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Found money on the job

I work in retail. I recently found €200 handed in to the cash office. Nobody has collected it and I thought I would be in line to claim it after twelve months. I was told not. The money will go to “head office”. Is this normal? S.

Hi S. 

 

The law says that you didn’t find it, it was the company you work for found it.  This is because you are an employee of the company and it was during your time and in the store that you found it.  I will say, however, that it is a bit mean of the company because they should encourage staff to be honest.

 

It would be different had you found the money in the street.  If you handed the money into a garda station and it wasn’t claimed for a year and a day, then you would be entitled to the money back under the Police Property Act.  This would be a simple application to the District Court and the Gardai would have brought the money to court, and if the judge directed that it be paid over to you then so be it.

 

Alternatively, had you found the money in the street you could actually have held on to it and reported the find to the Gardai and taken reasonable steps to find the owner.  I would always advise people, though, to hand money in to the Gardai because if they pocketed the money they would be open to a criminal charge of “Larceny by Finding” which is much the same as theft.

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