Would You Return a Lost Wallet? (What if It Had Lots of Money in It?)

A recent study found that people across the world are more inclined to give back a lost wallet if there is money inside. What does this tell us about humanity?

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  1. I would return the wallet if there was some sort of identification inside and/or there were credit cards. I'd also return it if there was cash amounting to more than 15 dollars. If I didn't return the wallet, I'd have an overwhelming feeling of guilt and shame. I have lost things over the years, mainly at school. I try my luck at lost and found but often return empty-handed. Not everyone's moral compass is the same and everybody has a reason for the choices they make. For these reasons, it's stupid to assume that human nature is "good" or "bad". People do what is right (or wrong) at that moment. I like to believe people are born with a clean slate and it's their environment that influences these decisions.

  2. If I found someone's lost wallet on the ground I would probably return it. I would because I would think about how much they would need it then I would think about what if this was their rent or something like then I would feel bad for having it then I would give it back. Also, keeping a lost wallet is stealing because you're basically taking someone's money away from them when you have the ability to give it back.

  3. If I found a lost wallet, the amount of money inside will not tempt me to keep the wallet. If there is any type of ID in the wallet, I would contact the owner and return the wallet. If I keep the wallet I will probably feel, and continue to feel, guilt. You don’t know how much that person needs the wallet or the money inside of it and you don’t know how hard they might have worked to earn that money. I think you should put yourself in their shoes. There was a time where a person I know had their wallet stolen but they didn’t feel anger toward the person who stole it. They did feel sad that their wallet was stolen but they said that the person must have been very desperate to steal a wallet and that hopefully things get better for them.

  4. I think you should always return a wallet if it has identification. Even if it has just 5 dollars, you don’t know what the person’s economic status is, and I think it would be rather horrific to assume their wealth based off their ID photo or otherwise. It’s not so much about returning money or expecting a reward, however. Whenever I do a good deed, I feel really happy and it puts a filter of light over everything I do. Whenever I lose something, I feel terrible. Returning a wallet not only would make the other person happy, but it affects both of you positively and then both of you are more likely to do another kind deed. Kindness is like a tree that never stops growing, but all comes from one seed.

  5. I would return someone’s wallet I found on the ground if there was a way to return it. If it had an I.D. I would return it. If the wallet had a large amount of money, I would still try to return it. That’s just my take on it. Everyone has different reasons for doing something. I can see if a broke college student found 10 dollars in a wallet and kept it to buy food for that day, but if you are rich and you steal a wallet with money on the ground, what's the point. Someone else could have used the money for a better cause but you are willing to take it even though you have more than enough money? I’d say keeping a wallet is stealing if there was a way to get it back to the owner of the wallet. If there was no I.D. or number you could call, someone else would have taken it for their own needs/wants. If you are broke and you take a wallet with money for your needs not your wants, I can understand that, and I think only a small punishment should be distributed.

  6. If I found a lost wallet with an ID and no money, why would I keep it? Also, why would someone buy a wallet if they didn’t put any money in it. If there was a wallet with just a $20 bill, I’d give it back because taking the twenty would be too noticeable. But if it was $20 in ones, I’d take some as punishment for somebody losing their wallet. If there was 2,000 big ones, though, for sure I’d take that wallet for myself. If you have lots of money in your wallet, don’t lose it, because I will take all the money.

  7. @Leonardo Gagliardi I think that's entirely the wrong attitude and here's why. This summer, we were at soccer camp preparing for the upcoming season. We were running together around a field to get our legs warm and one guy suddenly stepped out of line, stopped, and picked up a one hundred dollar bill from the mud. Everyone started shouting and the one who picked up the money adamantly told everyone he would be keeping the money because "its mine, I found it so you guys don't get any." Well, once we were done with our warm up, the coaches called us over and revealed that the money we had found really belonged to them. The thing was, the guy who found them money never had any intention of returning it. Our coach told him, “You never know who that money belongs to. It could be the last hundred dollars an old lady who’s trying to feed her kids has. It could be the only money that a father has left to buy his sick child medicine with. It could be the difference between someone paying their rent or evicted from their home and living on the streets.” I wasn’t the one who picked that money up but what my coach told us was powerful. You never know what that money could mean to someone. You never know what a difference just a few dollars could make. That’s why if you ever find a wallet, always, always return it.

  8. If I found a lost wallet on the street, I would try to return it. Most of the time that is people’s hard-earned money, and they deserve to get it back. Also, I would be distraught if I lost my wallet and someone didn’t return it. If they have paperwork in their wallet like their driver’s license, it is not that hard to reach out to them and tell them you have their wallet. Also, if you lose your driver’s license and other stuff, it can often take a long time to get a replacement to you should try to return the wallet. Keeping a lost wallet is technically not stealing, but it is not right morally or ethically.

  9. If I found a lost wallet, I would definitely try my hardest to return it. Of course, I would be tempted to take the money if there is any, but it would just make me think back to all the times I've lost something important to me and have had the luck of someone returning it to me. Even when it's me returning a lost item to someone, I feel how relieved and happy they are to have it back. I would much rather help somebody else have a good day than spend money/use things that do not belong to me.

  10. If I found a lost wallet on the street, I would not think twice about returning it to its owner. Even if the wallet has money, I wouldn’t be tempted to keep it. I didn’t earn that money, nor is anything in their wallet my property or worth taking. I also like to think about it in the way that what if the shoe were on the other foot. What if I had lost my wallet with my credit/debit cards, my drivers license, and 50 bucks cash. I would definitely want it back along with the money that it contained. So, if someone ever lost theirs, I would definitely return it, because I know that that’s what I would want someone else to do if it ever happened to me.

  11. When I think about the thought of losing something extremely valuable like a wallet it gives me an extreme sense of fear. Within a wallet is someone’s information, money, and valuable possessions. Finding a wallet on the ground makes me think about the person that lost it and how they must fell when they realize that their wallet is missing. Personally, I wouldn’t hesitate to attempt to return the wallet and all of the possessions inside. Recently, my family came across a stray wallet on vacation, we immediately attempted to contact the person and eventually went out of our way to take it to the local police station. I don’t want that to be considered as an act of kindness, it should be every single humans responsibility to return something that is not rightfully theres. When we look out for each other the world begins to become a better place. How would you feel if you lost something extremely important or valuable to you and find out a random stranger returned it? It is something no matter your financial situation you should do. People should really start to think more about others than themselves.

  12. If I found a lost wallet I would return it as long as it had ID. It does not matter how much money is in it. If it does not have an ID though, then it is mine to keep. I have never found a lost wallet but I have watched money fall out of someone's pocket and then returned it but that is the closest I have ever been to finding a lost wallet. I have lost my wallet once and thankfully it got returned within like 5 minutes. I also am not surprised that the more money there is in a wallet the more likely it is to be returned. People are naturally lazy but they probably feel more empathetic if they see there is more money in the wallet. People seem to naturally want to help others. There are areas in the world where a lost wallet would never be returned but I believe in the good of humanity so I was not surprised to see that more often than there is a better chance of someone returning a wallet if there is more money in it.

  13. If I encountered a lost wallet, I would definitely try my hardest to find the owner. If I couldn’t find the owner and the wallet had identification inside, I would turn it in to the city. I could only imagine what I would feel like if I lost my wallet, so I wouldn’t want anyone else to have those same feelings. Even if I decided to take the wallet for myself, I wouldn’t be able to handle the guilt that would come along with that decision and I would have to turn it in somewhere.

