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  • May 19, 2011
    1:06 PM ET

    Ask Pay Dirt: My Grocer Gave Me $350 Extra. What Now?


    “Ask SmartMoney” is a regular feature in SmartMoney magazine where experts answer readers’ personal finance questions.  Since the magazine gets more questions than it can tackle, we’re answering some of the consumer -related inquires here on PayDirt.  We’re also taking new questions, which you can email to

    Q: What are the legal ramifications of not returning money? I picked up a Western Union wire transfer for $150. The cashier in my local grocery stated the amount was $150 and gave me $500 by mistake. I placed the money in an envelope without counting it and put the money in with my other funds. I didn’t notice the extra money until the next day and I have now spent half the money. They have stated that I have to repay by this weekend or they will file a report on me. What kind of report could they file on me? I told them I can repay the $350, but not until my next pay day, which is May 27. Western Union wants it all now. What should I do?

    Concerned, Texas

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