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Oct 9th, 2012, 02:47 PM
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Great report, ChgoGal. I'd love to have tagged along for that one.

I can picture Stephen Maturin at the Linnean Society lecture. Will have to watch for those lectures.

Calvin Trillin wrote once about finding a $20 bill with his little girls on the NYC street, and his dismay when his wife insisted he take it to the police as an example for the children. I'm impressed and glad to learn the honorable British policy on finding money. We in the US are naturally more larcenous, I guess.
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Oct 9th, 2012, 06:41 PM
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I think averagely honest Midwesterner may decide to keep the money in a similar situation because it doesn't seem possible it would get back to the rightful owner. When Calvin Trillin (native of Kansas City) took the twenty to the NYPD, they thought he was kidding.

If we saw someone drop money, even someone who looked as if he used it to light his cigar, we'd run after him and return it. Maybe we just don't trust our police enough.
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Oct 10th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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Yes, stokebailey. I was a bit surprised by a few comments but, to tell the truth, my joy is undiminished. Chalk it up to a moral failing, a mercenary streak, or a Chicagoan's cynicism, but nope... just checked... still happy.

Sure, okay, had it been a wallet or jewelry or smartphone, something with a hope of being identified, turn it in. Fine. Have done in the past. But this was naked, vulnerable, anonymous money dropped in a rushing stream of humanity emptying Westminster station. There were no wide-eyed waifs at my side to be schooled in civic responsibility, no hotel room maid furiously searching the ground, no Daddy Warbucks patting his vest for ready kindling to light his cigar.

I'd venture had I found 2-$20s at a red line stop and turned it in to the Chicago Transit Authority, I'd be acknowledged, eventually, (an unnecessary wait is pro forma), with a raised eyebrow and muttered 'whatever gurl be crazy' before the money disappeared into a drawer (or pocket?) to await a claimant to file a form and wait however many weeks required to have the money returned. If ever. If the form isn't lost. And if the money is actually catalogued.

And the police...? Didn't occur to me to waste even a minute of my precious, tightly-packed vacation to hunt down a police station in London. I wonder what these stations look like? Are they invisible, like their guns?

(Did I go too far with that last bit? Am I just asking for it now?)
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Oct 10th, 2012, 12:15 PM
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Perhaps I am of low moral standing as well, but unless it was obvious someone had dropped the cash I wouldnt have stopped to think twice about picking it up. Bad me I suppose!
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Oct 10th, 2012, 12:21 PM
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Jamie, it's a date. You and me are gonna go robbin' some pensioners of their purses the next time I'm in town.
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Oct 10th, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Hahaha - sounds good! I'm game if you are, we can even have a pint with it afterwards
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when i was in graduate school in Berkeley, California we lived up in the berkeley hills above the campus. our dog had a wonderful noise for $20. bills. he'd literally find at least one or two a week. since we had gotten him from a rescue group, we gave them half the take and spent half on him. amazing nose on that dog; he was probably worth cloning ;-]

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