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#1 PatG

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:11 PM

So, with everyone saying that they would hand in the $1200 found at a shopping centre, what's the largest amount you would keep if you found it?

I picked up a $50 note at a bus stop and took it into a shop to return directly to the owner as I'd seen the guy drop it when he got off a bus.

I kept $40 found on the footpath on a Sunday morning (thinking dropped getting out of a cab perhaps).

I think, if there were no identifying characteristics, I might keep up to $100 if I found it but hand in to the police anything higher.  Not sure though.

If it was money contained in something like a wallet I wouldn't keep any of it, even if the wallet didn't have any cards with name etc.  I'd just take the whole thing to the police.

#2 EsmeLennox

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

If I saw someone drop it, it wouldn't matter how much it was, I would pick it up and give it back to them. I saw a guy leave his wallet on a seat once and he walked away so fast I had to run after him!

If there was stray money with absolutely no way of knowing where it came from, up to $50 or so dollars I would keep. More than that I would hand it in.

#3 unicycle

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

I saw five cents on the ground today and couldn't be bothered picking it up. Thought of the smile on an hypothetical child's face when he picked it up instead ( yes, I imagined a boy). Does this count?

#4 Feral Joules

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

I'd keep up to $20, assuming I didn't see the person lose it.

#5 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

Ooh good one.  Depends on the place.  Same as OP really.  

I'd always hand in a purse or wallet or a packet that looked like rent money or whatever.  

Inside a shop, at work, childcare etc, or beside an ATM or anywhere the owner is likely to be easily identifiable I'd hand in any note.   I'd probably keep coins though unless I actually saw who dropped them.  

On the street/park/beach with no obvious owner, I'd probably keep anything under $100.



#6 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:21 PM

hmmm with no way of returning it, no name, wallet etc?  probably $50?

#7 ubermum

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

I wouldn't hand in money. I'd put a note up where I found it and an email address.

#8 (feral)epg

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

It's not the amount of money, it's the likelihood of tracing the owner.
I twice found $50 notes at university and kept them - because seriously what are the chances of locating who'd dropped it.

But if a business had undercharged me anything more than about $5 I would probably make some effort to get it back to them etc

If I found a large amount of cash (probably would need to be over $200) that didn't look traceable I would hand it in to the police.

#9 JRA

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:35 PM

DH found $50 or so at a shopping centre. He handed it in to the shopping centre. A woman who lost it was a single mother, in a very low socio economic area. It certainly reminded us how important handing in money is

#10 Let_it_Rain

Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

Probably $50 - $100. If there were identifying details then I'd hand it in no matter the amount.

DS's day was totally made when he found a $5 note a while ago. He wanted to buy lots and lots of lolly-pops with it.

#11 Jembo

Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

No wallet, not seeing someone drop it, probably up to $100.

#12 BadCat

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:07 PM

Yes I'd set it at about $100 as well, depending on circumstance.

#13 *Mrs_Cullen*

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:16 PM

Id hand in any amount.

When I was about 14 I went to the Paddys markets with my mate and we found a fileofax thingy when we sat to have lunch.

We handed it in at the local police station. It had almost $7000 cash and passports inside.
Turns out. the couple were honeymooning and lost it on a day trip.

I felt so good knowing I did the right thing and that has stuck with me all these years later.

#14 Mootmoot

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

I once found $1000 in a shopping centre and handed it in.  Secretly hoping, of course, that no-one would claim it and it would be mine.  It wasn't, but I have too much empathy to have kept it.

Like others, if there was anything identifying I'd hand in/ locate owner.  But otherwise I think it depends on location - in a shopping centre I might hand in $50, as there's arrangements in place for lost property, but just on the street I'd say over $100 to bother the police with.

#15 vanessa71

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:22 AM

When I was 15, my sister and I found a wallet on a bus that we were on, we were travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide. I asked the people around me if they had lost a wallet and no one had, so I handed it in to the driver. I hope the driver did the right thing, but my family seemed to think that he probably would have kept it.

The most money I have ever found was $50, I kept it, it was just in the street, I had no way of knowing who it belonged to. If I had seen who dropped it I would have given it back, I would get far more satisfaction out of giving someone back their money than I would spending it.





#16 Fr0g

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

If im truthful, I could see myself keeping any loose note I found - so I guess my limit would be $100.

