Friday, January 23, 2015

It's circumstantial evidence at this point

Okay, I have a dilemma here. We live on a busy street with lots of auto and pedestrian traffic.

I left for work yesterday morning and saw a rather large scratch off lottery ticket on the lawn as I was pulling out of the driveway. When I came home it was still there, despite being a windy day. Hubby hadn't picked up the litter either, because he has a theory: maybe it will blow down the street.

On my way to the mailbox I bent down and picked up that Bingo Scratch Off, and I scanned the gnat-size number circles. Nah! Not a winner. Then, I saw a second chance to win on that card. It had been scratched off, too. The directions: two matching amounts win!

I looked at the side by side $10.00 amounts. Hot diggity! I had a winner in my hot little hands.

Now the dilemma: I did not see anyone trash our lawn, but I have a pretty good idea who did. There's a little old Bosnian man who buys lottery tickets at a neighborhood market up the street from our house almost every day. I have seen him wildly scratching and walking past our house on several occasions. Once or twice, I've seen him toss the losers on the ground. On those occasions I embraced my husband's philosophy, it will be down the block or in the gutter in no time. 

I'm considering asking the guy if he tossed trash onto our lawn, to which he will most likely reply: "No speak English." Or he may become belligerent and swing his loaf of fresh bread at me.

The more I think about it, the more I think I will consider the fine for lawn littering $10.00.

Now if by chance I find another winner on our property with a greater amount, I shall increase my fine.

It's all circumstantial evidence at this point. What do you think?



Alice said...

Sounds like a reasonable fine to me. Even a Catholic raised on guilt would be hard pressed to stress over $10. Go by yourself a cup of coffee!

Bookie said...

I think you are a winner for patience!

Lynn said...

If it meant that much to whoever lost it, they wouldn't have left it in your yard. I just said something to my daughter the other day that she had never heard of, which I thought was really crazy: Finders keepers, losers weepers. The man shouldn't be littering, so perhaps that's his bad karma :-)

Tammy said...

I'm on a corner lot with a stop sign, where people empty their ashtrays, dump their trash, and allow their dogs to raise a leg on my flowers. I even once tracked down the owners of a stolen billfold that had been spread all over the lawn. I sure wish God would sent me some compensation!

Sioux Roslawski said...

The $10 is yours. If your neighbor tossed it onto your lawn, he obviously doesn't want it. And don't buy Bill a fancy cup of coffee either, because he was hoping it would blow into the next yard.

Nope. It's yours, all yours. Enjoy spending it.

Val said...

Yep. It's yours. To the litter-picker go the spoils.

Susan said...

"Finders keepers, losers weepers." That's my opinion in a nutshell.

Hope it's even more next time. Susan

Mevely317 said...

Hope by now that ticket's redeemed and you enjoyed doing something nice for yourself!

Connie said...

I agree with the finders keepers rule in this case since it amounts to litter being thrown on your lawn.