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Old 02-03-15, 01:36 PM
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Ever find money?

The other day, I found a $20 bill in the street. When I was in college, I found money on the sidewalk or nearby several times, almost always $20 bills.

What gets me is that I've never found any real money, like a bunch of $20 bills. Or maybe even a bag full of 20s or 100s. That's what I'd really like to find.

Have you ever found any significant amount of money?
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Old 02-03-15, 01:47 PM
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A $100 bill in a table at a thrift store. I bought the table to fairly keep the money, but later decided to discard the table.
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It wasn't a whole lot of money in the end but finding it and collecting it was fun.

I stopped at a light on my way home from a bike ride a little further out than I normally found my self, I can't remember why. I rode this route a lot. It was by a hospital so maybe I stopped for an ambulance or something, I looked down and there were these big cracks or small crevices and I saw they were filled with coins. I'm the sort of guy that will stop and pick up a penny so I took my bike to the sidewalk, laid it down and started dodging traffic in the intersection scooping up literal hand-fulls of coins from the cracks and storing them in my three jersey pockets. I filled them up, rode home, emptied the pockets and rode back and almost filled them up again before I quit. I retrieved about $50 worth of change. I have no idea how those coins came to be there...
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Old 02-03-15, 02:31 PM
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Twice. I was at a bank once with my daughter who was in a stroller. Finished up with the teller and left. Walking up to my wife at another store she asks where the money came from and what our daughter had it for. 5- $100 bills. We took it back to the bank and after 30 days got a phone call to come pick it up. It had never been claimed.

About a year ago I walked up to an ATM at a train station and there was $300 still in the machines dispenser. I hung around for 15 minutes to see if someone came back looking for it and sure enough, it was a college student that had just taken out her rent money.
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Old 02-03-15, 02:35 PM
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Found a wallet with over $300 back in '70 when that was worth quite a bit more than now. Unfortunately it also had identification so it was quickly reunited with the original owner. On a bike ride down the Pacific Coast we found 3 $20 bills lying in the middle of the road in Buelton. And on another ride down the coast we came across a bunch of $5 and $1 bills individually scattered along about 10 miles of Hwy. 1 in the Big Sur area - we figured someone had set them down near their car window and they gradually blew out.
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Old 02-03-15, 02:41 PM
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Change only, never any big amount of cash... like $20+.

The last few times, "Ooo, look, money!" and someone I was with would say, "Oh, yeah, that's mine." Drat.

I do love, however, wearing gear I set aside for a season or two, and finding forgotten money in my own pockets.
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I have never found a significant sum of money, but did one time come across a rather impressively large bail of drugs on a chute hung in a tree while hunting. We called the law.
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A while ago I was walking with a friend in Italy when I spotted one of those plastic wallets like a bank might give out. I have no idea how much was in it, but probably several hundred thousand lira.

It was sitting right next to a car with some kids in it, so we asked the kids if they knew about it. They took it and ran off to their parents. When they came back, they said it was theirs. My friend didn't believe them since they had the wallet of cash (she thought the parents would have kept it). But, what could we do, it wasn't our money in the first place.
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Old 02-03-15, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
I have never found a significant sum of money, but did one time come across a rather impressively large bail of drugs on a chute hung in a tree while hunting. We called the law.
Whoa, cool. That's like straight out of a movie.

$100 bill is the most I ever found in public. Asked around the store I found it in, customer service practically laughed when I wanted to turn it in. I left my contact info but never got a call. Can't remember what I did with it.
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Old 02-03-15, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
Whoa, cool. That's like straight out of a movie.
My first thought for about a half second was to climb up there and see what it was. Then, like in the movies, I considered who might come and kill me and my family for knowing. We found out later that it was marijuana.
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My dog sniffed up a $100 bill by the side of the road last year. I looked around the area for about 90 minutes more for additional currency, but that was it. The next day, I spent $200 at the vet, though.
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My dog sniffed up a $100 bill by the side of the road last year. I looked around the area for about 90 minutes more for additional currency, but that was it. The next day, I spent $200 at the vet, though.
I found a $50 once and calmly put it in my pocket. I found there was a $100 folded inside it, and probably spent it at least twice.
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Twice. I was at a bank once with my daughter who was in a stroller. Finished up with the teller and left. Walking up to my wife at another store she asks where the money came from and what our daughter had it for. 5- $100 bills. We took it back to the bank and after 30 days got a phone call to come pick it up. It had never been claimed.

About a year ago I walked up to an ATM at a train station and there was $300 still in the machines dispenser. I hung around for 15 minutes to see if someone came back looking for it and sure enough, it was a college student that had just taken out her rent money.
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Old 02-03-15, 06:26 PM
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I find quarters, dimes and pennies all the time at work. I clean movie theaters. I found a dollar bill. Several bottles of booze (empty). Just a few days ago I even found a pregnancy test kit in one theater.
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We found a $100 bill once at the grocery store entry. As we walked into the store we met a man who was frantically searching the floor for something he obviously lost. It only took a couple generic questions to convince me he was the owner of the $100. Needless to say he was relieved to have it back. I've found a $20 a few times and several smaller bills. They were usually just lying in the street or blowing around somewhere.
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I found a dollar attached to a fishing line just like that insurance commercial.
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found around 1 thousand bucks turned it in got a 5 buck tip
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Can you spell 'chump'?
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I was walking on an overpass. I found a dollar. A few feet later I found another dollar. And another. 5 dollars total. I really needed the money, so it was appreciated.
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Old 02-04-15, 08:47 AM
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I don't know about that. I just try to do what is right. We never did figure out how a 2 year old (my daughter) came in possession of the money. Someone must have dropped it leaving a teller.
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About 20 years ago I parked my truck in my parking spot at the apartment I lived in at the time. When I got out, I happened to look down at the ground and found a $100 bill sitting there. No other vehicles were parked close by, so I claimed it.
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Whenever I'm in a hotel room, I go through all the drawers of all the furniture, hoping to find a briefcase full of money. So far, no luck...
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I found $80 blowing across a parking lot once. Not a soul around so I claimed it.

I've found a credit card sticking out of a self-serve gasoline pump. I called the 800 number on the back to notify the bank and to get ahold of the customer. The woman was close by and I returned it once they called her.

Same deal on a debit card sticking out of an ATM. Called the bank. They said they would notify the customer and they just cancelled the card and were going to do a reissue.
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I have found: $350 in a local bar restroom... nobody claimed to have lost it, so I kept that. $500: didn't really "FIND" it, but was behind a car that made a turn & the money flew out the window... my son & I were waving, honking & hollering while collecting the $$ - we FINALLY got their attention, and gave them their cash. $120 near the entrance to a supermarket... I actually saw who dropped it, and as she had just almost run me over in the parking lot, I kept it (obviously I still in pedestrian-rage shock!!) ... yeah, my bad...

Of course, there's always the laundry money that family members leave in their pockets. Sometimes I am paid quite well to do the laundry, but I mostly find drill bits, bolts, washers, and small tools.
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Last summer, stopped to pick up some trash that was blowing across a parking lot, and it was a $5 bill. Looked around, and there was a $20 nearby. In late fall, did the same thing in a different parking lot, except then it was a $10... and then another $20 nearby.

For a couple of years, I mentally kept track of the amount of change I picked up, and it was about $20 per year. At that rate, my bikes will pay for themselves in only another 100,000 miles or so. Each.
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