It makes me sick that there are people out there like this.
Sorry, con artists: Cash owner found
If you think you can scam Brent Eminger out of the bag of cold cash he found in a grocery cart at a local store, quit plotting.
Eminger has found the real owner, and the cash has been claimed.
We wrote about Eminger on Tuesday and how he had been trying to find the owner of the money, what he called a substantial amount, for two weeks. He knew the name of the owner. It was written on the bag.
But he was nowhere to be found.
Anyone can claim to be the person whose name was on the bag, so to claim the cash, the owner had to be able to estimate the amount of cash involved, describe the bag, tell the denominations in the wad and provide some details about where he?d lost it. The bag also contained a receipt from another store with a list of items bought, and the claimant had to be able to recall that as well.
Well, the real owner, a man who lives in Plymouth, called Eminger and explained everything in great detail. He?d bought a bunch of conduit at a home improvement store and tried to haul it out in a grocery cart. Outside the store, the conduit all rolled out of the cart onto the ground. So, frustrated, the man picked up the conduit, shoved the cart aside and, arms full, walked to his car, forgetting the bag of cash.
He knew the denominations of the bills, all ones and fives, and about how much was there.
Most convincing, he knew that the receipt found in the bag came from a Family Dollar store in Churubusco and that among the purchases he had made there was a slew of paper plates.
On top of all that, the guy had a driver?s license with the same name as the name on the bag.
The man offered Eminger a $50 reward and asked Eminger to send him a check for the balance, which he has done.
That could be the end of the story, but it?s not.
The biggest part of the story, in some ways, is the calls that Eminger got.
Oh, a few were from people thanking him for being honest. But that wasn?t a hard decision for him to make, Eminger said. It was just the right thing to do.
The real interesting part is hearing about the people who called, trying to get their hands on the money.
A woman called the paper and started talking about how she?d lost her bag of money at the store and the bag had her name on it. She said she?d lost $3,000.
Someone else called Eminger and said he?d lost the bag of money. He gave the names of a couple of big-box stores where he may have lost it. That?s a good strategy. Name a few big-box stores and there?s a good chance one of them will be right.
But this guy completely muffed the description of the bag, and his guess that it contained $3,000 was way off. As for the receipt that was in the bag, well, he didn?t even bother to try to guess that. So he gets the prize behind curtain No. 2 ? zero.
Another man claimed the cash belonged to his girlfriend who had just cashed her paycheck and gone to a party with a stranger where she was drugged, raped and robbed of $1,250, presumably in a bag. Eminger wondered why the caller wasn?t more concerned about the welfare of his girlfriend than he was about the cash. But the $1,250 guess was way off, too.
A handful of others called, trying to fish for hints, ?trying to thieve the money right out of my hand,? Eminger said.
Those calls didn?t really surprise Eminger. He expected a few like that.
But it?s nice to know the money was returned to the right person, and those who thought they could con Eminger struck out.