I was having a pretty average Tuesday morning when I stopped into the restroom at work. As I was exiting the stall, I noticed something that didn’t quite look like toilet paper on the ground – it was this $50 bill. I looked around to see if it belonged to anyone, but I was alone, so I stuck it in my pocket and headed directly to our receptionist’s desk in the lobby.
When I explained that I’d found $50 just lying on the floor, she looked at me like I’d grown a third head. She seemed a little confused as she said, “That’s… really decent of you. Most people would have kept it.”
Really? REALLY?? Do we really live in a world where we can’t trust our own coworkers not to steal from us? I’d like to believe that if I lost the money, someone else would return it to the receptionist. It never even crossed my mind for a second to keep it; I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. I consider myself to be a pretty awful person, but I can’t even fathom making the decision to keep it – even under the cover of anonymity.
This is the third time in the past year that I’ve found something (a paycheck, a cell phone with money, and now $50) and had to hunt down the owner somehow. I say this not to get any kudos (puh-lease), but because 1) people, PLEASE HOLD ONTO YOUR STUFF and 2) I have to believe that if other people had found the money, they would have done the same thing.
Can we all start doing our part to ensure that doing the right thing becomes the rule instead of the exception? Please?