Moral Dilemma: Man Finds Bag of Money Worth 3 Times His Annual Salary

A poor Chinese man who found a large wad of cash was left in a moral dilemma. (Image: Pixabay)
A poor Chinese man who found a large wad of cash was left in a moral dilemma. (Image: Pixabay)

An unemployed migrant worker in Nanjing who came across a large sum of money while looking for a job found himself in a tough situation.

Wu Xuede, 48, from Anhui Province, found a bag containing 130,000 yuan (about $21,000) while wandering around a flower market on Jan. 17.

He hesitated over whether to hand the money in or keep it for himself.

Wu is from the countryside, and his wife left him with two sons to take care of. He had worked in Nanjing for half a year, but only got paid 4,000 yuan ($645). Then he lost his job.

He didn’t know what to do with the money, so he turned off his phone for two days, and spent some time thinking. On the third day, he turned on his phone, and saw a message from the police asking if he had found the money.

The text message from police. (Image: Guancha.cn)

The text message from police. (Image: Guancha.cn)

So he took it to the police station with a friend and a reporter, hoping that they would view him as innocent, and not punish him.

The owner, who runs a nearby flower shop, was very grateful to Wu when she got her money back, according to Guancha.cn.

Bloggers commented on the news:

  • “It’s normal to hesitate to return or keep it. This isn’t a crime. The farm worker did the right thing.”
  • “This amount of money is equivalent to three year’s income for him. His hesitation led him to delay three days in giving it back. Overall, he’s a good man. Much better than those corrupt officials who have a job and income, but still try to get more money.”
  • “The owner should give the farm worker a reward. At least she got her money back.”
The flower shop owner was relieved to get his money back. (Image: Guancha.cn)

The flower shop owner was relieved to get her money back. (Image: Guancha.cn)

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