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Family Runs Over Bag in Middle of Road, Opens It To Find $1 Million Inside

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If you see cars ahead of you swerving while you’re driving, your anxiety shoots through the roof as you wait for the way to clear so you can see what’s going on and avoid any obstruction.

Sometimes it’s debris, sometimes it’s pieces of a blown tire, and on a bad day it’s some sort of critter dodging traffic.

When the Schantz family in Caroline County, Virginia, hit the road on Saturday, it wasn’t long before they hit something else, too.

Mom Emily Schantz, who was driving, saw the car in front of her swerve to avoid what looked like a bag of trash in the road. Schantz hit it and told WTVR-TV “it made a huge clunk noise.”

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Apparently, the family thought it was garbage, but they stopped to pick it up — ostensibly so someone else wouldn’t hit it, too. They also found an identical bag about 15 feet away and threw both bags into the back of the truck.

When they later examined the contents of the “trash,” however, they were surprised to find treasure: around $1 million in cash.

“Inside of the bag, there were plastic baggies and they were addressed with something that said ‘vault,'” Schantz told the news outlet.

While it’s unclear how the cash found its way to the road, it couldn’t have been stumbled upon by a more honest person.

While many would have been very tempted to abscond with the money, Schantz, a teacher, decided to do the right thing and make use of the teachable moment with her sons.

“Do the right thing and return it,” she said. “Because it didn’t belong to us.”

When they realized what they’d stumbled upon, they called the authorities to turn over the find.

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To Maj. Scott Moser of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, the good deed deserved recognition.

“They came back to Caroline, and found out they’d been riding around with almost a million dollars in the truck,” he said. “For someone so honest and willing to give that almost a million dollars back, it’s exceptional on their part.”

Moser also visited the Schantz home and put on a show for the two Schantz boys.

“Their two sons were there, so I put the lights on for them, but we are proud and they represented this county well by being so honest,” he said.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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