You buy a couch from a charity shop and when cleaning it find a
wad of cash. Do you:
a) save the money
b) spend the money
c) try to find out from the charity shop where the couch came from
d) give an anonymous donation to the charity of some of the cash?
If you feel guilty about keeping the money simply give it to me, every little helps, you know it makes sense.
Probably, a bit of each of a, b and d.
Based on the picture, I'm wondering about what seems to be a real-life situation on which the question is based!
I see the money appears to be American dollars. . .
In the absence of any additional information, I would be inclined to keep the money. I am supposing it was originally placed there by someone other than the person who donated the couch (or, they would have removed it themselves).
Someone has allegedly found the money in a couch they got from Good Will. The photo was what the person who posted the story used as "proof".
The goodwill store would most likely have no idea who has donated the couch so the best course of action would be to take it to the police and hand it
in as money found. In most jurisdictions, AFAIA, the law of "finders keepers" applies only after a reasonable attempt at finding the rightful owner
has been made. After a period of time, (12 months, I think) you can actually claim the windfall as yours and the constabulary must return it.
From the piccy, the serial numbers on the notes would give some indication of how long the cash may have been there which would then give some indication of whether the owner is likely to be found, or not.
Good thinking, Leigh.
I would worry that an elderly person had lost their savings and would find it hard to keep it even if I had found it.
When I was in Primary 1 my teacher Mrs Irvine told us that she had discovered some £1 notes on the ground and taken them to the Police station. When
she got there a pensioner who had just taken out her entire week's money was in the Police station sobbing because she had lost her money. The story
kind of stuck with me.
My friend works for a charity shop and according to her they write down what was donated and by whom in case there ever are any queries. I would imagine that money in suit pockets, hidden in CD boxes and down the side of sofas isn't that unusual.
No, it is not that unusual, my mother used to work in the Salvation Army "packing sheds" where they sort the donations for their various shops. In those days, and AFAIK in OZ, they still do not record where such donations come from.
We take stuff to the Goodwill and leave on doorstep if closed .