Did you ever find a wallet with money in it and if so what did you do?
Many years ago my dad found a wallet with $75 inside and the name of its supposed owner .He called the number and found out that it belonged to a soldier who had just returned from Korea .My father invited him to our home for lunch and returned the wallet .
Back in the late 80's, my wife was attending a meeting in the litle village of Wappinger Falls, NY. It was a Spring afternoon and I was awaiting her in the car. I suddenly spotted a wallet in the gutter. I got out of the car, picked it up and there was at least $250 in cash. Being one block from the local Police headquarters I went over, turned the wallet with all of it's contents (that also included a couple of credit cards, Driver's License, etc. into the desk officer, got a receipt and then returned to my original parking space. About fifteen minutes later, a car full of college aged girls pulled into the space. They piled out of the car and started madly looking over the grounds of the street, adjoining yards, under bushes, everywhere. I'm no rocket scientist but I figured I knew for what they were searching. I got out of the car and asked them if they'd lost something. One of the girls, tear streaming down her face, said she lost her wallet after just cashing her pay check. I merely smiled and told her she could pick it up with all of its contents "right over there" pointing to the local PD headquarters. Talk about making somebody's month. the way they reacted I have to admit I'm glad Fran was inside!
Okay, fast forward about six months. My wife and I were leaving a department store and were parked at the far end of the parking lot. Upon unloading the basket, we saw a clutch purse in the basket. In it was more cash than I made in a month, not to mention every high dollar credit card you could imagine. It being around 9:30 pm, we took the article home and I quickly deduced the owner and gave her a call.
Would you believe her very first comment was not, "Thank You!" or anything in any way appreciative or complimentary (her husband BTW made an outstanding living at IBM and she drove as I later learned, a new Cadillac). Her first statement was, "Would you please deliver it to me!" I politely replied I could not however I gave her our address and told her she was free to pick it up at her convenience at our apartment and told her where we lived. She was there in 45 minutes. I handed her the wallet and right there in front of me she went through it to "insure everything's there." Now get this. AT NOT ONE TIME did she even so much as say "Thank You!" She just turned and walked back down the stairs.
Given what happened the second time, would I do it again for such a person? I certainly would. Would you?
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