A few days ago, while pumping gas at Sheetz, I found a twenty dollar bill. It was crumpled, like a wounded bird, lying on the pavement between the pumps and the store. It’s been really windy up here, so I stomped on it with my stomping foot; I always stomp with my right, never my left.
Anyway, here’s how my thoughts went:
- Oooh, money! And it’s a twenty!! Hell yeah.
- I’d be really angry if I lost twenty bucks. It wouldn’t ruin my life, but it would certainly ruin my day. Should I try to find the person it belongs to? It would be the right thing to do.
- Man, the crumpled state of this money really bugs me. I bet the person who dropped it lives a life of self-created chaos, and just stuffs things in their pockets like they’re bagging leaves in the side yard. I bet they lose things all the time, because their life is a mess. So… if I pocket this shit it serves ’em right. They need to get it together, and until they do there will be consequences. Like losing this twenty bucks I’m about to call my own.
- No, I’m justifying bad behavior. I’ll stand here for five minutes or so, and if I see a person frantically looking around for something, I’ll turn the money over to them.
And that’s what I did. But there was nobody looking, so I was a tiny bit richer. I suspect the person is so scattered they didn’t notice the money was gone for hours, or maybe not at all. I always have a general idea of how much cash is in my pocket, but this money-mangler probably has no clue.
I can’t remember finding a twenty before. It might be my new record. I’ve found wads of bills — like a five and three ones, or something. Sorta like the photo above. But never a twenty.
What about you? What’s the most valuable thing you’ve ever found? It doesn’t necessarily have to be cash. Please tell us about it in the comments.
Did you experience a moral dilemma at all? I always worry it’s some little old lady, who lives on $341 a month. Will the pocketing of this cash cause someone to dine on Alpo for a week?
Please tell us about your greatest groundscores, in the comments section below.
And I’m going to work now, an hour early for a meeting.
I’ll see you guys again soon.
Have a great day!