An officer returns $120,000 after finding a huge bag of money sitting unattended on the road, and decides to give it all back without hesitation. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) law official is rightfully deemed by many this week a true and honest hero for her selfless act after the discovery. ABC 7 News reveals this Tuesday, October 28, 2014, that the officer has asked not to have her identity made public, but her refusal to even accept public praise is only earning him more respect.
It seems unlikely that many people would return $120,000 if they found an unguarded bank deposit bag apparently left on the side of a road, but one CHP officer did just that. The patrolwoman went to the local authorities after discovering the huge collection of money to turn in the expensive find so it might be returned to its proper owner. She wants her name kept a secret, despite the celebrity fanfare such a case could have caused among media outlets.
Although the honest enforcer of the law says that she too has had hard financial times recently (just like many Americans), that would be no excuse for her to “steal” that money. Of course, when the officer first spotted the $120,000, she said that it was one of the biggest shocks of her life. She couldn’t believe she had discovered something like it, calling the experience “unreal.”
“I opened it up just enough to see that it was hundred dollar bills … I was like, oh my god, it didn’t feel real.”
What’s even more interesting about this unusual find? The female CHP officer who returned the cold hard cash wasn’t even on duty at the time she discovered the bag. She noticed that it was a moneybag and did suspect that some bills may be inside, but she never expected to be stacks of $100 bills that amounted to no less than $120,000.
According to News Oxy, after dropping the money off to a nearby police station in California, the woman soon found out that there was one very anxious man hoping some honest individual might return his cash. As it turns out, the huge amount of money was one man’s life savings, and is said to be incredibly “grateful” for this CHP officer’s selfless act.
The female sergeant soon offered a statement that quickly led the incident to start trending on national news headlines. Simply put, the CHP officer said it was the right thing to do, and that’s why she did it.
“It was the right thing to do. I am paid to uphold the law and it’s my job to set the example, whether I’m working or not. I am happy to hear the rightful owner was identified and that the money has been returned.”
Even though her name isn’t being released to the public, the unnoticed hero in this officer returns $120,000 story is getting some recognition for her good deed. She will be given a special commendation from the state at a private event, and has likely restored a sense of faith into some readers after hearing such a heartwarming tale.
Perhaps one of the most poignant questions to consider is what would we personally have done had we found a big bag stuffed full of money lying apparently abandoned on the side of the road? What if a full $120,000 was stuffed within the sack? According to a poll posted this week from the Associated Press, a majority of voters would have done the most natural thing — selfish as it may be, but an honest remark nonetheless — to not say anything and keep the money. Would you have given it all back and turned it in, as this CHP hero chose this week?