Sunday, December 6, 2015

Found $100+ in a Purse... But I Didn't Keep It

Tonight on my walk, I found a purse. Well, this was unusual, let me tell you! I have found a couple of wallets before but never an entire purse. It was near a bank in some rocks. Being nosy, I opened it to see if there was an ID inside. I didn't find one but I did see that the wallet had more than $100 in it! Boy, was that tempting!

I didn't keep it though. As I was walking home, I saw a sheriff's car in a shopping center parking lot. So I took the purse to the deputy. She took my information and said she'd try to locate the owner. We had the little "if it were my purse, I'd want someone to turn it in" conversation.

So, I'm back home and just got a call from the deputy who told me that the woman's purse was stolen earlier today and the thief had taken a few things from it but obviously not everything! Like the money! Very strange.

I'm glad I returned it because frankly it was eating at me just walking around with it for the 20 minutes or so I had it. 

I would make a terrible criminal.

But I did find a quarter in a change tray of a water machine on my walk. My reward! In the past week I've found a total of 75 cents. 

The moral of the story:  Just turn in the damned purse (or wallet) and sleep better at night.

Facts About This Found Money
Denomination:  5 pennies, 1 nickel, 4 dimes, 1 quarter

Year:  too many to mess with
U.S. Mint:  same
Condition:  shiny to tarnished
Total Found Money in 2015 to Date:  $96.59


  1. I would have done the same except I would have put it in a bag to preserve any prints. I'm watching way too many murder shows.

    1. As soon as I left, the deputy put on gloves to look through the purse for ID, which I couldn't find. Anyway, I told my fingerprints were all over the purse!


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