A Simple Test Of Honesty
January 22, 2007 8:36am CST
How honest are you? Please be completely honest when you reply to this. Ok, you are at your local gym and before Christmas you find £5 or $10 and you hand it in, saying that you found it laying about. The trainer takes it, thanks you and nothing is said. You can't help wondering if that money has gone into her pocket or into the till at the gym or has found the rightful owner. If you lost £5 would you go back the next day and ask if someone had found it? Ok four weeks after Christmas and you find £10 or $20 this time do you hand it in like last time, or do you keep it? If you kept it and anyone asked you could say that before you had found $5 you handed it to the trainer, or you could simply hand it. Or would that person who lost the money worry about £10 and ask if anyone had found it?
22 Jan 07
Hmmm .. that's quite a lot of options to choose from ... and temptations too ! Firstly I would never have handed the money in to the trainer .. from previous experience of finding money and handing in to someone in charge I would have my doubts as to whether it would go any further than the trainers pocket. I would make a note of the time I found the note and exactly where I found it and then (again from previous experience) I would go to the nearest police staion and hand it in there ... you get a proper form to fill out with all the details so you know it will go to the rightful owner if claimed .. If I then heard someone asking about the 'lost' money, or saw a message on the notice board, I would direct them to the police station .. and be pleased that they had be reunited with their money ! And I would do exactly the same if I subsequently found another note a few weeks later .. I know it's not nice to say I don't trust the trainer (or whomever) but I once handed in £50 (which was a lot of money then) to a pub landlord and nearly ended up being arrested for stealing the money! The cheeky landlord pocketed the £50 himself and said I had handed over the wallet empty grrr! Luckily, unknown to the landlord, I had a witness who saw me hand over the wallet with the money in. I have found several wallets and purses and I have always handed them into the police .. some had a great deal of money in but I was never tempted .. I know I wouldn't sleep at night if I stole money like that .. but finding loose notes blowing in the breeze or coins are a different matter! .. To date I have been contacted by two people to say thank you, ironically the people who had lost purses with the least money in them, but the gentleman who drove off leaving his wallet stuffed with several hundred pounds was apparently angry I hadn't tried to flag him down to hand it back and that he'd had to 'traipse' all the way to the police station (only about 1/2 mile away!) .. had he only looked in his rear view mirror he'd have seen me frantically waving heheh!! On two occasions I have been given the money I found as the time had elapsed within which folks can claim lost items .. Both times it was only a few pounds .. and I put it straight into a charity box .. which incidentally is what I do with any coins I pick up in the street .. I'm not a 'goody goody' by any means .. but I just wouldn't feel right taking the money .. and in any case .. knowing my luck someone would have seen me picking up the wallet/purse and reported me .. and with all the CCTV cameras these days you can't be too careful !
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14 Feb 07
If I found a wallet I would always turn it in. If I find money laying around with nothing saying who it belongs to, I go to the front desk and I say, I have found some money - here is my phone number. If someone comes to the desk saying that they lost money have them call me. If the person calls, I make them tell me how much money it is. If they are right I give it to them. In this way I can make sure the trainer isn't keeping it and it really goes back to the right person. If no one claims it, I have done my part, and it's mine.
14 Feb 07
if I had lost it I would phone and ask or ask the next time I was in , I have found money and handed it an to many places but never heard a word about it , my granddaughter has handed a small amount into the police and she has been give it back after so many months because no one had claimed it so our case rests ? xx
14 Feb 07
Well I probably wouldn't bother to report £5.00, or £10.00. is such a small amount really, and the chances are that no one is going to hand it in anyway, and the Police would probably laugh in your face if you went to report such a small amount. As for handing it in.... well I wouldn't have handed it to the Trainer, because I would have assumed she/he would keep it for themselves. I would probably keep it, ask a few friends if they had lost any money (of so, I would return it), but if no one mentioned it, I admit I would keep it.