If You Found $200 On The Ground What Would You Do? 11

There are a few diamonds in the rough…

Pictured: Good Samaritian
Good Samaritan

Hey guys, how are you.  So this afternoon I was taken back by something that happened to me.  Before I tell you just what that was.  I want to tell you about everyday experiences for me here in Casper, Wyoming.

People are just damn rude.  They will push and shove, cut you off in traffic, sneak in and take your parking space, even though your damn blinker has been on for five minutes.

I kid you not, I actually am one of the good guys.  If I come to a line of cars at a stop light, and there is people waiting to turn and get in line, I always stop and give them enough space to get in there.  Even though the jerks in the back are laying on their horn, all mad as hell because I am being considerate.

Half the time when I go out and eat, my family is almost seated before I’m even able to get in the door.  Why is that?  Well because I held the door for the elderly lady, and then her husband, then the family that starts running at the door because they see a young man holding the door, and then some more elderly folks and then I finally get to come in myself.

Then there is the biggest pet peeve of all!  You know when your trying to merge on to the freeway.  Actually I stand corrected, here in Wyoming we don’t have freeways, we have interstates.  Anyways when your trying to merge on the interstate people typically move over to the far lane so that you can enter right?  Ohhhh no, not here, these guys will just let you drive yourself right off the road.  They just don’t care whatsoever!

Now, I am not picking on Casper, Wyoming.  I’m sure this is the same anywhere you go.  It’s a dog eat dog world, and everybody looks out for their own self.  I go through every day sure that this is the case, however today I was reminded there are still decent people in this world, who care about people around them.

My Encounter with one of the Last Good Samaritans

Alright, so I had a very hectic, and stressful day.  I had to attend an appointment with my wife today at 3:00 pm, so I decided to skip lunch, and leave the office early.  Well this appointment, was definitely not the most fun.  So I decided I was going to stop by Wendys and get me a big juicy burger.

Guys, if you haven’t had the double baconator, you are definitely missing out.  This is like one of the best fast food burgers I have ever had, with the exception of In N’ Out of course.  Anyways back to the point.  I walked up to the counter, ordered me that Baconator meal, with a fry, and an ice tea.  So it came to like $8.00 I whipped out my wallet, gave her my debit card, and sat down to satisfy my hunger.  I don’t carry cash, so I buy everything with my debit card.  At least that is what I thought.

As I was biting into my Baconator, this big guy with a ball cap came to my table in a very aggressive manner.  He asked me “How much money you got”, I played stupid “Huh”, he said it again “How much money you got man?”  Now guys I thought I had a fight on my hand.  The way he came at me I thought he was accusing me of stealing.  So with me being the tough guy I was I turn into Mr. Tough guy and say “What’s it to you.”  This guy then goes and slams two hundred-dollar bills on my table, and says you better check your pockets.

Earlier that day, I was paid back $300 from an earlier loan.  I had it loose in my pockets with some other receipts.  Now I’m not sure where that other $100 went.  Maybe that was his finder’s fee.  Whatever the case, it takes a real honest person to go up to somebody and give them back $200.

Now, if you were in the same situation honestly what would you do.  I instantly asked myself the same question.  Would you keep it?  Or would you find the owner?  Tough question isn’t it.

Maybe you can share an experience you have had, where somebody has shown kindness to you.  I would love to hear about it below.

I shook that man’s hand, I offered to buy his lunch. Went back shook his hand again, and then before I left I told him he was appreciated one last time.  I wish there was more people like this in the world.  Thank you kind sir.  Much appreciated.

Whoever that kind gentleman was thanks again.

11 thoughts on “If You Found $200 On The Ground What Would You Do?

  1. Reply Neeraj Sachdeva Sep 6,2011 5:52 am

    Well, I would personally, give the money back, if I saw the person. If I didn’t, I would try and find him/her. If I failed, I would donate the money to charity (though it might backfire if the person then comes running after to find his money!) You know, psychologists have studied and found that (hypothetically if you lost your wallet) 88% of the time, people would return the wallet if it contained picture of a baby. But if it were an elderly couple, only 28% of the wallets were returned.

