I kept the $100. I have no excuses.
“Found a dime today.”
Many states have lost property laws that establish a procedure for turning in things you find at the police station, where it’s held for a time. If it isn’t claimed for that time, then you can go get it–it’s yours.
It might be interesting to compare the laws relating to salvage in admiralty law–see the Wikipedia entry on Admiralty Law. Perhaps the salient point is that awards to the “salvor” (if you think lawyers talk funny, you should talk to admiralty lawyers) are decided by an independent arbiter, a court. Even in cases where the salvor puts himself at significant risk (boarding a sinking vessel to save property, for example) the awards are generally about half the value of the salvaged property.]]>
I’m relieved that the one dropped where temple patrons passed was one of those returned!
Good on your son, regardless. It’s analogous to the people who republish uncredited bits they lift from email discussions — “I didn’t know who wrote it or whether it was copyrighted” is no excuse when you know YOU didn’t write it.]]>
If I dropped a $20, I’d never notice it was missing.
If I did notice it missing, I’d never think to go looking for it beyond staring down at my feet and retracing my steps a bit. … Because how would I ever claim that money? “You sir… that’s my $20″ “Uh… prove it.”
It’s not that I’m dishonest… I just don’t see the value in handing-in items that are either unremarkable or untraceable.]]>