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8 January 2012 - 10:32pm

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A relative recently cashed a check at the bank. She noticed the envelope was a little heavier than it should be. When she got home she counted the money and it was three times what the check was for.

Would you keep the money?
Would you take the money back?
Would you take part of the money back?

My ex and I once got extra money back from the bank. We sent it back to them and they said no, they didn't make a mistake. We sent the money back again and they acted like they were put out. No thank you at all. How is that for being honest?

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9 January 2012 - 12:06am
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LOL, that is just crazy. The bank didn't want there money. I seem to remember a movie scene or TV show where the guy tried to give back some money to a bank and they kept giving him more money! lol!

I really like to think that I would give the money back, but as strapped as I am right now.....it is difficult to tell what I would do unless it actually happens. Knowing myself, I would be honest. I am sometimes honest to a fault. I always believe that if I didn't give it back that they would either catch me and I would owe it later or karma would come around.

I hate to hear those stories where people ARE honest, return a large amount of money to someone and they don't even give the person a reward.

I read a story of people finding money at two different Goodwills or Salvation Army stores. One person found thousands in a shoe box, and a little girl found an envelope full of money on the floor of the store and found the owner.

This one I just read last week and involves gambling. Smile

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/man-finds-10k-in-las-vegas...

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9 January 2012 - 1:19am
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http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/12/man-finds-10k-in-las-vegas...

This is a great story. Stories like this restore my faith in people. I once found a wallet in a theater. Every one was leaving at once and I saw the wallet fall but I could not tell from whom. I went into the bathroom to see if there was an id. There was a check for over $500.00 which was signed. There was about $100 cash. The guy's id was there.

At the time I was in very bad financial shape. I was at the $3 movies! I didn't even have a phone. I called the guy from a pay phone but he wasn't home. I left a message saying I would call him the next day. I could have given him my address but you never know if that is safe or not. I called him the next day. He said he had already cancelled everything because he didn't know if I was just calling him to buy time or not (using his credit cards). It turns out he was a preacher. We met him at the theater again. He was having a loss of faith at the time he told us. He ended up giving us $20.00. I wouldn't have felt right in keeping something that didn't belong to me.

The person who got the extra bank money was someone I had sent a check to. I'm not sure what she will do. In the past she has always returned anything that belonged to her.

I feel like if I kept something that doesn't belong to me I will lose more later.

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9 January 2012 - 4:11am
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I admit I would find it very difficult to return money to a bank that had just overpaid me, especially if I told them of their error and they told me no it is right. I wouldn't be giving them a 2nd chance in that situation! I would be comfortable with that given the billions in profits these guys make and the way they stick their hands out for hand-outs from governments the instant something goes wrong.

If it was another person's money though, thats a whole different story. I love that story about the guy in Vegas. What a great thing to do. I hope he gets the kindness returned in spades.

On the other hand, this couple in New Zealand left the country after getting $10 million deposited into their account after a data entry error. I think they were eventually caught - or maybe just one of them.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/21/new-zealand-millionaires-fle...

Yes both caught:
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16134954

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9 January 2012 - 4:16am
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If it was another person's money though, thats a whole different story. I love that story about the guy in Vegas. What a great thing to do. I hope he gets the kindness returned in spades.

On the other hand, this couple in New Zealand left the country after getting $10 million deposited into their account after a data entry error. I think they were eventually caught - or maybe just one of them.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/21/new-zealand-millionaires-fle...

Yes both caught:
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16134954

I despise the banksters. My feeling is that the new guy who gave my relative the extra $200.00 is going to have it taken out of his pay or get fired.

With $10 million just think of the places you could go and the things you could see. I would think a person could hide out with that much money but apparently not. I remember hearing about those people.

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9 January 2012 - 6:47am
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In our area, few summers ago a kid was riding his bike in a field and found a bag with like 3,000 dollars in it. He was a student with learning disabilities or cognitive disabilities, and he tried to give a lot of the money away. He knew the bus helper was a single parent, and he kept trying to give her money and same with his mom. Turns out it was drug dealer money, because when he brought police back to where he found it they also found a bag with pot in it like someone had thrown it out there in a chase or something.

