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!