As my 12 year old and I were waiting for our food, she nudged me with an elbow, said "hey dad" and gestured toward the floor - where a $20 bill was laying out in the open. There were a lot of people there, but this bill was not laying next to anyone in particular and we did not see who dropped it. It was not obvious to be anyone's $20 and nobody else standing around had seen it. So I walked about 8 or 10 steps over and picked it up.
I could have asked the people there if anyone dropped it, but I didn't. Instead, I approached the cashier working the order in station and said something like, "someone dropped this, but I didn't see who it was" (thinking that as the employee taking the money she may have come across someone wanting to pay who didn't have the money they thought they had in their pocket)... dumb on my part to not just pocket it myself. But I was also trying to teach my daughter a lesson, through good example, that sometimes it's the right thing to try to get property back to its rightful owner.
The worker shrugged her shoulders, but took the bill from me anyway and walked over to talk to someone else behind the counter. I don't know if she was a supervisor or just another worker... The other girl took the $20, stuffed it into her own pocket, and went about her business. And the girl at the counter glanced at me, but offered no explanation or anything.
I suppose I could have said to the girl - if you were just going to take it, how about giving it back to my daughter as the person who found it. But I chose to keep my mouth shut and teach an alternate lesson to my daughter... some people are just opportunistic vultures.
I don't know that girl's story or how hard she was working on that busy day. Maybe she needed something extra to get through the week. But it definitely left a sour taste in my mouth (and it was my wife, not me, who ordered the lemonade to drink).