Thursday, April 9, 2009

You Found A $357,959 Check, Would You Return It?

If only money could grow on trees, this is a common saying that has swept the nation. Instead of looking up, people are looking down on the ground for loose change. White Castle is getting more business than McDonald's! Now, just imagine it is the first of the month and you just paid your mortgage or rent and you are completely drowning in debt. I bet that is not so hard to imagine for most of you. What would you do with a little extra money?

This is what a lady in Los Angeles did when she found that cashier's check:

Here’s the full AP report:
LOS ANGELES - As she walked from a post office, Talon Curtis thought she’d found one of those gimmicky sweepstakes offers on the ground that scream something like “$357,959.55″ in big bold letters and “This is not a real check” in much smaller type. But just as she was about to do her part for a cleaner planet and deliver the paper from the parking lot to a trash can, she noticed it was a real cashier’s check with a real signature.
“I couldn’t believe it. I almost passed out,” Curtis, who works as a loan negotiator, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “I have never seen a check that big. Not in my possession, anyway.”

She immediately set out to find its rightful recipient, but it was Saturday afternoon and the banks were closing. On Monday, with help from KCAL-TV reporter Dave Malkoff, she located the check’s owner, who had arrived at her bank in a panic.
“I think she had walked in at the same time the bank manager called me back,” Curtis said. “I could hear her walking up to him. and I could hear all this commotion in the background.”

Curtis said she spoke briefly with the woman on the phone about a possible meeting, but Pacific Mercantile Bank instructed her to mail the check to them instead.
Not willing to take a chance on the mail, Curtis delivered it personally. A bank employee confirmed it had arrived.
Curtis said she never thought of keeping the check for herself, and she declined the woman’s offer of a reward. Still, she’s just a little disappointed.
“I just wanted to see her face,” Curtis said, laughing. “I just wanted to let her know that there are honest people left in this world.”

What if, while walking to your car you found a cashier's check for $357,959.55? What would you do?