortunately, is a life worth £300,000? I don’t think so! Life is priceless!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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    1. Exactly it does sound very suspicious! Why would you need £300,000 if you were involved in a legitimate business? Doesn’t make sense! Hahahaha who knows!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a great Halloween 😃

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  8. A very difficult scenario. If I find a big money like this I would probably keep it, I am sorry but yes. my husband will probably tell me right now, are you crazy??? I can hear him lol, but you know women. jajaja

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    1. It would be very hard not to keep it! Hahahaha I definitely know how women are! We have a completely different mindset to men, but 99% of the time we’re always right!😂
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a great Halloween!😃

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    1. I completely get what you’re saying. Many would take it, only a few would hand it in!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a great Halloween!😃

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    1. That’s amazing of you to hand it in! It shows great character even from a young age! I’m shocked they didn’t even send you a Thankyou your way. Seems quite ungrateful of them. You can’t teach everyone manners!
      Thankyouu so much for reading and commenting!
      Have a lovely day😊

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