I have a terrible habit of putting money into my coat pocket (paper money) rather than in my bag or a wallet. This has never been an issue before as I have never dropped or lost money (as far as I know) whilst getting something else from my pocket. More often than not, it goes into my bag - putting it into my pocket is just easier at the time and hey, I'm lazy.
This morning we received an email from office manager saying some paper money was found in the corridor at around the time I was walking to my office. The money was neatly folded (something I would do) but I am not 100% sure the money was mine. Therefore I have not said anything. There is a possibilty it is my money - I remember thinking this morning "I'm sure I had another £5 note somewhere?" and then discounted it, thinking I probably spent it and forgot about it. The office manager said if the money is not claimed by the end of the day, it will go to the work charity.
Part of me thinks hey, well if it was mine, maybe this will teach me a lesson to be more careful with money and spend just two minutes putting it in my bag. I know that at as of 5 minutes ago, the money had still not been claimed. Because I am so unsure whether it really is my money or whether someone else has dropped it and just has not yet realised, I am very loathe to come forward. I am happy for the money to go to charity if nobody else claims it.
Should I be honest with the manager about why I am unsure about this or should I just leave it for her to give to charity? I would definitely not forgive myself if the money was given to me and it turned out at a later date to be someone else's. You could argue it is *only* £5.. But that *only* £5 could mean the world to someone who really needs it.
I just want to do the right thing here.