  14. I have never found a lost wallet, but if I had, I would hand it into the proper authorities without taking anything, even if there was a lot of money. I think that I wouldn’t steal anything because the person may really need it, and also I would consider it stealing. I hate sinning because even though it’s human nature to sin, it doesn’t feel very good afterward. It would weigh heavily in my heart, even if I never knew the people. I was surprised about the findings because I never really thought of the majority of humans as considerate. In my grade, most people are quite selfish and try to hog everything for themselves. The report shows that people are actually considerate when they want to be. I think that people should try to be as considerate as possible at all times, but still feel comfortable doing it.

  15. I would return the wallet to the owner if there was an ID inside of it. If there was no ID, I would just return it to the nearest police station. No matter how tempted I am, I would never steal a wallet, nor steal the money. It is not humane and nobody should do that. I have never encountered a lost wallet or a lost valuable, but this is just common sense. You should leave people’s valuables and possessions alone.

  16. If I found a lost wallet I would always return it no matter what is inside. I would always return it because you never know what is important to another person. For me, it does not matter how much cash is in the wallet because a person may plan to buy something important. If someone took that away from them it could affect the rest of their lives. You can never completely understand the goals or purposes of a stranger so you should never take things from them even if they seem like they are rich. One time, I lost a portfolio which included a lot of school papers. I do not remember how I could possibly lose it, but it was never found. The findings of the study revealed in the article surprised me. I think that if there was money in a wallet, someone would be more likely to keep it rather than return it.

  17. For me, returning a wallet is a simple decision. I would return the wallet no matter what the quantity of cash is. This comes from knowing that there is always a possibility of being filmed by John Quiñones (the host of the ABC show, What Would You Do?). There is always that “one guy” who does the “wrong” thing and everyone thinks he’s a terrible person because keeping a lost wallet is considered stealing. I would not want to be that “one guy” who gets looked down upon. Therefore, if I take the lost wallet, the situation would be very awkward if I find out that I’m on the show. If I am not on the show, then I am still a good person because I made the right decision. Either way, I am still a considerate person.

  18. I will always return a lost wallet. I think it is the right thing to do. I have lost many walets before and a lot of cash so I know what it feels like to have money and possesions lost. I will return a wallet no matter how much money or what is in it. I once found a lanyard on the street with only a business card and a Septa key which only cost $5. I called the business card and the wallet was returned. No factors influnce my decision, it is the right thing to do. I think that in a sense, taking a wallet can be considered not stealing but the definition of stealing is to take somebody's personal property without asking and when you take somebody's wallet, that is exactly what you are doing.

  19. @Adah D'Alba I agree that it is the right thing to do when you see something that seems lost,to return it. I too have lost a couple wallets in my life so I know what it's like to know I've misplaced something.

  20. I would return a wallet if it’s near/in the school, otherwise I just leave it be. I’m the type of person who doesn’t touch random things outside because I don’t know where it’s been. Just like a wallet, I’d leave it be and just continue walking to my destination. If I find a wallet inside the school, I check for the ID and if I know that person, I’ll return it. Otherwise, I put it either in the lost & found or drop it off by the main office. I did find a wallet in the school library once and it was my classmate’s wallet. The bell just rang so everyone was in a hurry. When I got to the classroom, I gave it back to her saying that she left it in the library. She thanked me and I felt good after that. Conversely, I did “lose” a wallet that had about $50 in it. I thought I left it at the place that I was competing for gymnastics but in reality, I left it in a secret pocket of my bag. But otherwise, I don’t think I’ve lost anything else that was valuable to me. My mom has always taught me the golden rule: do to others as you would have them do to you. I believe that many people think of themselves in that situation. I don’t want people stealing money from me, so I don’t want to steal money from them.

  21. I would return a wallet if I found one. I would do this because I believe that you should treat others how you want to be treated. So if I found someone's wallet I would try to give it back.I think that keeping a lost wallet is stealing because the wallet belongs to someone, but they lost it.

  22. I once left my wallet in a store somebody store all the money out of it and left. It was devastating and was surprised that someone even had the audacity to do that. I would never take anybody’s wallet because I know how it feels and it is not a good feeling. I would try to find the owner or give it to a police officer. You don’t know the economic situation of the owner of the wallet, the things in the wallet could be all they have. People who steal money should step inside of the shoes of the person they stole the money from. You don’t know the person, and you don’t have anything against them, so why do something bad to them that could potentially ruin their lives. I once left my wallet in a store somebody store all the money out of it and left. It was devastating and was surprised that someone even dared to do that. I would never take anybody’s wallet because I know how it feels and it is not a good feeling. I would try to find the owner or give it to a police officer. You don’t know the economic situation of the owner of the wallet, the things in the wallet could be all they have. People who steal money should step inside of the shoes of the person they stole the money from. You don’t know the person, and you don’t have anything against them, so why do something bad to them that could potentially ruin their lives.

  23. One day when my family went to the park, we started playing with soccer and frisbee and all of a sudden I tripped over something in the grass. The grass was about ankle high so it took me a while, but I figured out what I tripped over was a wallet. I immediately told my parents and we saw that the name of the person belonged to and how much money they had. They had about $80. My family values respect as much as anything else, so they wouldn’t let me nor my sister take a single penny from that wallet. They have also raised me to believe that taking money from someone was very disrespectful so I didn’t even give thought into taking money from the wallet. What my family decided to do with the wallet was run around the large park looking for the man on the driver’s license. We couldn’t find him and didn’t want to ask people if they knew him in case they took the money for themselves. What my family did was search for contact information on the man because the wallet seemed to be very valuable to him. It had a picture of his wife and kids, a credit card, and much more. Somewhere in the wallet we found a phone number and called it. Luckily, it was the man who lost his wallet and I’m not sure how, but I think either he came to pick up his wallet from our house or my parents dropped the wallet off at his house when they were going somewhere on the way.

  24. I have never found a wallet on the side of the street or anywhere without knowing who the owner was. Though if I had, knowing myself I would be tempted to keep it, especially if there is a high quantity of money. I remember in first grade I was at the book fair and I saw my classmate's wallet fall out of his pocket. I picked it up and noticed there was 70 dollars in it. I only had two dollars so without really thinking I took thirty dollars out of it and gave it back to him. I realize now that taking money out of a wallet is considered stealing and would not do it again if I were put in a similar situation today. If I found a wallet in a store today I would hand it over to the nearest official or try and track down the person myself. It's the ethical thing to do and I know that if I lost my wallet I would want someone to do the same for me.

  25. I don’t often find wallets on the ground, but when I do, I pick it up and try to find the nearest security guard/police officer to give it to. It is tempting to look inside the wallet or take something, but it helps me to remember what it is like to lose a wallet. I’m constantly losing my wallet, so I know how it feels to worry about whether or not you’ll find it again, or if someone will steal from it.

  26. If I found a wallet on the ground somewhere, I would return it to the person it belongs to because the owner probably needs whatever is inside it. However, if there is a ton of money in it, I wouldn’t take all of it but I would probably take 5 dollars or so because I need money and the owner probably wouldn’t notice if 5 dollars were missing. I have never found a wallet but I have found books and planners around my school and I have always found a name on them and returned them. One time earlier this year, I lost one of my books and my friend found it and returned it to me. The statistics kind of surprised me because I know that there are many more good people in the world than there are bad, but I am surprised that the more money there is in the wallet, the better the chances of a person returning the wallet.

