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Wed Mar 27, 2013, 06:41 AM

$30,000 Found in Clothes Returned: ‘I Believe in Karma’

A Philadelphia area woman discovered $30,000 in cash in some clothes but took the honest approach to dealing with the situation: she returned the money.

“I had to give it back,” Carol Sutor, of Bristol, Penn., told the Phillyburbs website. “I believe in karma, whatever I do will come back to me, good or bad.”

She discovered the cash in a canvas bag on a hangar that was part of a clothing collection she received from her cousin.

“So I unwrapped the bag, and there was another bag in another bag in another bag, one of those deals, you know? So I’m thinking maybe what’s in here are important papers. So I opened up the last bag, and got a surprise,” she said.

Inside the bag were blank envelopes containing numerous $100 bills. “At first I thought is this play money? Then I started looking. I said to myself, no, these are real hundred dollar bills. A lot of them,” Sutor recalled.


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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 06:49 AM

1. Karma is hard to understand sometimes

But if her good karma is what brought that money into her life then no one will claim it and it will be returned to her. Not everything you do starts a karmic cycle. Sometimes you are the recipient of your own good karma from your own past actions.

Karma is funny that way. I once heard a Metaphysics Teacher say that if you find money which is truly unattached to anything it doesn't matter how it got there. It is yours if you choose to keep it because it came to you. That last bit is because everything you do is free choice.

Whether she kept the money or not it was her karma to find it. She made a choice which is her right.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 07:01 AM

2. I suppose I prefer The Golden Rule...

Karma and spirituality and ethics and morals...those discussions sometimes make my head explode, to be honest, because it's human nature to try to twist things to our advantage and excuse selfish or greedy behavior (which, imho, stems from fear).

The Golden Rule is much more straightforward and simple for me. I need simplicity.

If she returned it because that's what she would hope another would do if the situation were reversed, that's cool. I always say that I believe in karma, but your explanation (which makes sense, btw!) reinforces my devotion to The Golden Rule.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 08:05 AM

3. The Golden Rule is much easier to understand

than the laws of karma. And when in doubt it is practically infallible.

Once I parked my car on such a slight incline that I thought it was flat ground. I forgot to put the break on and when I returned the car had rolled backwards into the driver's side door of another car. My car wasn't damaged but the other one was. I thought for a moment of just leaving, but the thought of karma and the Golden Rule stopped me. I knew that to leave would come back to me in the same way so the karma part was pretty easy to figure out. And the Golden Rule was simply the right thing to do.

I left all my insurance information and an explanation note on the windshield. The funny thing is a mechanic called me later to ask me if the insurance info was mine and did I mean what I said in the note. I said yes and he was blown away and told me how impressed he was. Then my insurance agent called me to verify that I had indeed left the note. I told her I believe in karma and she said she did too and thought it was very nice of me to do that.

Lots of people believe in karma though they may not talk about it for fear of being ridiculed.

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