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If you found $125,000, would you give it back?
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A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck.

Joe Cornell told The Fresno Bee that he found the cash Tuesday after a Brinks truck pulled away from a red light in Fresno and left the sack behind.

"I started crying and shaking," Cornell said. "Everything was going through my mind the good devil/bad devil thing. What to do?"

Thoughts of the imminent arrival of his fourth grandchild soon helped him decide.

"I thought, 'What would I want her to think of me?' That made up my mind right there," he said. "I got on my radio and called my boss. 'Hey, I found a bag of money.' "

Cornell, 52, is in a Salvation Army substance-abuse rehabilitation program. His duties for the organization include working on donated trailers.

"I went down there carrying the bag like I was Santa Claus," Cornell said.

Brinks spokesman Ed Cunningham said he isn't sure how the truck lost the money, and he called the incident a security issue.

The company will give Cornell a $5,000 reward and make a separate $5,000 donation to the Salvation Army.

Critical thinking challenge: Why did Joe give the money back? Why did Brinks give Joe a reward?

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COMMENTS (165)
  • NicksonT-ZDE
    6/02/2014 - 03:49 p.m.

    I will keep that money that alot of currency for a normal person, I don't care if it is not mine it will be when I find it sorry your lost is my gain.

  • patriciay85
    6/02/2014 - 04:48 p.m.

    Maybe...... only because it's not nice to take the money when it's not yours. No, because I want to spend all the money to myself and get me things I want. So I'll probably give it back.

  • NaomiC-5
    6/02/2014 - 06:51 p.m.

    Joe Cornell found a money bag that fell off of a Brinks truck. At first the devil and angel were fighting and the angel won. But mainly the angel won because of his new arrival in his family, his fourth grandchild. He currently works at Salvation Army and that would be awesome to pocket. He did the right thing by returning the bag. Always pay it forward, he got a $5,000 reward and Salavation Army also got one too. My mom always tells me to pay it forward this is an awesome example why.

  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    6/02/2014 - 07:19 p.m.

    I think that the person who gave the money back is doing the right thing because he found something that isn't his and then he found the owner and gave it back. I think that this person did the right thing because if he just took hat money for himself, then he would be stealing and stealing is wrong. If I was him, then I would have done the something as he did. I would search for the owner and give the money back to the person who lost it. I think that losing a big bag if money is rare because you are holding it and you can't just drop it from your hand. I think that someone stole it and then this person found the money on the ground.

  • KIMBERLYB-ZDE
    6/02/2014 - 08:07 p.m.

    I think what this Salvation Army worker did was great. He did the right thing in my mind. It's said that you do what you want to be done to you. So he did the right thing and was rewarded for it. He was rewarded because most people would not have returned it.

  • davidt-Bash
    6/02/2014 - 08:57 p.m.

    OH yeah! I would take it ,I can spend it on toys a phone or maybe a house I'll be rich. I would buy lot of LEGO sets or SPIDERMAN WEB SHOOTERS.

  • Jason0421-YYCA
    6/02/2014 - 09:23 p.m.

    I think that it great that Cornell was able to give back the money that fell down a truck. I think that giving back the money was the right decision because only good people do that. I also think that it is a good decision because in exchange he was able to get $5000. I also think that other people should do the same thing as giving back the money.
    Critical thinking challenge: Why did Joe give the money back? Why did Brinks give Joe a reward?
    Answer: Joe gave back the money because he wanted his fourth grandchild to think he is a good person.

  • SOFIAP-ZDE
    6/03/2014 - 09:42 a.m.

    The reason why he gave the money back has to do with the fact that he believed that it was the right thing to do. It wasn't his own money that he made so he didn't deserve the money. He did the right thing. It was a good idea to reward his good choice, he could have easily taken the money and never been caught like some people may have done.

  • tsowell12
    6/03/2014 - 10:09 a.m.

    I think it was a good thing that a person that works at the salvation army found it. Because if anybody else found it I think they would have spent it on them self not give it back to the owner. I also think that man is really kind giving it back to the rightful owner.That is a really nice thing to do.

  • kendrellbyrd
    6/03/2014 - 10:39 a.m.

    MANY people would do that most think that it is the-res.by doing this they believe its fine unless they area are caught that is my judgment.

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