  27. Morals play a huge part of most of my decisions. I would probably contact the person if there is any information. If not, I’m guessing that I would give it to the authorities nearby. In a video game (that is sort of related to the real world and you play with real players) you have the option to play normally or scam other people until you become rich. (There isn’t actually a button that says scam “player name.” It’s kind of like real scams where they bait you into something nice.) I choose the option to play normally without scamming other people. I actually got scammed in the game before and I know how it feels to lose a lot of progress, so that is probably one of the reasons I don’t do it. Though it sounds weird to compare a real life situation to a video game, the video game kind of simulates your decisions in real life. If you try and scam someone in the video game, chances are you aren’t a good person and probably won’t return a wallet with just a couple bucks.

  28. In retrospect, I know the right decision would be to return the wallet. If I lost my wallet, I would become greatly stressed, especially if it had great amounts of money in it. Consequently, I would not be able to work diligently the entire day because my mind would be distracted by the current fate of my lost wallet. Given this, if I found a lost wallet, my empathy for the victim would propel me to take measures to return this wallet. On a different note, I greatly dislike when someone puts an item I lost in the “lost-and-found”. Sometimes I forget my binder in certain classes at school. Eventually, I find it by retracing my steps but if someone were to interfere with this and place my binder in the lost-and-found, I would have no knowledge of it, making it extremely difficult to acquire my binder once again. Applying this same logic, I would try to minimize my interaction with the lost wallet for it may increase the owner’s difficulty of finding it again. However, I must place the wallet in areas such as a lost-and-found for fear that other people who may find the wallet may not be so empathetic. On another topic, based on the article, I feel as if most humans are empathetic towards others. However, not all people are trustworthy, and these are the people who can cause the most havoc in society. If everyone were to trust each other, society would fail because the selfish people would take advantage of everyone, although they may be fewer than the honest people.

  29. @Shiv, I feel like neither you nor anybody else commenting understands why people might steal or take money. although some people steal out of greed a lot steal out of necessity. You said if everybody trusted each other society would fail but I feel like it's already failing. millions are in debt due to student loans and many more are stuck in a cycle of poverty. If you can't get a job cause you've been to jail or have something else wrong. you get get a job and can't make money. This means you got to steal. Most people who steal aren't dishonest they're just dirt poor. Finding a lost wallet and keeping it means a dinner they might not get otherwise.

  30. While people does likely to return the wallet in our modern age, people would not likely to return the wallet when they really needed. In our modern age, our standard of living has been better than ever before. People naturally become nicer since there is less competition; they want to help other people survive as well . When people think about stealing money from the wallet, they would choose not to because they don’t really need that money to survive. However, this would not be the case for countries with poorer economies since people really need the money to survive and live comfortably.

  31. I think this is an interesting conclusion and definitely something that went against my pre-existing bias. If I found a wallet on the street, I would definitely return it. There’s a decent expectation of reciprocity and if I lost something, I would definitely want the finder to return it. Recently, we were out skiing in Colorado and the instructor told us about how someone had lost their wallet with $15k in it (why’d you ever need that much, I don’t know) and another instructor had found it. He immediately turned it in. As it turns out, the person who lost the wallet would be with the instructor who found it a week later. Things always have a way of getting back to you and if the instructor had not made the choice to turn it in, things could have gone a lot differently. There’s always a chance to do the right thing.

  32. While there exists to be validity behind the notion of considering the benefits and punishments when put in a situation to give back a lost wallet or not, I would personally return wallet. From personal experience, the emotions felt when coming to the realization of losing something are not good and therefore I would not want others to experience that stress. The possible benefits from keeping a found wallet are outweighed by the morally correct action of returning the wallet.

  33. I would return the wallet if there was an id and personal stuff in it. I would return it because who wants to lose identity and get new ones it takes a long time. If there is just money i would still return it because what if that is their last little money for the month to get food and stuff for their house or sum. What if they have kids and they need clothes and stuff for school or sum. That is why i will return the wallet to the owner, I would want someone to return my wallet but it is reality, who will?

  34. I honestly think that I would return a wallet even if it did have money in it. I think that I would return a lost wallet because if I had lost my money, I would want it to be returned. I also think that it would be the most ethical thing to do because the person could have really needed that money for something important like rent or food which are needed to survive. I just think that before you think about taking a wallet that was dropped, you should try to put yourself into this scenario and think about how you would want to get your wallet back.

  35. i would return a lost wallet unless it had less than 10 dollars if it had no money I would return it because what would I do with it the reason why I would return it over 10 dollars is because they probably need that money I do think keeping a wallet is steeling if you can give back someones belonging and you do not it is stealing

  36. Would you return a lost wallet you found? Why or why not? What factors would influence your decision? Is keeping a lost wallet stealing? Yes I would return a wallet if I found one. Even if it had $200 in it. My parents told me when I was very little that even if I see a penny on the floor that I should not take it, just leave it on the floor. So if it was $200 I would check if the wallet had an ID. If it did, then I would see if that person was still around I would give it back. Then if it did not have an ID, I would ask around if it was someones. If everyone said no, then I would turn it into the authorities. If I kept it then I would feel extremely guilty and it wouldn’t feel ,

  37. Even though finding a wallet with money on the sidewalk with no owner around may be tempting, I would return it. The reason I would is because if I lost my wallet, I would be really upset and I would want my belongings returned untouched and I think everyone else would want that too. The results of the test surprised me because I thought the results would be opposite of what they really were. It is comforting to know that more than half would return a wallet with money in it if someone were to lose it.

  38. Growing up my parents instilled principles in me that help validate my decisions. I would return the wallet without a second thought, it’s the right decision even if the wallet contains a large number of dollars. It’s all about your morals if you expect your wallet to be returned, turning in a wallet you found is the path to take. If you do take the wallet, just think about how worried the person might be. I was taught to never pick up money from the ground no matter what amount it is because it’s not yours.

  39. @Allahyaar Khan The moral aspect you revised of returning a wallet is very accurate!

  40. I have found a wallet before. It was in a classroom, not on the street though. I returned it to the person who had lost it. I was tempted to keep it because it had a lot of money in it, and no ID. I decided that I would ask the people in the classroom if anyone had dropped it and if nobody claimed it, I would keep it. I asked them because I knew that whoever lost the wallet would want it back. The person who dropped it claimed it. I think I made the right decision because I returned the wallet to the person who dropped. If I had kept it for myself, the person who dropped it would have been sad and lost money. Also, it would have been unethical for me not to.

  41. @Rainer Arendt good job

  42. I would return a lost wallet I found because it would be respectful and kind towards the person who dropped their wallet as they would get their belongings back. If I kept the wallet it would give me money that I did not earn and would make the original holder sad as they lost their hard earned money. I believe that keeping a lost wallet would be considered stealing because it holds money and other personal belongings that do not belong to you. I have never lost a wallet or something valuable on the street as I always put the valuable belongings that I plan on bringing with me in a bag so there's a less chance of me losing it.

  43. The thing about the study that surprised me the most was that they were actually likely to return the wallet if it had more money in it! I would’ve thought they would keep it for the money because as humans we are generally greedy. It actually makes it seem that humans are better than I originally thought.I usually think that humans are evil greedy murderers of animals, but this study proves that humans aren't as greedy as I had thought.

