View Poll Results: What would you do if you found a lost wallet?

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  • Leave the wallet where I found it

    1 1.92%
  • Take the wallet

    1 1.92%
  • Just take the cash, leave the rest

    3 5.77%
  • Just take the credit card, leave the rest

    0 0%
  • Take it to a police station

    6 11.54%
  • Try to track down the owner (via adress on the license)

    34 65.38%
  • Other

    7 13.46%
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Thread: If you found a wallet on the street...

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    If you found a wallet on the street...

    What would you do?

    The wallet contained fifty dollars in cash, a credit card, a drivers license, and a picture of a happy family.
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    Re: If you found a wallet on the street...

    I would take the wallet and keep it, because maybe it was a serial murderer who secretly planted that wallet, and who only kills people who try to return it.

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    Re: If you found a wallet on the street...

    Try to track down the owner via the address on the license. I have done this before except it was bank bag and I track the owner through who the checks were made out to and there was this other time I found a wallet with id in it and I returned it to its owner. Now if there is no way to ID the owner then I would keep it,for example I found a hundred dollars in a bank envelope no account numbers and no id so I kept it.
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    Re: If you found a wallet on the street...

    Quote Originally Posted by Singularity View Post
    I would take the wallet and keep it, because maybe it was a serial murderer who secretly planted that wallet, and who only kills people who try to return it.
    Rationalization is such a wonderful thing.


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    Re: If you found a wallet on the street...

    I would try and track down the owner. I would be tempted not to, don't get me wrong, but I know how it feels. I lost my purse once and nobody was kind enough to do something like that to me and it was a huge pain in the butt- getting new ID card, cancelling cards, and all that. So yeah, it's just good karma.
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    Re: If you found a wallet on the street...

    I would track down the owner, and have actually done so with two wallets in my lifetime. I am like James though. If it is cah and no way to track down the owner, it's mine!

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    Re: If you found a wallet on the street...

    I'd take the cash and return the wallet; I know how much it sucks losing a wallet (having to cancel your credit cards, having to get a new driver's license, etc...) but I'm a greedy bastard. Consider it a wallet reunion fee.
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    Re: If you found a wallet on the street...

    I might or might not take the money, but I'd definitely turn the wallet into the police. If there's some sort of phone number I'd call that - otherwise the cops can track the person down

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
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    So is humor, buddy

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    Re: If you found a wallet on the street...

    My brother lost his wallet in Scotland just before his honeymoon to Italy. The wallet was returned with all 700 ponds still in it.

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    Re: If you found a wallet on the street...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sanitas View Post
    What would you do?

    The wallet contained fifty dollars in cash, a credit card, a drivers license, and a picture of a happy family.


    I would either give it to the cops or try to locate the person who owned it.

    One time I was at the casino and a guy cashed out his ticket, took his money out of the machine and walked away. I looked at the machine and he had left a hundred dollar bill sitting in. For a split second I went "woohoo" even as I was turning to yell at the guy to come back. I think there's a part of our brain that wants to satisfy ourselves at all costs but hopefully we will always over rule it to do the right thing.


    I would chat with her when I'm feeling particularly snarky, but I wouldn't ever call her on the phone.

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