    • Reply Chad Nicely Sep 6,2011 2:35 pm

      Neeraj,

      Very interesting response. Glad to hear! Your hypothetical analysis was very intriguing. I had never heard that before, but guess what. All of my kids baby pictures are now in my wallet. Thanks for dropping by.
      Chad

  2. Reply Edward Sep 14,2011 3:59 am

    Well chad I was working for mcdonalds once and well I was working the counter and I did not see the money drop but I did find $5 on the floor so I thought it might be a good idea to donate the money to the ronald mcdonald house well this one customer seen me picking the money up.

    And came to the counter and said to me that was my $5 I want it back. I had to get the manager and well she wrote me up since she had to take the money out of my register to replace the money. I wanted to tell that customer why could you not just donate it like I did those kids could have used it.

    All the best
    Edward

    • Reply Chad Nicely Sep 14,2011 2:22 pm

      Very interesting situation you found yourself in. Not one I could say I was ever in. However, I’ll bet the kids at the Ronald Mcdonald House benefited from your contribution. Thanks for sharing

  3. Reply jess Sep 29,2011 6:53 pm

    I hate to be the one to point this out, but I think most people will answer this question that they would try to give the money back if for no other reason than because nobody is going to publicly admit that they would keep it.

  4. Reply catalytic converter recycling mi Nov 26,2011 8:50 am

    I would personally, give the money back, if I saw the person. If I didn’t, I would try and find him/her. If I failed, I would donate the money to charity (though it might backfire if the person then comes running after to find his money!) You know, psychologists have studied and found that (hypothetically if you lost your wallet) 88% of the time, people would return the wallet if it contained picture of a baby. But if it were an elderly couple, only 28% of the wallets were returned.

  5. Reply Ketones Dec 7,2011 7:39 am

    Luckily in the States, we still can have Good Samaritans, compared to China who doesn’t even bother to save a dying child. Things are so different, where in China money had corrupted the society.

  6. Reply Travis Jan 28,2012 8:41 pm

    My fiance and little baby girl were both with me one night and on our way home from dinner I ran out of gas :( It was really weird because my car was having troubles to begin with, so when it ran out of fuel I was a little shocked (usually I can get my needle farther into empty than that day…)

    Anyways, my fiance wanted to wait for friends to bring us gas but since they were a ways away – and it was getting to be night – I walked down the street (we were in a residential neighborhood) and asked a couple houses. Sure enough, an older lady said “sure” and got her husband to go find the gas can in the garage.

    They just handed it to me and didn’t want me to pay them at all! I only needed a little bit of gas since the station was less than 2 miles away, but I still pulled all the quarters out of my car’s coin tray and left them on their workbench since she wouldn’t take them. I was just so thankful to not have to walk all the way to the store and leave my family alone!

    Goes to show, like your story, that there are still good people in this world :)

  7. Reply network security scanners Mar 5,2012 2:42 pm

    well, i guess these people are getting more and more rare, as we continue our greedy lives, as if the world would end tomorrow

  8. Reply William | UK Wholesale Suppliers Mar 29,2012 7:18 am

    Yes, somewhat the same situation has also happened to me. Once at a grocery store I ended up and paid the bill at counter. Dont know how I forgot to collect the returns and left the store. Then the counter guy came after me outside the store and called loudly “Excuse me sir, you forgot your cash”. I thanked him a lot and thought that this earth hasn’t got that bad yet. I also wished to have more such people in the people.
    If this world is good, its just the because the honesty and kindness of such people.
    Very interesting incident Chad! :)

  9. Reply Brain Apr 11,2012 9:42 am

    That was a great guy and you are true about him because if all people can be like this man than it will good for every one. Nowadays, people want to make money and they are ready to do anything for money. There are very less people in the world as this man who give money back.

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