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Nobody needs an ‘atta boy’ in this terrible economy when bills are piling up and gas is high as hell. I’m not telling you to go out and search for compensation when you do a good deed so please don’t take what I’m about to say the wrong way. If you do the right thing, do it straight from the heart and understand that your true reward will come from God. But understand two things:
1. If you find some loose money on the ground, don’t be afraid to keep it. Trying to find the rightful owner of three dollars will be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. So don’t waste your time turning it into the authorities.
2. If you’ve done a good deed for someone and you’ve been offered a monetary reward, IT’S OKAY TO ACCEPT IT! Now if you choose not to accept the reward because of your own personal reasons, that’s fine. That’s your business. But don’t feel like you can’t accept the reward because “other” people may feel like it’s not the right thing to do. Who the hell are they to make you feel bad about accepting a reward that was RIGHTFULLY given to you? Would the naysayers have turned it down? Probably not. In fact, they probably wouldn’t have even done the good deed that led up to getting the reward in the first place! So don’t worry about the self-righteous folks because they will be the main ones who will probably be knocking down your door, looking for a hand out if you take the reward. The fact that you did the right thing in the first place, makes you a good Samaritan. Translation: Tell the naysayers to go to hell.
The reason why this topic came to mind was because I was thinking about my hometown hero, Charles Ramsey. For those of you that don’t know, Charles Ramsey was relaxin’ at home eating some McDonald’s when he heard the screams of a young woman that was trying to escape from a house that she was held captive in for ten years. He rushed over to the house and cracked the screen door open to help her and two other girls get out of the house. The story made headline news that a man by the name of Ariel Castro held all three of these women captive in that house for ten years of their lives.
To make a long story short, Ramsey became everyone’s hero and they loved him even more when he refused to accept the money reward that he was offered. Now I know what you’re thinking; “Sonica, that was nice of him.” That’s true but the crazy part is that due to him receiving sooooo many people coming up to his job to commend him, his boss fired him and allegedly he became homeless, living off of relatives. So my question is, has any of the media people tried to help this man get back on his feet, knowing that he didn’t take the reward money? If not, why?
Now although I’m telling you that it’s okay to receive a reward and it’s okay to keep a few bucks that you found on the ground, don’t get yourself caught up in a situation that makes you look like a total idiot. For example:
1. If you are walking down the street and you SAW that someone dropped some money on the ground, don’t be a jerk and slide the money into your pocket. Do the right thing and return it to them, whether you get a reward or not. Wouldn’t you want someone to do the same thing for you?
2. PLEASE don’t be foolish and pick up the black duffle bag that is full of cash, sitting on the corner of the street. It’s sitting there for a reason and the reason is because it’s bait to get you set up to look like a damn fool. If you take that duffle bag, you can best believe that you will get rushed by a fully-staffed camera crew that’s hiding in the bushes, waiting for you to make a screwed-up decision. So if you take the bait, the camera crew shows up immediately and a guy in a cheap suit ends up pushing a mic in your face, waiting for you to explain the reason why you attempted to take the bag full of money. Secondly, police are known for using an unlocked car as bait to catch car thieves. So who’s to say that this duffle bag isn’t a way for them to make an example out of you? Who’s to say that the minute that you place your hands on that duffle bag, that the police won’t come outta the trees on some mission impossible craziness with guns drawn, cuffing your tail quicker than you can say Amen. So now, you’re sitting in a jail cell, waiting for your mama to come up with money to bail you out.
So in a nutshell, what I am saying is this: Use discretion. Don’t worry about turning in a couple of dollars on the ground. That’s not an issue that the authorities will give a damn about. Furthermore, if someone wants to do something for you because of something amazing that you’ve done, learn to say ‘yes’ and keep it moving. Modesty is an awesome trait to have but don’t block your own blessing that someone wants to give to you. It may just be the blessing that you really need.
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