rule of thumb is, if there is ID, return it. If there's no ID, then keep it. If a large sum of valuable is found and the owner reports it,...then it's at your own risk that you keep the valuable...unless you are 100% positive that there are no traces of any kind that can lead authorities to you or link you to that valuable.
I'm debating in my head on this because the morally just and chivalrous thing to do is return the money, as if I don't then the whole "what goes around, comes around" thing weighs on the mind. But maybe finding the money would be your good karma from another good deed? It's all in perspective. I'd keep it. You only get a lucky break ever so often.
I'd keep it big time! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. That means your money, too! When you go to Vegas you should expect to leave with absolutely no money. Plus, if you're walking around with that much cash, you shouldn't be careless enough to just leave it or forget it somewhere. Imagine all the awesome things you could buy with that money! You could buy all sorts of happyness! I'd buy 20 iPads!
Purely situation, if I knew the person I would give it back. If I did not know the person I would not. I would like to consider myself a good person and I believe in karma. The point is this, would kind of person would just leave a bag of money on a hotel shuttle. First, I would not have been carrying 10k in a duffel bag because that just pure insanity for someone who doesn't have any money which tells me that the person who lost it just doesn't care about it to even strap it to their body. (I'd use duct tape)
Karma would slap me in the face in anger for not taking that money and giving the ID to authorities or even a lost and found location. Karma benefits people just as it destroys people. Just my 2 cents.
it really depends, if it was someone I knew, ya I would give them their money. also it depends on the amount, if it was actually 10,000 I would keep it and never say a word, if it was in the hundreds I would return it.
Not knowing the circumstances, how can anybody decide they have a better claim on it than the owner? The right thing to do is return the money. The smart thing to do is call the police and turn it in to them and let them contact the owner. If they can not contact the owner or are unable to locate the owner, then you will get it after a set period of time and it's yours legally.
Rewards are nice, but if you are only doing the right thing in expectation of getting a reward, your heart is in the wrong place.
Remember: Keeping somebody else's money makes you a thief.
They should keep better track of their money! Who leaves a bag of money lying around? Not me. I don't have much, so it's precious to me. Trying to put myself in those shoes is difficult. I'd like to say I'd return it, but I don't know if I would...I'd probably keep half and return the rest plus the ID.
FYI : this actually happened to a friend of mine ... and she was a good samaritan and returned it. The lady who lost it didnt give her any reward or anything in return for returning it. My friend said there must have been over $10,000 of cash in the bag and they found it on a hotel shuttle.
Now that is bullshiiiit that she wasn't even given a tiny reward.....like COME WOMAN, WTF??? Cheep ass! $20 is better then nothing and hell, $100 is pocket change when you put it next to $10,000, but nothing.......that's pretty lame!! Props to your friend for being such a good samaritan.