Money Found in Cracker Box

Here’s another strange story for you, according to

“The box of crackers Debra Rogoff bought from the grocery store had some crackerjack in it _ an envelope stuffed with $10,000.

Yet the Irvine woman was more curious than ecstatic about her daughter’s find. After all, who would leave money in such a place?

“We just thought, ‘This is someone’s money,'” she said. “We would never feel good about spending it.”

Rather than go on a shopping spree, the family called police and was initially told the money could be part of a drug drop.

Police later heard from store managers at Whole Foods in Tustin that an elderly woman had come in a few days earlier, hysterical because she had mistakenly returned a box of crackers with her life savings inside. In a mix-up the store restocked the box rather than composting it.

The Lake Forest woman, whose identity was not released, had lost faith in her bank and decided the box would be a safer place for the money.

Luckily for her, the box of Annie’s Sour Cream and Onion Cheddar Bunny crackers were bought by the Rogoffs, who discovered the crisp $100 bills in an unmarked white envelope on Oct. 10.

The Rogoffs never heard from the woman and didn’t receive a reward, but Rogoff did return to Whole Foods a couple weeks later.

“I asked them if I could have another box of crackers,” she said with a laugh. The store obliged.”

Character profile:

The old woman. What happened to make her loose faith in banks? Did she used to work for one and knows something we don’t? Or perhaps something unrelated to the banking system happened to her to make her distrust the economy? And why Sour Cream and Onion Cheddar bunny shaped crackers?

I try to listen to every person rambling about something that seems contrary to popular belief. How else can defend what we think we know if we don’t know the arguments against them?

As for the family who found the money, they don’t seem to have any interesting quirks I can use in a story… although it may be nice to see people do the right thing in a story.


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