This Family Found $1 Million in the Middle of the Road and Returned It

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What would you do if you stumbled upon an unclaimed $1 million? 💰

Well, one family in Caroline County, Virginia found themselves in this exact tempting situation when they found a couple of bags filled with cold, hard cash during a cruise this past Saturday.

As first reported by WTVR, a woman named Emily Schantz was out for a drive with her family when they ran over a mysterious object, which later turned out to be a bag, in the middle of the road.

Assuming the roles of a few residents simply looking out for the beauty of their community, the family stopped and picked up this bag along with another about 15 feet away and placed them in their pick-up truck, thinking that someone had disposed of their trash improperly.

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However, they later found out that they had scooped nearly $1 million in cash money. "Inside of the bag, there were plastic baggies and they were addressed with something that said ‘cash vault,’" Schantz said.

Shortly after, the family alerted police in Caroline as mama Schantz believed it was "the right thing" to do. There's some good karma coming their way, for sure.

An investigation is underway, but authorities think the bags were headed toward a bank via the postal service. They're still unsure how such a large sum of money could wind up sitting on the road, though.


Major Scott Moser, who visited the family earlier this week, praised their willingness to keep things a buck. "For someone so honest and willing to give that almost a million dollars back, it's exceptional on their part,” he said.

Returning something that isn't yours is surely the noble move, but one can't help but imagine the opposite scenario of making off with a quick million. Hip-hop artist Father made his decision about what he would do clear in a recent tweet.

This isn't the only bizarre story to come out of Virginia in recent days. A pair of shoplifters made headlines as they were spotted on camera stealing from a convenience store while disguised in watermelon masks.