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  1. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Man Finds $140,000, Turns It In To Cops

    Brinks Gives Struggling Landscaper $2,000 Reward, His Mom Says It Should Have Been 10%

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    LONG BEACH, Calif., April 10, 2008
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    The cash found by Eli Estrada. Photo courtesy of Long Beach Police Department. (Long Beach Police Department )

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    Calif. Man Turns In $140Gs

    A landscaper with lots of debt found bundles of $20 bills on the street in Cerritos, Calif. He turned them into police and was rewarded by Brinks, the company who left them. Glen Walker reports. | Share/Embed

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    (CBS/AP) <!-- sphereit start -->It was a tempting sight for struggling landscaper Eli Estrada: a bag filled with $140,000 on a Cerritos street.

    There was his credit card debt, upcoming wedding and making ends meet with his artificial grass and landscaping business.

    But turning it over to Long Beach police last month was the right thing to do, he said.

    The 40-year-old Estrada admits that some days "I think I was nuts," but he adds, "I know in my gut that to keep that money would be wrong."

    The Bank of America money bag was lost March 11 by Brinks Armored truck drivers. The unmarked $20 bills were bundled into wads of $20,000 and bound for ATMs.

    Long Beach police Sgt. Dina Zapalski said Estrada handed over the money bag to an officer who took a report at one of the landscaper's job sites.

    Zapalski said she had never heard of someone turning in so much cash.

    "I've had people come to me with purses and wallets with cash in it and they'll turn it in," Zapalski told the Los Angeles Times. "But not like this."

    Brinks later gave him a $2,000 reward.

    "They should have given him 10 percent," Estrada's mother told the Times.
  2. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    I always return found money to individuals, but not big business. I would have kept it.
  3. CBMS

    CBMS Looking for a safe place

  4. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++

    Same here, but what I would like to know is how the money was "Lost" to begin with. Money just does not fall out of those armored trucks.
  5. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    RC, that was my thought, too. Brinks "left" $140,000 behind?
  6. <exile>

    <exile> Padawan Learner

    How do we know he only found $140K? Maybe he found two bags but wanted to find out if they were marked so he turned one in. Brinks doesn't announce it publicly but they report $280K to the insurance company.
  7. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    You all are a bunch of larcenous old pessimists. Here is a guy that did something honest and everybody starts looking for the turd in the punch-bowl.
  8. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    found it [gone]
  9. <exile>

    <exile> Padawan Learner

    First of all I'm not old and second of all maybe we are the turds in the punchbowl. :)
  10. MbRodge

    MbRodge Monkey+++

    While I respect him and applaud him for his absolute honesty, I have to admit I would not have done the same. I have never even considered keeping an individual's wallet or watch or any money I've seen them drop, but a bank is another matter entirely. Their money is our money, and is insured by our taxes, they are bailed out if they get too far into debt, also by our taxes, I would keep that money and never feel bad about it.
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