If you found $125,000, would you give it back?
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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?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/if-you-found-125000-would-you-give-it-back/

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  • dante lewis
    6/03/2014 - 10:54 a.m.

    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.' "

  • raquelmcneill
    6/03/2014 - 11:06 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.

  • LoganBlueQ4
    6/03/2014 - 11:36 a.m.

    Its awesome that he gets a reward for doing the right thing. Many people would have simply taken it, stored it, slowly deposited it into the bank, and then spent it. He didn't. He wanted to be thought of as someone who did the right thing not someone who does something deceitful to gain personal wealth. Most importantly though he wanted to set a good example for his posterity. I admire him and his choice very much.

  • JaydonJblueQ4
    6/03/2014 - 04:39 p.m.

    I am not sure whether or not to keep the money. It would depend on if I knew who's the money was if I didn't know then I wouldn't be saying is this money yours because they would always say "yes".

  • EthanBlueQ4
    6/03/2014 - 04:39 p.m.

    It depends on how my life is going at the time but yes I'm pretty sure I would keep all the money and thats still a pretty cool guy for giving it back instead of keeping it

  • AlyssaPinkQ4
    6/03/2014 - 04:41 p.m.

    The right thing to do would be to turn it in but of course, its money! It would be a hard decision but I would turn it in because sometimes people get warded anyway for doing the right thing. So the person could possibly get an award.

  • BranagenBlueQ4
    6/03/2014 - 04:41 p.m.

    I would keep the money even though I already have a lot of money. I wish I was there so I could get the money. But a poor person would definitely keep it.

  • corapurpleQ4
    6/03/2014 - 04:44 p.m.

    I think he did the right thing turning the money in. I would turn it in to, feel like I did the right thing.

  • Maggie3-22-02
    6/03/2014 - 05:03 p.m.

    I think it was the right thing for him to do. It is so sweet that the way he decided was by thinking about his granddaughter. If I was in a situation like that I hope I wold make the same decision he did.

  • AlexLJ-2
    6/03/2014 - 07:17 p.m.

    Joe Cornell, a Salvation Army worker, found a bag containing $125,000 that had fallen from an armored truck. Instead of keeping the bag of money he returned it to Brinks. The company will give Joe a $5,000 reward and donate $5,000 to the Salvation army. I think it's awesome that Joe Cornell gave back the money and it will set a great example to his new grand daughter.

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