If You Mistakenly Received A $650,000,000 Check, Would You Return It?
You know that feeling you get when you’re walking down the street and you find a $20 bill? How great is that feeling? It’s free money! It’s money you didn’t have to do anything for! It’s money that you can spend on aaaaaaanything without feeling guilty! And yet, every time it happens, you can’t help but think about the poor schmuck out there who lost 20 bucks and is beating himself up over it. So, maybe you donate it to charity or hand it off to a homeless guy or pick up something for someone else with it. Well, there’s a guy out there who knows that feeling—times 32 million.
Recently, Allen Smith received the Veterans Affairs dependency check that he receives every single month because his father served in the U.S. Air Force. And, when he opened it, he was expecting to find the same $650 that he always finds. That kind of money would be helpful to anyone, but it’s especially helpful for Smith because he’s in college. But, when he opened the envelope containing the check, he didn’t find a $650 check. Instead, he found a check for $65,000,000. Yes, you read that right. 65 million dollars! He was, of course, floored by the amount.
So, what’d he do with all that cash? Well, as it turns out, he did the right thing. He went right down to the Veterans Affairs office to point out the mistake. “He immediately, immediately went to the VA officer at Fort Benning…and turned in the check,” his mother Patricia Attwood Smith said late last week.
Would you have done the same thing? Chances are, someone at the bank would have caught the mistake and checked with the Veterans Affairs office to see if $65,000,000 was the correct amount. It was likely just a misprint. Still, we’re sure that there are a few people out there who would have at least tried to deposit the check. Would you have been one of those people?