How Honest Are You?

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  1. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

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    In the mid 80's I found a wallet with all ID and about $600 in cash. There was a mailbox right there that I could have put the wallet into after taking the cash... instead I walked it two blocks over to the police station and turned it in along with all the cash. The owner tracked me down later that day and tried to offer me a reward.. but I respectfully declined.

    Had it just been cash I would have taken it... but this time there was a means to return what I found to the rightful owner.
     
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  2. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    I am not as honest as I used to think I was. I try. I hope I'd do what the guy in the story did, but I know I'd be badly tempted not to.
     
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  3. Jupiter

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    If kelnet were here (where the hell is kelnet BTW?) he'd be updating his "do not do gear deals with these guys" spreadsheet.
     
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  4. scottser

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    This context has little to do with honesty. You own the sofa and you own the cash. Think of it as the universe rewarding you for being a decent guy. Hell, I don't care how you justify it just enjoy the money.
     
  5. Bones

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    no.
     
  6. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    or MAYBE the universe is checking just how decent of a guy you are...
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. brookdalebill

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    I refuse to be ruled by the desire for “stuff”.
    There’s nothing I covet enough to steal.
    I am not smart enough to be devious.
    I like being simple.
    I don’t want trouble.
    Trouble has indeed found me a few times.
    Now I studiously avoid hassles and drama.
     
  8. reckless toboggan

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    Your promises they look like lies
    Your honesty like a back that hides a knife
     
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  9. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I thought there was gonna be a sofa cushion in that second line.
     
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  10. elihu

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    If you tell the truth you don't have to remember what you said.
     
  11. Rockhead

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    Me to garage sale person: "how much is that sofa over there?"
    Garage sale person: "$50 bucks and it yours."
    Me: "mind if I cut it open first?"
    Garage sale person: :confused:
     
  12. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

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    Seems it should go one of two ways.

    1) try to find the person it belonged to, and return it assuming you can verify beyond doubt it is in fact theirs.

    2) If that isn't possible, donate it to a charity a legitimate charity where you know the funds will be used well.

    I'd feel weird keeping money I know isn't mine. Possible exception being if I knew it had belonged to someone who earned the money through less than noble means, or was going to do something terrible with it (say, fund a big heroin buy). But that's not how these things actually work
     
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  13. Kebmel

    Kebmel Tele-Afflicted

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    To a fault
     
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  14. stormin1155

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    I've found billfolds containing money that I returned.

    $43K in a piece of furniture??? Something tells me that the person that took the piece of furniture to the thrift shop isn't the same person that put the $43K in it....
     
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  15. telemnemonics

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    So the individual who stashed the cash was elderly and now deceased, but the money went to his granddaughter.

    Not knowing what hardship might have been caused by the loss of the money (like maybe it was supposed to pay back a reverse mortgage) I would have no way to know is the family that lost it would suffer for my fortune if I kept it.
    Tough call.

    If I had that money returned that way I would probably ask the Samaritan how they were doing financially. If they were needy and I had just inherited half a mil I’d probably split t with them or something like that.

    If I was going to lose Grandpas house to the reverse mortgage and that cas3 saved the house I guess I’d keep the cash.

    Just no way to know what the future results might be of what appears to be a stroke of good luck.
    Some believe an opportunity to help someone in their time of need is greater fortune than a bunch of new guitars.

    Right about now I’d probably keep it and struggle with uncertainty.
    No suck luck...
     
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    Both my grandad and step grandmother & my grandmother (his ex wife) had taped a lot of money under drawers in both their houses.
    My grandfather had two houses. We knew about some cash that was stashed and as soon as we could get to the houses we were able to recover the money before anyone else had a chance. Both my grandad and grandmother were lax about locking doors and many folks knew it

    that said, if I bought a piece and throttle was cash stashed there I would try to find the owners and return it.

    I wouldn’t be able to live with myself knowing that if I didn’t try to return it. I don’t care if it’s $100.00 or the mentioned $43,000.00.

    YMMD but that’s just me
     
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  17. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    That much I would have to say something. Hopefully the lady would offer him something and they could go from there
     
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  18. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    At the end of the shift they'd probably find something wrong and the employee would end up stuck with it. So good for you
     
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  19. Guitardvark

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    i would turn my own mother n for cheating on her taxes
     
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  20. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I know a family who took care of the wife’s parents for years in their home, paying for everything and doing all the work with no help from the other family members.
    After the two elders had passed they were clearing out the room and found something like $25,000 ( in the ‘70s).

    The daughter/ wife told her brother and he said thanks and took the money.

    There we could presume that years of elder care warranted them keeping it, but the brother who did nothing had the gall to take it.

    Sometimes money that falls in our lap does so for a reason, whether supernatural or situational.
    I don’t believe life tests us in certain cases but I do kinda believe life asks us what kind of people we choose to be all day every day.
     
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