I've stayed in a fair amount of hotels in my life, but aside from a few week-long vacations when I've actually unpacked my suitcase, I never really open the drawers of the dressers or nightstands. I may start, however, after hearing about Tyler Schaefer, a 10-year-old who recently found $10,000 in a drawer at a Kansas City hotel.
His dad, Cody Schaefer, told the Associated Press that Tyler is a Cub Scout and likes to hunt for treasures. And boy, what a treasure he found. He pulled open a drawer, and there he founds stacks of cold hard cash. "I found money!" he said.
After confirming the bills weren't fake, his father wasn't sure what to do at first, but he knew they couldn't keep it.
They found two off-duty policemen working at the hotel, and turned it over to them. Good for them. It would have been so easy I'm sure to just keep it, and no one would have probably ever known. But what a great lesson this dad taught his son about honesty and doing the right thing, even when it's hard.
And I bet it was really hard for Tyler. Every kid dreams of coming into huge sums of money, and all of the amazing things they'd do with it. So to actually get the money and then have to give it away was painful I'm sure.
Right now the money is being held by the police. The good news is that there's a chance the Schaefers could get to keep the money. It's a bit of a long shot, but if no one claims it (and can prove ownership) after seven months, then the money could go them. The owner still has another year after that to claim it from the finder, but assuming the money has shady origins (which I'm totally assuming it does, aren't you?) then maybe no one will. If that's the case, then in less than two years, the finders really could be keepers.
What would you do if you found a large amount of money? And, just because I'm curious, do you open the hotel drawers?
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