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User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 744 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

And it had loads of 'high-end' bank/credit cards in it i.e. Amex Platinum, Coutts, Natwest Black etc etc but it also had £100 in it would you....

A. Hand the wallet into the nearest police station?
B. Take all the money out and throw the wallet away?

or

C. Take a tenner out and hand the wallet into the nearest cop shop?

And if you ever lost your wallet and someone got it back to you, would you reward that person at all?

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User currently offlineTootallsd From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 2757 times:
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I would try to contact the owner immediately. Failing that I would leave it an appropriate lost and found or police station. If you have ever lost these items, you know what a hassle it is. Ten pounds or ten dollars is not enough to compromise my values.

User currently offlineFlybaurLAX From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

I would take the wallet back as I found it, and refuse any reward if offered. I have found a wallet once, and turned it in to the local police station. We got a call from the station to let us know that the owner picked it up and was very thankful. I would like for someone to do the same for me if I ever lost mine. I would offer a reward, but would regard the person very highly if they refused it.


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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 2750 times:

You'd be stupid to use the credit cards anywhere. The cash, you could, but morally, it would be wrong I suppose.

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User currently offlineKiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 2744 times:

Taking the cash is stealing. It doesn't matter if someone lost the wallet, that doesn't change the fact that it is their property. It's no different to walking into someones garage that they have left open and stealing their stuff.

I would definitely not take the money, however I wouldn't stuff around trying to find the owner. Nearest cop shop and they can sort it out. No reward required as I wouldn't really have done anything, and think it's a bit silly to reward people for not being criminals


User currently offlineJM017 From Jamaica, joined Jun 2002, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 2733 times:



Quoting Baexecutive (Thread starter):
And it had loads of 'high-end' bank/credit cards in it i.e. Amex Platinum, Coutts, Natwest Black etc etc but it also had £100 in it would you....

Years ago, someone showed me that courtesy. They returned the wallet and all its contents to me by mail. I would do the same. And I wouldn't take a penny.



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User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 22 hours ago) and read 2731 times:

Return it and hope for a reward.

Saying that, I've lost mine... It's got £20 and 10CHF as well as £1400 on my visa electron, plus driving licence and NI card, so if anybody finds it, it's mine  Wink At least I know it's in the house somewhere, not on the street!


User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8897 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

I applaud the honesty, but unfortunatly, the reality shows differently. I myself would never dream of not giving it back, I hope I have taught my children the same values. In most cases, it is not given back in my experiance. Now if I found a BANK bag from an armored truck, I might have a struggle with my concience. You know those nice bankers.  Smile


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

Turn it into the closest appropriate authorities.

At work a couple of weeks ago, I found $80 in cash in the parking lot. No one was around so there was no one to see me pick up the money. I turned it in anyway. At the close of business that day, no one had claimed it, so the money was given back to me.  Big grin


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

I'd return it like I found it.

I lost my wallet in Amsterdam and it magically appeared in my mail about 6 months later- cash and all.


User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5710 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 2627 times:

A couple of years ago, after parking at the airport car park, I noticed something sticking-out from underneath the back tyre. It was a wallet, stuffed with various cards (no credit cards) and a small amount of money (around 30 euro), plus some other small personal effects. There was no address, so I rang the various organisations' cards and eventually got the address and phone number of the owner, who happened to live about five miles from me. It was easier for me to call to her, as I frequently drive in that direction, so I dropped it to the door one morning. The woman's daughter answered the door, and immediately opened the wallet as she said her mother told her to give me the cash. Naturally I refused, as I was able to deduce from the wallet's contents (and the address) that the woman wasn't wealthy, but had it been a large amount of cash belonging to a company I'd have no problem in accepting a reward.

I'd like to think most people would react in a similar way. I've lost things in the past and sometimes they've been found and returned, sometimes not. While there was nothing of any great value in that wallet, there's a lot of hassle involved in replacing lost cards, and I was thinking more of this than the actual small monetary value involved.


