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Old 05-29-2013, 07:31 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, 10:43 AM   #76
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:45 AM   #77
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I kept "records" of all my gambling for that year. Did not put it on my taxes and the IRass never inquired.
This could be an interesting experiment. If you get audited within the next year, we'll know that the gov't scans CP.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:48 AM   #78
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I wouldnt have turned it in.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:15 AM   #79
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:54 AM   #80
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:18 PM   #81
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The only problem with that is the hotel is not going to refund your money if you decide to find somewhere else to stay. You have to tell them about the money and they might let you move to another room.
I wouldn't care. That's some bad karma waiting to happen.

I may have relayed this story in the past but one of my good friends was living in Florida back in the late 90's and his biggest hobby was deep sea fishing. One day, just a few miles off the coast of Tampa, he and a buddy pulled up a few huge bushels of money wrapped in plastic. Millions of dollars.

His buddy was like "We're rich! Woo-hoo!". My friend immediately radioed the Coast Guard. They were met by DEA, the Coast Guard and CNN when they got back to port.

He was smart enough to realize where that money came from and that quite possibly, someone would be there to pick it up soon. It wasn't worth risking his life because those guys will find out who stole it.

All I can say is that $10,000 to some is a million dollars to others.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:20 PM   #82
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I would also think hiding a million dollars (not physically) from a paper trail perspective would be hard.

Not sure how I would go about it.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:39 PM   #83
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I would also think hiding a million dollars (not physically) from a paper trail perspective would be hard.

Not sure how I would go about it.
It's called money laundering.

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Old 05-30-2013, 12:40 PM   #84
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It's called money laundering.

yeah; I'm not smart enough for that.

I'd probably just keep it in a matress.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:42 PM   #85
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:27 PM   #86
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I wouldn't care. That's some bad karma waiting to happen.

I may have relayed this story in the past but one of my good friends was living in Florida back in the late 90's and his biggest hobby was deep sea fishing. One day, just a few miles off the coast of Tampa, he and a buddy pulled up a few huge bushels of money wrapped in plastic. Millions of dollars.

His buddy was like "We're rich! Woo-hoo!". My friend immediately radioed the Coast Guard. They were met by DEA, the Coast Guard and CNN when they got back to port.

He was smart enough to realize where that money came from and that quite possibly, someone would be there to pick it up soon. It wasn't worth risking his life because those guys will find out who stole it.

All I can say is that $10,000 to some is a million dollars to others.
IMO, they should get all of that money back once the money's possible use as evidence in a prosecution ends.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:32 PM   #87
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IMO, they should get all of that money back once the money's possible use as evidence in a prosecution ends.
That was back in 1998 and he didn't receive any money. Plus, who would the Feds charge and prosecute? It was likely left in that "drop spot" for a South American or Mexican cartel.
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I wouldn't care. That's some bad karma waiting to happen.

I may have relayed this story in the past but one of my good friends was living in Florida back in the late 90's and his biggest hobby was deep sea fishing. One day, just a few miles off the coast of Tampa, he and a buddy pulled up a few huge bushels of money wrapped in plastic. Millions of dollars.

His buddy was like "We're rich! Woo-hoo!". My friend immediately radioed the Coast Guard. They were met by DEA, the Coast Guard and CNN when they got back to port.

He was smart enough to realize where that money came from and that quite possibly, someone would be there to pick it up soon. It wasn't worth risking his life because those guys will find out who stole it.

All I can say is that $10,000 to some is a million dollars to others.
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How would you find an exact spot in the ocean back in the pre-GPS days? I've been on the ocean and it's really, really big without a lot of landmarks.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:27 PM   #90
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How would you find an exact spot in the ocean back in the pre-GPS days? I've been on the ocean and it's really, really big without a lot of landmarks.
As a non-sailor, I would have absolutely no idea.

But I certainly wouldn't want to find out.
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