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What would you do if you found a bag of money?
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A Utah man got a surprise when he stopped to pull a large orange bag off the highway, fearing that it would become a traffic hazard.

The Deseret News reports the 75-pound bag tumbled out of a truck driving in front of Dan Kennedy on Interstate 80 and when he looked inside, 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.

Approximately 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide, the sack was filled with smaller bags packed with currency including $50 and $100 bills and 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, so he then drove the money to his work parking lot and 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, who 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 but 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 still excited by the unusual discovery.

"I was just jazzed all day long," he said.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was the bag orange?

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COMMENTS (50)
  • rositap-Che
    4/14/2015 - 01:57 p.m.

    I'm surprised that the man didn't keep the money but that was good of him to not steal it. My question is how did it fall out the truck and why wasn't it sealed. I wonder how much money the bag had in it.

  • hystericalcat
    4/14/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    Wow! That was crazy! If this ever happens to me I would do the same thing as the guy did. It would be cool to find a sack full of money.

  • DD2001basketball
    4/15/2015 - 08:42 a.m.

    The bag was orange because so if they had lost it nobodywould want to get it because they think thers nothing in it thats worth it.

  • pp2000boa
    4/15/2015 - 01:02 p.m.

    I'm mesmerized he gave it to the police. I bet most people wouldn't turn it in and keep the money for themselves. I predict he'll get a portion of money for giving in evidence or something for that.

  • Blaker-2
    4/15/2015 - 07:31 p.m.

    this article is bought a man iN Utah that happened to find a bag of money in the middle of the road that apparently fell out of a brinks iron truck. Kennedy the man tried to chase down the truck but couldn't so he called the police. I don't know what i would do with the bag i think i would turn it in.

  • franklynm-Koc
    4/15/2015 - 11:04 p.m.

    Because the bag was from a armored bank truck. The man has yet to hear about a reward, but he says that he is just surprised that he found such a discovery. I would of tried to contact the police, and if no response i would of just took the money to be honest.

  • JU00baseball
    4/16/2015 - 08:39 a.m.

    I just thibk its crazy that something like this can actually happen. Like this stuff really only does happen in the movies, but that guy should get a reward or something cause he could have ran away with twenty two thousand

  • albertog-Che
    4/16/2015 - 11:44 a.m.

    This was a very interesting and surprising story, it is about a man driving in the highway when he saw an orange bag and stopped to pick it up. The bag fell off an armored truck, he tried to catch up to the truck but wasn't able to so he drove to his work and called the police. He hasn't heard about any reward for his good deed but he is still excited about what happened. I don't think many people would return it, to be honest I would probably keep the money to myself. After all it did fall and he found it so I would not consider that stealing.

  • TehyaWhite-Ste
    4/16/2015 - 12:50 p.m.

    If I was in his situation, I would have done the same thing he did. However, I think that if I had no clue who it belonged to I definitely would have kept it instead of turning it in. I guess it all just depends on the circumstances of the situation.

  • Annalissele-Fre
    4/16/2015 - 12:51 p.m.

    If I found a bag of money, I would probably return it, even though I would be really tempted to steal it. Returning the money would be the right thing to do. But to answer the question, I think the money bag was orange so people wouldn't suspect the large amounts of money in the bag.

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