The weather has been cooler lately. You decide to do some metal detecting in the woods at a new permission.
While walking through the woods you notice a very old cabin tucked back among some very large trees. The cabin appears to be over a hundred years old. Since you have permission to be there, you decide to detect around the cabin.
After about an hour of detecting, all you really have to show for it is a few relics, some stinkin’ lincoln cents and a pouch full of pull tabs. You decide to leave, but first you want to check around one of the large trees.
As you make your way over to the largest tree that you can see, you get a slamming tone that just about blows your headphones off your ears! Wow! It’s a very consistent tone, and you can tell right away that it is something good. You have visions of a mason jar full of silver coins! Could it be?
As you are digging all you can think about is how nice it would be to finally find something worth a little bit of money. Maybe you’ll even be able to afford a new detector. Wouldn’t that be sweet?
You dig down about 10 inches and notice a piece of dirty fabric wrapped around ‘something’. As you reach into the hole to grab it you realize that it is something very heavy. “What in the world…”
It’s not just heavy, it is very heavy for it’s size. As you unravel the fabric you realize that it isn’t a jar full of coins and get a little disappointed. That disappointment doesn’t last long as you notice a gold shimmer to the target. HOLY COW! NO WAY! You drop it on the ground and just stare at it…
You can not believe your eyes, you just found a GOLD BAR! Not just any gold bar, this thing has to weigh at least 2 pounds! You sit there in awe and finally realize that you need to do, something…but what? Nervousness sets in as you realize that you need to get out of there before anyone see’s you. It could be dangerous in the woods with a gold bar in your hands so you quickly fill your plug and head back to your car.
All kinds of thoughts race through your head as you are walking through the woods, mainly if you should tell anyone… including the property owner. You just found the find of a lifetime!
Decisions, decisions, what do you do?
Often the “correct answer” seems obvious, but that might not be what you would actually do in said situation. After reading the above scenario think about what you might do if you found yourself in this situation.
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