Found money … what should I do !
Brighton5555 · 24/02/2022 21:24
Hi so a couple weeks ago I visited my sister and we went around a good few charity shops like we always do when we see each other.
I noticed a lovely patchwork type of quilted blanket that looked like it was hand made ! I paid for it and it’s been still in the carrier bag till this morning as I wanted to wash it first before use
I was checking for any washing instructions on the labels and that’s when I noticed that in one quarter of the blanket it felt different … the more I pressed on that area the more I could almost feel something move so curiously I made a cut and I’ve found money inside
It’s not old notes , it’s uk money and quite a chunk. Most of it in £50 notes and we are talking over £1000, I don’t want to say how many thousands
I don’t know what to do. Go back to the shop? Or keep it
I’m due to go on holiday soon and it would really help with expenses
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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Blush21 · 24/02/2022 21:27
I’d keep it. You won’t find the owner. Could be someone’s donated belongings after a clear out or someone passing and is unaware of what’s in the blanket, they won’t miss it if they didn’t know it was there. Perhaps make a donation to the charity and enjoy the rest?
Brighton5555 · 24/02/2022 21:30
Well I paid for the item and didn’t know about the money inside until this morning . I know when o have made donations normally I’ve Walked in handed the bag over and left so I know they won’t know the owner
BlackMagicWimpund · 24/02/2022 21:30
No way would I keep that amount of money. Could you speak to the charity to a) see if they can track down the donor and b) donate to them if not? I genuinely think it would be unethical to keep it, personally - the fact you’re going on holiday doesn’t come into it; many people can’t afford a holiday at all so it hardly justifies holding onto the money!
RagzRebooted · 24/02/2022 21:31
Then split the money three ways, or two ways if you don’t know who the donor is.
Well no, if they could find out who donated it then I would give it back to them, not expect to split it. But I doubt they can, unless it was gift aid registered perhaps?
Clawdy · 24/02/2022 21:31
Think I would ring the shop and ask if they knew who donated the blanket. If they did, then I would assume whoever donated it had no idea there was money there, could have been an elderly relative stashing it away. I'd certainly want to hand some of it back, either to the donor or the shop.
Shainago · 24/02/2022 21:31
Dont go to the store. Its not their money either, it was donated by someone, and it will probably just end up in the pockets of the manager or someone else.
My guess is that it might have belonged to an elderly who used to store their money inside, they might have passed away, moved to a nursing home or something, and their relative donated their stuff away without knowing.
Something similar happened to my grandma. She was extremely distraught.
Wish there was a way to track down the donor!
Persephoned · 24/02/2022 21:32
There’s no right or wrong answer. If it’s a large sum I couldn’t in all conscience just keep it and spend it. I would contact the charity shop and tell them you’d found some money in a quilt if they knew who donated it/someone contacted them about it and could give the details of the amount then you would give it to them. Otherwise would donate to the charity the shop is run by.
FlasherMcGruff · 24/02/2022 21:32
Well, the owner won’t have knowingly given it away with money in, so has it belonged to someone now deceased? I’d assume the charity shop would be contacted in a panic if there’s any sort of error. So you could contact them and leave your info, saying that it’s regarding a blanket that seems valuable and might have been donated in error. If you hear nothing for several months, keep it. Not sure why morally you’d need to split the money as that money wasn’t donated to the shop - the blanket was and you found the money in it.
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