When Money Floats: Answer Revealed

I know you all are on the edge of your seat at this moment, blogging friends, as I am now about to reveal the answer to the question I put forth in yesterday’s post, When Money Floats.

What did I do with the five bucks I found on the floor at the grocery store? Did I:

– Give the money to the hungry employee?
– Wander around the store in search of someone who looks like he/she is missing money?
– Give it to someone else who needs it?
– Turn it in to customer service?
– Buy gelato for myself?

Drum roll please…

This how it played out:
I went directly to customer service and turned in the money! I’ll admit Blue Eyes ignited a bit of guilt.

The store employee didn’t so much as look up to even acknowledge me. My good deed wasn’t even enough to interrupt her work.

Half a second later, the hungry employee walked right past me. So, while I felt I did the “right” thing, it didn’t feel right.

The next day, I returned to the store. Oh yeah, I bought me some gelato all right!

The funny thing is I told Blue Eyes I turned in the money when we were both checking out. He told me he was going to go to customer service and tell them he was missing five bucks! I said to him that my lips were sealed, but he didn’t go.

Several of you, know me all too well and guessed correctly. I went directly to customer service. (Anka, Carrie, Leah, Shalagh) And, many of you just knew I’d find a way to get that gelato. (Audra, Cathy, Frank, Jackie, Miss Four Eyes).

Thanks to all who stopped by, played along and/or shared their stories. I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends here. I loved all your stories and comments. I love you, love you….I’m having a moment now.

I asked my kids what they would do. Keep it and buy something…Duh!

46 thoughts on “When Money Floats: Answer Revealed

  1. Thank goodness you’ve revealed the answer! I couldn’t sleep last night wondering about it, I’ve been pacing the floor, biting my nails. For the record, I do think that the hungry employee may have been offended if you’d tried to give it to her, plus remembering those probable store cameras, they could have got into trouble if management saw them accepting money that a customer had found on the floor, so you did the right thing 🙂


  2. In the end, you did what you felt (and most would agree) was right.
    When i had just started managing restaurants, I was doing a post-close walkthrough and found $100 on the floor. As much as I would have liked to keep it, I set it aside.
    Sure enough, the next day, a server complained that they had lost $100 the night before, and had no idea what happened to it.
    Their expression when I returned it was easily worth the money.


      1. Everyone needs more gelato in their life. The absolute best is in San Gimignano, Italy. One scoop each of saffron cream and chocolate. I am so going back there one day! Wouldn’t it be great if I found a couple of thousand dollars, you know, just lying on the ground? I would say, “Gelato here I come!” After a reasonable period of time had passed for the owner to claim the money, of course. 🙂


      2. Saffron Cream and Chocolate, oh my! I don’t think I’d ever leave that place. Can I come with you on this trip, provided you find a couple of thousand dollars? I’m so there!


  3. You’re such a good person. 🙂 I think if I found money in a store, I’d do the same thing though. I remember as a young kid we used to walk around grocery stores looking for loose change. We weren’t embarrassed about it either; I remember my younger sister crawling under things to get nickels and dimes. Then one day, I found a chocolate bar on the ground, unopened. I was about to take it when I realized it was underneath the candy display. Yeah, that might be stealing. 🙂


  4. Hi Amy. I agree with Denise you are a cracker 😀 So you didn’t buy Detroit or invested it in a gold mine in Ecuador ? Just bought yourself some good “karma” ….. you just need the “sutra” to go with it 😉 Big hug. Ralph xox 😀


  5. Yay! I knew it! My instincts were correct, Amy. You know that saying, “eyes are the window to a person’s soul?” Well, your eyes sort of gave it away. They are full of sincerity. And even though the clerk did nothing to acknowledge your good deed, I believe you’ll still be rewarded.

    Sometimes it’s the things we do in secret that count the most!


    1. Thank you, sister. You are so sweet! I think you’re right about those things in secret. Maybe it WILL make a difference. I will never know. You never know how you may impact someone’s life, beyond the five dollars here…


    1. Hahaha, Dawn. I think only in the movies…He had his wife with him, and of course, I’m married. Although I don’t think I would pass up a gelato treat! I must save this for a story…my script.


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