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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 11:11 PM
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Having lived there 6 years, I can also tell you that had the countries in this story been reversed, that money would have disappeared, along with the laptop I forgot in a taxi once.
I have returned 4 wallets so far in my life. All had money in them. One wallet, I found in the back seat of a cab. Instead of giving it to the cabbie I contacted the owner myself. There was a substantial amount of money in it. The owner gave me the money and took back the wallet.

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Well, thankfully, it wasn't really "mine." It was the gubment's. There was no sensitive information on it, but for all the paperwork I had to do, I almost would have preferred to lose mine, and just bought a new one.

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Honesty is often variable.

I think if most of us had been in the cabbie's position we would have tried to give it back.

But what if it had been $50 or $100? I bet most would just keep it.

What that means on a societal level I'm not sure, but I suspect it's true.

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I think you are saying that the depth our morals are connected with the size of the event and the impact the event has on others, Zelatore.

If you lost $50 bucks, you'd probably blame yourself for being careless and let it go.

If you lost a million, some part of you would desperately hope that it was returned to you no matter how small the chances.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

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I guess that's part of it, but not really all. I wasn't really thinking of what I'd like to see happen if it were me who lost the money. For one thing, I can't really fathom having a million bucks to loose in the first place...

I think it's more of 'well, $50 isn't going to matter that much' vs thinking you'll never get away with it at such a large amount.

No, maybe that's not it exactly either. It probably helps to make the million something more imaginable, say a few thousand bucks. Most of us have probably had that sort of cash on us at one time or another, say going to buy a used car or bike.

It just seems like there's a sliding scale of honesty. A little bit of money and you'd keep it. As the number gets bigger, the less likely you'd be to hold onto it. I don't know...I'm just sort of stream of conscious writing as I go here.

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I once found just under two ounces of cocaine in the back of a cab. Street value somewhere around 3000 pounds. I didn't think anyone would be reporting it missing, so I did the Christian thing and shared it amongst my friends. Excellent evening was had by all.

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The whole bag full of money thing is strange but the real story here is the honesty and selfless good will of a cabbie. Why is it that a thread about a whiny Norwegian mass murderer gets over 200 posts and this fella is ignored.

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What those two stories have in common is both are unusual and shocking.

I have a strong suspicion when a million dollars is left in a paper bag in a cab, that it is either crime money or a case of people with more than they need, and perhaps more money than brains. The cabbie not wanting to take something that isn't his is laudable, I suppose.

I'm not that strong. With what a cabbie makes in Singapore, short of previously mentioned concern of forcible fingernail extraction or other concerns for remaining family, I would've disappeared. Just being "honest".
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I found $100 laying between the street and the sidewalk. Had no way to figure out who it belonged to. Put it in my pocket and kept on running. Found $50 on the floor at the Mall. Sat at a bench near by for about 1/2 hour and watched to see if anyone walked by obviously looking for something.

Found $300 in a wallet with ID. Contacted the person and returned everything.

When I find credit cards (3) I throw them in the trash.

Student ID (2) returned to the campus police.

Drivers License (3) the 2 vaild ones were mailed back and the out of date one was tossed.

I wouldn't keep your stuff if I found it.

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