  44. Stealing a wallet that you found which isn't yours would obviously be considered stealing. After I read the question I was confused why people would think it is not. However, after I sat down and thought about it I can see why it would be tempting to keep the wallet. A good way to steer yourself away from that baleful thought is to put yourself in that person’s shoes. If you had lost a wallet with a lot of money in it, you would want anyone who found it to return it. Honestly, I would be tempted to take it, but I don’t do that because I put myself in the person’s perspective. I would be furious if I lost a wallet whether or not it had money. I would feel guilty either way, but it is not morally right.It is immoral to keep something that isn’t yours. Furthermore, the bad deed may come back to you. I once lost a wallet at my school which didn’t have any money in it; just my ID, insurance card, and other similar cards. After realizing my wallet was lost and having finally accepted my defeat, one of my close friends came to me and handed it to me. Upon opening the wallet I found a pleasant surprise. My friend gave me a $5 bill and a note that read “ you’re kinda broke bro so I gave you this $5 bill.” I thought it was really nice of him and that motivated me to return things that are tempting to take. Just give it back to the true owner, because that good deed might just come back!

  45. Would you return a lost wallet you found? Why or why not? What factors would influence your decision? Is keeping a lost wallet stealing? Yes, I would return a wallet if I found one. Even if it had $200 in it. My parents told me when I was very little that even if I see a penny on the floor that I should not take it, just leave it on the floor. So if it was $200 I would check if the wallet had an ID. If it did, then I would see if that person was still around I would give it back. Then if it did not have an ID, I would ask around if it was someone’s. If everyone said no, then I would turn it into the authorities. If I kept it then I would feel extremely guilty and it wouldn’t feel right.

  46. Would you return a lost wallet you found? Why or why not? What factors would influence your decision? Is keeping a lost wallet stealing? Depending on how much money or if there was an ID inside the found wallet would tell me whether to return it or not. If it had an ID in it, I would return it no matter what, if it had less than 20$ with no ID I would keep it, if it had more than 20$ with no ID, I would return it. I think that yes taking a wallet is stealing. Conversely, have you ever lost a wallet (or something valuable) on the street? If yes, was it returned? How did you feel, whether it was returned or not? How did the experience make you feel about your fellow humans? I have lost my phone at the Auto Show before and yes someone did return it, they gave it to people working there and they returned it to me. I felt really scared because I thought I had lost it for good. The experience tells me that humans are a kind race that thinks about others.

  47. @Owen Cheung I have to respectfully disagree, so what if it's less than $20 in the wallet that still gives you no right to take it. That might be the only money that person has. You said “I felt really scared because I thought I had lost it for good” about your phone that you had lost and was returned. Yet you would take money from somebody's wallet? They would probably feel the same way you felt, scared they would never see it again, and they wouldn't when you take it. You also say taking a wallet is stealing... but then go to say you would take it if it had less that $20 in it. So your ok with stealing?

  48. @Owen Cheung, I disagree. Taking a wallet with less than 20 dollars in it is like hitting someone while they are down. If they only have like 10 dollars then they probably need it. If it has no IDs in it also then I would take it because that probably means it was a kid and it's not even their money. The Important thing is to think about their need for money stacked against your need for money then if you think they need it more return it. Or vice versa.

  49. @Owen Cheung I have to respectfully say that I disagree with what you said. You think that taking a wallet is stealing, yet if there is less than twenty dollars you would take it. Regardless of if there is a ID inside, you should make an effort to return it, not because of how much money is inside. A phone was returned to you at the Auto Show, and you felt grateful that a person had the decency to give it back. I just wanted to comment on this because you contradicted yourself a bit in your statement.

  50. I think one of the most important things in life is respect. You are still able to value a person or thing despite something negative against them. My family has always taught me to value other people so they would never let me take a single penny from that wallet. They have also raised me to believe that taking money from someone was very disrespectful so I couldn't consider taking money from the wallet. If I found a lost wallet I would always return it no matter what is inside. I would always return it because you never know what is important to another person. For me, it does not matter how much cash is in the wallet because for some people, the monet in their wallet is all they have.

  51. @Katherine Lennon I agree with you, taking somebody's lost wallet is definitely not the right thing to do in any scenario. Like you said, what if the money in their wallet is all they have?

  52. @Bailey Hughes, If someone carries their life savings in their wallet then loses it, they don't deserve that life savings. As far as respect goes, it is overrated. You can't respect someone you don't know. You can, however, take the money from someone you don't know.

  53. @August Russell You most certainly can respect somebody you don't know. People make mistakes and misplace things all the time, it's human nature. That doesn't mean that they don't deserve to get it back. I'm sure if you lost something important to you, you would want it back.

  54. I have never found a wallet nor lost a wallet, but I think that I would return the wallet if I found one. I would feel too guilty to keep the money for myself and spend it, and I think a lot of people are like that. I saw this video on YouTube by a person named Mark Rober where he got people to drop 200 wallets across the US and Canada. He tried to make the wallets look as real as possible and have sentimental value to the owner, so that there wouldn’t be a reason for someone to not return it. He ended up getting about two thirds of the wallets back, which I find crazy. There was a phone number in the wallets so that if people found the wallet, they could call the number. Mark interviewed all of the people, and it seemed like nothing specific influenced whether or not people turned in the wallet. The average age of the people that returned the wallets was the average age of a person, most of the people were non-religious, about half of the people were men and half of the people were women, and more. I think that it really shows most people are honest and would return a lost wallet. Also, I think that the more money the wallet had, the more people would be inclined to return it because it would mean a lot more to the owner and you never know how much that money could mean to them. In conclusion, I would return a lost wallet if I found one, and I think a lot of other people would as well.

  55. @Brandon Chiem I like your comment, and I agree that most people would hopefully return a lost wallet. I know that I would return a wallet, and try to find its owner if I were to ever find one. I think it's important to remember to respect people, no matter who they are; a stranger or not. The video you mentioned showed what it was like to have respect for another human being, either by returning their belongings or feeling as though they didn't need it and keeping it for themselves. I believe that it can be hard to be honest and find respect, but it is necessary in order to be a kind person. No matter the circumstances, it is never okay to take something that is not yours.

  56. In the big cities where I grew up, it was never uncommon to find a stray wallet on the sidewalk, and I would be lying if I said that I haven't thought about doing nothing and leaving the wallet on the ground. But, most times I grabbed the wallet and looked around crazily on the busy streets trying to locate the owner of the lost wallet. I know, you may be thinking, " Is she crazy? It would be impossible to find the owner of a wallet on a busy New York Street" And in most cases you are right. However there were about three times where miraculously I did find the owner of that wallet, and was able to return it to them. The look of graciousness and relief on a persons face when they are handed back their wallet is amazing. So I always pick up a lost wallet on the street or wherever, and try to give it back, because even if you don't find the owner, at least you proved your morality and did the right thing in the situation.

  57. @Watson Pope I agree, returning a wallet proves the humility of you and those around you. It tests you and sees how you will react in this situation, if you keep it or not and how you will handle it. I will do my best to always try and return the wallet to the owner. It is a great thing to do and I encourage everyone to try to do the right thing as well.

  58. @Watson Pope I agree, returning a wallet proves the humility of you and those around you. It tests you and sees how you will react in this situation, if you keep it or not and how you will handle it. I will do my best to always try and return the wallet to the owner. It is a great thing to do and I encourage everyone to try to do the right thing as well.

  59. @Watson Pope, Or you could take out the money and let someone else return the wallet. The person will still have the same chance to get their wallet back and you can treat yourself to a free lunch. It's a win-win situation. Does some person on the street of New York really need that money? Probably not. They probably work on wall street and have a 2 million dollar apartment. You gotta look out for you.

