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What Would You Do?


Earlier this morning I read this story on the BBC News, about a Pennsylvania couple who received $120,000 into their bank account by mistake…and then spent almost all of it.

According to an affidavit, Robert and Tiffany Williams received the money in error, after the bank transferred the funds to their account, rather than the account of an investment firm. The affidavit says that the couple knew that the money was not theirs, but they still went on to use it to buy a Chevrolet Traverse, two four-wheelers, a camper, a race car, and household goods. They also gave away $15,000 to help out some of their friends.

Clearly the money was not theirs. In fact, when the couple was contacted by the bank, Tiffany Williams told them that “she no longer had the funds because she had already paid off bills.” The bank then withdrew the erroneous funds from the couples’ bank account, which resulted in an overdraft being triggered. The couple have now been charged with theft and receiving stolen property, as well as facing over $100,000 in overdraft fees.

When I read this story, my writer’s brain immediately created a storyline, in which the protagonist receives a life-changing amount of money into his bank account by mistake, withdraws the lots, and then disappears to live the life of his dreams. With more than enough projects on the go right now, I didn’t get as far as deciding whether or not he/she gets caught, or whether the money lands him/her into hot water of a criminal, rather than legal, kind. I did, however, start to wonder what other people would do in that situation. I like to think that I myself would be stupid enough to behave in the manner of my protagonist. Deep down, I know I wouldn’t. I would call the bank, alert them to the error, and then drown my sorrows in a large G&T and contemplate what might have been.

But how about you? Suppose a large pot of money inexplicably showed up in your bank account. What would you do? Let me know in the comments below.

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3 comments on “What Would You Do?

  1. Mae Clair says:

    I just saw this news story last night and my jaw dropped. I live in Pennsylvania, so it hit my local news affiliate.

    First off, there is no question whatsoever about what I’d do—I’d contact the bank and alert them to the mistake. It’s mind-boggling to think the couple behaved the way they did. This is definitely not a case of finders/keepers. And now look at the mess they’re in!. I can’t believe they thought they’d get away without any repercussions.

    I do like your story idea though. In fiction there’s a lot more wiggle room than in life, LOL!

    1. That’s what I love about writing. You can do things that you would never, ever do in real life, yet they feel so emotionally real within the realms of imagination.
      Thank you so much for visiting, and for reading my work, Mae…and for interacting, of course. It means a lot.

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