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    Yesterday morning I found a wallet on the street. It had $540 in it. There was also business cards, medical card and other ID. It belonged to a foot surgeon. Knowing the neighborhood and street where he lived from the ID, I knew he was quite wealthy. $540 was probably like a half day's pay and I doubt he'd miss it. I considered:

    1. Deliver the wallet to him in person with everything in it including the money
    2. Keep the money and drop off the wallet on the front step late at night
    3. Keep the money and throw the wallet back where I found it.

    What would you do with it?
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    Give the wallet back in person and expect nothing in return.

    If he wants to give a reward for returning it say "no". If he insist, sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tryggvi
    Throw the wallet with money, cards and whatever else was in it into his post box or through his door slot, or, in absence of these facilities, put it in front of his door, ring and disappear (still making sure, he is at home and picks it up), or send it with secure, registered mail.

    Important is to make it impossible for him to feel obliged to you. You can include a card with your name and "Kind regards", though.

    Remember that what comes around, goes around.
    That's a better answer than what I'd initially offered up Njord. The best giving is anonymously and in the sense of the wallet it is not really even giving, it is simply returning what is rightfully someone elses.

    Doing the appropriate thing is plenty of a reward in and of itself. Having a clear consciouse and the freedom that comes with it is worth more than anything.

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    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

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    I defintiely say return it promptly, as in tact as you found it. Sending it via registered mail is a great idea, and as Njord said, leave a card or something so that he knows who saved him from the imminient headaches that ome with losing a wallet. Chanes are, the cash is the least of his worries, when he realized that the wallet was missing, and he will be much more grateful to have his idenity and credit cards returned than the cash. As a result of this, he may offer to give you whatever cash he had, or a substantial portion, or even twice that much.

    But really, just returning the wallet to him with everything in it should be reward enough. What goes around comes around.

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    Agreeing completely with what has been said by the others, you might consider giving the money to charity if you deem the owner of the wallet a dishonest person (e.g. a mafia member ) and the money you found would directly harm other people. However, such judgement is highly emotionally coloured and thus hardly ever suitable, even more so since the owner could decide to do that himself.

    I would resort to such a decision only in very exceptional situations myself and I hardly believe this is the case with you now, as you made no specific mention of it.

    Just show him that you're an honest person and go home with a fulfilling smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tryggvi
    The answer is actually quite easy: "Do what you would like others to do, if you had lost the wallet."

    On the other hand, if you want to play Santa :santa, I can always need some cash. Want my account #?

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    Exactly, Jesus . Yet, and I trust we know that, do not do it from a personal point of view but rather to make other people happy and the world you live in a brighter place.

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    I'll be honest and say, I would have kept it. I need it more than he does. $540 is chump change for a foot surgeon, whereas I could live off of that money for a few months. Finders keepers, losers weepers. :dfu

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladygoeth33
    I'll be honest and say, I would have kept it. I need it more than he does. $540 is chump change for a foot surgeon, whereas I could live off of that money for a few months. Finders keepers, losers weepers. :dfu
    I could, too, but I have managed to eke out a living so far and so it can continue. Living with a clear conscience, on the other hand, lasts a lifetime and I can personally rejoice in such actions. Giving it righteously to someone who has enough of it is an additional challenge and it only confirms my decision.

    Don't get me wrong, Ladygoeth, I admire your honesty and respect your decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladygoeth33
    I'll be honest and say, I would have kept it. I need it more than he does. $540 is chump change for a foot surgeon, whereas I could live off of that money for a few months. Finders keepers, losers weepers. :dfu
    You should at least return the wallet with all the cards and ID in it. Those things are timeconsuming to replace.

    Now... what if he were a Jew who you knew actively worked against our race?

    In general I would do number 1, I like to meet the person whose wallet I found. I mean, I don't believe in mere coincidence, I think many times there may be greater reasons why things like that happen and people meet. So maybe you should meet the guy for some reason? I also like people to know who has helped them, face to face, and maybe they may be able to return a favor in the future.

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    I'm sorry I'm not a Noble Aryan who always does the perfect moral thing.

    What's this guy going to do with $540? Pay for his BMW? Pay for some filipina escort service to pleasure him? I would use part of this money to buy coffee and donuts for homeless people. :donut3

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