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Old 11-25-08, 11:49 AM
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What to do with found wallet?

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?
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Old 11-25-08, 11:50 AM
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You'll want to clean your fingerprints off it if you plan to deposit it anonymously.
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aside from being lazy, dishonest and a poor citizen, just drop it off in a mailbox.
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Old 11-25-08, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by weavers View Post
aside from being lazy, dishonest and a poor citizen, just drop it off in a mailbox.
I don't understand what you are saying. Are you calling me lazy, dishonest, and a poor citizen for wanting to return the wallet to its owner?
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Old 11-25-08, 12:10 PM
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I don't get it either.
Personally, I would give them a call. If you stole the wallet why exactly would you be returning it?
Otherwise, the mailbox would work.
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Old 11-25-08, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by weavers View Post
aside from being lazy, dishonest and a poor citizen, just drop it off in a mailbox.
How would it be dishonest to mail it?
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Old 11-25-08, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
I don't get it either.
Personally, I would give them a call. If you stole the wallet why exactly would you be returning it?
Otherwise, the mailbox would work.
My first thought was to call as well, but there is no telephone number. I found the wallet strewn across the street, so I picked it up and put all the stuff that was laying around it, gift cards, a library card, and some receipts, back inside. I didn't want to just leave it, I want to get it back to the dude who owns it, but there are some crazy people out there. I don't want to be accused of stealing his crap when all I want to do is return it.
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Old 11-25-08, 12:24 PM
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Just mail it to them. You don't have to include your contact info.
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Old 11-25-08, 12:27 PM
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Drop it off at a cop shop if you're so worried about dealing with the owner directly. Personally, I wouldn't hesitate to contact them, and I know that I would appreciate knowing that someone had found my wallet sooner rather than waiting for cops to do whatever they have to do before they make the phone call. And yeah, I know you said no phone number, but there are ways of finding these things out.
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Most people I have found are very thankful for returning items you find. It might be a neighbor down the street and you might even convenience someone to start commuting.
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Old 11-25-08, 12:49 PM
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I was very grateful when a cyclist found my lost wallet and called me the same day to return it. It alleviated a lot of the stress of not knowing where my ID and bank cards were.
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It's pretty easy to google a name and get a phone number.

Our modern lives are filled with impersonal insults and injuries. When we receive one, there's nothing more reassuring and comforting than personal contact (attached to a sign of goodwill).

Give the guy a friendly call (*67 if you want to block caller id). If the guy's friendly and thankful, give it to him in person. If he's a dick, then do what you want.

(brainstorming ways to avoid talking to or looking at people is disturbing, IMHO)
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Old 11-25-08, 12:59 PM
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I think you should try to contact the person. People who steal wallets or take things from found wallets don't usually try to return them. You might save the person the hassle of cancelling his credit cards and going to the DMV to get a new licence
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My wife was extremely thankful that someone called her to return her wallet. The person who found it just started calling the business cards that my wife had in her wallet and one of those people called us. We then got the number of the person who found it and met them & got her wallet back sans cash. It never occurred to us to think that the person who was returning it stole it. I don't even care if the person who stole the wallet was the one who returned it. At least we got it back without having to get new driver's license, etc.
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Old 11-25-08, 01:26 PM
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I would say try to find out there number and call them because they many have to get a new license by the time the mail get there.
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Originally Posted by MrRamonG View Post
I don't want to be accused of stealing his crap when all I want to do is return it.
I think the likelyhood of that happening is about that of getting struck on the head by a meteor.

If you stole stuff from the wallet, why would you return it? Being worried about this doesn't make any sense.

Regardless, you should return the wallet in a way that you are comfortable with. Returning it quickly is much more convenient for the person who has lost it.
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Old 11-25-08, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by MrRamonG View Post
My first thought was to call as well, but there is no telephone number. I found the wallet strewn across the street, so I picked it up and put all the stuff that was laying around it, gift cards, a library card, and some receipts, back inside. I didn't want to just leave it, I want to get it back to the dude who owns it, but there are some crazy people out there. I don't want to be accused of stealing his crap when all I want to do is return it.
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.
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The one we found we contacted them through their library card. Asked them to call and give them our number (they wouldn't give out the owners phone number)

They were very happy getting it back - freaking out about having to cancel credit cards etc. Left it on the roof at Ikea and it fell off as they turned out of the car park.
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Originally Posted by MrRamonG View Post
My first thought was to call as well, but there is no telephone number. I found the wallet strewn across the street, so I picked it up and put all the stuff that was laying around it, gift cards, a library card, and some receipts, back inside. I didn't want to just leave it, I want to get it back to the dude who owns it, but there are some crazy people out there. I don't want to be accused of stealing his crap when all I want to do is return it.
Why all the paranoia? If for some odd reason you are truly paranoid about it then either take it to the police station or give it to a cop to be returned.
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I have returned several wallets and purses. I have never been accused of taking anything from the person that lost the Item. If you want to find a phone number look up www.zabbasearch.com you can usually find most phone numbers there. In the end Karma will come back to you. I lost my wallet on a ride to work over the summer and I had it back the same day.

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I've found quite a few wallets on bike rides and have always tracked down the owner and simply returned them or had them pick it up at my home or another location. Sometimes it's obvious nothing is missing (quite a bit of cash) other times they've appeared to be picked clean. I've never been accused of anything but being generous enough with my time to find the owner.

If I had concerns about meeting the person at all I would drop the wallet at the local police station and let them deal with it.
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Old 11-25-08, 06:01 PM
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I would drop it off at the sheriff's office; and request that I not be identified to the owner, in case they might want give me a reward. I just really don't see something like this as being that much trouble.
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If they're close by and you can't find their tele#, I would personally drop it off.

As many have said, this relieves the person of the hassle to replace 'all' of their schtuff.

Someone is looking down on your good deed!
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Drop it off at the closest police station, or mail it.
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Either call them look them up people are not hard to find! or take it to your local police station and just tell them you found it in the street its not a big deal.
Their not going to ask you anything just tell then you found it. They aren't going to arrest you
I found one and called the person it ended up being an older couple who lived quite some distance from me they made arrangements to come get it and all was good, they were just happy to know were it was and not floating around someplace, just a piece of mind knowing someone else didn't have it any longer.
They send us a few Christmas cards after that just because all was good.
Just return it any way you can or want its no big deal.
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