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Old 12-01-08, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by mike View Post
+1. The only reason to contact the owner directly is if you want to get kudos for doing it or a reward - and their is a possiblity you will get neither.

When I was a teen, I found a wallet that belonged to the owner of a large local oil company. He was the richest or one of the richest people in our city.

There was $300 cash and a "deck" of credit cards.

I called the owner who came to my house and took the wallet. He gave me $10.00 and told me to call him if I needed a job.

I did need a job, so I did call him later to ask for a job.

He told me "SCRAM", Kid and don't call back!"
He'll get his.
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Old 12-01-08, 03:36 PM
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Everybody has posted the positive side of finding a wallet. I'll get the negative although it's not that bad.

In 1983 when I got to my first Navy Squadron I was tasked with the awesome responsibility of barracks cleaning for 3 months. Me and another guy found a wallet in the parking lot that had over a thousand dollars in it, a first class petty officers ID and a picture of a good looking family.

We talked about it and decided this guy lost his paycheck (it was a day or two after payday) and decided to do the right thing.

We called the guy and he shows up and snatches the wallet and shouts "It better all be there", takes it and leaves.

Never even said thank you. Still we know we did the right thing but I always wondered if I knew he would act like that if I'd have kept it.

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Old 12-01-08, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
As to other comments here... WTF? People keep their BIRTH CERTIFICATES in their wallets? Why in the world would you need a birth certificate? Is this just people who are not in their native country?

That's what I was thinking. When I leave my house I grab my keys and enough cash for the day. If I have specific business with a particular card or ID I'll bring it along too, but that's the exception rather than the rule.

Of course I do probably bring more tools and spare parts than most when I leave too...
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Old 12-01-08, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
If you don't want to deal with someone directly, take it to a police station, leave your name, detail where you found it and have them deal with it.
The cops will likely treat you like a criminal, run you for warrants, detain you, etc, if you bring it to them. I'd rather deal with the owner.
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Old 12-01-08, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by yater View Post
The cops will likely treat you like a criminal, run you for warrants, detain you, etc, if you bring it to them. I'd rather deal with the owner.

I am not saying that couldn't happen, however I think it is HIGHLY unlikely. As stated earlier in the thread why would you bother to turn it in if you took it in the first place.

Even if they did run you for warrants, what's your worry? In today's age of technology they can find out if you have warrants in less than a few minutes. I personally do not have a problem with that.
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Old 12-01-08, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by brokenknee View Post
I am not saying that couldn't happen, however I think it is HIGHLY unlikely. As stated earlier in the thread why would you bother to turn it in if you took it in the first place.

Even if they did run you for warrants,
what's your worry?
In today's age of technology they can find out if you have warrants in less than a few minutes. I personally do not have a problem with that.
Yeah, I must be hiding something if I don't wish to be detained, questioned, run for warrants, and generally treated like a criminal. Like I said, I'd rather deal with the owner.
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Old 12-01-08, 06:13 PM
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You drop the wallet off. You leave. Whos being detained? We won the war damnit.
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Old 12-01-08, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by yater View Post
Yeah, I must be hiding something if I don't wish to be detained, questioned, run for warrants, and generally treated like a criminal. Like I said, I'd rather deal with the owner.
You said "likely be detained." Do you live in the United States? I do not know about other parts of the country, however in Minnesota I just don't see it happening. I also find it hard to believe even in other parts of the country this would happen.

The great part of living in the good old US of A, is that you are free to drop it off with the owner if you prefer or even drop it in the mail box.
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Old 12-01-08, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by MrRamonG View Post
I found a wallet today on the ride in. There is an ID but I don't want to hand deliver it, it looks like someone has already rifled through it and I don't want to be blamed for that. Can I simply drop it in the mail box? Have any of you found a wallet and wanted to return it to its owner? What did you do with it?
Well, we're waiting. What did YOU do with it???
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Originally Posted by Ka_Jun View Post
He'll get his.
I'm so tired of hearing crap like this.
No, he won't 'get his'. That's just what people say to hide their dismay at a lack of justice in the universe.

Funny how things change, not too long ago I would have stood firmly on the side of giving it back to the owner but at this point I think that you should toss it back in the trash and forget about it.
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Old 12-01-08, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by EvilPhish View Post
I'm so tired of hearing crap like this.
No, he won't 'get his'. That's just what people say to hide their dismay at a lack of justice in the universe.

