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Honest People In The World  
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4210 times:

And yes.. there exist honest people in the world!  praise 

MrIdiot, also called MrNiji at occasions, managed to leave a wallet with over US$3000 in cash and other stuff in a rented car and returned the car, maybe thinking of making someone a good holiday...

And... the people who rented next (don't they clean cars? Big grin ) did everything he could to find out whom it belonged to, before I realized (I was at a wedding in YYZ and somehow forgot everything in hectic). Then, when my parents met the couple, they denied to take a US$100 reward, so we had to force them....

Isn't this amazing? I always thought stories of people forgetting suitcases of $$$$$$s only happened to idiots, so I should change my username to MrIdiot..

Anything similar happened to you? It gives me hope in humanity!

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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4196 times:

Great story!! Glad you got your money back, and many kudos to the folks that returned it.....

 bigthumbsup 

As for:

Quoting Mrniji (Thread starter):
so I should change my username to MrIdiot..

Nah - you'd lose all your stats.  Wink


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

I believe in karma and consider myself very honest.

I would hope (but far from expect) that would returmed to me.



You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21478 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4174 times:

Most people are inherently honest. It may also have helped that the next renters of the same car would have been identified easily...!

User currently offlineTuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4160 times:

I found a wallet with about £400 and a pair of car keys including a tag with the reg number on in a restaurant (smart eh?), as tempting as it was i handed it to a waiter to be returned to the owner. It was only a skoda favourit anyway.  duck 

User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9054 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4133 times:
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Wow, I never had $3000 in my wallet... I seriously doubt it would FIT into my wallet...

anyway, great that there are still honest poeple!

WILCO737 (MD11)
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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4127 times:

I lost my wallet while cycling in Vondelpark in Amsterdam while there on vacation and about 2 months later it shows up in my mailbox in Tennessee with everything still in it, including the cash.

User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4105 times:

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 5):
I seriously doubt it would FIT into my wallet...

It would only be 30 $100 notes... I'm guessing that's what he had it in. Anything less and I'm sure his wallet would have been pretty bulky!!! Big grin



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4094 times:

There are quite a few Honest people around.The drawback is that they are in a minority.
I would like to have Honest people as friends.The problem is that it takes time to identify them as the world is suspect.

I know a few people that have returned valuables found for no reward.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4084 times:

A few years ago I forgot my wallet with cash, debit card, and credit card as well as my passport and ATB tickets in a rental car at LAX, I didn't even notice that I forgot the stuff until the bus driver shouted something like: "Patrick from Germany, do you miss something?". The car cleaners found my stuff and informed the shuttle bus driver via radio.  thumbsup  No question that I left a bit tip for the guys!

Patrick


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

Quoting ORFflyer (Reply 1):
Nah - you'd lose all your stats.

We all have our moments, sometimes they work out fine, sometimes we get screwed. All we can do is relish the times things work out and be prepared for the next screwing.


User currently offlineLH526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2372 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4055 times:
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Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 5):
I seriously doubt it would FIT into my wallet

Six 500€ Bills is not that much ...  

Just recently I forgot my wallet in a private Hotel in AMS (More of a family sub-letting some rooms in their big house). The door couldn't be locked, so I left the wallet under my pillow during the night ... something I never do so I subsequently forgot it the next morning (we were in a hurry and usualy I ALWAYS make a CWIK (Cellphone, Wallet, iPod, Keys) checkup ... not so this morning. I didn't realise it until I asked for the bill in a restaurant and foun everything but my wallet.
I phoned the family and they found the wallet while changing the bed-sheets ... everything still in it!

I once also lost my backpack (with tons of Kodachrome films, ... but NOT my wallet) during a spotting trip in SCL ... I approached the officials, all radios went on and every security / policeman was informed about my missing backpack ....
just for kicks we also checked the buses that were about to leave the airport, and there it was .. protected by a lady. I was lucky and my mind played tricks of the sudden reappearance and I even offered here a reward, yet instantly I realised she was about to steal it! so I got my backpack back and she faced a loong talk with the officials  

Mario
LH526

[Edited 2007-05-14 20:53:38]


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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3972 times:

This reminded me of an article in Readers Digest a few years ago:

http://www.readersdigest.ca/mag/1997/03/think_01.html


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3946 times:

There are quite a few honest people in the world,The problem is that they are overshadowed by the Majority that are not Honest.
So most people doubt their genuiness.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3908 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 10):
All we can do is relish the times things work out and be prepared for the next screwing.

They're some screwings that can be looked forward to....  biggrin 


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Thread starter):
Anything similar happened to you? It gives me hope in humanity!

I had a habit of hanging my cell phone on the seat back in front of me when flying.

One one occasion, I deplaned in PHX, and had just about boarded my ongoing flight when I realized I didn't have the phone. Well, I had no time to spare, my connection was boarding, so I beat feet back to the arrival gate. Alas, the plane was already pushing on a departure to Mexico. I asked about, and no one had turned in a phone. I knew that was the last I'd ever see of that phone.

Damnit.

So, I went on my way, caught my flight to MRY and called the AT&T widgets when I arrived.

A few days later, I was sitting in a hotel in St. Joseph, Missouri and my pager beeped - with a Phoenix phone number. I called. It was an HP flight attendant. She had my phone. She had found it when she boarded and was heading Mexico. I asked her how she got my pager number - since it wasn't listed in the phone.

She said she scrolled through all the numbers in the phone until she found one that she was certain would know how to contact me. The entry simply said: MOM.  biggrin 

She also told me my Mother qas quite suspicious as to how she came to possess my phone, and why she was calling her on it, from Mexico.  laughing 

I sent the great FA a check for $50, she mailed my phone back to me, and I sent a letter to HP thanking her for her honesty.

