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Friday, December 22, 2006

Do The Right Thing!

Christopher Montgomery, a student, was cleaning a movie theater. He found $24,000 in a bank deposit bag, and returned it to the manager. This led to a very happy business owner:
On Friday, she still hadn't made it to the bank when it came time to accompany her 8-year-old daughter, Sabrina, to see "Happy Feet" at 7:15 p.m.

Halfway through the film, Sabrina climbed onto Limoncelli's lap. To make room for her daughter, Limoncelli slid the purse under her seat, where it tipped over. The bank pouch must have fallen out in the dark, she said.

On the way home, mother and daughter stopped for ice cream. In line at the cash register, pint of Häagen-Dazs in hand, Limoncelli made the the blood-chilling discovery. The deposit bag was gone.
"It was like the longest two minutes of my life," she said. "I screamed at the operator when she tried to give me the address and I said, 'I don't care, just give me the number!' ... I was hysterical, crying."
I bet.

Kid has no future on Wall Street.
No larceny whatsoever in his soul, I agree. He's a liberal arts major.
Just to put this in perspective...My husband's analysis (and he's made a fine career on Wall Street, thanks for asking) is, $24,000 taken and spent, with the nagging fear of being found out, is far less pleasure than returning the money and keeping one's integrity and the Golden Rule. It's higher economics.

What's gratifying is that the young person knows that.
Interesting that back in the day having an analyst was a sign of success. Guess it's like being a little over weight meant you were wealthy.
So nobody's mean enough to comment on the absolute idiocy of carrying $24,000 cash around in a purse for several hours instead of taking it directly to the bank? Nice people, you are!
It's Christmas, you know? Time to be nice for a change.... Yes, her behavior was very risky.

Who Me, given what is happening on the Street, I think CF was paying a compliment.

I don't even think the "nagging fear of being found out" came into it. I think the kid just knew the right thing to do and did it. He also refused a money reward, which brought to mind Bobby Jones' comment about being congratulated upon calling a rule infraction on himself "Do you commend a man for not robbing a bank? No, you don't. This is how the game of golf should be played at all times."
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