If you found $140,000 would you turn it in?

Eli Estrada, a California landscaper, sure did according to this story,
“Man Finds $140,000, Turns It In To Cops”.

Despite the fiendish temptation to think of him as “stupid”, this gentleman did the right thing. We all would certainly see it this way if it was our $140K.

A question which arises is: Whould we do this with say a $20 bill? Does the amount of money found determine the “oughtness” of turning the money in?

By the way, the money belonged to Brinks, the security company. They compensated Mr. Estrada with $2000 for his honesty, whether they should have backed up the proverbial and in this case, literal, Brinks truck for the man remains to be debated in the court of public opinion.

I’d say Mr. Estrada deserves his own cheesy Liberty Mutual ad (click here to view).

2 Responses to If you found $140,000 would you turn it in?

  1. Donald says:

    As a armored car driver/guard myself. I would absolutely have given the money back. But there is something to the story that isn’t being told. What a bunch of idiots to leave an unsecured bag of cash that close to the rear of the truck. Personally I don’t even know how the doors opened. My company has 3 separate locks on the rear door. It would take the truck rolling over for the doors to open. I would almost say it may have been intentionally dropped from the truck. They are a disgrace to our industry. They should personally thank Mr. Estrada, buy him a beer or something. They probably lost their jobs but at least they didn’t have to pay back the company $140,000.

  2. Laz says:

    Donald, how deep of a background check do you have to undergo to drive one of these trucks?

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