More Stupid People Being Stupid

Over the weekend, I read about an armored car crash in Maryland reported by the AP. After the crash, money spilled out and people stopped their cars to grab it. The police, of course, have asked people to return it.

The article asks, “What would you do?”

Check this out. From the article:

Chicago billing clerk Stephany Harris, 53, didn’t miss a beat.

“Of course I would,” she said. “If the armored car had been in an accident of something, I’d make sure the drivers were OK and I’d call 911. But I’d put as much money in my pockets (as I could) and run.”

But what if her kids were there? “I absolutely would not take any money,” she answered again without hesitation. “I wouldn’t want them to get the message that grabbing money that is not yours is the right thing to do.”

Okay, so you would steal the money if your kids weren’t there, but not if they were? What about when they, I don’t know, READ ABOUT THIS IN THE NEWSPAPER? It’s on the AP wire, lady! It’s all over the world!

Maybe they don’t get the paper. I hope one of her kids’ classmates brings this clipping in on for social studies. I’ll tell you one thing, I wouldn’t let Stephany Harris  be my billing clerk anymore. Steal money? Yes, of course! As long as I think I can get away with it!

Also, is anyone else wondering why they interviewed a lady from Chicago for this story taking place in Maryland, which is also the location of the writer?

International Money Pile in Cash and Coins
International Money Pile in Cash and Coins (Photo credit:

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

2 thoughts on “More Stupid People Being Stupid

  1. I’m glad you asked because I do have an opinion on this very subject. I would not steal the money no way no how. WIth or without my children present.
    I have the fear of God in me and I know he’d be watching and judging me!
    So, no.
    Now, that said, if I saw a five dollar bill along the street I would pick it up. If nobody ran forward claiming it I’d figure it was mine.
    BUT if there was a large amount of money that I found, I would figure someone lost it and would be looking for it so I’d turn it in to the police.
    I am totally no fun!
    Blessings, Barb

  2. sweetie if you want people to send you shit for your birdthay, you need to start asking weeks in advance Yes, I know, because yes, I got lots of awesome stuff from awesome readers

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