By now nearly everyone has heard of the couple (who live in Gold Country) that discovered $10 Million in gold coins on their property. It made me reflect on my own experiences in finding money. It was my son, then about 8 years old, that found a folded up stack of bills in a grocery store. We turned it in to the store manager and I was making a point of honesty for my son. I expected that the person who claimed the money would be effusive in thanks and would reward the finder with a portion, mostly to demonstrate to my son that good deeds don't go unrewarded. Disappointing. The manager later said the person who claimed the money said nothing and was angry. My son turned out great, none the less.
I find coins frequently because I scan the ground as I walk. Nobody picks up pennies any more and I find dimes and quarters in city gutters all the time. My previous fortune hunting was in the coin return slots of pay phones; I found so much that I hoped it would become a reliable retirement income but, alas, cell phones.
Another way of finding money is to check out the Government Unclaimed Money site. This link warns you that not all the sites are legitimate so use caution. I was able to recover some money from a very old account a few years ago. You have to jump through some hoops to get the money and the "helping" agency wants a cut so unless the amount is substantial it's probably not worth it.
Have any of you been fortunate enough to find money? We are a lucky bunch just by dint of being here so I expect some good stories of untold discovered hidden wealth.
Please do not include your monthly check from Soros; that's a given.
I was having a little trouble on Wednesday's KTK with the image loader, such that some of my Peru photos wouldn't load. So here are three more to add to the previous diary.
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