Funny how things change, not too long ago I would have stood firmly on the side of giving it back to the owner but at this point I think that you should toss it back in the trash and forget about it.
If you do, you'll "get yours"
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Old 12-01-08, 06:40 PM
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Drop it off in the mail box. Its not about being lazy or paranoid, its practical.

More than likely the cops or the person who lost it will be glad if you give it back, but some people are crazy and some cops are eager to arrest/detain.
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Old 12-01-08, 06:43 PM
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I found a wallet on the W&OD trail last year - It must have just been dropped, because the guy was only a mile away - he answered his cell phone (there were several business cards of his in the wallet). He was pretty happy to get it back......
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Originally Posted by EvilPhish View Post
I'm so tired of hearing crap like this.
No, he won't 'get his'. That's just what people say to hide their dismay at a lack of justice in the universe.
+1, sadly enough. He "got his", only that what's now "his" was once "yours". That's why he can simply carry 300 bucks and you/we have to save 300 bucks for a rainy day.

I remember, when I delivered pizzas, the only people who never tipped were the ones who were REALLY broke (these guys had to dig change out of the couch to afford it, and then spread out one pizza over several days) and really rich people. The broke people I can understand, but when one of the rich ones has a new harp in a shipping crate in the living room and a kimono under plexiglas in the foyer, then gives me exact change, I get a little bitter.
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Originally Posted by yater View Post
The cops will likely treat you like a criminal, run you for warrants, detain you, etc, if you bring it to them. I'd rather deal with the owner.
Hm. I've dropped off two wallets, and the cops just said "thanks, we'll get it back to them." The cops around here are really decent. I've not had a bad experience with any of them, even the couple of times I've been pulled over and the one time I've gotten a ticket, it was not really a bad experience and they were reasonable. When I drop by a station, they've always been nice guys to talk to.

I think in large measure, when talking to cops you get out of it what you bring into it. If you expect them to act like *******s, your attitude will probably ensure that they do.
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Well, after 6 days and 3 pages what's the scoop, inquiring minds want to know...
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There was no wallet. We wrote his psychology paper for him though!
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Originally Posted by yater View Post
Yeah, I must be hiding something if I don't wish to be detained, questioned, run for warrants, and generally treated like a criminal. Like I said, I'd rather deal with the owner.
This is either experience talking -- in which place I'd really like to know the details and location, so I can make a note to always avoid it -- or it's something brown and smelly talking. Not making a judgment on which at this point; willing to be persuaded in either direction.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
There was no wallet. We wrote his psychology paper for him though!
Yup Doo, me thinks yer right!
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Originally Posted by EvilPhish View Post
I'm so tired of hearing crap like this.
No, he won't 'get his'. That's just what people say to hide their dismay at a lack of justice in the universe.

Funny how things change, not too long ago I would have stood firmly on the side of giving it back to the owner but at this point I think that you should toss it back in the trash and forget about it.

Hey, if rationalizing being a ****** is your bag, have at it.
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Originally Posted by doohickie View Post
there was no wallet. We wrote his psychology paper for him though!
lol
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Well, after 6 days and 3 pages what's the scoop, inquiring minds want to know...
Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
There was no wallet. We wrote his psychology paper for him though!

Sorry to have kept you all waiting for a conclusion to my wallet story.
A few hours after finding the wallet and posting my thread it seemed that the consensus coming from you guys was to contact the wallet-less guy and personally deliver it to him. I figured maybe I shouldn’t be so cynical about society today and to have a little more faith in humankind and embrace the idea that not everyone is out to take advantage of people trying to do what is right. In any case, I attempted to find a number for this guy via the internet but only found a number for the address on his ID. I called but it was a fax. I called the numbers on the business cards that were in his wallet but nobody knew the guy. Finally I found a student card for a local college, so I called the college. I told them the situation but they told me they could not give out student information, that sounded reasonable so I asked if I could simply drop it off with them. After transfering me to several departments they finally said I could take it to security. However, I wasn’t going to be able to get out of my office until late in the evening so I asked if they would contact the guy and at least tell him that his wallet had been found, after giving me some attitude like I was asking for too much they agreed. I put the wallet in an envelope, wrote the guy’s name on the front and the location I found it. I dropped it off at the security office as soon as I left work. And that was that.
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So what kind of grade did you get on you're psychology paper?
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lost wallet

I lost my wallet on a ride about a year ago. Within an hour of realizing it gone I got a call from my bank asking if I had charged something at Foot Locker. It was a hassle to get a new license, ccards, etc. A week later I got the contents of my old wallet in the mail, too late. Give them a call.
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