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A little education for James D.

by Rob_Boyter / June 13, 2014 5:59 AM PDT

For the quotation by Balzac on inexplicable fortunes, or fortunes without apparent source:

And the issue currently in other countries:


For clarity's sake, I don't subscribe to the version of the quotation which reduces it to "Behind All Great Fortunes Lies a Great Crime". The original didn't say that at all. It said "Behind great fortunes whose origin was not apparent ..."

But wealth is no more honest than is poverty. Indeed there is reason to think that the Leona Helmsley's of this world are more common than conservatives like to think.


FRESNO, CA - "A California man recovering from a drug addiction returns a
sack full of cash that fell off an armored truck. The good Samaritan
happens to be in need of money, too.

" Making his wife proud is the only reward Joe Cornell says he ever needs
in life. Cornell says he's thankful to the Brinks company for giving him
a $5,000 debit card for returning a deposit bag filled with more than
$120,000 in cash. The company says the bag of money fell off of a brinks
armored truck Wednesday afternoon. Cornell says when he found the cash,
his first concern was for others who could be hit with a loss.

" For the past four months, Joe has been living here at the Salvation Army
adult rehabilitation center. He's getting help with an addiction to
meth. He's going to be graduating in July and he says he's kicked the
habit, but what he needs now is a job."

I remember as a kid thinking that if you found something like that bag, you were entitled to a 10% recovery fee, but news stories always proved that childhood belief wrong.

I do however think that $5000 is pretty feeble. It's barely 4%. What I took away from the story, and what I'm sure most others did was, "You're not going to get a meaningful reward, and since it's lost, keep it." I think that Brinks have shot themselves in the foot.

What the guy needs is a job.


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