£50 found on Howson Road - is it yours?

Carys is the spirit of Christmas incarnate. She has found £50 of cash and a cashpoint receipt on Howson Road and she's happy to return it to whichever Tiny Tim it belonged to.


If you can name the last 4 digits of the card, it's yours. There's a 1/9999 chance you could guess lucky!

If it's yours, please email us and we'll reunite you.

God bless us, everyone.

52 comments:

Welcome to 2010 said...

I hope it belongs to those sniggering teachers who think a community website is a rubbish idea. They'll never know and Carys can spend it on herself.

Anonymous said...

If Cary's hand it in to the police, they can claim it after a month.

0001 says said...

its mine!

0002 says said...

its mine

0003 said...

its mine

0005 says said...

its mine

0006 said...

its mine

007 said...

sod it!!

a seasonal pedant said...

actually it's a 1 in 10,000 chance - the digits could be 0000.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Howson Road said...

Don't hand it into the police...one of them will likely just pocket it and claim it was collected by the owner.

Anonymous said...

I suggest that it should be handed to Father Michael from the Catholic church on Howson Road if the rightful owner fails to claim it.

TT

Horton Market said...

Wow, Is this a Brockley version of Cinderella's glass slipper? Will Cary find true love when the true owner comes forward?

If know one claims it, pocket £20, give £20 to charity And shove the remaining tenner on a horse.

Horton Market said...

Wow, Is this a Brockley version of Cinderella's glass slipper? Will Cary find true love when the true owner comes forward?

If know one claims it, pocket £20, give £20 to charity And shove the remaining tenner on a horse.

Anonymous said...

Cashpoint receipts don't actually give the card digits do they?

Carys said...

I'm not handing it to the police because I can't be sure what will happen to it. The receipt definitely has the last four digits on it. I can't claim to be 'Christmas incarnate' - I'm actually a bit humbuggy - but I know what it's like to be broke, and £50 could feasibly be almost all of someone's jobseeker's allowance or something.

Brockley Nick said...

You know who else was "a bit humbuggy"? Scrooge. And like you, he became the most Christmassy person of all!

Tamsin said...

Would it be worth telling the police and the bank (if it was a bank cashpoint receipt), though, in case the person who missed it has gone to those two places and doesn't visit this blog?

And did you find it somewhere that you could put up a "found notice" (as if it was a cat - or snake) pointing people either to the bank, the police or the blog - who can then point a genuine enquiry on to you?

But good on you - humbuggy or not.

Carys said...

It's not a bank receipt, unfortunately, as I did think of that.

Once I found £200 in a bank cash machine after the bank had closed - the person must have walked off without taking it, and I couldn't find them, so I called the bank. The person on the phone just said 'I know what I'd do...'.

I'm in work today so can't get to the police station, but I'll try calling and see what they suggest.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to keep it in my pocket just in case no-one claims it, though...

Anonymous said...

"I'm not handing it to the police because I can't be sure what will happen to it. The receipt definitely has the last four digits on it"

That's the apirit... Why.try?

Fossil G said...

I found a stash of foreign notes (various denominations) lying on the pavement in Victoria once. I took it to the police station, and they recorded each note (took a long time), gave me a receipt and told me that if no-one had come to claim it in 6 (I think) weeks, I could have it. But there was only a window of a few weeks to reclaim it, and I duly forgot all about it. By the time I remembered it was too late, and I never saw it again. Ouch. Gutted. Still pains me to think about it.....

Tamsin said...

Yes, give them a ring - they probably wouldn't thank you for the paperwork of your actually handing it in, but might have a record of someone calling in to say they had lost it.

mb said...

I found a £50 note just oputside the school gates when I was about 14. I spent it on Curly Wurlys and other frivolous treats.

Carys said...

"That's the apirit... Why.try?"

I sort of am trying though, aren't I? I'm not going to let myself be guilt tripped into thinking I should try harder. There's only so much that can realistically be done.

Tamsin - I thought about the police paperwork issue as well. I can't get through to anyone at the station on the phone - stupid annoying switchboards - so I'll try and pop down to the station and see what they say (although they appear to only be open until 2pm).

Headhunter said...

I found an entire wallet lying in the middle of a pedestrian crossing on a busy street in Osaka when I lived there. It had about 20000 Yen in it (about £100ish I think), cards, trains pass etc etc. It was just lying there and everyone was walking on by completely ignoring it. I decided to put my Japanese to the test, picked up the wallet, managed to ask where the nearest police station was, take it in, report it, filling in a couple of forms and leaving my details. All in Japanese. God I was good back then. Couldn't do that now.

Got a call from the guy whose wallet it was thanking me a day or so later, he had gone into claim it. However I couldn't really understand what he was saying. Hey ho...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that Headhunter.

