Monday, February 8, 2010
"I got a dollar, hey hey hey hey"
The problem was that no one was around. I didn't see it drop out of anyone's pocket, so how could I return it to its rightful owner. Do I pick it up? Do I leave it there? The person who dropped it most likely does not know they dropped it and most certainly won't know where they dropped it when they discover it's missing. Is anyone tracing their footprints to try to find it? Those were a few of the thoughts that went racing through my mind. But there was no one around. No one but me to know that there was a ten dollar bill missing its owner, or an owner missing his/her ten dollar bill. I stood there for a good three minutes debating what to do.
So, what would you do? If you leave it there, someone else is just going to pick it up. If you take it, is that considered stealing? It's kind of difficult to take a miscreant ten dollar bill to the Lost & Found. I mean, really? Who is going to know they lost it? And who wouldn't claim the bill to be theirs. And besides, I don't even know where the Lost & Found is and that's a hassle...I'd rather just leave the bill on the sidewalk than go through that trouble.
I picked it up. I had to. I held it pinched between two fingers thinking that maybe someone would pop out behind a tree and say, "Smile you're on candid camera. We see you were going to take the money, why?" Or, maybe I would notice someone walking towards the spot searching high and low and I could ask them if they dropped some money. "Here you go. I'm so glad I found it to give back to you. How lucky you came back." I'd say something like that.
When I got to my car I determined that I could not use the money for my own personal gain. I felt badly that I had someone else's money--money they most certainly probably need more than I do. I think I'll donate it with my fast offering. Then I'll know it will go to somebody in need. That's what I thought. That was my best idea. And when I got home and told Hylan the whole story, he agreed that we should use the money in some sort of charitable way.
So, again I ask, what would you do if you were in my sneakers?