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

A few years back I did find a wallet with quite a bit of money and many credit cards in it and handed this in at the nearest police station who asked me to leave my name and address should the owner wish to send me any reward.

A few weeks later I did receive a letter from the owner thanking me for returning the wallet but also requesting that I send him the $500 that was missing when he received it. So if I found one today, I would probably take all the cash and dump the wallet.

If someone returned my wallet intact, I would certainly reward them.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39884 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 2615 times:

No need to involve the police since most wallets already have identification in it.
Just simply contact the person.
I can recall a time when I found a purse on a bench at a bus stop. (This was pre 9/11). The purse had important immigration documents and it belonged to an older lady from The Philippines. Her phone/address book was also in the purse I contacted a local relative with the same last name. It was her daughter & law and I explained the situation and gave her my phone number.
The owner was so grateful when I met her to give her purse back to her. She was actually crying. She had gone hysterical because her immigration papers were in that purse.
She insisted on giving me money but I decline because I know she didn't have a lot.



I found a cellphone on the sidewalk next to my house. I called the most recent number to let them know that I had found their contacts phone on the street. It was actually my next door neighbor's phone. I had just moved on to the street like a month before and for the past 6 years I've lived on this street, they think the world of me. Often times they give me free gift certificates to dine at their family restaurant. It's one of the best Chinese restaurants in town.


On a related topic, about 10 years ago some lady left a voice message on my answering machine. She had the wrong number because her message was for a lady named 'Brenda'. It was details about her party that she was throwing and left her phone number.
I was nice enough to call her back to let her know that she left the message on the wrong number. Well she was glad I contacted her about the wrong number so she invited me to the party anyway. I met some really cool people there and still keep in contact with them till this day.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Considering Monaco, this is what I would do.

I would keep the whole thing intact, as I found it.
I would go to the Monaco Police headquarters and ask for help locating the owner.
Then I would contact the owner myself, arrange a meet at the police HQ and return the wallet to him (her) with everythiing inside and no further expectations.

I would probably make a new friend in town.  veryhappy 
I don't expect anything like this to happen, but one newer knows.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19699 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 2604 times:



Quoting Baexecutive (Thread starter):
And it had loads of 'high-end' bank/credit cards in it i.e. Amex Platinum, Coutts, Natwest Black etc etc but it also had £100 in it would you....

A. Hand the wallet into the nearest police station?
B. Take all the money out and throw the wallet away?

or

C. Take a tenner out and hand the wallet into the nearest cop shop?

And if you ever lost your wallet and someone got it back to you, would you reward that person at all?

I'd try to get in touch with the owner of the wallet and tell him how much money I found in it and arrange to return it. If I couldn't get in touch with the owner, I'd turn it into the cops.

As for the question: I once lost my keys on the NYC subway. Because the keys have a Stanford Alumni Association keychain with my member ID number on it (for just such circumstances), a lady called the Association and told them she had my keys and we arranged to meet up. I gave her a $20 gift card for Starbucks for her honesty and effort.


User currently offlineForce13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 2516 times:



Quoting Baexecutive (Thread starter):
also had £100 in it would you....

Based on the current exchange rate for British Pounds to US Dollars that cash is mine! Big grin

...untill i felt guilty as s*it 10 minutes later and returned it to the owner.



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7372 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 2500 times:



Quoting Baexecutive (Thread starter):
C. Take a tenner out and hand the wallet into the nearest cop shop?

Take the hole amount, you know you would.

Quoting BCAL (Reply 11):
A few years back I did find a wallet with quite a bit of money and many credit cards in it and handed this in at the nearest police station who asked me to leave my name and address should the owner wish to send me any reward.

A few weeks later I did receive a letter from the owner thanking me for returning the wallet but also requesting that I send him the $500 that was missing when he received it. So if I found one today, I would probably take all the cash and dump the wallet.

It wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't the cop who cleaned out the wallet, the cash isn't all that important but the cards are harder to replace.


Last winter my wife found a wedding ring in a car park, she took it too the police, they took her bank account details and contact number, two weeks later we got a thank-you note along with 500 NOK.

If I lost my wallet I wouldn't care if the money went just so long as my credit cards, drivers liecense and other personal items were returned.


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 2496 times:



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 8):
At work a couple of weeks ago, I found $80 in cash in the parking lot.

A couple of weeks ago I walked into a local hardware store. Right when I entered I found 30 EUR on the floor. I picked them up and before I could even think what to do, I had already given it to the cashier. How stupid of me, because I'm 100% sure the cashier has just kept it herself, and not reported it. She just took it from me and stuffed it into her pocket. Had I thought about it a minute longer, I think I would have kept the cash. For a student 30 EUR is a good amount of money.

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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 2492 times:



Quoting Tootallsd (Reply 1):
I would try to contact the owner immediately. Failing that I would leave it an appropriate lost and found or police station. If you have ever lost these items, you know what a hassle it is. Ten pounds or ten dollars is not enough to compromise my values.

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The contents of the walet are irrelevent; it's someone else's property and you have no right to it or its contents.

If there's something to identify the owner by telephone number, I would call immediately.
If there's something with an address and it's resonably close (a few blocks to a few miles depending on my mode of transportation) I would return it in person.
If neither of the above are true I'd turn it in to the nearest lost & found or police/security department.

I've done all three of the above... and aside from a thank you (and one annoyed glare) never gotten anything, but a few bucks isn't worth compromising my morals over. (I've also corrected a cashier when she tried giving me $40 in change for a $10 item I paid for with a $20... that took a few minutes of explaining)



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7703 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 2478 times:
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I found a wallet a couple of days ago. It went straight to the airport lost property office.


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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2667 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 4 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

I would turn it in to the cops (or the lost & found). I found a wallet on a store shelf at the Walnut Creek Target and just handed it to the Service Desk. I would really take whatever it took to avoid meeting the actual owner because I couldn't handle it if they got all gushy. My mom found some lady's wallet & returned it to her (when I was 12 or so) and the lady ended up calling our house like every other day to keep thanking my mom. Mom was nearly thanked to death before long. I can't handle ten seconds of thanks or compliments from anyone (probably I should work on that...)

My dad found some British lady's wallet while he was on a biz trip in Toronto; he took the trouble of mailing it to her (wallets aren't easy to mail, and it's not easy to mail anything from the U.S. to another country because the increasingly-non-English-speaking postal clerks haven't heard of "strange" "exotic" lands like BRITAIN. England? THE...UK??? FAWLTY TOWERS?!?!?? (Bubkes. Nobody knows sh!t...)

Dad got a rather stodgy, mannered note from the British lady which probably aimed to convey her thanks but fell rather short of doing so. In a postscript she explained her willingness to send him a reward, if he felt that would be appropriate. CHEAP!!! You can either send proper thanks and leave the idea of a reward out of it, or you can send thanks and out-and-out OFFER a reward; you DON'T put the nice person in the weird, cheapwad position of deciding whether they should receive one or not.

So we got crazy ladies harassing Mom every 2 days, stodgy ladies sending cheapwad notes (and living in Britain; which is an inconsiderate thing to do since it's hard to send mail there).

Leave me out of this, I'd say. It can be handled by the cops, or the Target employees (who wear shorts while they're at work and when it's in the 60's outside; when I worked at Osco Drug in Acton, Mass. as a teenager, all male employees had to wear khakis, long-sleeve shirts, and ties tightened to the neck; and it didn't matter if it was 112 out with 70% humidity).

We were talking about wallets and now I'm mad at postal clerks and shorts-wearers.

Nice going.

