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Calif. family finds $10,000 in box of crackers

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Calif. family finds $10,000 in box of crackers

ETIRVINE, Calif. � The box of crackers Debra Rogoff bought from the grocery store had some crackerjack in it � an envelope stuffed with $10,000.

Yet the Irvine woman was more curious than ecstatic about her daughter's find. After all, who would leave money in such a place?

"We just thought, 'This is someone's money,'" she said. "We would never feel good about spending it."

Rather than go on a shopping spree, the family called police and was initially told the money could be part of a drug drop.

Police later heard from store managers at Whole Foods in Tustin that an elderly woman had come in a few days earlier, hysterical because she had mistakenly returned a box of crackers with her life savings inside. In a mix-up the store restocked the box rather than composting it.

The Lake Forest woman, whose identity was not released, had lost faith in her bank and decided the box would be a safer place for the money.

Luckily for her, the box of Annie's Sour Cream and Onion Cheddar Bunny crackers were bought by the Rogoffs, who discovered the crisp $100 bills in an unmarked white envelope on Oct. 10.

The Rogoffs never heard from the woman and didn't receive a reward, but Rogoff did return to Whole Foods a couple weeks later.

"I asked them if I could have another box of crackers," she said with a laugh. The store obliged.

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Comments

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justxploringComment by justxploring - December 27, 2008, 8:29 pm
You beat me to it, Angel! I was going to post this story. When I read it, I wondered how someone could buy a previously opened box of crackers.   Guess I pay more attention to that stuff more than most people. Anyway, I just bought a box of Ritz crackers at Wal-Mart tonight and I'll check each pack carefully. LOL They say everything tastes better on a Ritz, but I never tried a wad of cash. :-)
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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - December 27, 2008, 10:14 pm
Great story! This is the kind of story that would've driven my Dad crazy, LOL. When I was a wee girl there was a story of someone that found a bag of money in the street and turned it in. My Dad went crazy with exclaimations as to the idiocity of not keeping the money. Guess he really believed in "finders keepers, losers weepers"! Lucky for the little 'ol lady but I which the finder would get something! LOL

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