The back doors of a courier van carrying $100,000 flung open whilst said van was traveling along the highways of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 30, 2011. Those bags of cash, along with $20- and $50-dollar bills floating in the air, made their way into the hands, cars, and trucks of passing motorists. When all was said and done, the drivers of the courier van had $400 to show for their dayâ€™s work. The remaining money had been taken by the good folk of Pittsburgh who must have assumed that it was some new kind of state lottery. The Barometer really does want to assume the best about the folks of her home state.
However, that good faith is dissipated when the police excuse the conduct. Lt. James Englert offered this defense, â€œThere were $20 bills, $50 bills just swirling in the air. I think there was a great deal of confusion. Itâ€™s only understandable that people would just start picking up the money.â€
There is a slight degree of difference between â€œjust picking up the moneyâ€ to help and â€œpicking up the money and getting in your car and driving away.â€ This was not their money. Drop it off at the nearest police station to a lieutenant other than Englert. Said lieutenant can use crackerjack police investigation tools to put together your cash find on route 19 with the courier van losses on said route.
When the answer is so easy â€“ itâ€™s not your money â€“ why do so many reach the opposite conclusion? Pittsburgh media outlets are pleading for the return of the money. That money is long gone, easy come, easy go being what it is.