[Edited 2009-10-23 12:08:19]


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User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2452 times:



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 16):

LMAO yeh take the dosh and run like F**k ;P


User currently offlineFRAspotter From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2352 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (4 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

Wow! Now if only the entirety of society would show the same common sense and trustworthiness as the people here on a.net... The same thing happened in 1976 to my uncle but he wasn't as fortunate as many of you who have written about your property being returned in one piece...

He was walking through a park in Houston with my aunt and their dog. Later he would be heading over to the University of Houston campus to pay in person the tuition and other fees/expenses for my cousin's schooling. He would always pay in cash, so his wallet had over $1000 in it. However somehow while at the park he lost his wallet. It was returned via mail about a week later with the cash missing... It was still too late for my cousin. He ended up having to drop that entire semester. It took my uncle a long time to gather up that kind of money. So hopefully what everybody is saying in the above comments is true and not just saying what we want to hear because the truth is (especially if a wallet includes large sums of cash) the cash is most likely intended for an extremely important cause (funeral, wedding, life savings, tuition, rent, etc) and taking it would cause unnecessary hardship and stress on the people effected...



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User currently offlineBwest From Belgium, joined Jul 2006, 1370 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

*sigh* I'm still waiting for a good soul to return my lost wallet to me... it's been 4 months now...


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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2667 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (4 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2428 times:



Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 22):
the cash is most likely intended for an extremely important cause (funeral, wedding, life savings, tuition, rent, etc)

I don't agree with that; maybe it was so in 1976 but not in this digital age.

Today if there's "large sums of cash" in a person's wallet, I'd be suspicious of that person. (Smuggling, fencing, laundering, drugs, NOT giving their cash to me as a present -- ALL. FELONIES.)



