Spotting a $2 coin on the ground can brighten anyone’s day, but finding $149 can turn an entire week around.
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And if you’re six years old, that amount of money is, frankly, life-changing.
Daphne Kenney discovered that this week after finding a note in the cereal aisle at her local supermarket in Sacramento, California.
Inside the note was a US$100 (AU$149) bill, and a note that read “Whoever finds this, I love you”, her mother Danica told CNN.
"I thought, 'Could this be a fake?' But I worked at a bank so I've seen counterfeits before and it looked real!"
Danica said she considered keeping the money for herself but decided her young daughter would appreciate it more.
Daphne went on to use it to buy two plush cats which she named after her real cat, Steamy.
"I hope it makes her think how her actions can affect other people and that even something small can make somebody happy," Danica said.
But that $149 is nothing compared to the $3,778 bundles of cash residents of UK village Blackhall Colliery kept discovering for years on end.
Around 12 bundles of cash worth around $50,446 were discovered between 2014 and 2019, with the mystery only solved earlier this year.
The Durham Constabulary revealed in January that an anonymous couple had been secretly leaving the wads of cash in places where people in need would find them.
“I’m really pleased we have an answer to this mystery and am glad we can now definitively rule out the money being linked to any crime or a vulnerable person,” detective constable John Forster said.
“I would like to thank the good Samaritans for getting in touch and also to the honest residents of Blackhall, who have continued to hand the money in.”
Can I keep money found on the ground?
While it can be tempting to pocket that $20 note you found on the beach, you can be charged with theft if you decide to keep it rather than hand it in.
“A person can be charged with theft if they find something belonging to another person and they keep it, or they deal with it as if they are they owner of it,” Victoria Police advised in March 2019.
“Items should always be taken to a police station and if they are not claimed within a three-month-period, you can take ownership of the item.”
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