“While walking on the beach you stumble on a valuable object buried in the sand — say, a piece of jewelry or an envelope full of cash. What do you do with it? Under what circumstances would you keep it?” –The Daily Post
The simple answer is: it depends.
If the beach was quiet, I’d casually walk around to the people sitting in the general area and ask if they lost anything important. If they identified what it was, I’d be more than happy to return it to them.
If the beach was busy, I’d probably keep whatever I found only because it would be VERY difficult for the person to ever figure out WHERE they lost whatever it is that they lost.
This situation also depends on WHAT was found as jewelry can be meaningful and even irreplaceable in some instances. I’d want whoever lost it to get it back.
Money, on the other hand, could be a different story. People around me might lie and say that they lost it when they really didn’t so I’d have to be careful about how I handled it. If it looked clean and freshly lost, I might pass it on to a life guard but then they might pocket the money instead. Cash is very tricky! I guess my actions would depend on how much money we’re dealing with.
The bottom line: if it can be returned, I’d want it to be returned.