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The Good Samaritan's Dilema

Sometimes it sucks to have a conscience. On the train trip back from the National Museum of the America Indian today, Eric the Viking and I passed the strange tunnel underneath the tracks on King Street in Alexandria. Yeah, the one where you can see the Masonic Temple really well. On the train platform for the Metro, I'd just given a panhandler a dollar. Come down the steps to King street and there on the sidewalk is a bank envelope full of money. I'm serious. Could be karma I suppose...but I doubt it. Probably more of a karmic pop quiz. How honest will Wander be? Keeping it never crossed my mind. I looked up and down the street but saw no one looking for an envelope of cash. Went up to the Amtrak station and tried to turn it in but no one wanted the responsibility. One guy suggested I call the police. So when we got back to Manassas, I got on the Alexandria Police Website and made an incident report.

So here's the deal. If they don't get in touch with me with a solution, I'm going to give the money to one of my LJ friends who could use it for their family for Christmas. I know all of us could use it. But I mean like people who might not be able to afford Christmas/Yule for their kids or spouse if they didn't have the money.

But that's if no one claims it by next week when I leave. I'd think if you lost more then $100, you'd realize it and be contacting the police or the train station. If not maybe they just don't need the money.

It was a little strange in that there was a deposit ticket in the envelope from April of 2006. and the amount was much more than what was in the envelope. I gave the police the name on the ticket plus the bank and the account number. I'm too honest for my own good sometimes.




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Nov. 19th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
With the deposit slip and all, it almost sounds as if the envelope might have been stolen, and the $100 is the last bits of it.
Nov. 19th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you have to wonder. Well the police have the name on the deposit ticket. So we'll see how concerned they are about finding the owner of the cash. I did a net search and found someone wit that name living about 150 miles from here. We'll see.

Nov. 20th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
A karmic pop quiz; I love that.
Nov. 20th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
I was actually looking around to see if someone was watching with a camera.

Nov. 20th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)

Can we nominate some folks we know that are on our mutual friends list.

And yep, it really does work that way. :)

Nov. 20th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Yes, we can. I can't help but think that if it was put in my path directly, it was not meant for my personal use as I don't need it that badly. If nothing comes of from an owner, we'll have to think of a proper way of nominating people. It's not enough to make a huge difference but some at least.

Nov. 20th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Well I'll tell ya that one thing I noticed working is security is that sometimes when people lose a really expensive item or load of cash they just assume that someone dishonest found it and don't even bother looking for it. At the Hilton we once gave a very nice house cleaner $500 she found in a purse that was never claimed(after 30 days we just gave it to you after attempting to contact the person a few times.)

Personally if it's weighing in on your mind walk through a mall this Christmas, you'll see those nice Salvation Army people rining bells in front of little red donation cans and that'll settle that there. Either that or wait for Girl Scout Cookie time, that way you give to a good cause and get cookies.


Nov. 20th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
I told my buddy had there been a Salvation Army bellringer out there on the platform, I'd have given it to them immediately. Good suggestions.

Nov. 22nd, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
Have I told you lately you rock?
Nov. 22nd, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
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