Good karma move: Lawmaker returns money from an unexpected source

It wasn't exactly pennies from heaven, but it was enough to make state Rep. Drew Hansen stop in his tracks.

Hansen, a 23rd District lawmaker and a Bainbridge Island native, was riding his bike home Friday, Sept. 14 when he spotted a clump of green bills on the ground.

"I was biking back home from the ferry through Waterfront Park and ran over some dollar bills on the ground. It was 13 bucks," Hansen said.

Also found with the money was a receipt from a Winslow business that stated $13 in change.

"I could see someone running for the boat and money falling out of their pockets," Hansen said.

While some might view the find as a small but lucky windfall, Hansen decided to turn his bike around and go to the Bainbridge Island Police Department to turn over someone's missing money.

He filled out a police report, and told a reporter who called him about the report Wednesday that he hopes the story has a happy ending.

"Hopefully they'll find the owner," Hansen said.

"Thirteen bucks is a decent amount of money; someone could miss that," Hansen said. "If I lost 13 bucks, I'd miss it."


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