Anyway, I always thought I wouldn't have a problem keeping THAT kind of money....as long as they didn't know I found it. Confused

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9 January 2012 - 11:44am
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In our area, few summers ago a kid was riding his bike in a field and found a bag with like 3,000 dollars in it. He was a student with learning disabilities or cognitive disabilities, and he tried to give a lot of the money away. He knew the bus helper was a single parent, and he kept trying to give her money and same with his mom. Turns out it was drug dealer money, because when he brought police back to where he found it they also found a bag with pot in it like someone had thrown it out there in a chase or something.

Anyway, I always thought I wouldn't have a problem keeping THAT kind of money....as long as they didn't know I found it. Confused

Really, otherwise they would come knocking. What a sweet thing for the kid to do. I hope is ok today.

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9 January 2012 - 1:37pm
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I admit I would find it very difficult to return money to a bank that had just overpaid me, especially if I told them of their error and they told me no it is right. I wouldn't be giving them a 2nd chance in that situation! I would be comfortable with that given the billions in profits these guys make and the way they stick their hands out for hand-outs from governments the instant something goes wrong.

The same here, I'd never return it to the bank. The other story is if the money belongs to some person.....

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10 January 2012 - 12:11am
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For some reason this thread reminded me of this guy. Have you heard of Darren Brown? He goes to a bunch of places trying to buy items with PAPER! Watch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vz_YTNLn6w

This is the part that reminded me of the thread. Same guys leaves a wallet on the sidewalk ,but he draws a big circle around it.. What do you think will happen?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxYCh_p2Mjs&feature=related

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10 January 2012 - 12:47am
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For some reason this thread reminded me of this guy. Have you heard of Darren Brown? He goes to a bunch of places trying to buy items with PAPER! Watch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vz_YTNLn6w

This is the part that reminded me of the thread. Same guys leaves a wallet on the sidewalk ,but he draws a big circle around it.. What do you think will happen?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxYCh_p2Mjs&feature=related

I have never heard of him. This videos are outrageous. People just don't pay attention do they? Maybe that's why no one looks up into the sky anymore. I can't believe the jeweler just stuck the paper into the cash register without counting it. That's odd. Funny though that the hot dog seller is used to getting screwed over so he watches his money. I wonder if people thought the billfold was booby trapped or cursed since there was a s circle drawn around it? That is strange behavior but in a big city most people just head for where they are going.

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10 January 2012 - 1:17am
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I find those videos really interesting, too. It is so hard to believe he gets away with paying with PAPER, but not for the hotdog, as you said. I would think he could get into some real trouble trying that.

There are a few others with him where he basically talks a guy into handing him over his watch, wallet, anything of value without even thinking. He is good at distracting people with his talk, and so on.

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10 January 2012 - 1:32am
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I find those videos really interesting, too. It is so hard to believe he gets away with paying with PAPER, but not for the hotdog, as you said. I would think he could get into some real trouble trying that.

There are a few others with him where he basically talks a guy into handing him over his watch, wallet, anything of value without even thinking. He is good at distracting people with his talk, and so on.

Yes, I noticed the distraction technique. I wonder if he can be arrested since it's on video. I will pay more attention too after seeing this video.

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10 January 2012 - 2:01am
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I had a teller give me $20.00 extra a couple of years ago. I hadn't left the parking lot yet. I went back in and told her. She smiled and said thank you. So, I would return the money. It wasn't mine.

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10 January 2012 - 7:37am
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I would always think that the money would be taken from the employee who made that mistake, the bank will never lose its money and maybe I would return it Confused

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10 January 2012 - 11:32am
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I would definetely return the money...Money doesn't belong to you so its like steeling for me... shouldn't take it as a gift because it was mistake and you know it...

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10 January 2012 - 1:12pm
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hope777 wrote:

For some reason this thread reminded me of this guy. Have you heard of Darren Brown? He goes to a bunch of places trying to buy items with PAPER! Watch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vz_YTNLn6w

Sorry to ruin the magic but I'm not convinced by that at all. All the footage is highly edited. You never see up close what he is giving the shopkeepers. You get a fleeting glance of some paper. How do we know the money isn't folded up under the paper, or he hasn't just set it up with them beforehand? Throw in footage of him trying it for real on the hot dog guy to make it look more convincing.

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10 January 2012 - 7:32pm
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Sorry to ruin the magic but I'm not convinced by that at all. All the footage is highly edited. You never see up close what he is giving the shopkeepers. You get a fleeting glance of some paper. How do we know the money isn't folded up under the paper, or he hasn't just set it up with them beforehand? Throw in footage of him trying it for real on the hot dog guy to make it look more convincing.

