Wednesday, April 26, 2006
What would you do?
A man who found a bag containing jewellry and cash worth $1.4 million on a Sausalito park bench in the US during a lunch break turned it in to the local Police, who managed to track down its owner:
A man who found a bag containing jewellry and cash worth $1.4 million on a park bench may have saved a marriage.
John Suhrhoff found the Louis Vuitton bag on a Sausalito park bench in the US during a lunch break. Inside the bag, police say, was a 12-carat diamond ring, pearl and emerald jewelry, a Cartier watch and roughly $500 in Canadian and American cash. The contents were worth a cool $1.4 million.
But the respiratory therapist didn't think of heading to a pawn shop - he returned the bag to Sausalito police headquarters after failing to track down the owners on Monday. Now the bag is en route to the Ghannadian family of Toronto, Canada, who were in Northern California for a daughter's wedding.
"Every person I know or associate with would have done the same thing," Suhrhoff, 56, of San Rafael, said Tuesday. "I'm glad to be able to help.
I am curious as to 2 questions:
• What would you have done in the same circumstances?
• What do you think most people would do?
I'll make my confession: When I was in college, I found an old wallet -- empty, no I.D., nothing in it, but a modest sum of cash; I kept it, rationalizing that it would never see its owner. Its something I always regretted doing.
A few years later, when I was in grad school in NYC (and just as poor), I found a wallet with cash AND I.D. -- not once, but twice. Each time, I managed to track the owner down and return it.
You find a bag with over a $1 million dollars in it -- what would you really do?
$1.4m bag left on bench
The Sydney Morning Herald, March 29, 2006 - 3:03PM
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