IMO - it's a damn rare commodity these days.


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12251 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3876 times:
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Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 15):
She said she scrolled through all the numbers in the phone until she found one that she was certain would know how to contact me. The entry simply said: MOM.

If there is one person you can always depend on, it's good old mom  Smile

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 15):
She also told me my Mother qas quite suspicious as to how she came to possess my phone, and why she was calling her on it, from Mexico.

 rotfl 



911, where is your emergency?
User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2297 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3846 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Thread starter):
Anything similar happened to you?

Yes, was in Payson AZ last summer travelling back to Phoenix and my wallet fel out of my pocket in a supermarket parking lot. Within about 15 mins I had rec'd a call from a lady who had picked it up, opened it to find my bz card then called me on my cellphone. I returned to collect it (she waited for me), offered her money but she wouldn't take any.



Fortune favours the brave
User currently offlineRonglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 625 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
There are quite a few honest people in the world,The problem is that they are overshadowed by the Majority that are not Honest.

I was interested to follow through ArmitageShank's link to the Reader's Digest story. They left out a number of wallets with $50 in various cities around the world. In Canada the overall return rate was 77%, in the USA 67%, Europe 58% , and Asia 57%.

So it seems that everywhere there is a majority of people who are honest.

I don't know what the return rate would be in Bombay. It must be a lot tougher for most people there to be honest about $50, than in the places in Canada that were sampled.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3722 times:

Quoting Ronglimeng (Reply 18):
I was interested to follow through ArmitageShank's link to the Reader's Digest story. They left out a number of wallets with $50 in various cities around the world. In Canada the overall return rate was 77%, in the USA 67%, Europe 58% , and Asia 57%

Its more to do with Standard of living than Honesty.

If you have a Family needing food/medicines worth Rs 100.You earn Rs 25/day.And you find a wallet with Rs500.Tell me what would you do.

For People in Developed countries that would be cheap change.

So its also about personal financial situation & not just honest.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3685 times:

Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 7):
It would only be 30 $100 notes... I'm guessing that's what he had it in. Anything less and I'm sure his wallet would have been pretty bulky!!!

My wallet is always bulky, because it is full of US$.01 pieces, or abroad with currency of less vaule.... Big grin - Ms Niji urged me to buy a new wallet, or I have problems and she might kill me (which I better do Big grin - no I wait till she gives up and buys me a new one Big grin ). The thing is.. this wallet is holy, more than 10 years old, has carried currencies all over the world. I can't surrender it, after having it lost and found again especially... guys..: no bad comments about the picture Big grin



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 19):
Its more to do with Standard of living than Honesty.

If you have a Family needing food/medicines worth Rs 100.You earn Rs 25/day.And you find a wallet with Rs500.Tell me what would you do.

I agree, but we see the correlation differently. I actively claim that the poorer someone is, the more honest people are. I have had people in India, living under the described situation, who ran after me for hours because I paid Rs. 1 too much. The richer, the greedier. Go in business and observe corruption and the game to become richer, the game. The less hardcore capitalist, the more honest, and the less crime, from my point of perception. Money and wealth from a certain extent spoils people. As a matter of fact, the family that returned my wallet was a young couple (younger than me) with a kid, not rich.


Thanks for your inputs.. truly amazing, some people..


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3642 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 20):
guys..: no bad comments about the picture

Damn.....I had a few words  biggrin 

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 20):
As a matter of fact, the family that returned my wallet was a young couple (younger than me) with a kid, not rich.

True.Subin.But I was statng a poor person in need of Food or medicine for their Family member.Thats desperation.There have been stories at BOM of poor people returning Lakhs of others.So its difficult to state a fixed standard.

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Thread starter):
Anything similar happened to you? It gives me hope in humanity!

While inspecting a plane, I found a guy's wallet with around $2000 (CAD) in it. You wouldn't believe how tempted I was to help myself to some loot. However, I quickly locked it in the company office with a note instructing the morning crew to turn it in to the airline's lost and found. You should have seen our jaws drop to the floor. The whole crew never came across anything like that before.



No matter how random things may appear, there's always a plan.
User currently offlineOverlander From Ireland, joined Aug 2005, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3543 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 3):
Most people are inherently honest.

 bigthumbsup 

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
There are quite a few honest people in the world,The problem is that they are overshadowed by the Majority that are not Honest.

No one hears about the simple things, about showing respect for other people and even if it is saying, excuse me you dropped your phone or purse or wallet, this is of no interest to the media and sometimes they tend to distort things.

Yes, there are people who have no respect, but they are still thankfully a minority.



It is better to travel hopefully.............but, always be prepared for the worst!
User currently offlinePAHS200 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3540 times:

In the time we live in when it seems like the only things people take about are how bad the world is. Its nice to hear story's about how many honest people there are.

Time for a short story:

I was with my family walking into Bed Bath and Beyond, These two old women (i would say late 60s early 70s) were walking on the other side of the parking lot when one dropped a birthday card I ran across the road and picked it up. they told me they wish there were more people like me in the world.  cheerful 


25 Post contains images FXramper : Found a wallet last summer with over $1000 cash in it. Saw a girl searching the parking lot c(rying) and asked her to describe it to me. She was heade
26 BFS : Its good to be reminded that there still are so many good people in the world. A few days ago I did a flight from AMS and when we got back to London,
27 OzarkD9S : Debt free. And there ya go.
28 ZBBYLW : I have a very similar story I was flying on a QX CRA YVR-YXY landed in YXY and arrived at the hotel checked in and laid down on the bed. Then I thoug
29 MCOflyer : Ok, I had a vacation last year and I left my phone in my managers car. I didn't realise this till I got home and I got a call saying to stop by on my
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