An American man has told how he found a bag containing more than $17,000 (£10,400) in cash and handed it straight over to a bank because he “wasn’t raised to take money that isn’t mine”.
Robert Adams was more than a little surprised when he stumbled upon the bag of cash near an ATM machine and thought it must some kind of prank.
“I see this plastic bag,” Robert told US reporters. “It’s clear plastic, and it’s half full of money. I figure this is a joke – somebody took some napkins and made it look like money. This has to be a setup. People are going to look at me and start laughing.”
In fact the bag was made up of mostly $20 and $100 bills – totalling a whopping $17,201. Robert doesn’t believe in the ‘finders keepers’ theory so he very honestly went straight to the nearest bank and handed it over.
“It’s not my money. I shouldn’t take it,” Robert explained later. “I don’t care if you put another zero on there – I wasn’t raised to take money that isn’t mine.”
A bit of detective work by the police eventually discovered that the money belonged to a truck company. It’s now investigating how the bag went missing in the first place though has reportedly not yet given the good citizen a reward.