Would YOU keep the money?
KID BLOWS $25K OF $31K MISTAKENLY PUT IN HIS ACCOUNT
A mistake by a Georgia bank teller turned into a jackpot for a local teen there — or so he thought. And the teenager found that while a bank is rarely forgiving of its customer's mistakes, it demands that you, the customer, forgive a mistake by the bank — or else. It began on March 7 when a customer at First Citizens Bank in the tiny, rural hamlet of Hull, Georgia, walked in with deposit. This wasn’t just any deposit. The customer handed the teller $31,000. The trouble began when the bank teller promptly credited the 31 large to the wrong bank account. The $31K ended up in the bank account of an 18-year-old who — he later claimed — thought it was an inheritance payout from his grandmother. And what do you do when a beloved grandparent bequeaths you a generous nest egg for your college fund, or your future security. What else? You spend it as fast as possible. The young man promptly withdrew $20,000 of the "inheritance" from his account and ran up another five grand using his ATM debit card. This spending spree took place over a span of time shorter than 10 days. We know that because it wasn't until March 17 that the original depositor noticed that the 31 grand was missing from his account. The bank investigated and figured out the mistake — and demanded that the 18-year-old give the money back. Which he could not do, for obvious reasons. The young man then offered to come into the bank and work out a repayment arrangement. The bank agreed, but the kid at last report had not shown his face. Now the bank is moving to prosecute him.
*Whatever happened to 'finders/keepers?' ~Rowdy