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Admiral Donutz Advanced Member

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#1 11 years ago

A simply question, if you found an item, what would you do with it?

It could be any item: a purse, wallet, electronics, money (small or large) and such and contain ID of the owner or not.

Would you try to seek out the owner (if within your limits ofcourse)? Turn the item in to the police or other approperiate entity? Keep part or all of it? Or simply walk by?

And ofcourse... why?




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#2 11 years ago
Admiral Donutz;5216559 a purse, wallet, electronics, money (small or large) and such and contain ID of the owner or not.

I'd only keep the money or electronics. The rest, I'd return to the owner. Don't want to totally be responsible for f*cking someone's life up.




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#3 11 years ago

If I find a certain items somewhere randomly, I have the urge to bring it back to the owner, should I've spot him/her (which does happen in some cases, such as someone who drops something). Otherwise, I walk to the local policestation and deliver the item there. I do this because, in my opinion, you have to respect each and every person (there are some exceptions) along with their said properties.

It's stupid to "steal" the stuff of others. It merely shows you're no better than any other criminal here on Earth. And I'm sure you wouldn't like it if the same thing would happen to you.


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#4 11 years ago

As a child, I once stole a packet of stickers that cost probably no more than 10 cents and I still feel guilty about it to this day.

So, with that being said I'm pretty sure if I found someone else's lost possessions and it contained and ID, I'd take it to them, contact them to pick it up or mail it to them. If it didn't have an ID, I would take it to the police department and they hold it for a certain amount of time and if no one comes looking for it, it is yours to keep. That way, I did the right thing, possibly got something out of it and my guilt complex wont consume me.




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#5 11 years ago

I myself lost (or got pick pocketed?) my wallet once, back in highschool. I was also rather stupid to have it filled with money, about 70 euro's or more... ofcourse I couldn't retreive my wallet and was quite pissed. A few days later I got a letter from the police, informign em that they found my wallet and I could retreive it from the main police station. Unfortunately all the money was gone, but my insurance card and bank (debit) card were in there. Not the debit card was of much use, as I had blocked it as soon as I realized my wallet was gone. I was glad my wallet was returned but pissed that it was empty...

Out of principle I'd find it unacceptable to steal /claim other peoples property. I know the right thing to do would be to try and find the owner at first by asking around (depending on were you are it may not be wise to say what it is you found, or some random dishonest person could claim it is theirs), hand it over to the staff if you found it in a train, bus, hotel or such. Or see if the item allows you to ID the owner, if so it might be possible to return it to them in person. If they live quite far away from your location it would be easier to turn it in to the police and let them handle it. Or if it lacked any ID, simply turn it in to the police aswell.

Overhere the policy is that any item that is turned in as "lost" and is't reclaimed may be given to the person that turned it in. People have been known to have found a bundle of money and no one came to report it missing and the police would give the money to the people who found the money. So that's quite a nice deal. You tried to do the right thing at the very least.

Ofcourse, having experienced first hand that not all of us are as honest... it makes you think. I admit one tiny part of me says "keep it, plenty of people would, and they did the same to you" , but an other, bigger, part says "do the right thing and turn it in, you yourself know how glad you would be if it was your property".

And hell, you might even get a small reward if it was something expensive, and it sounds fair to accept that (unless you got the impression the owner couldn't miss it, say the cliche eldery person with a poor retirement income who really has to watch every coin (s)he spents).

Speaking of which, I started to think about this topic after I read about that taxi driver in the US (NY?) who found a handbag with a few thousand dollars in it, which belonged to some eldery lady. He personally drove 80 km/miles (?) to return it and refused a reward. And once again I was split... "as this is the right thing to do, it ain't truely news, on the other hand it atleast sents out the message that some people are still honest even if they hold a fortune in there hands and might get awya with it".

Money and such sure would come in handy but I don't think I could deal with the guilt I'd feel...




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#6 11 years ago

I lost my wallet on the main thoroughfare in a small town in South Dakota whilst ridding mt. bike a few years back. The town was about 3500 people. At that time, I had a lot of important items in it. SS Card, ID, ATM Card, Bank Card, Cash (Less then 100), photos, ect, ect. To my shock, someone dropped it off contents included, at the local police department. From there the cops tracked me down through the contents of my wallet and I was reunited with it.

For me it was a reaffirming moment. I thought for sure I was going to be a victim of some ID theft at the most and at the least never see my wallet or the money again.

What would I do? It all depends on a lot of things, but I'd like to think I'd return it, whatever it is.




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#7 11 years ago

Depends on what it is, but if it someones wallet/purse I'd turn it it...I usually will check to see if it is someone I know or if it something I can drop on my way, if not, turn it into the Police. If it is ID (which, I seem to find a lot) I just drop it in the nearest blue US mail box to have it mailed back to whomever it belongs to. If I find cash just on the ground, its mine - I don't negotiate it, unless I actually see it fall from someones person. Other items like tools and what not I may find on the road I'll just keep it (if it is in good shape). Only once did I hand over a rachet I found a block from my house. I happen to be talking to my neighbor and he mention loosing a ratchet that met the description of the one I found, when I showed him it, he was as giddy as a school girl, so I assumed it was his. Whether it was or not wasn't a big deal to me, I'm just glad he got his stuff back.




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#8 11 years ago

Honestly it depends on the person and the item.

I saw a hundred dollar bill fall out of a mans' back pocket one time, and I gave it back to him.

Another time, this asshole guy I worked alongside left a fancy organizer thing on his desk, and I took it.




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#9 11 years ago

If it had an ID in it(or SS or a insurance card or anything like that) or was somehow otherwise identified I'd return it to the owner or turn it into the police or something. I'd also give it right back if I saw someone drop it. If it had no identification, it's free game as far as I'm concerned.




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#10 11 years ago

Definitely return it, I'm not an asshole.




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