What would you do if you found a bag of money?
A Utah man got a surprise when he stopped to pull a large orange bag off the highway. He feared that it would become a traffic hazard.
The Deseret News newspaper reports the 75-pound bag tumbled out of a truck. It was driving in front of Dan Kennedy on Interstate 80. When he looked inside the bag, he found stacks of cash.
"I thought it was going to be light. I reached down to grab it and I couldn't move it," Kennedy said.
The sack was approximately 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. It was filled with smaller bags packed with currency. They included $50 and $100 bills. Kennedy estimated each of the small bags contained $22,000.
It was unclear how much money the entire bag contained.
Kennedy tried but failed to chase down the Brink's armored truck that had lost the bag. He drove the money to his parking lot at work. Then he called the police.
The three Utah Highway Patrol troopers were "stunned" at the bag of money, Kennedy said.
"Never in all my years have I heard of a bag of money bouncing out of the back of an armored truck," said trooper Brady Zaugg. "That's something that happens in the spy movies."
Kennedy said it never occurred to him to do anything other than turn in the money.
"He hadn't disturbed it at all. So he obviously did the right thing for the right reason," said Zaugg. The trooper said Kennedy reported his find to the police immediately.
Brink's employees told police they drove over a bad bump on a highway off-ramp. They didn't notice the back latch opening or the bag falling out.
Kennedy said he hasn't heard anything about a reward for his good deed. But he was excited by the unusual discovery.
"I was just jazzed all day long," he said.
Critical thinking challenge: Why was the bag orange?