  60. I think that if I found a lost wallet I would try my best to return it. If there was no way to return it, I would keep the wallet. If you find a lost wallet and there is a way to return it, and you don’t, that is stealing. I think that the majority of people would do the same thing that I would do.

  61. I have never found a lost wallet, but if I did there would be no chance I would take a single penny from it. Some might say finding a wallet is “lucky” or that they were “mean to find it.” And that is definitely not the case. I 100% think taking someone's wallet is stealing, you are taking somebody's property without permission or the right to do so. Like how would you feel if you lost your wallet and somebody just picked it up and just took it. So yes, I would do whatever I need to do to return the wallet back to the owner.

  62. @Bailey Hughes I agree that just because you find a wallet does not mean you were supposed to find it. Taking that persons money is stealing whether they know it or not so you should definitely find a way to return it.

  63. In all honesty, If I found a lost wallet I don’t think I would be intent on returning it back to the owner. Mostly It would be a time issue. If I found it in a shop, I would definitely send it to the front desk. On the other hand, If it was lying in the middle of the street I would probably just leave it. I don’t care enough about a wallet nor the owner to open it and search for the person who lost their wallet. Technically, keeping the wallet would be considered theft by law since you are holding property that is not yours without actively trying to return it. I’ve never found a wallet before but I have found money before. At school I found $20 before and once outside of a Dave and Busters I found $100. In both events I have kept the money. There really wasn’t any way to give the money back so I spent it. However if there was a wallet with an ID, I don’t think I would have been able to spend that money.

  64. I probably would return a lost wallet if I could, meaning if I knew who the person was. If there were no idea or indicator of the person who owned the wallet I may not return it because there is no way I would know who to return it to. I don’t return money I find dollar bills if I didn’t know who dropped it, because it is their fault if they drop money, plus it is sort of like picking up coins you find on the ground. No one returns coins. I would probably return the wallet if it had an ID, but if it didn’t it would be harder to. Keeping a wallet is technically stealing if it has an ID, but if it doesn’t then technically no one has laid claim to the wallet and if you take it you are not taking someones claimed property.

  65. For as long as I can remember, my parents have been teaching me to be the best person that I can possibly be. I've learned that the best way to do this is to live by the Golden Rule, "Treat others the way you want to be treated." During the past few years I have noticed myself becoming nicer and an overall better human being. I believe this all began two Summers ago. My mom, brother and I were taking our dog on a walk around the neighborhood when we passed a neighbor's house. There was over $200 scattered across their front yard. We collected the money and rang the doorbell hoping for an answer. No one answered the door so we brought the money back to our house and tried to figure out how to get the money to them. We ended up getting their phone number from a neighbor but they wouldn't pick up our calls no matter how often we tried. My brother and I wanted to keep the $200 but our mom wouldn't let us. We begged her for the money and told her about all of the video games we could buy for ourselves with it. She refused to hand the money over to us and told us we would be the ones to return the money back to the resident of the house. The next day, we all walked down to the house with the money in hand. This time, she opened the door and she was elated to see we had returned her money. She told us how she needed it to pay her bills and it had fallen out of her car. I felt so good that I had helped her and it inspired me to do other good deeds.

  66. I was always taught to pick up the money/wallet and return it to the owner. Just simply ask those around me if it was theirs, then turn it in. There have been many circumstances in which I have used this technique. For example, last fall my friend and I were cheering at an away football game a couple hours away. There was a 5 dollar bill on the ground and it looked like it had fallen out of a man's pocket laying right beside him. My friend's first response was to keep it and use it for hot chocolate because it was so cold, but I told her to ask the man if it was his first. She asked him and he said it was his. He lied. It actually wasn't his. My friend was so upset because I told her to ask first and do the right thing and this man did the complete opposite. I believe in doing the right thing even if not everyone else is. I hope that one day, if i were to drop money/wallet, then someone will be kind enough to return it to me.

  67. I was always taught to pick up the money/wallet and return it to the owner. Just simply ask those around me if it was theirs, then turn it in. There have been many circumstances in which I have used this technique. For example, last fall my friend and I were cheering at an away football game a couple hours away. There was a 5 dollar bill on the ground and it looked like it had fallen out of a man's pocket laying right beside him. My friend's first response was to keep it and use it for hot chocolate because it was so cold, but I told her to ask the man if it was his first. She asked him and he said it was his. He lied. It actually wasn't his. My friend was so upset because I told her to ask first and do the right thing and this man did the complete opposite. I believe in doing the right thing even if not everyone else is. I hope that one day, if i were to drop money/wallet, then someone will be kind enough to return it to me.

  68. @Allison Coble I agree with what you said about returning cash because you can't be sure it was actually that person's money, and they could just take it. That makes it really hard to make a decision to return the cash, but I think you made the right choice.

  69. I am sort of surprised by the results of the experiment; I thought that the ratio would be pretty much even. This study shows that most people are compassionate and honest, and put themselves in other people’s shoes. I think that returning significant items to owners is almost an instinctive thing, like how if your friend lost a loved one, you would be there for them and support them - like a reflex. Human feelings are very complex and multilayered, and no one understands them fully, but we act on them, most of the time for good results, like the findings of this study. If I found a wallet with money in it, I would try and find the owner or hand it in to the authorities. A bigger amount of cash would make me want to return it more because they lost an extra amount of money and most likely needed it for something important. If there were only a few dollars, it’s not as great of a loss.

  70. People’s intentions are almost always good. When someone is looking at a wallet on the ground and it is filled with money, people will always want the money inside. A penny found is a penny earned right? But taking that money from someone else feels miserable. Instead of earning that penny, you are taking someone else’s and calling it hard earned. Cohn’s argument of people not wanting to be thieves and looking out for others’ well-being go together. People don’t want to be seen as a villain in any situation, and stealing money is seen as a villainous act to many, and people want others to succeed as well. If people just cared about themselves, then it would not matter how little people wanted to appear villainous. People would take what they found. People care about others, and that shows with the increasing money left in wallets leading to increasing chances that the wallet would be returned.

  71. @Mason Evans Most people are intent on living a good life. Society tells us what is right and wrong and we try to adhere to those principles. That is why I would return the wallet. Like you said, “taking that money...feels miserable.” Stealing that wallet would make anyone with a good conscious feel miserable inside. Of course, we all want more money but stealing isn’t the best way to go about that. I don’t think it is about not wanting others to succeed because we are motivated mostly by self-interest. Being seen as or feeling like the villain will negatively affect us so we don’t want that to happen. While people do care about others as you said, I think self-interest is a major factor in people being nice to one another.

  72. I would definitely try to return the wallet. I don’t think that keeping the wallet would be the right thing to do. I don’t know what the person is going through and the money in their wallet could be all that they have. First thing that I would do is to look around to see if anyone is asking around or looking for something. If there isn’t, I would look for a business card or and ID to attempt to contact the person. If I can’t find anything, I would give the wallet to the nearest store or restaurant and hope the person comes back looking for it. I think that technically keeping the wallet isn’t stealing because you didn’t take it from someone you just found it on the ground, like you would fine some loose change, but personally I think that I would give the wallet back

  73. I was surprised to read that most people returned the wallet when they found it, even if it had almost $100 inside. This was interesting to me, because they could’ve easily taken the cash since you can’t trace it back to the owner like you could with a debit card. I was happy to hear this though, because it shows that people are kind and honest and will think about others before themselves. I have never found a lost wallet before, but if I did I would return it because I wouldn’t be able to not think about the owner feeling worried and looking everywhere for their wallet. I remember a few years ago, my dad dropped his wallet downtown and didn’t realize it until he got home; a man found it and went out of his way to drive the 25 minutes from downtown to my house to personally return it and my dad was so grateful for his kindness. So if I ever found a lost wallet, I would think about that man who returned my dad’s, and how relieved my dad was when he got it.

