Would you return a wallet if it had money in it or keep it?

@kieungoc (232)
United States
April 28, 2008 11:11pm CST
My brother lost his wallet once. We figured it was long gone and so he just canceled his cards and got a new license. Then one day, we got something in the mail and it was his wallet. We looked through it and everything was there except the money! He wasn't that upset, but I was appalled. I am sure it wasn't even that much, but that is the point. There wasn't a lot of money, why take it? That isn't actually the point either. I just wouldn't take the money! I guess it was nice of them to return it, but that is just rude and mean. It's one thing to find money on the ground without anyone claiming it, but when it's in a wallet with ID, then just do the right thing.
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@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
29 Apr 08
For me, as much as possible, I will return the wallet to the owner because I know the importance of the wallet since there are lots of things there like money, pictures and Identification card, also some ATm or credit card... It is really awful to lose those stuff.
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• United States
29 Apr 08
Yeah, that is the right thing to do. Just turn a wallet full of money, id, and certain personal documents and/or cards to a certain office or police. And they will somehow contact the owner. I hate to see someone lose a wallet. I lost my cell phone somewhere on a city park during a festival event. Couple hours later, a staff finally brought the phone back to me after the careful investigation about who that phone belongs to.
• Philippines
30 Apr 08
Yes, that is right. It is really awful to lose things especially a wallet or a cellphone. And I believe in bad karma. Thank you for responding!
@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
29 Apr 08
If I am able to return a lost item to its right owner, why wouldn't I? Even if I'm in need, I still know the feeling of losing something and its really trouble to have in mind. I wish people would be nice when situations like that happen to them, finding lost items that they can return. Reward or no reward, doing the right thing makes you feel better and that feeling is already a reward.
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@kieungoc (232)
• United States
29 Apr 08
Exactly. It is pretty rewarding. I just wonder if the folks who do keep things they find have ever lost anything precious to them?
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
29 Apr 08
They probably have that nice idea that Whoever finds their lost items would put it to good use.
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@mrpippo (756)
• United States
29 Apr 08
i would keep the money and return the wallet with the rest of the stuff in it
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@ShaneK (23)
• United States
2 May 08
That's slightly evil, but I think I would too...
@kellys3ps (3731)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I once lost a wallet with $600 in it which was supposed to pay for my daycare, so I would definitely return the wallet with ALL of the money. That being said - it is possible that two people found the wallet - one who took the money and then left the wallet behind - and the honest person who returned it -you never know.
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@kieungoc (232)
• United States
29 Apr 08
You are very correct. I didn't even think about that. What about you? Did you ever get your daycare money back?
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@Abby123 (261)
14 Jun 08
No I can say heart and soul that if I found a wallet in the sreet that I most surely would return it if it had an address in there by all means.If I were to lose mine maybe someone would do the ssame for me,I live in hopes anyway.
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• Canada
29 Apr 08
I think that that is quite weird. The same person who sent the wallet back was not necesarily the same person who took the money out of the wallet. Im sure that you realize that .. Of course it could have been the same person though. Anyways, I would for sure return the wallet. I believe in karma and I think that someone who just kept the wallet would get biten in the bum by karma:P
@lhw7661 (51)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I agree it was mean to take the money. I have found 2 wallets and returned them both times. I don't know if there was money in them or not, I was worried some camera would see me in the parking lots and accuse me of theft. Both times I returned them to a courtesy desk in a store. One of the times the store manager thanked me and said the wallet belonged to a night worker with 4 kids who really was upset he had lost his wallet. Apparently it was payday and the man had cashed his paycheck and it was in the wallet. I certainly would want someone to do the same thing for me! I also found a checkbook on the side of the road (where I pulled over because someone rear ended me). I called the person and he was very greatful, tried to take me to lunch. FAT chance!
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@qdietz (244)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I would give the wallet back in person if I could and well a reward would always be nice. It it something I would expect but I would not take the money in the wallet.
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• United States
2 May 09
that was so nice of that person they are going to get a blessing my son wasnt so lucky he lost his wallet it was found by a women she contacted my son on myspace and said that she found his wallet and give him her name and phone number then when he called her she said that she couldn,t talk because her phone was messing up and that she could not hear him so then he email her on myspace asking where he can meet her to get his wallet she was responding now she stopped he really need his wallet.
@2btrueinu (705)
• Philippines
30 Apr 08
If I'm the one who found it then I will return it all of it nothing less. Maybe they used the money to mail the wallet hahaha. Yes you got your point we have to be honest of our selves we should return it. Nothing to ask in return. But some people are not like that just be thankful that they return the important thing inside like ID and licence.
• United States
30 Apr 08
I would definitely return a lost wallet to its rightful owner. I know that when I've lost money, it sure has been nice for good people to return it. It's just the right thing to do. There's no point in taking what's not yours. It's just silly to steal from someone. Especially when you find a wallet, you know its owner because their ID is in it. This means that there is no excuse for not returning it.
• United States
30 Apr 08
I would return it as I found it. It is the right thing to do and my conscience would not allow to keep something that wasn't mine. I would always feel guilty.
@Eacync54 (86)
• United States
29 Apr 08
i would just take the money and leave the wallet where it it is. why would i waste my money mailin some wallet.
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I would give it back without a doubt. I did find a wallet in a shopping cart last year in a WalMart parking lot. I did pick it up and look at it to see if there was any ID, and there was a driver's license with local address on it. There was only a few pennies in it so I was afraid that someone else had got to it before I had and they had taken the money, but I was still going to do the right thing and return the wallet with the rest of the items. I got home and looked in the phone book and there was a listing with the name/address that was on the license. I called and left a msg but when I didn't get a return call by the next day, I called the sheriff's office. They told me since it was found in town, I had to call the local police dept. When I called them, they said since I was outside city limits, they wouldn't come get it and I'd have to bring it in. I was going to do it on my lunch break from work the next day, but the woman did call me that evening. We arranged to meet at a local gas station/convenience store. I explained how sorry I was that apparently someone got to her money before I found it, but she said that she didn't have any money in it anyway. She had paid for her things at WalMart and had put her money and receipt in her pocket. I was very relieved and she was ecstatic that she got her wallet back. She was near tears and kept hugging me, telling me how much she appreciated what I'd done. I don't understand why anyone wouldn't have done the same thing. Her faith in humanity was restored and I knew I'd done the right thing. Cost? Priceless ...
@anawar (2406)
• United States
29 Apr 08
kieungoc_ yes, I am bound by the Universe to return anything I find to its rightful owner. Why? Because I lost my wallet at least seven different times, and every single time, it was returned to me intact. No money missing, credit cards fine. Twice, I've had people actually mail my wallet to me when they found it. How many ways have I lost it Once I left it at a TA on the way to visit my mom. One time it fell off the roof of my car because I forgot I put it there while I was buckling in three car seats. One time I left in on top of a newspaper stand. A few years ago, I left it in the grocery store. I left my purse on a cafeteria table while attending a wrestling match. It was there when I went back. I could think of more, but you understand by now why I am bound by the Universe to always do the right thing. It's all good.
• United States
29 Apr 08
Yeah, definitely, I would return a wallet if it ever had any money and private info to an office or police. Yeah, especially personal ID. We just have to do the right thing. Just be polite when it comes to anything on a ground that is personal. Just turn anything in.