Local Man Returns Money Bag, What Would You Do?


The scenic Monday drive to the cabin turned out to be an even greener drive than expected for Kronenwetter Fire Chief Roger James and his wife Monday.

"We were going up to cut the grass and clean stuff up for the summer," James said.

He said when they were driving on County Highway E, just northwest of Merrill, they came around a corner to come up to a random money bag laying in the road. Inside, they found a large stash of cash: nearly $4,000 in cash and checks.

James said there were two bundles of cash, $1,000 each, and two checks.

"My wife goes, 'There's a lot of money in cash in here,'" James said. "I say, 'Yes, I know.'"

Unfortunately, not everyone is as honest as the couple was, so NewsChannel 7 wanted to find out how honest Wisconsin people would be if they came across the sum of money James and his wife did.

We took to the 400 block in Wausau, and got some opinions.

"You should still turn it (the money) in because that's the right thing to do," Rachel Sauer, a 7th grader, said.

Jared Kreft agreed with Sauer.

" You have to turn it in," Kreft said. "The big man is watching."

For college students Caitlin Steffeck and Elizabeth Eckert, the idea of finding that much money made them indifferent.

"I wouldn't know where to take it," Steffeck said. "I feel kind of bad taking it, but I wouldn't know what to do with it."

Her friend agreed.

"I wouldn't know either," Eckert said.

Instead of going straight to their cabin, James and his wife brought it to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, who then distributed it to a local man who's name was on the checks.

From what was a scenic ride, to a greener ride, ended up becoming an honest good deed.

"It's the right thing to do." James said. "If I would have lost it, I would have wanted someone to return it back to me. That's someone's livelihood."


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