I just talked with my youngest son. He just changed jobs and is now a game tester at EA Sports. While walking to the cafeteria he noticed some crumpled up money on the ground. He picked it up and discovered it was a $20 bill and a $1 bill.
Some thoughts went thru his mind. “Great found money!” “Should I turn this in?” “Who would I turn it into?” “If I turn it in, what will they do with it….keep it probably.” “I could turn in the $20, keep the $1 as my reward and spend it in the cheap vending machines.”
I was impressed that he turned it in and why. As he said “I didn’t turn it in expecting a reward, or expecting to get it back later, I turned it in because it wasn’t my money.”
Ok, ok he’s a good kid and all that. The question that comes to my mind is “Would I have done the same thing?” If not, why not? If so, why? If I kept it could I justify doing so? Obviously no one is going to ask about it, or claim it. What’s the “right” thing to do….really!?