I found an envelope stuffed with $16k at a bakery on my birthday – ‘my mind was exploding’ but I knew what I had to do

ONE girl celebrated the jump into teenhood with a good deed after she found thousands of dollars lying on the ground.

Brooklyn Bengtson was celebrating her 13th birthday with her best friend Katelyn Franta when they literally stumbled over $16,500 in an envelope.

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Brooklyn Bengtson was celebrating her 13th birthday with her best friend Katelyn Franta when they literally stumbled over $16,500 in an envelopeCredit: Fox 9
The pair decided to turn in the money, being rewarded with $25 each and a sweet treat from the bakery they turned it in to

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The pair decided to turn in the money, being rewarded with $25 each and a sweet treat from the bakery they turned it in toCredit: Fox 9

The pair were out in Minnetonka, Minnesota, visiting Yum Kitchen and Bakery for a birthday treat, and on their way out, Bengtson felt something off her foot.

“I kicked something and then just tons of hundred dollar bills were scattering everywhere,” Bengtson told local Fox News affiliate KMSP.

She was shocked at the discovery and immediately knew that it was a large sum of cash by how much she saw spill out.

“I knew it was a lot because there were bundles and bundles of money,” Bengtson added.

“My mind was exploding because there were hundreds of dollars going everywhere,” she continued.

What the girls did next was automatic and plain good, as they did not think twice about rounding up the money and trying to turn it in.

The pair brought all of the cash straight inside to Yum Kitchen and Bakery worker Austen Edman.

While the girls were collecting the cash, inside, someone was asking if Edman had seen it.

“One of our neighbors from Elements Massage came over and said, ‘Hey, I think someone dropped something, one of our guests dropped something and I think they’re in here now and I think they’re looking for it,'” said Edman.

Just then, Bengtson and Franta came inside to hand over the envelope and its contents.

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The outside of the envelope contained the total amount of cash, written in pencil, along with notes on where some of the money was designated.

Of the $16,500, $4,000 was labeled simply as “cash” and $1,000 was labeled “new account.”

Edman took it from there, verifying with the owner what was on the envelope.

“I said what’s on the envelope, can you give me a description it matched perfectly and I handed it off to him,” Emdan continued.

The pair said that they were perfectly sure they did the right thing and that the man who recovered his money was grateful for their honesty

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The pair said that they were perfectly sure they did the right thing and that the man who recovered his money was grateful for their honestyCredit: Fox 9
Austen Edman was the bakery employee who dealt with the situation and who gave the teens treats as a reward

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Austen Edman was the bakery employee who dealt with the situation and who gave the teens treats as a rewardCredit: Fox 9

Once verifying the owner was being honest, Edman handed over the envelope.

The girls felt they made the right decision in returning the thousands of dollars.

“We knew we did the right thing to give it back,” said Franta.

“You never know what it was for, maybe it was for an illness he had to pay for or something,” she continued.

As a reward for their morals, the money’s owner gave each of the teens $25.

The bakery rewarded them with a pile of sweet treats, including two birthday-themed confetti cupcakes.

“That type of bravery and that type of strength doesn’t get recognized enough,” said Edman, speaking about the two girls.

“I’m totally willing to condition that with treats.”

The teens said that they did not learn much about the man who collected the cash other than how grateful he was for their honesty.

RULES ON FINDING MONEY

The saying ‘finders keepers’ is not always true as people who find money and keep it may quickly find out.

While State and local laws may differ slightly, the majority will require you to attempt to find the owner of the money.

If you fail to make “reasonable efforts” to track down the owner, many states will be able to charge you with theft or larceny of lost property.

The penalty will most likely be based on the value of the lost property as larger finds that are kept without making “reasonable efforts” to find the owner may be classed as a felony rather than a misdemeanor.

The term “reasonable efforts” includes asking people nearby if they dropped any cash, checking the envelope or wallet (if there is one) for an ID, handing it into a nearby store, or contacting the police on a non-emergency line.

Some laws will authorize the police to return the money to the finder if no one has claimed it after a period of time.

Always check your local and state laws which will most likely outline what to do if you find property or cash.

It is also advised that you contact the police or a criminal defense lawyer who can assist in what the laws state and how you should proceed.

Source: Criminal Defense Lawyer

'I kicked something and then just tons of hundred dollar bills were scattering everywhere,' Bengtson recalled to local news

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‘I kicked something and then just tons of hundred dollar bills were scattering everywhere,’ Bengtson recalled to local newsCredit: Fox 9
After accidentally scattering the cash, the girls quickly gathered it together and brought it into the bakery

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After accidentally scattering the cash, the girls quickly gathered it together and brought it into the bakeryCredit: Fox 9

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