How Honest Are You?

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  1. tlsmack

    tlsmack Tele-Afflicted

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    I remember losing a weeks pay in an envelope. When I retraced my steps, a movie theater was the last place I recalled seeing it. It took 2 or 3 days for me to realize the theater was where I lost it. This was in NYC, so I was very doubtful some one would actually return it to me. My brother called the theater, I stupidly told him not to bother haha!!! What are the odds?
    Somebody reported it to the management, and left a contact number. I called, described the envelope and its contents, drove to Queens and got my money back.
    When I need to decide what to do with found treasure, I think of how this event restored my faith in humanity!!
    However, the people who found the money where very well off, and I am broke haha. Not quite the feel good ending some were hoping for.:p
     
  2. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I tell on myself on a regular basis. I will not lie to save myself or anyone else. I will lie, however, to get me out of something I don't want to do such as visiting the in-laws and their house full of freeloaders.
     
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  3. Wallo Tweed

    Wallo Tweed Friend of Leo's

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    Sounds like the book A Simple Plan.

    What could possibly go wrong?:)
     
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  4. Wallo Tweed

    Wallo Tweed Friend of Leo's

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    I would try to find the owner.

    I lost a few hundred dollars a long time ago when we were just starting out. It put us in a tough spot for a few months. I wouldn't want to do that to someone else.
     
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  5. beagle

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    I would have returned it.
     
  6. Lonn

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    Couple of hundred.....it's mine. $43K is life altering but I'd be damned careful about returning it. I'd be stealthy and see if they even knew about it first and were looking for it.
     
  7. Mexitele Blues

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    That money represents someone else's labor, someone else's savings and future. I would feel like I had to at least try to find the previous owner. If I couldn't, well, ok then.

    How much are the gypsies paying these days?

    I'm not great at this, but I don't think it counts as capital gains until you sell the sofa.
     
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  8. Charlie Bernstein

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    I'm always right, and I never lie.
     
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  9. Pickingthru

    Pickingthru TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Just about a boy scout for honesty. Well, except for, answering the question "Does this make me look fat?" That said, if I bought the couch or storage unit, it would be mine. Simple transaction.
     
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  10. telemnemonics

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    In the '90s I did antique dealing on the weekend and carpentry during the week when there were jobs, but it was the recession and not much construction was happening.
    Antique dealing works when you buy low and sell high.
    For that matter so does stuff like Fender Squier guitars where the factory that makes a Squier also sells a line of the same basic guitar on alibaba for half the price.

    Anyhow I was a "picker" in the early morning when the huge flea markets at 25th St & 6th Avenue opened.
    I'd first set up my table at 6am and then cruise the other dealers and buy low from those who primarily cleaned out houses.
    These folks followed estate auctions and bank foreclosures and took contracts to empty houses into dumpsters while keeping anything of value.
    There's a whole cottage industry that looks for that $43,000 couch stuffing.
    On a given day I might buy a piece for $50 that didn't suit my table, turn around and sell it to another dealer who specialized in that sort of stuff for $100, and by the end of the day they might sell it for $200.

    My stuff was mostly antique photography and one day a little old lady stopped with some pictures to sell.
    She pulled out three 1/4 plate daguerrotypes in beautiful condition, saying they were relatives.
    One pic was of a little old lady that was a spitting image of the seller herself.
    The process was superseded by 1860 so these were 1850s family photos in a collectible media but of dull subject matter.
    She asked for an offer and we said $70 for the three, which was too much, even though desirable dags sold for $100- $10,000.
    I don't think we ever managed to sell them but we couldn't bring ourselves to offer the small money they were worth.

    I've foolishly stayed with Verizon wireless for 20 years.
    say $80/ month x12 x20 = $19,200.
    Seems it was only worth half the price I paid.
    I should ask Verizon for $10,000!
     
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  11. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Meister

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    That much, no way I could keep it without trying to find the owner.

    That's someones entire life savings.

    I'll be going to hell for several reasons, but it won't be for that.
     
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    who doesn't ''NEED'' 43k?
     
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    I'd be posting in the "New Guitars" section.
     
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    I'd be happy if I got enough to buy An MiA tele
     
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  15. telemnemonics

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    AFAIK 1% of the population.
     
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  16. RoyBGood

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    I would've kept it. Luck like that doesn't happen very often. I'm already going to hell, so wtf. The new owner of the furniture didn't know about the existence of the money, so in that respect, 'ignorance would've been bliss'.
     
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  17. otterhound

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    Half of my lies aren't true . With that amount , I likely would have tried to locate the right person/party . That doesn't mean that I wouldn't hope for a thank you that goes beyond simple words , although words would suffice .
     
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  18. charlie chitlin

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    I'd be tempted to split it with them...
     
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    I don't believe in Hell and I still would have given the money back. Discuss.
     
  20. teletail

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    The example has nothing to do with honesty. You purchased an item, you own it. It’s not like there’s person knew the couch was worth $43,000 and offered them $100. There was no fraud real or intended.

    A couple of times I've given people more than they’ve asked for when I thought the seriously undervalued an item, but I’d have no trouble keeping the money in this case.
     
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