Finding a wallet

@SuzyLong (775)
February 4, 2009 4:36pm CST
The other day I was walking through the car park of the supermarket when I saw a wallet on the floor. I just picked it up, took it back into the shop and gave it to the customer service desk. I didn't look in it, I just picked it up and handed it in. I told my friend and she said that I should have looked init for money. I said I didn't even think of it, the first thing that came to mind when I saw it was to hand it in. She said she would have checked it for money, taken any that was in it and then bin the wallet. What do you guys think?
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• United States
4 Feb 09
I would probably not take it to the service desk, when I worked at Walmart some of the people were desperate to take anything that they could get away with taking, the employees that is. I would look in the wallet, but not for money, I would find the person's name and I would try to find an address on an identification card or something, and then I would contact the person directly. I would not want to lose a wallet and never get it back, that would be devastating to me, I work hard for my money and I deserve what I earn, and so does anyone else who puts time into something. If I was really really poor, I think I would do the same thing as well.
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@SuzyLong (775)
4 Feb 09
Thanks for telling me that, I'll remember that if I ever find a wallet. I didn't think that the staff might go through it and take the money. Like I said, I just picked it up and took it inside
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Not all Walmarts are like that. I worked at a Walmart for 12 years. We always handed those types of things into the cash office or to management instead of customer service.
• United States
4 Feb 09
I think you did the right thing by turning it in. I have had my wallet stolen or lost a couple of times and no one turned it in. The sad thing is.. this was when I kept large ammounts of cash on me instead of using debit cards etc. If someone picked up my wallet, scanned it for cash and then turned it in.. I would have appreciated that much more than having go to wait in lines to get a new drivers license and stuff. Props to you for not stealing the cash and just turning it in.. I hope they found their wallet. WTG
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@SuzyLong (775)
4 Feb 09
Thank you very much, I feel a lot better about it now. My friend made me feel stupid for handing it in
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
4 Feb 09
Hi Suzy,Forget what your friend said, you did the right thing, Congratulations! The way to think about this sort of thing is to always put yourself in the other persons place. Ask yourself "if I lost my wallet, would I want it returned"? This works for everything in life, for example if you hear gossip about someone, before you repeat it ask, "would I want that said about me"? Once again Congratulations, we need more like you in the world. Blessings.
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@SuzyLong (775)
4 Feb 09
Thank you
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• Brazil
4 Feb 09
I would Keep it, I know where I live if I lost my wallet nobody would give it back to me, so I wouldn't do it for nobody, and it's not about being a thief because I didn't steal it, I found it, so if I found it then it's mine! Too bad for whoever lost it.
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• Israel
5 Feb 09
Keeping something you found that's not yours is stealing. Wallets usually have ID in them. It is simple to find the rightful owner.
• Canada
5 Feb 09
good job. you really did the right thing. the fact that you didn't even take a look at the money proves your complete innocent intention of helping :D
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@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I would also have to say that your friend is a thief. I would not have handed it over to customer service either. I would have looked at the drivers license and brought it to the persons home or found their home phone number and called them so they could pick it up.
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@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
4 Feb 09
Hi, I found a wallet in the parking lot once but I looked for any ID and called when I found a number for the person who lost the wallet.I did not take any money because I was raised better than that!I did not even get a "thank you" from the loser who lost the wallet.If I found another one I would again call the person who lost it,or at least try to find the owner.I can't take what doesn't belong to me.
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I would have done the same thing that you did. I never even think of looking for money, nevermind stealing it. If it was just money laying on the ground, I would probably pocket it. I would never even consider it from someones wallet or purse.
@SuzyLong (775)
5 Feb 09
Yeah, finding money on the floor if different. If it had been just money then I would have pocketed it as well as there's no way of returning that to someone.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I agree.
@PatMcCue (48)
• United States
5 Feb 09
You definitely did the right thing. This past summer, my band and I went on tour along the East Coast from Jersey, to Florida, and back. When we were down in Florida, we went to our guitarist's brother's house for a quick visit before we left the state. Well, when we were getting out of the car, my friend must have had his wallet on his lap and didn't realize it. While we were going into the house, I looked behind me and saw that a guy had just kneeled next to my car, looked at me, and got back in his truck and drove off. Well I didn't know that the wallet was on the ground, so I checked my car for any damage--there was none. Minutes later, my friend realized he didn't have his wallet. We put two and two together, and called the cops. We also figured out which house the guy just came out of, knocked on the door--and got some phone numbers. Eventually, they came back and admitted everything (they weren't very wise)--told us that they didn't have the money anymore because the kid they were with took it (again, not very wise). We got them to write us a check for the money missing (which happened to be 400 dollars)--and told them that would be the end. Afterwards, the cops finally showed up an hour after we called. We gave them all the info, and asked the officer what would happen to the guy that took the wallet. He said he's definitely going to jail. Therefore--you definitely made the right move by not taking any of the money.