  74. Whenever I see a lost wallet with lots of money in it, from the way I was taught, I would either return to the owner or turn it in to the front of the place I found it. A couple years ago my mom and I were at a gas station and we found 100 dollars laying right beside the pump my mom was using. I begged her to let us keep the money because it's not everyday that you find 100 dollars on the ground. I told her that they could have dropped it and drove off and not realized. I also argued the point that money doesn't have a specific peoples name on it so we couldn't give it back to the specific person. She told me that the right thing to do was to turn it into the gas station check out in case anyone came back looking for it, and we did. I was upset at the time but as I grew up I realized that that was the right thing to do. So if I ever do see a wallet or just money on general I will either turn it in or give it the owner.

  75. I would return a lost wallet, even if it had money in it because it is someone else's money and wallet. It would be wrong to take the money because you don't know if the person really needed the money. It could be someone saving up to buy something special. Some factors that came into play with my decision were the person, where they dropped it, and why they would need the money. I think if you kept the wallet that would be stealing because it is the other persons item, they bought it and used it so it is their property.

  76. Let me start this off by saying the statistics of this experiment definitely surprised me. Not to say that I wouldn't return a lost wallet if I had found one, because I would, but because of the things that I have seen people do. I've been in large cities, small cities, and most people are the same. You'd be surprised how many times I've seen people pick up items such as phones and wallets that clearly don't belong to them, and keep them for themselves. This is the reason I was so surprised that most people were more likely to return a wallet with more money in it. Personally, I have dropped money more times than I'd like to admit, and generally people see it on the floor or near me and ask me if I had dropped it. But, I have also had an experience where someone picked up a bill I had dropped, (I forget the value) and upon asking me if I was the one who dropped it, someone near me chimed in and said it was theirs. I checked my pockets, and sure enough, I was missing it. The fact that other people do things such as that, just purely for their own personal gain, made me almost shocked to see how many people returned the wallets. Despite the fact that I have seen people take stuff that does not belong to them and not bother to try and return it, I am glad that the study shows peoples kind nature and integrity is more present than I had thought. It puts a smile on my face to know that there are good people in our world.

  77. My family always taught me that karma is very, very real. If I found a wallet even with $2000 in it I still would feel compelled to return it. Despite the amount of money a wallet is a personal possession that’s not for you to rifle through. Wallets could contain more than money. They could have family photos or library cards or grocery lists. Someone’s life could be functioning because of what they have in their wallet. And besides the gratitude a person shows when a wallet is returned is better than any amount of money inside.

  78. I would try to return the wallet to its owner. You have to consider the person who just lost that money, and think about how it may matter way more to them than it does to you. Then there’s common decency, I know that if I lost my wallet I would be devastated. If the person was nowhere to be found at the location of the wallet, I would give it to the nearest store and hope that the owner would come back for it. It may be a bit superstitious, but I think that keeping the money will bring bad karma and that everyone should try to do the right thing, even when it doesn’t benefit you.

  79. I think it is comforting to look at the results of the experiments being done within the article. Often I find it hard to believe in the morals of typical strangers since it is not uncommon to hear about packages being stolen from doorsteps, parked cars being hit or scratched and then having no one nearby to own up for damages by the time one returns to their vehicle, and so on. However, it is a breath of fresh air to hear that people usually return wallets with large sums of money in them since it challenges the perception I have of today’s world of how people really only look out for themselves and personal connections. I will not naively believe everyone will do the right thing when push comes to shove, however it is nice to know there is a chance for strangers to be kind when in need.

  80. I’m excited to know that most people would choose to return the wallet, even if it had a large amount of cash in it. When I was younger, I was frequently talk the common message of “treat others how you’d want to be treated”. If I lost my wallet, I would want someone to return it, so if I was in that situation I would either return it to the person themselves or give it to a lost and found. Beyond that, there is no easy way to understand how important that wallet can be for someone. That wallet could be extremely important to someone financially. So if you choose to take the money, that other person is automatically losing that money, which could be very important for their livelihood. Thus I think that returning the wallet is just the right thing to do.

  81. If I were to find a wallet even if it did not have any money or anything of real value in it and it had an Id in it I would return it. Firstly an Id costs money to replace and it is such a pain to replace a wallet. Even if the wallet has little intrinsic value it could have emotional value to the person it could be something a deceased relative gave to them and if it was one of the last things you had to remember someone you love you would be very sad. If it had money in it that is more of a reason to give it back because you never know just how much someone might need that money. Keeping a lost wallet is not only stealing but it is morally wrong.

  82. This study was really interesting to me, like most other people I was not expecting this outcome out of the experiment. It does make sense though, at the beginning of the article when I just saw the title I thought to myself, of course I would return a lost wallet. I’m sure many other people thought that too. This makes me feel good about humanity and that most people choose to look out for people who have lost money. As I said before I think you should always return a wallet even if there is no money at all. Losing a wallet can stress people out, it is hard to get a new ID or driver's license if something like that is lost. I would consider taking money out of someone else's wallet stealing, so i think you should always try and give it back. Although, returning lost wallets does not seem to be as much of a problem as I thought before reading the article.

  83. I’ve never found one, but if I had found a lost wallet with more then ten dollars, I’d probably return it. especially if it had a large amount of money. Keeping it would give me a guilty conscience, and though I won’t deny I would be tempted to keep it, my morality would probably make me hand it into the nearest authority. However, if I found a wallet with a five-dollar bill or a one-dollar bill, I wouldn’t feel as guilty in keeping the money. I think the amount of money and my morality mostly influence my decision making when I find lost wallets.

  84. If I found a lost wallet and I was able to return it, I would. I know how it feels to lose something important and I wouldn’t want someone to feel like that. I don’t think I could deal with the fact that I kept a wallet I could have returned. I have found a wallet on the sidewalk before and didn’t care to keep it. There was important stuff in it and I wanted the person to get it back. I know I made the right decision because she was from out of state and she needed a drivers license to drive home. I have also lost many things myself. I’ve lost my phone, my wallet, and my drawing journal. They were all returned to me and I was genuinely so thankful that they were. Those people were very kind and I appreciate them. I am a little surprised with the outcome of the study. I tend to set the bar very low when it comes to humans. If the bars really low being disappointed is less likely to happen. I think it’s very important for humans to do what is right. Helping people no matter who they are is very important.

  85. @Lilian Personally I cant agree more with the multiple statements you made and I can so easily relate with the fact of guilt that follows with having the personal information following what was in the wallet and the following awareness of the owners emotion contrasting with the emotion of yourself and your statement about keeping that constant relevance of good deeds is something that a lot of people need to be more aware and active on.

  86. If I found a wallet on the ground without seeing anyone drop it, I would probably return it if there was a lot of money. If there’s a lot of money in the wallet, it is probably more important to the person who lost it than if it was just a few dollars. Also, if there is an ID I would return it because then I will know who it belongs to. Keeping a lost wallet with no ID or name isn’t stealing because you don’t know if it belongs to anybody. If you stole a wallet from someone’s pocket you know that they own it and you are stealing from them.