Anonymous said...

They were talking about this sort of thing on the radio,and a woman found £5,ooo in an envelope,she handed it in to the police and no one claimed it so she got a nice 5 grand bonus.

pip said...

When I was a very poor student in the 1980s I found a £10 note sitting in a tray in a cash dispenser inside a bank, and I took it up to one of the tellers and told here what had happened, and pushed the tenner under the window. She was so surprised she literally didn't say a word, just looked at me open mouthed as I left.

Headhunter said...

That's alright Anon 10.45, think of it as a Christmas present...

Anonymous said...

When I was very young I lost a National Savings stamp book which I'd been using to save for Christmas.

A few days later a letter arrived with my savings and a letter from the lady who found them.

I was a very happy 10 year old and sent her a Christmas card.

Anonymous said...

Recently in Lewisham the previous customer at an ATM had left over a hundred pounds.

I caught up with them and after checking how much they tried to withdraw handed them the money.

Blue sky said...

Re the anonymous suggestion to give it to the Catholic church, please don't. They have far too much money as it is and have something of a reputation for corruption.

Howson Road said...

Agreed - please don't hand it into the Catholic Church, as the first person stated, they are loaded. The Pope didn't even pay for his recent holiday to the UK, and he owns a country!

Tamsin said...

Perhaps, but the keep £20, £20 to charity and £10 on a horse is a great idea.

Carys said...

There are at least twelvety reasons why I wouldn't donate it to the Catholic church, and I'm squeamish about horse races, but I'll probably keep enough for a bottle of something nice from Mr Lawrence's and give the rest to the charity I work for.

Or maybe I'll put it all on black.

Anonymous said...

Take it down Portlands. Or buy yourself a snack from the shops surrounding Brockley station.

Danja said...

Surely if you have slip the dispensing bank can work out the missing numbers. Or the police despite the cynicism displayed above.

It's certainly not yours to give away.

Carys said...

Thanks Danja. I understand what you're saying and I have made my best efforts to return it. The police station was shut by the time I got there and I'm away now until after Christmas. I would have called the bank but there wasn't enough info on the receipt.

It's a shame that I feel like I have to justify myself when I was only trying to be nice and do the right thing.

Blue sky said...

@Danja, blimey, give the girl a break! Most people would have just pocketed it and we would have been none the wiser.

ND said...

Hi Carys. Although I applaud you for raising this on the blog, I really think you should take this to the police when you get back. There is an offence in the Theft Act that covers this sort of thing called Theft by Finding. You would have to prove that you have taken reasonable steps to locate the owner. You could argue that a web post is a reasonable attempt, but it would be a stretch. Most people who carry larger amounts of cash around tend to be older people who are less likely to blog. It could be someone's pension.

ND said...

I should also say that the lack of trust on the police is saddening and not that likely to be based on direct experience. Most police officers are extremely careful with lost and found property to the point of being paranoid. It's the biggest thing that could get you disciplined if you don't document correctly. If you are very concerned about if going missing you can offer to hold onto it until a claimant turns up, especially if it is impractical for you to get to the station.

nd said...

Finally, if you have a receipt with the time and date of transaction and the retailer details or merchant ref number, then the bank could quickly identify the account. Esp with the last 4 digits.

mintness said...

It could be someone's pension.

Or, indeed, their jobseeker's allowance, as Carys has already pointed out.

Anonymous said...

Or it could be a distracted banker on his way to by overpriced bread, or a dealer getting some dough for a night out etc, etc. The blizzard of self righteousness is astounding.

Coney said...

Whats worse being immoral or self righteous?

Anonymous said...

Well it rather depends on the level of immorality compared to the outpouring of self righteousness. Carys is in the lead by a nose.

Anonymous said...

....by which I mean she's not being especially immoral

Howson Road said...

It seems to me that Carys has taken many steps to attepmt to find the owner of this money - well done Carys! You deserve some reward besides...

Anonymous said...

Carys, you did a good thing. Here's a hug.... enjoy the £50 now!

Anonymous said...

Yeah,maybe we should have a whip round for Cary.

Danja said...

Having publicised it here (for which well done) Cary has rather painted herself into a corner anyway.

The receipt means that it can probably be returned to its owner if Cary be arsed.

TJ(O) said...

i found a leather rown purse with £20 in it on Howson Road about 2 years ago. I went ot the police statin on Howson road three times to hand it in - thinking it might be someone's who can't affoard to lose it. Each time the station was closed, despite it being during the advertised times. I then pushed it in the next charity tin I saw.

TH epoint of me saying this - I think it's a bit much eveyone telling Carys what they should do. carys has made much more effort than most owuld, and is trying to return it.

TJ said...

apologies for the spelling and general lack of care in the last post....

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