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25 OA260 : Yes of course . Yes I would give them €50 so they could get themselves a nice meal or few bottles of Wine etc...
26 RussianJet : Phil, I've found your wallet - *here you go*. Now, give me my cash!
27 StarAC17 : Every time I have lost one I got it back at some point. I also lost my passport in Byron Bay, Australia in February (on my birthday   and was sug
28 Mirrodie : How about $10,000? What if it were more? Same here. My phone and wallet went missing for 20 minutes. The couple that found it called my wife's cell (
29 Jcs17 : I'd like to say I'd grab the money and drop the wallet, but my conscience would never let me do it. I'd feel absolutely horrible about it, and althoug
30 4holer : What is it about Superfly? Three stories about finding wallets and they all start with a certain "Penthouse Forum" vibe. You can practically hear the
31 HAWK21M : Try contacting the owner & return it personally. If not possible.Hand it over to the local Police station with a written proof of the same. Amazing st
32 ManuCH : That's the exact same thing that happened to me - only it wasn't next to my house. I was on vacation in the mountains and found the cellphone on the
33 Rabenschlag : I am amazed by the degree of selflessness/altruism expressed in this thread! What motivates you all to behave like this?
34 RussianJet : What a strange question. Perhaps because it's the right thing to do and stealing is totally wrong?
35 ClassicLover : I'd like to say I'd take the money and run too, but I probably wouldn't. A guy stuffed up an ATM transaction in front of me once, and then he walked i
36 OA260 : Ive lost many things in my life but my wallet is still here
37 Braybuddy : I'm reminded of an old quote by George Bernard Shaw: when talking to a woman at a party, he asked her if she would sleep with a man for a thousand po
38 Elite : Return it as soon as possible. After feeling the rush of gratitude that I had when my wallet was returned, I will always try to do the same.
39 FlyDeltaJets87 : About a year and a half ago, I found a credit card on the ground. I called the 1-800 number on the back of the card to say "I found the credit card b
40 Signol : A few years ago I used to work in a nightclub, and loads of stuff would be left behind, in corners, on the floor by the bar, etc. I've found a wallet
41 Tootallsd : Well since the first line is my posting and you asked, I'll answer. 1> Returning $10,000 would be a bit harder but 2> You would be hardI pressed to p
42 LTBEWR : Wallet with money or not on a public street, I would try (and have done so) to contact the individual directly from info in the wallet and if not able
43 Rara : Hm. I'd do that quite differently. For some reason, the number 20 is on my mind. If someone returned my wallet, I'd offer a reward of 20% of the cash
44 Iairallie : Turn it in intact or try to track down the person. No brainer. No reward necessary and no I wouldn't reward the person who turned mine in financially
45 Iairallie : Precisely. And many of us have been the poor sap whose lost the wallet so we can empathize. I wonder who did take it. It is silly of the owner to ass
46 TheCol : Or contact the owner. I'd treat him/her to Starbucks or something.
47 Rabenschlag : Well, unless you assume that there is a god who will judge you, returning the wallet is a terrible irrational thing to do. But since you all seem to
48 Ronglimeng : My feelings on finding a lost wallet would be similar to Jcs17's. I know right from wrong and what the correct thing to do would be, but just in case
49 Acho : I just lost my wallet last weekend in a nightclub; no body has called me or anything. I'm pretty sure it was the waiter or his bus boy that took the w
50 TheCol : So you are condoning theft?
51 RussianJet : Even if you don't believe in God, did your parents not teach you that stealing is wrong and that you should treat others as you would like to be trea
52 PWM2TXLHopper : Would I take the cash and toss the wallet now? No. When I was younger? Yes. And I did! One day, this old woman's purse fell off of the roof of her car
53 RussianJet : I hope he got fired. Disgusting.
54 N1120A : I don't carry cash in my wallet, but I did accidentally leave it on an airplane last year. I realized once I was in customs (I still had my passport)
55 Rabenschlag : Yes, I was taught to behave like this. But the thing is: Once they grow up, most people start to think whether there is an understandable reason for
56 AlexEU : I´ve heard a story where a person lost something like 30 000 euros. Someone has found it and returned it, and for reward he got something like 5 euro
57 BCAL : In reply A) No B) No I never counted the money in the wallet, just handed it in intact as I found it. I never imagined that I would later be accused
58 RussianJet : It's possible there never was such a sum. If he really thought you had stolen it, he should be making a complaint to the Police about the theft rathe
59 N1120A : I would have called him a f'ing a-hole, in less moderated forum friendly terms. I guess since you never know what kind of a jerk a person will be, yo
60 JakeOrion : There was an incident a couple of years ago where my friend lost his wallet while we were in Las Vegas (out of all places, huh?) Naturally, he freaked
61 Superfly : LOL! Too bad none of these stories involved women that I'd be attracted to. Remember the purse story involved an old woman. She was about 70 years ol
62 Panam330 : They're all lying. I'd like to say that I'd return the wallet because it's the right thing to do, but I'm broke and work odd jobs to make ends meet.
63 RFields5421 : Turn it in. I would not know what to do with the cards and a 100 isn't enough money to mess with. I won't say I'm overly moral or honest. Just that m
64 Dazed767 : Someone took my gf's bag at citywalk in Orlando. Had our little point and shoot in it with xmas photos that are now gone. It is Orlando, so I'm not s
65 Airstud : On Ron's what? Who is this Ron? How do I get his job (i.e., having money planted on me) ?
66 DocLightning : I don't find it irrational. I'm an atheist but I still believe in being kind to your fellow man and the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule, when practiced
67 TheCol : RON is a 3 letter code that stands for "remain overnight". It usually applies to aircraft that are parked for more than 2 or 3 hours.
68 Jogales : I found a wallet once when I was a kid while waiting in line at the grocery. I picked it up intending to give it to the cashier when a man came up say
69 Post contains images TheCol : Maybe it was this guy:
70 LH459 : Many years ago, when I was working my way through college as a cashier in a gourmet shop in Cambridge (Mass., not UK), a lady left her wallet on the c
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