Mum warned of ‘karma’ after deciding to keep more than £1,000 found in charity shop


A mum has been warned of bad ‘karma’ after she decided to keep more than £1,000 cash she found hidden in charity shop item.

During a shopping trip round some goodwill stores with her sister, the woman picked up a “lovely” patchwork blanket that “looked like it was handmade.”

However, when she arrived home, she realized one section of the throw felt different to the rest, the Liverpool Echo reports.

She made a small incision to investigate the fabric, only to discover more than £1,000 in £50 notes tucked inside.

The mum pondered using the money to help out with expenses for her upcoming holiday, but said she had a “nagging voice” in her head and was “imagining some old lady kept her savings in here and somehow it’s got to the charity shop”.

Taking to Mumsnet’s popular Am I Being Unreasonable [AIBU] forum, she sought advice in a post titled “Found money … what should I do!”

She explained: “A couple weeks ago I visited my sister and we went around a good few charity shops like we always do when we see each other.

“I noticed a lovely patchwork type of quilted blanket that looked like it was hand made! I paid for it and it’s still been in the carrier bag till this morning as I wanted to wash it first before use.

“I was checking for any washing instructions on the labels and that’s when I noticed that in one quarter of the blanket it felt different – the more I pressed on that area the more I could almost feel something move so curiously I made a cut and I ‘ve found money inside. It’s not old notes, it’s UK money and quite a chunk. Most of it [is] in £50 notes and we are talking over £1,000, I don’t want to say how many thousands.

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“I don’t know what to do. Go back to the shop? Or keep it. I’m due to go on holiday soon and it would really help with expenses.”

Her post was met with hundreds of responses from fellow Mumsnet users.

One said: “Keep it it’s a gift.”

Another said: “Give it to the charity that the shop you bought it from was supporting.”

A third wrote: “You could split it half to the charity and keep half.”

The mum says she 'doesn't know what to do' about the cash' (stock photo)
The mum says she ‘doesn’t know what to do’ about the cash’ (stock photo)

In a follow up comment, she added: “That’s what my instinct tells me to do but I have a nagging voice. I’m imagining some old lady kept her savings in here and somehow it’s got to the charity shop.”

Another Mumsnet user said: “I’d keep it. You won’t find the owner. Could be someone’s donated belongings after a clear out or someone passing and is unaware of what’s in the blanket, they won’t miss it if they didn’t ‘t know it was there.Perhaps make a donation to the charity and enjoy the rest?’

While another disagreed and said: “Take it back to the shop/tell the police! Can’t believe you’d possibly think of keeping it.”

One Mumsnet user commented: “I doubt the shop could trace it back to the donatee. I’d keep it, but give a bit to charity to assuage my guilt!”

Another said: “The shop probably wouldn’t know who donated it. It would be nice to donate to the charity but completely up to you as you have purchased it and its contents.”

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The original poster later thanked Mumsnet users for their thoughts and provided an update on what she did with the found money. She was initially worried the money may be fake so she went to her bank to have it checked.

She added: “Update – it’s been banked no questions asked. I’ve just made an online donation to two charities linked to this shop and I’ve spent some upgrading airplane seats for my holiday that’s coming up soon. The rest I’m not sure, for now it will sit in my account.”

At the time of writing, 61% of Mumsnet users voted she was not being unreasonable to keep the money.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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