Finders, Keepers?

While walking on the beach you stumble on a valuable object buried in the sand — say, a piece of jewelry or an envelope full of cash. What do you do with it? Under what circumstances would you keep it?

What, are we are bunch of third graders here? Finders keepers, losers weepers? Seriously?


It’s not because I’m a goody two-shoes. I’m not. A couple of basics make it inevitable I’d feel obliged to return found valuables to their real owners or at least try.

1. I have lost valuables and sometimes been fortunate in having them returned to me by total strangers who apparently were raised right.

2. I know how painful loss is. How humiliating, saddening, and hurtful. I would not willingly inflict such pain on anyone if there’s a chance of fixing it.

Let me put this in perspective: if you don’t make a good faith effort to return what you found, what does that say about you? For that matter, about your parents, your schooling and anything you identify as your religion?

What does it say about us that this is supposedly a question worthy of consideration?


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  2. Quite right! And apart from the moral obligation, “finders keepers” doesn’t work when you get arrested (in this country if you find something and keep it, it’s theft).


    • It IS theft. If you try to return it and fail, then you have more options. If it’s not worth enough to make a trip to the cop shop worth the effort, that’s a different issue — and anyway why would you keep something so worthless?


  3. Love your response to a dumb question. The Daily Prompt is getting lamer and less original by the minute. And you’re right, they only take a few minutes to answer. Where is the fun in that?


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  7. Oh, Marilyn, I swear you and I are twins separated at birth sometimes! Our responses (even down to the grade school/primary school bit) are so similar, it is almost uncanny. You are GREAT! xxx


    • You too!! The GOOD part of these silly prompts is they only take a couple of minutes to answer. I am perfecting the “under 250 word” prompt response. Such a time-saver. If it can’t be really good, at least make it very short 🙂


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