Would you take the money?

Australia
March 1, 2009 10:49pm CST
If you found someone's mobile phone (cell phone for you americans) and you returned it to them and they offered you a $50 reward (about $30-35 US) would you accept it or insist that you are a good samaritan and expect nothing in return?
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
2 Mar 09
Ho coffeeshot! I don't think I will even if I wanted to at this time of crisis. I did a good thing and I don't want to be paid because of it. But if they will insist, who am I to turn the offer down? LOL... Take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
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@littleowl (7157)
3 Mar 09
If they were offering and wanted me to accept the money as a thank-you for returning the phone to them then I would accept it, mainly because they would be thankful an honest person to return it to them and it may have some personal value to them as well...littleowl
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@AmbiePam (50943)
• United States
2 Mar 09
I would take it. I see nothing wrong with it. When a dog of mine went missing about ten years ago, we offered a reward of 25 dollars. I'd have offered more if I had more. Anyway, when someone called who had found my dog, I was very happy to give them the reward money. It made me feel good. I'm sure any relieved person would prefer to show their thanks in that way.
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
2 Mar 09
i gues i will accept the money specialy if i drive thru just to return the cellphone.but it depends if i know them i dont accept the money.
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2 Mar 09
Hi coffee, If I find phones or anything and able to returned the items, then they offer me a reward, I wouldn't take it, after all it could happen to me and all I want is just thank you. Tamara
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@mummymo (23707)
2 Mar 09
I wouldn't expect a reward and I wouldn't accept it - if someone insisted I would probably ask them to donate it to a worthwhile charity instead. I bring my children up to be honest and do things because it is the right thing to do and I hope that I am doing a good job, if however someone wanted to give them a very small reward to reward them and encourage them to continue being honest then I wouldn't object - as long as it was a small reward and not too much! xxx
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• Philippines
2 Mar 09
Its a tempting offer but i will not take the money coffeeshot. Im raised to be that way, doing good stuffs to your fellowmen without expecting something in return.
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@amanda333 (739)
• France
2 Mar 09
I couldn't take the money it would feel wrong somehow, I would just be happy that they had got the phone back. Just the relief on there face would be reward enough. Some people like myself feels lost without my phone, and all the contact numbers, you'd be very upset. It holds a let of information too, lovely photo's of the family ect, can be a personnel item, treasured
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
2 Mar 09
I would not. It is just a cell phone and if it was important to them, it would be quite rude, in my estimation, to accept a reward. If they insisted, I would tell them to donate it to a charity. Don't pay back, pay forward.
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@msmell (1378)
• Australia
2 Mar 09
No I wouldn't want to take their money for finding a missing phone just be happy for them to have it back...
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• Hong Kong
2 Mar 09
I would not take it since I'm not trading the phone with him, but he insists to give me that money, I'll take it and give it to charity. I think there is no reason for me to take his money and if he is so generously giving the money, then why not give to the people in need.
• United States
2 Mar 09
I WOULD STEAL THE PHONE AND NOT TAKE A REWARD FOR IT! Lol. Just joking. Personally, I would accept it. They're offering the money to you and so they're glad that you were able to help them get it back. And I don't think it's a rude thing to do either, because some people would even steal the phone and keep it for themselves. That I wouldn't do though, stealing is wrong. But someone giving you a reward something they lost is fair. Both people should be happy this way too, one person got a bit ofcash, the other person didn't lose their phone.
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• China
2 Mar 09
I think I will not accept the reward.In China,we're educated that when you found someone loose somthing, helped him and get none benefitary from him when we were still children.This is a traditional virtue in our ountry.So most of us can't accept the rewards.
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@modstar (9609)
• Philippines
2 Mar 09
When i return the phone i won't be expecting something in return. But if they gave me money, like $35, maybe i'll take it. Just being practical here. But i have to make it clear that with or without the money, i would still do the same. Even to the same person, but the second time, i won't take the money anymore because that would be too much.
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@patzel88 (3311)
• Philippines
2 Mar 09
of course i will insist to accept the money, it is so hard to be experience to lost our thing and then we grab the opportunity to get an easy money to that person. If we are helping the people, we are not expecting in return.
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• Philippines
12 Mar 09
i heard that phones in America are very expensive but if i were the one who found it i will be gladly give it back without anything in return..i did that 3 times already though every time i lost my phone no one returned it back..i just thought, just pay it forward
• United States
8 Mar 09
i would initially say they dont have to but if they kept on saying i should take it i would
@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Mar 09
Absolutely I would! If the reward was offered freely, then it's simply a token of appreciation and I don't see any reason NOT to. I might have made mistake on the currency conversion here (I have to do US dollars to Sterling to Euros!!), but I don't think the reward we're talking here is a huge sum of money or likely to seriously inconvenience the giver. I did actually find a mobile phone a couple of weeks ago, on the road when I was out walking. I used the phone book on it to phone 'Mae' and located the owner's mother who lived just a couple of houses away from where I'd found it. They were pleased as punch to get it back, losing your phone (and your phone book!) is such a pain, but they didn't offer anything more than just their thanks and I wouldn't ordinarily expect more.
@Vladilyich1 (1454)
• Canada
3 Mar 09
I wouldn't accept it. It's my job as a human being to return somebody's property. I'd feel like crap if I had lost something like that.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
3 Mar 09
No, I wouldn't accept a reward. My careless son has been lucky enough to have his wallets returned to our home three times now - and the lovely people wouldn't ever accept a reward. I think returning found goods is the only decent thing to do, and I wouldn't expect anything for doing it.