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Posted 08 August 2013 - 23:39

While sorting through donated books, Stockton, California Goodwill employee, Lakiesha Williams, discovered an envelope filled with 105 $100 bills. :huh:

As reported by KXTV News 10, Lakiesha joked that she briefly thought of keeping the $10,500 but then handed it over to her boss.

 She said, "My concern was, somebody was out that money and I wanted, I would have liked for them them to get it back."

But a month after her discovery, the cash has yet to be claimed. Goodwill President David Miller explained that mistaken items included in donations are not unusual, “Whether it be clothing, household items, and sometimes even cash, and jewelry or whatever, that they realize, ‘Oops, I didn't necessarily want that to be donated.’”

Lakiesha, a relatively new Goodwill employee, didn’t know the company policy and said, "It would have been nice for them to say, 'Hey.’ Give me some kind of kickback and say, ‘Hey, thank you for being honest and turning it in.'" Goodwill’s policy is to keep any large amounts of accidentally donated money in an account to allow the owners time to reclaim it.

Miller said that if the cash has still not been claimed 3 months after the donation was made, Lakiesha will get 10% of the money as a reward for her honesty. It would be a welcome blessing to Lakiesha and her husband who are struggling to advance their fitness business.

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 23:46

And they keep the remaining 90%? Seems fair /s.

 

If she gave it to the police department (like she should have), she'd get the full amount of it if it were unclaimed and they'd be in a better position to find the original owner.



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 23:51

And they keep the remaining 90%? Seems fair /s.

 

If she gave it to the police department (like she should have), she'd get the full amount of it if it were unclaimed and they'd be in a better position to find the original owner.

 

Well it's not like the boss is keeping 90%. I'm sure the money would be used for charity just like the other donations they receive.



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Posted 08 August 2013 - 23:56

Well it's not like the boss is keeping 90%. I'm sure the money would be used for charity just like the other donations they receive.

 

I sure hope so.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 01:48

And they keep the remaining 90%? Seems fair /s.

 

It's more than she has now, I guess. I'll take it if she doesn't want it.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:00

Honesty shouldn't be done solely because of the expectation of a reward.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:02

^ I'd at least appreciate a thank you. ;)



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:05

And they keep the remaining 90%? Seems fair /s.

 

If she gave it to the police department (like she should have), she'd get the full amount of it if it were unclaimed and they'd be in a better position to find the original owner.

Actually yes it is fair. The items,regardless of what they are or if donated by mistake, belong to Goodwill.



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 19:23

^ I'd at least appreciate a thank you. ;)

Me too but I wouldn't do it just for that reason.