Very possible. I am very skeptical of most anything anymore. So many videos are staged a lot of times just like most of the news is just lies. I wonder how many other people tried this after seeing him do this?

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10 January 2012 - 11:07pm
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Did you notice that every time he hands the money over he is in the middle of a sentence where he says something like "take it, its fine"? I don't believe that does anything, but I think he's just saying it to make us think that he has some hypnotic powers over people or something.

He reminds me a bit of David Blaine I think it is. He does similar sort of "street magic". Its fun to watch but then you realise nothing is shot in one take, the camera angle keeps changing all the time, and there's no way to verify that he hasn't set it up with people beforehand.

The wallet one was a little strange but I can see why no-one touched it. Drawing a big yellow circle around it makes it obvious to anyone walking past that someone knows it is there, so it would be very risky to try to take it.

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11 January 2012 - 12:11am
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Did you notice that every time he hands the money over he is in the middle of a sentence where he says something like "take it, its fine"? I don't believe that does anything, but I think he's just saying it to make us think that he has some hypnotic powers over people or something.

He reminds me a bit of David Blaine I think it is. He does similar sort of "street magic". Its fun to watch but then you realise nothing is shot in one take, the camera angle keeps changing all the time, and there's no way to verify that he hasn't set it up with people beforehand.

The wallet one was a little strange but I can see why no-one touched it. Drawing a big yellow circle around it makes it obvious to anyone walking past that someone knows it is there, so it would be very risky to try to take it.

It looks like filming is done both inside and outside the deli. It looks like Darren Brown gives him paper but you can't see actually what the guy took. The butcher gave him change back so that would mean he had to have counted the money to know what change to give him back. How does he explain the camera. I think this one was set up like you said.

It does look like he gave the jeweler paper and the jeweler even thumbed it. That scene could have been shot many times. The jeweler casually strolls out of the store. If I had just lost a lot of money like that, I would be running to the door and down the sidewalk.

I still think with the wallet, people think it was booby trapped or cursed (lol) or someone was going to videotape them because of the circle.

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11 January 2012 - 4:53am
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CL-Ed, you are correct that this guy is somewhat of "an act."

Derren Brown's Wiki page says this about him, "Though his performances of mind-reading and other feats of mentalism may appear to be the result of psychic or paranormal practices, he claims no such abilities and frequently denounces those who do. Brown states at the beginning of his Trick of the Mind programmes that he achieves his results using a combination of "magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship".

I guess he also had a television show called "Mind Control." There is a ton more information about him on the page.

Here is his Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derren_Brown

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11 January 2012 - 4:59am
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Speaking of "showmanship" and magic, I was at the Mall of America today, to celebrate middle son's birthday with all my of my three sons, and we were browsing in a magic store. The owner had us come over to his podium and he showed us some fairly impressive tricks.

The first one he kept making a handkerchief disappear from his hand then pull it out the opposite sleeve, then he even made it disappear and pulled it out of my youngest son coat sleeve.

Next, he kept making two red puffy balls disappear, then turned them into three and even four while they were in his hands and even while they were in MY hand!

The last one was really interesting and puzzling. He borrowed a library card from another customer, and he made it levitate above his hand. Impressive enough, but soon it was swirling in the air, round and round his body. NO strings attached, lol! Like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqKKaZ_TAHQ

Of course he then tried to sell us a book of "secrets" for twenty dollars, but I am going to look that one up on You Tube right now. I know. Kind of spoils the magic. But we are all naturally skeptical these days, I guess. Erm

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20 January 2012 - 5:23pm
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Here is yet another case of a bank making an error. This time the error is astronomical! What is with these banks trying to give all their money away? lol

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/01/19/what-would-you-do-with-a-billion-dollar-bank-error/?icid=maing-grid7|aim|dl13|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D128864

The article immediately reminded me of this thread, of course!

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Here is yet another case of a bank making an error. This time the error is astronomical! What is with these banks trying to give all their money away? lol

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/01/19/what-would-you-do-with-a-billion-dollar-bank-error/?icid=maing-grid7|aim|dl13|sec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D128864

The article immediately reminded me of this thread, of course!

Banks have been ripping us off for years, it's about time they gave some of the money back.

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20 January 2012 - 7:20pm
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LOL, very true, but we are still the ones who end up in big trouble for THEIR mistakes. Not fair at all! Sad

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