#17 Tobias'smum

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

i found 300 bucks at a concert one time (BDO) it was with some drugs  - i handed the drugs to security (who probably would have taken them to sell  wink.gif but i kept the money - i gave 75 of it to a group of girls to catch a cab home later that night - their friend was drunk and they were ment to go with a boy friend but they broke up at concert  so at least i know they go home safe - they texted me later to say thank you as their parents would have been angry

Wallets or identafiable markings i would hand in

#18 ~sydblue~

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

DD8 found $10 under some seating at a game a couple of years ago. We allowed her to keep it, because we had gotten there early and she had walked around with the claw thing and helped pick up rubbish from the previous days games. So she earnt it.

Last year DD13 found $20 on the ground. She saw a girl in a particular jacket drop it, but a lot of them were wearing their club jackets. So she told their coach and noone came and claimed the money(we didn't say how much it was) within a fortnight. So we let her keep it.

#19 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:13 AM

QUOTE (vanessa71 @ 02/02/2013, 11:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When I was 15, my sister and I found a wallet on a bus that we were on, we were travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide. I asked the people around me if they had lost a wallet and no one had, so I handed it in to the driver. I hope the driver did the right thing, but my family seemed to think that he probably would have kept it.


Don't think that!  

I left my wallet on the bus once and a couple of hours later got a knock on the door - it was the bus driver giving it back to me!  My Mum offered him a cup of tea and he gestured out the door to a bus load of waiting staring confused passengers and said "Uh... best get back to it all the same  thanks madame!"

I used to take the same bus home every Friday night and often if it was just me and one or two other people on the bus they would stop and let me off right outside my house instead of the 'designated stop' so they knew where I lived!


For me as pp's have said it is the likelihood of someone reclaiming it that would make the decision for me.

$100 floating by on the wind? Mine!

$20 and a shopping list sitting in a basket in my tiny IGA? Hand it over.

$300 and a bag of drugs? Mine! (the money not the drugs!)

$5 in a wallet? Hand it over



I remember many years ago we were camping in Europe - the poor Contiki Tour people would turn up in the campsites and be rushed off again at some ungodly hour in the morning, dragging their hideously hungover selves through the shower blocks with their mind not on the job at all..

We scored quite a few bottle of shampoo and on more than one occasion cash that they had dropped - they were going to be in a new country by the afternoon un reachable - plus had probably no idea if they had dropped it or spent it on drinks the previous night, so we always kept it!  

Had a few nice meals thanks to Contiki cash!

#20 mumtoactivetoddler

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:15 AM

My kids and I have doorknocked around our street and put up a sign for $20 (without saying how much was found so they did need to identify the amount of money). A $2 coin or $5 note probably wouldn't bother. If I know who dropped it, absolutely any amount, and I have handed in a fair number of wallets left in parents rooms too. Frankly over $50 I would take it to the police station, under that put signs up.

#21 Majeix

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

I dunno would depend on the circumstances but probably 20.00. I let dd keep $5 but I told her any identifying details/anything more and we would have handed it in.

When I was a child I found $50 at the supermarket we handed it in to management. Years and years later we got a call saying they had just found this envelope wiht money in it and our name/phone number on the front. No one had ever returned for it but it had been put away in a drawer and forgotten about/store had changed managment a few times. So yeah that was nice...

#22 Jeyamoo

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:47 AM

Around $50 as long as there was no way of identifying it (ie no note or wallet etc)

#23 Apageintime

Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

My walk to work takes me past a row of pubs and I often find  5 to $10 in change on the footpath outside.

I use it to buy big issue magazines and to tip the girl that sells me my morning coffee. I hope it balances out!

If I saw someone drop it I'd hand it back no matter how small the amount though.

#24 Satay Chicken

Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:52 PM

My DH accidently left a bag on the roof of our car on Thursday, then got in his truck and drove off.  By the time he realised and got back to the car, 20 minutes later, the bag was gone along with the $1078 inside it.  I was his collections from the day before and now his work is requiring we pay it all back this week.

I'm so depressed about it today, we have a baby on the way and we still have so many things to get for him.  I could never do that, I would always hand money in like that to the police.

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#25 matildasmummy

Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:02 PM

After suffering the sickness and elation of losing and having a lost wallet returned, I will always try to get a found wallet back to it's owner all contents intact (the finder of my wallet actually looked  me up in the whitepages from my driver's licence and called my mum and dad) but just cash on it's own - $100 tops I reckon.




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