  87. I am hesitant to put this opinion out on the internet, but I probably would not give it back unless it had anything important in it. This is less out of my want for money and more about laziness. If I don’t know this person, the wallet itself doesn’t contain more than $20, or there is nowhere I could give the wallet in to, I would keep it. If the wallet had over $100 in it, I would also keep it, because I would feel like a sucker if I didn’t. I’ve never lost a wallet before, partially because I don’t use wallets very much. If I did, I would be angry at myself for being careless, and I would want it back but would forget about it eventually. I think humans are all good deep down inside, but society pressures us to be selfish in a way. More and more outside parties are trying to influence us to keep up with this dog eat dog world, and I think the wallet study is a microcosm of the outside world and the day to day.

  88. @Charlotte G. What if the person who lost their wallet had a precious artifact that their late grandfather had given to them? It's not just about the money, you need to think more about the sentimental value of the wallet. I think it is OK to keep the wallet but only if you have tried your hardest to find the owner, and if there isn't contact information. You would most likely be mad at someone if they didn't give your wallet back, so why would you do the same?

  89. I would return a lost wallet if I found one, because if it were me I know I would want somebody to give it back. There aren’t really any factors that would influence my decision, I would just do it because I would feel it was the right thing to do. It would bother me to have kept it knowing it belonged to somebody else. I don’t think keeping a lost wallet is stealing, but is dishonest. Stealing is taking it from the person but if they dropped it’s not really your fault. If there is an ID returning it is best, though if there isn’t you should just turn it in.

  90. @Kira Douglas I completely agree with you in returning a lost wallet. Personally, I would feel morally obligated to either turn the wallet into authorities or the original owner. If money happened to appear within the object, this would only propel me feel inclined enough to make an effort and find the individual who lost his/her wallet. Additionally, I find that being guilty would undoubtedly haunt me for an extended period of time, and I believe that I’d eventually experience karma later on because of it. Ultimately, I’m not shocked in regards to the results from the study in three separate countries, simply because I would do the same.

  91. If I found I lost wallet I would return it… if it were empty. If it had a couple of dollars in it I would still probably return it. If it had like 20 dollars or more though, I would take half of it then return it. If it had 2,000 dollars in it I definitely wouldn’t return it. I would take the money out then put the wallet right back where I found it. I think if you don’t care enough to keep track of the things you don’t deserve to have them. Having your money “stolen” is just a punishment for losing your wallet. I have lost my wallet 3 times and all three times it had nothing in it but my phone number. None of the wallets were returned. If a wallet has a bunch of IDs and driver’s license and stuff I will return it because it is a pain to have to go get new ones and they aren’t worth keeping. If the person has an LV wallet or something I will take the whole wallet because they probably don’t need it that much. If someone only has 2 dollars in their wallet compared to someone with 1,000 dollars, who do you think needs the money more? The answer is neither of them. I need the money more because as I said before my wallet is empty. I’m very surprised by the study I wonder if it had anything to do with the neighborhoods they put them in. I think rich people are generally more greedy and that’s why they are rich. It tells me that a lot of people don’t value money as much as me.

  92. @August Russell Respectfully, if you value money, then you’d know that it’s not okay to steal it. Wallets are valuable and people try to keep track of them, but sometimes they get lost. It doesn’t mean they don’t mean a lot. I wouldn’t necessarily say that they don’t deserve them. You said you lost your wallet three times, so you don’t really deserve them either with that ideology. Also, saying that someone else probably doesn’t need it that much isn’t an excuse for stealing. Yes, it’s a lost item, but it meant something to somebody, and it isn’t yours. You would have stolen a lost item. Whoever the wallet may belong to, you don’t know them. Just because it has a big or any amount of money in it, you don’t know their situation. My wallet has had big amounts of money in the past just because I was in a new place and I needed a place to store it. Which, is what a wallet is used for. It doesn’t make me rich. It will run out and mine, too, will be empty. Same thing when I have a low amount of money to nothing in my wallet; I’m not poor or in need, I just have the rest in the bank. With all due respect, stealing is stealing. There’s no justification to it, especially not that you need it more because you can never know that for sure. If your wallet wasn’t empty, I feel as thought your views would change because judging by your ideology, you would want it back. You would want the money back just like others. It’s yours and it’s hard earned whether you are rich or poor.

  93. @August Russell I know that $2000 is a tempting amount, but you wouldn't feel any guilt in taking it? Calling it a "punishment" is still not that reasonable to take it. Also, not all "rich people" are greedy. They did not choose to lose a very important item of theirs, and that does not mean they didn't care. If you take it, you obviously didn't care about their feelings. What if that person's item had a special meaning to them? How would you return it to them and explain to them that you took their item out of greed? All of those things should be thought about before you take their belongings even though you shouldn't have felt the need to take it, even if you were going through a tough financial time.

  94. @August Russell I have to disagree with your statement that if someone gets their money stolen that they deserved it because that is all wrong. No one deserves to have their belongings taken from them. You mentioned that if someone had a bunch of IDs in there that you wouldn't take it because it would be an inconvenience to them but if they have a decent wallet you would take it only as a convenience for yourself. You say you value money but I think for the wrong reasons.

  95. A lot of the people who say that they would never take any money after finding it lying. I think that there is a difference between there being, and not being an ID. I would take no money from a wallet with no Id in it. If there is no ID, that money is mine. Periodt. Whenever I find a missing wallet, There are usually only ten or fewer dollars in it. I can't bring myself to take any of it. I always return it to the office of wherever I found it, for example, school, dentist, doctor. A few months ago I was carrying around $47 cash. I left my wallet in the school bathroom, and when I found it, it was empty. I would have been fine if when I found it there was only $40 left, but everything was gone. Even my gift cards. The only thing left was my school ID. Another time I got pick-pocketed $50. It was terrible. People who steal so much money when they easily can return or not steal it are bad people in my opinion. Deciding to not return a wallet because someone’s race in their ID is not acceptable. First of all, that is extremely racist and rude. Also, the race has nothing to do with it and is stupid to not return the wallet because of their identity.

  96. I always think it’s always fun to find a lost wallet because, all of a sudden, you’re in control of this situation that someone’s day, even month, could be resting on. With this responsibility, you have an option for an act of kindness. I have found about a dozen wallets in my life, mostly while traveling or downtown near my house. I love taking the persons ID, looking them up online and putting together the clues to figure out how to best contact them. I’ve always returned the wallet to their owner, if I was able to. I’ve also always given back all the money I found the wallet with, and have received a money reward. I feel that when someone gets returned their purse or wallet, in that moment they’re just so grateful towards you that they feel extra generous and many times will pay you. My favorite lost-and-found story was in Tennessee on a road trip with my family where we stopped on a bridge to take a picture of the landscape. I got out of the back seat and looked down to see a nice quality camera. My brother and I, with nothing better to do, looked through all the pictures together and clue by clue, pieced together where this person lived, their name, and because they had taken a picture of an official document, their number. We mailed their camera and returned it safely and got $25 each.

  97. If I were to find a lost wallet anywhere I would return the wallet right away to whoever's it is. I think that if you were to spend all the money that would be stealing mainly because people worked for that money and now you are just stealing it and spending it on something. There would be no factors going into my decision because I already know that i would return the wallet to its owner.

  98. @Maurice Vetri I totally agree with you. I believe that people should return wallets if they find it on the ground. When I have a choice on returning the wallet I would return it. It's wrong for people to steal money, and for people get away with it. I don't want to keep a reputation in my mind that says that I am a money stealer. I could never steal a wallet because in the end I would feel guilty. What about you?