@SuzyLong (775)
5 Feb 09
I'm glad to hear that you got the people that took the wallet. How did they think they would get away with it when you'd turned round and seen them? They must have been very stupid.
• United States
5 Feb 09
Ohhhh man, i was just talking about this to my friend. For sure i would look in it. Take the money and hand in the wallet, thats better than nothing. One time i found this persons wallet and looked in it. Inside was like, 200 bucks in twenties and for some reason i only took twenty and left the wallet there thinking the person would come looking for it. I should have taken it all cause i saw some guy like 10 minutes later walk by and pick out the rest of the money and pocketed the wallet. Finding money is like....one of my favorite things. I am always looking on the ground at concerts, movie theaters and carnivals and stuff just in case someone dropped some and my scanning has worked well for me cause for some reason i find money all the time. anyways....it would be nice of the person to return the wallet, butttt i loveeee money
• Israel
5 Feb 09
SO you are a thief. Plain and simple. It doesn't matter that you only stole $20. stealing is stealing and it's always wrong. The last 2 times I lost something, they were found by people who knew me. I got everything back.
• Australia
5 Feb 09
hey you certainly did the right thing. You must have a really kind heart if you didn't even check inside to see if there was money. I wouldn't call your friend a thief because i know how tempting it is when you find a wallet that could possibly be stuffed with credit cards and cash. Personally, i wish i could be like you and do what you did without hesitation or greed.
@SuzyLong (775)
5 Feb 09
It's strang because we are really in need of money at the moment with my boyfriend being out of work. But I just picked itup and took it in the shop. I was quite suprised at myself when I thought about it later on
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
5 Feb 09
You did the right thing. I would have looked in it and called the owner myself, but I don't trust workers in stores to do the right thing. I think you should really reconsider being friends with someone who would steal the money in a found wallet. She is nothing but a common thief and can't be trusted.
@kumarpslv (3218)
• India
5 Feb 09
What you did is correct. If you had followed your friend's suggestion ,you will be loosing in future more than that, you got from the wallet. It is sure. Well done
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
I think you did the right thing. The owner out there would have been of much need of what was inside his/her wallet. If I were to find one..yes I might look inside..but to see who owns it and return it to the owner. If there's no contact info inside I will give it to the customer service desk. Even if I found a bag full of money I will return it to the one who lost it..It is just money compared to your honesty....
@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
5 Feb 09
I always turn them in - or if I find them on the street I look in them to see if I can get the name of the owner and give it back to him/her myself. I would never steal money from someone! Be careful with leaving stuff around that friend of yours - since she seems like she has a problem with knowing what's hers and what's not! You did the right thing!
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I will agree with what someone else said. I would find out who it belongs to and personally return it myself. The customer service desk is not going to try to make a return they will just hold it untill someone claims it. Odds are it may be there a while.
@Putranda (129)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 09
When I was in Senior High School, I found a wallet. I looked in it & found US$ 15 in it. I took the money but I didn't throw the wallet away. I kept it for years until I left it somewhere several months ago! Now, I really regret for doing so in the past! I just think how sad the owner of the wallet was & how if I experience the same thing! :(
@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
5 Feb 09
i will also return it if i find a wallet... but may be not to the customer service desk... but to the police... i will be very devastated if i lose a wallet and would expect somebody to return it to me... so i have to do the right thing as well... take care and have a nice day...
• United States
5 Feb 09
I have found wallets before and I looked in them for ID but I never took anything. I remember one guy we called and he came and got his wallet , gave us all of the money in it for a reward because there was some other stuff in his wallet he wanted more then money - it was a photo of someone.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
Your friend seems to be interested in getting the money.. you should haven't surrendered it to the customer service desk as other employess might take advantage of it..if i were you, i'd bring the wallet to the nearest police station or to a radio station and ask the announcer to look for the real owner of the wallet..