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Old 05-29-2013, 06:31 PM  
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Boy finds $10000 in KC hotel room. Turns it in. Would you have done the same?

What would you have done?



http://www.kansascity.com/2013/05/29...otel-room.html


Ten-year-old Tyler Schaefer likes to find stuff.

He sticks his fingers in coin-operated machine slots, scans the ground for lost cash and looks for prize tickets hanging out of arcade games at Chuck E. Cheese.

But neither the boy nor his father was prepared for what Tyler would find in a drawer Saturday night in their room at the Hilton Kansas City Airport hotel.

It was $10,000, and for now no one has claimed it. If no one ever claims the money, it could some day belong to the Schaefers.

Cody Schaefer, Tyler’s father, said Tyler started looking for things a few years ago.

“He looks for stuff at random,” Schaefer said. “He’s very observant.”

About an hour after they checked into their room, Tyler began methodically opening all the drawers.

“What are you doing?” his dad asked.

“Somebody might have left something cool,” Tyler explained, while continuing his quest.

Then he announced: “I found money!”

Schaefer figured his son had stumbled upon a $10 bill or something. But when Schaefer looked closer, he saw neatly stacked bills totaling $10,000.

“Is that real?” Schaefer wondered.


The bills bore the appropriate water marks and appeared to have come from a bank, Schaefer said.

“We didn’t know what to do at first,” Schaefer said.

They contemplated various theories of how the money came to be abandoned. Maybe it was a drug dealer? Maybe it was someone who had recently sold a vehicle?

Schaefer told his son that they could not keep the cash because they didn’t know to whom it belonged.

“We need to call the cops,” Schaefer told him.

They found two off-duty police officers working security at the hotel and gave them the cash. The officers summoned Sgt. Randy Francis, a property and evidence supervisor, who logged and stored the cash at a police facility.

In 13 years working in property and evidence, Francis said, he has only seen one other instance of a large amount of cash being surrendered –– and it was about $1,000.

In that case, an older woman’s shopping cart ran over a wad of rolled up cash in a northeast area grocery store parking lot about five years ago. When no one stepped forward to claim it, the woman got it back, Francis said.

No one has called the hotel or tried to claim the $10,000 yet, which is surprising, Francis said.

“I think I would know I was missing $10,000 pretty quick,” he said.

Police don’t know how long the money has been in the room. They say it could have been hidden for months and they can’t track down every nightly guest who stayed in that room recently.

The hotel’s general manager did not return phone calls for this story.

According to Missouri statutes, lost money can revert to a finder after about seven months if no one can prove ownership.

Schaefer, a truck driver and mechanic who lives in South Dakota, meets his ex-wife in Kansas City every year to get his three children for summer vacation. It’s a central meeting point between their homes.

During their stopover in Kansas City this year, Schaefer and his kids visited the new Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center, where Tyler read every exhibit and completed the scavenger hunts. Tyler, a Cub Scout and fan of Pirates of the Caribbean movies, is always looking for clues and treasure, his dad said.

Schaefer told several friends and relatives about his son’s most recent “find,” and nearly everyone told him he did the right thing.

“But one person said I was an idiot,” he said.

The way Schaefer looks at it: “I didn’t come there with $10,000 and I didn’t leave with $10,000, so it was a wash.”
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:04 AM   #61
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:23 AM   #62
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I'd take it. I don't have a family to worry about. Plus, like someone already said, the person really in trouble would be the one that left it there. Not all drug dealers are hardened murderers. A lot of them are paranoid dumbasses who are probably pooping themselves that the cops will find it. For a dealer, worst case scenario is someone turning the money into the cops and then the cops investigating and busting the dealer via hotel hall cameras or whatever.

If it's the type of dealer that would kill someone mob style, 10k probably isn't that big a deal to them.

Or I'm just talking out of my ass because I had too much coffee and it's early. Either way, I'd take it and leave. Maybe try to pay the hotel clerk to erase me from their records.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:57 AM   #63
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:01 AM   #64
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After all of this, it'd be funny if the $10,000 was owned by some 80 year-old man who was planning to surprise his granddaughter with college tuition.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #65
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Maybe someone just severely overestimated the MSRP on the Gideon's Bible in the drawer.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:19 AM   #66
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I used to go gamble in Tunica when I lived in Memphis (in my mid 20's). One night I went on a crazy heater and won like 12k in thirty minutes playing Blackjack. I cashed out in $100 and $50 bills and had them put it in an envelope with a rubber band around it. The following Monday I went to the bank to deposit it. I was unshaved, ball cap, sweat pants and a t-shirt that had a Starbuck stain on it. I fill out the deposit slip and drive up. The girl rolls the drawer out and smiles. "Thump" I throw the wad into the drawer along with the deposit slip into the drawer with the rubber band holding the bills.

She gets so nervous, says wait a minute. Then she tells me I have to come into the bank to deposit it. I'm like, no way I look like crap but I do it. All the buttoned up old ladies are staring at me when I walk in. They look at me and are thinking crazy thoughts about where the money came from. The bank Mgr. comes over to me and says I can't deposit more than $10K without filling out a form. I'm like, Ok whatever. Fill it out and deposit it. They all look at me like I'm going to pull out a gun any moment. I finally whisper to the Mgr. that I won the cash at the casino.

Later I found out that anything over $10K is a possible Govt. flag and you get taxed on it unless you can show other losses.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:22 AM   #67
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After all of this, it'd be funny if the $10,000 was owned by some 80 year-old man who was planning to surprise his granddaughter with college tuition.
Heh, or some independently wealthy guy who just wanted to leave a gift for the next person staying in the room.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:23 AM   #68
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I used to go gamble in Tunica when I lived in Memphis (in my mid 20's). One night I went on a crazy heater and won like 12k in thirty minutes playing Blackjack. I cashed out in $100 and $50 bills and had them put it in an envelope with a rubber band around it. The following Monday I went to the bank to deposit it. I was unshaved, ball cap, sweat pants and a t-shirt that had a Starbuck stain on it. I fill out the deposit slip and drive up. The girl rolls the drawer out and smiles. "Thump" I throw the wad into the drawer along with the deposit slip into the drawer with the rubber band holding the bills.

She gets so nervous, says wait a minute. Then she tells me I have to come into the bank to deposit it. I'm like, no way I look like crap but I do it. All the buttoned up old ladies are staring at me when I walk in. They look at me and are thinking crazy thoughts about where the money came from. The bank Mgr. comes over to me and says I can't deposit more than $10K without filling out a form. I'm like, Ok whatever. Fill it out and deposit it. They all look at me like I'm going to pull out a gun any moment. I finally whisper to the Mgr. that I won the cash at the casino.

Later I found out that anything over $10K is a possible Govt. flag and you get taxed on it unless you can show other losses.
So did you put it on your taxes?
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:26 AM   #69
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When you think about it, there's probably no more than 200 rooms in the hotel, and the odds are there are some high probability combinations of bills that make up the cash (all $100s, all $50s, all $20, etc.)

If there are 200 rooms and 5 likely combinations of bills, that's 1,000 combinations. How many members do we have on Chiefsplanet? I'll assign combinations, you guys put in claims, and we'll split any winnings - 1/2 winning claim, 1/3 donation to CP, 1/6 for me for bookkeeping.
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After all of this, it'd be funny if the $10,000 was owned by some 80 year-old man who was planning to surprise his granddaughter with college tuition.
thanks for 1 years worth of tuition papa.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:41 AM   #75
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So did you put it on your taxes?
I kept "records" of all my gambling for that year. Did not put it on my taxes and the IRass never inquired.
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