Todays $80 Story
Today I found a twenty on the floor of a supermarket, then, several feet later, another three of them in a stack. I scooped them up, and while I quickly considered pocketing the first one, because there was no way to know who had dropped it, when I collected a total of $80.00 I walked straight to the manager office and dropped them off.
Stupid, saintly, or somewhere in the middle… I don’t know.
I don’t know if it was because the store was busy that I made that choice, or it was the fact that I had just came from volunteering with animals (feeling good), or that my parents raised me right…or I’m in a relatively fine financial position where eighty bucks either way isn’t going to make break me, or the fact that I have had a few lean years in my past where $80.00 would have made an enormous difference in my life.
Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter.
After dropping off the cash with the managers, I went to stand in the furthest line, ready to purchase my groceries, alternating between patting myself on the back and kicking myself, having all sorts of self-generated internal conversations with myself.
As luck, God, the universe, or coincidence would have it, suddenly I overheard a woman at the next register over who was about to pay for her groceries, but who had apparently lost $80.00. By the time I realized what I was hearing, and just after she said something like, “It’s gone. I’m sure someone picked it up…”
I said something to her and her cashier like… “I did. It’s in the manager’s office.”
She looked at me and smiled, perhaps thinking I was joking…and continued to fumble for the cash in her pockets. Then, in a way sometimes I wish I could soften, I actually said something like, “I’m not kidding. Go. Now, get your money.” It probably came out as warm as like a line from an action or zombie movie, “Go. Now. Reinforce the front gate.”
She hesitated, but then went… and claimed what was hers. When she returned to her cashier she was beaming, and said thank you.
I have found money before, and kept it (when there hasn’t been anyone around), I’ve pointed out to individuals who have dropped money (when I’ve witnessed it), and I’ve turned money in… I’ve also lost money from my pocket too. I wouldn’t tell you what the right thing to do, or what others should do, but I’m very happy I made the particular choice I made today of turning the cash in, and I’m INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL that AMAZINGLY I overheard a woman in line, and was able to witness her money returned…
For me, at least today, that was far more valuable than $80.00, and who knows, maybe reading about the story makes you smile too, which would be another bonus!
– Quiche Out