Be honest is it normal to not give back a wallet

So let’s say I just find or see a random persons wallet just sitting on the ground or it looks like they dropped it?? Is it normal to just keep the wallet and never give it back? Or do you have to mail it back or something??

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  • Should go without saying, return the wallet with all its contents. You're not entitled to someone else's property just because they accidentally dropped it.

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  • I always return a wallet when I find one. I was walking one night in the the Fall of 2017, and I found a wallet on the sidewalk. I opened it up to see the driver's license, and the guy lived right there on that block so I immediately knocked on his door, and gave him his wallet without any hesitation. I was so glad to be able to return it to him. It NEVER crossed my mind to keep the wallet, and I certainly didn't look for cash. We are supposed to treat others the way we would like to be treated.

    I used to know this stupid bitch who found a purse, and acted like it was her lucky day, and she was all happy about all the stuff inside. I lost a lot of respect for her that day!

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  • Don't be an ass dude, getting new ID, drivers license, debit card and all that shit is a massive pain in the ass.

    Personally I'd just return it.

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  • I either take it to a police station or try to track down the owner. I don't actually care about the people who lost it, but I was told it's the right thing to do, so I do it. XD

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  • Return it. Karma is real.

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    • Karma is a bitch, but that's why I live her!

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    • Karma is feelgood rubbish but I'd still return it, except if it were obvious the person was extremely filthy rich

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      • So rich people deserve the hassle of replacing all their ID's and credit cards?

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        • I should've said if I were really poor at the time. It wouldn't hurt rich people to have that hassle, they would have secretaries or other employees to organize it for them.

          I don't really care about the problems of rich people, to be honest: with very few exceptions they became rich either by inheriting money or ripping people off.

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          • Shouldn't matter, they're still people. They feel bad when someone steals from them, just like the rest of us.

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          • Wow!

            Everyone deserves to have their lost belongings returned to them!

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  • I've found two wallets in my life. The first was in Texas on my way to Mexico when my tire started deflating and I had to pull over. I happened to find a wallet empty of everything other than a driver license. I put it in my mailbox when I got back home, which in the USA is a way to get an I'd back to its owner. The second time I was in Austin and found a wallet on the 6th street strip. It was full and bulging and I made it a point not to look in it because I was young and broke and didn't want to be tempted. I turned it in to the police station nearby. At the time I almost regretted it, but looking back I'm really glad it did it that way.

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  • Look if it was just some cash then whatever. Should still give it back if you have an ounce of decency though. It's a different story if it contains cards, photos, licences, etc. Do you know how much of a hassle it is to get all those things sorted out again? Not to mention loss of personal memorabilia they might not have any other copies of. It's worth the effort to mail it or go to their address and hand it back.

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  • Grab the cash drop the wallet

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  • I always keep the wallet, people say you stole it if you give it back or that there was more money in it

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  • Step one take all the money out. Step two shred all the credit and debit cards. Step three drop the Drivers license into the nearest post box. Ups will then deliver the ID to their last known address.

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    • NO! THE ONLY THING TO DO IS TO RETURN IT, OR TURN IT IN TO A POLICE STATION! WHAT YOU ARE DESCRIBING IS STILL THEFT!!!

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      • I think it’s the morally neutral option. Not stealing the money more like charging whatever paper money is in the wallet to shred the cards and dump the ID in the post box. Wether it’s 5$ or 100$. And let’s be honest how many people keep more then 100$ in cash anymore due to credit cards.

        I would be fine if someone actually did that to me.

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        • I would still turn it in to the local police station, and or if possible I would give the wallet back to the person intact. I got a huge sense of satisfaction, and a boost to my self-esteem when I was able to return a guy's wallet to him personally after I found it on sidewalk. I looked at the driver's license, and the address was nearby so I just knocked at his door, and said you lost your wallet, I found it, and voila, here it is!

          I think you should just return it to the person entirely intact, or at least just the way you found it. It's really not that hard to do right thing, and be a decent upstanding person about it. It's kinda shitty, and selfish to just pocket the cash!

          I really enjoyed returning that man's wallet to him in person, his gratitude, and look on his face when I handed him his wallet was enough reward for me!

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          • Just do it. We go halfies

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          • That’s all good from your moral pinnacle. But applying the work to track a guy down in like 100x more work then what I have the time to do. I don’t require that amount of good deed work but I will still help people who are in front of me. I’m not going to assume whover the wallet belongs to is a good/bad person. Even handed response is the best for extrapersonal matters such as.

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  • The right thing to do would be to give it back, but I can definitely understand the temptation of keeping it. The last time I found one, I did ultimately give it back. But not going to lie, I seriously considered just keeping the cash. It just didn't feel right though. So, I understand your temptation, but I think you should give it back.

    Also, don't even think about using any credit cards or anything if you do end up deciding not to give it back. Because that's fraud and taken very seriously, and if you do that, you WILL get caught.

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  • This isn't about a lost/found wallet, but about a bundle of large denomination notes I could've taken but didn't.

    Many years ago at my regular meditation group the leader told us we could ask for anything we wanted: I was VERY poor at the time and asked for money. On the way home I stopped off at the real estate agents to put my rental cheque through the slot in the door and sitting just inside was a large bundle of $50 notes, obviously someone else's rent, within easy reach.

    I put my hand through the slot and threw the bundle out of reach so that no-one else could take it and left my rent cheque.

    Friends told me later that I should've taken it, that it was "meant from me from the universe" and I've often wondered since if it would've been ok to take it. I could at least have checked to see if I could tell if it was from a rich person, which might've changed my decision, but I didn't, I acted on sheer impulse.

    Also a long time ago, an ATM let me take out far more money than was in my account and I did keep that, because I figured the bank could well afford to subsidize me a little bit. They didn't even chase me much for it because (I was told on the quiet) they didn't want it known that if the screen says balance information isn't available that means the system is down and the ATM will give you more than you have in the account. Tip: that may still be the case, I haven't checked it out again, I figured getting more than I was receiving a fortnight in benefits was a lucky fluke.

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  • I admit my temptation to keep it eould be high if it was filled with cash. In the end i would probably give it back though.

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  • I've done both. I wound up with some dudes I.D. I popped it in the mailbox and they sent it to him. But I recently was sent a wallet from someone who used to live in my apartment. The wallet was shit and there was only $30 in it so I kept it. Situational, for sure.

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  • I would always return it, with the cash inside, because I have had things stolen or lost things before and it's awful, especially when you're hard up for money, so I'd hope they would do the same for me.

    However there must be enough people around who steal stuff because I think it's quite rare that you'd get your wallet back with the money inside - it's never happened to me.

    So sadly I'd say it's normal, but that doesn't make it right.

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  • I found a wallet in a public toilet block in my town last year and went to a great deal of trouble to trace the owner, who drove quite a long distance to my place to retrieve it and gave me a reward. Someone recently lost his wallet near my home just before xmas and it was handed into the local police with everything intact.

    On the other hand, once when I lost my wallet it was handed in to the police, who gave me back the wallet minus all the money which they kept: my unemployment benefits.

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    • Yeah unfortunately people will take the money and then return it. I've known people that have done this. They'll say things like "they can't prove I took the money." I really don't get why they'd go out of their way to return it after that. XD

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      • Because replacing IDs and cards are a bitch to do.

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        • When I say money, I'm including the credit cards in this equation. They took those too. Sorry, I probably should've said that before. The people I used to hang with are dumbasses with an unwarranted sense of entitlement who can never understand why they're being arrested or why they got caught. Lol

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  • drop yalls wallet in fronta me and well see

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