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Anyone who has ever been unemployed knows how enticing it would be to keep an envelope you found full of cash on the ground. When Shannon Baker came across an envelope containing $4,000 outside of a vitamin store in Merrillville, Indiana, however, she decided she would do the right thing. Baker and husband could certainly have used the money. Their car needs repairs, and she was eight months pregnant at the time. Instead, she turned it in at the local police station, hoping that the rightful owner would claim it.

So why the good deed? It may be due in part to the company Baker was keeping that day. She was with her young daughter, and she knew that in addition to it being the right thing to do, turning in the envelope would also be an important lesson in honesty. Baker told WLS-TV, "My kid was standing right there when I found it. So basically I taught my daughter how to be honest. And for me that was fine."

Even the police were surprised that she turned in the money, saying that it wouldn't have been illegal had she kept it. And, sure enough, a few days later, a woman in her 70s showed up to collect it, naming the exact denomination contained to prove it really was hers. The woman showed up at Baker's door and gave her a card with a small amount of cash in it, thanking her for her honesty. Baker says the act was a small price to pay for a clear conscience.

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Doing the right thing is always the proper thing to do. Doing it as an example to your child is even better. You are my hero for today.

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Doing the right thing is always the proper thing to do. Doing it as an example to your child is even better. You are my hero for today.

 

Indeed.  I could never keep the cash.  You never know how much the person who lost it, needs it.

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Indeed.  I could never keep the cash.  You never know how much the person who lost it, needs it.

I've found a wallet in an airport once and handed it in without even looking to see if it had cash etc. I like to think I have good morals but $4000 in cash would be a hard thing to give up, I commend this women for not only doing the right thing but using it as an example that will hopefully instill some good values into her daughter.

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I'd love to be able to say that I would have done the same thing.  But being in the situation may have been different, I've never had $4000 in cash in my hand.

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I would have bought $4000 worth of lottery tickets, and then returned the cash. :p

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I would have bought $4000 worth of lottery tickets, and then returned the cash. :p

That's why fate will never let you find $4000. :P

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^ Some kooky women just gave me $1230 for 'safe keeping'. :laugh:

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Are you keeping it "safe" at Walmart? :P

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I'm tempted to go on a Best Buy spending spree. :shifty:

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