posted on Apr, 10 2012 @ 06:43 PM
Many years ago, as a kid riding in a New York City subway train, I noticed a guy across from me drop a thick bundle of bills as he got up to exit the
train at his stop (years ago, most of the seats in a car faced each other across the car). The outermost bill was a $20, & I knew he'd be missing all
that money terribly. "Hey, Mister, hey!", I shouted, trying to attract his attention.
This being NYC, he ignored me at first, but the growing note of urgency in my tone finally made him look back. "You dropped your money", I told him,
pointing to it on the seat. He went back, picked it up, & thanked me sincerely as he ran to exit the train before it pulled out of the station.
Two people across the car from me, each of whom was sitting on either side of the guy who dropped the money, gave me a long, lingering stare full of
intense anger. Back then, I was young enough to be uncomfortable with such anger coming from "grown-ups", even though I knew I had done the right
In later years, however, I know I would have found it impossible not to bust out laughing.
One other time that stands out in my memory happened in the mid-60's. I was 18, working on the grocery crew in a small supermarket. I found a $5 bill
on the floor in an aisle, & had a feeling that I might be able to spot whoever lost it. I put it in my pocket, & walked around the store until I
spotted a young woman walking toward me, obviously upset, looking all over the floor ahead of her.
"Excuse me", I said, then asked her, "Did you lose something?" She replied, "Yeah, I dropped a 5 dollar bill somewhere". With a grin, I told
her, "I have good news, then. I found it", & gave it back to her. She was overjoyed, & told me "I want you to know I really appreciate your
honesty. This $5 is all I had to get something to eat for tonight. Thanks to you, I'll still have my dinner!" Remember, this was in the mid 1960's,
when you could buy a substantial amount of food with a fiver.
If I had kept the $5, I don't think anything I could have bought with it would have made me feel as good as her reaction did.