[quote=atsheeran]If you find something, you have just as much as a right to it as anyone else (except the person that lost it). Do what you reasonably can to identify who lost it or to make it available to them. This is difficult with found cash. You can’t really put up a sign saying, “If you lost $100 call 123-1234”. I don’t have an easy answer in that situation.
As for something other than cash, I say a finder can take it. But they ought to do something to facilitate getting it back to the true owner who comes looking for it.
I think proper steps need to be taken depending on the situation.
A friend of mind found a jewelry bag as she stepped into a cab at the airport. Other than seeing jewelry, she didn’t exam it too closely. She turned it into the airport, and they held it for 30 days and called her after no one came forward.
The bag had a beautiful 3 karat diamond pendant, another pendant (tourmaline?) and a gold chain. The diamond was guesstimated at $20,000, but possibly worth more as the feather-like flaw was only visible under strong magnification. It’s now part of her wedding ring. She assumes the owner probably had it insured and didn’t bother trying to track it down.