  99. Obviously this is an opinionated question and depending on the type of person you are, your answer will vary. Personally, I would return a wallet if it had little or lots of money in it. I have had $20 dollars stolen from me before. That may seem like a little to some people but for me, that’s a lot of money to steal and not feel bad about, and saying it is a “punishment” for the person who lost it is not a really reasonable response. I do not think many people take into account that a person’s wallet they took could have a special meaning or hold a special place in someone’s heart that cannot just be replaced by buying a new one. In the United States, stealing something over $500 is a felony, so it is your best interest to return the $2000 or hand it in to a high authority. Stealing anything under $500 is a misdemeanor, but that does not give you a valid reason to take it still. Taking someone’s belonging is something selfish and greedy to do, especially if it has value to it.

  100. I’ve found a wallet recently but there was very little money in it. The wallet was worn down and looks like it wasn’t used by anyone. I also found it in a dirty corner so I thought someone just threw it there because they don't need it. I took the dollar that was in the wallet and put it back where I found it. There was no ID and that was the only thing that was in the wallet so I didn't feel that bad. If a wallet had a lot of money I would probably return it because it’s probably important to that person. If the wallet had a little bit of money in it I would probably take the money or return it if the wallet had an ID and it was easy for me to return. I think I would always return a wallet if I knew who to give it to. I think the study made sense because if a wallet has less money in it then people would think that they wouldn’t need it as much.

  101. @Leonard Vekker, I agree with you about this topic because if you find a wallet that you can clearly figure out that it was abandoned, you should just leave it there. If you would lean to get it, people would think that you are stealing it. People might believe that you are stealing it, but they might not care. The wallet might even be dirty and contaminated. In conclusion, you shouldn't bother to get an abandoned wallet.

  102. If I found a wallet, with or without money, I would return it (by finding the authorities or someone in charge). I would want someone to return something that I had lost too. I believe in treating others the way you want to be treated and that good deeds never harmed anyone. I can understand the reason why 54% of people who found cashless wallets would not return it because they didn’t think the person would care, but I think you shouldn’t speculate by yourself. That wallet could’ve been their favorite or a gift from someone important to them. People might think that since they lost it, then it means that it wasn’t important to them. I know I’m not the first one to lose or forget something because of certain circumstances. I was once going home from Atlanta when I lost my phone at the rest stop in the middle of our journey. As a “generation obsessed with technology,” my phone was very important to me. I didn’t even realize it was gone in my sick state until someone texted my dad from my phone. I think that if you found something that someone had lost, return it. Even if you don’t return it directly to the person, give it to someone who can take care of it like a security guard or an employee. It doesn’t hurt you, and it might help someone recover something important to them.

  103. I definitely would return a wallet if I found it, just because I know that's someones hard earned cash, and it's not fair to take someone else's belongings. But if it's a lost wallet you should still try to return it, even if you just take it to a police station. I have never found a wallet, but I have seen people drop belongings, and I gave them back to the person. I don't think any factors should affect whether you steal the wallet or not, you should return it no matter what. I personally have never lost anything valuable, but if I did I would hope someone returns it. Looking at the statistics though it's hard to believe that so many people are so selfish. If studies reveal that there might be a better prevention to dishonest behaviors, I think they should try to use them. But in the end, no matter stranger or enemy, you should be the better and more civil person and do the right thing.

  104. To be honest I don't think much needs to be said about other than what I consider two strong factors that come into coming across a lost wallet and the decision of returning it. If you happen to be someone in the living situation where you don't have financial stability, I can imagine that the person would take the money without question as the extra money would help them financially. And understand there's many red flags and isn't the right thing to do, but you have to think in the eyes of that person as that money was probably that persons last resort. But I think that no matter if you have the money or not, that returning the lost wallet will be given back to you and will reap good benefit for you in whatever way it comes to you and I think the journey of seeing you do good and having it come back too you then realizing that is such a gift life gives to you.

  105. If I found a lost wallet I probably wouldn’t know what to do with it. I might call the owner to return their wallet, but it also might just sit in my closet forever. If it sat in my closet, I know I probably wouldn’t use the money at first, because I would feel guilty, but after a while I’d probably start to think of that wallet as mine. If I returned it, I wouldn’t take the money because I’d be afraid that the person would know they were short a few dollars, and even if they didn’t, I’d still feel guilty. Even for little things, I can feel guilty when I do something that I know is wrong. I know this article is meant to be a sort of “wow humanity’s better than I thought” article, but it seems to me like the data might be a little skewed. The study only included about 17,000 wallets in only a few cities in the world. They also gave them to people in places where you would expect the workers to be good, “respectable” people, like police stations, museums, and post offices. I think it’s true that people can sometimes be better than we give them credit for, but in this case, they may not be. Lots of people in this world could use extra money, and lots of people don’t mind taking money from a source they didn’t technically steal from.

  106. This is quite the dilemma because I would want to keep the cash they had but give them back all the personal information, credit cards and drivers licence. I don't think taking the money is the morale thing to do but I feel like if I found a wallet and it had a couple hundred dollars I would take it. I can't speak from experience so I can't say for 100% if this is what I would do but I think it's the most plausible. The problem for me comes with wanting to return all the other things and avoiding the conflict that would come with taking all of that persons cash. I think the best plan of action would be to find the wallet, take all the cash inside and then give the wallet to a local store or other business and let it be their problem. This question really tries to balance greed and laziness with good morals and if somebody found my wallet that I had lost and returned it to me in the same condition I would give them half the cash, because it's not their responsibility to do such services for others and rewarding those services will make them do more.

  107. @Henry Leonard This is a perfect response. I would pretty much do the same thing. I like how you mentioned a conflict between morals and greed that really caught my attention.

  108. @Henry Leonard I appreciate your take on this topic. I feel like everyone is saying they would take the money or return the wallet as if there are only two extremes that they can choose from and ignoring the stance you took. As greedy as it may sound, I agree that if I find a wallet, decide to pick it up, and go through the trouble of tracking down whoever it belongs to, I will expect some compensation. Now, I feel like it'd just be in my own best interests to leave the wallet sitting there and let the person find it on their own, and just focus on my life, but if I pick up a wallet, it's because I'm going to return it, and if I'm returning it, I expect a... "thank you" of sorts.

  109. If I found a lost wallet and it has some form of identification, my first thought would be to keep it. If it is much too hard to return, though, I might have no choice. I have found lost objects and I have returned them. I haven’t ever found a lost wallet, but I don’t think my actions or the majority’s actions can say what human nature itself is like, since all humans aren’t the same. If I lost something with my contact information and I didn’t get it back, I wouldn’t be surprised nor would I be surprised if I did get it back. I don’t think this proves anything about human nature and doesn’t change anything for me.

  110. In todays age, you can't trust people. If I found a lost wallet and it had an ID in it so I could return it then I would but not everyone is like that. Knowing me, if I dropped my wallet I would want someone to return it to me untouched. Sometimes people are carrying too many things at once and things fall. It is what it is but not everyone has the same thoughts on returning things like a wallet. I have found people wallets and returned everyone of them without removing anything from it. It has been from someone missing their pocket/purse to just finding it on the path walk but yet I still decided to return them with what was left in it because for all I know that's all the money that person has.

  111. In todays age, you can't trust people. If I found a lost wallet and it had an ID in it so I could return it then I would but not everyone is like that. Knowing me, if I dropped my wallet I would want someone to return it to me untouched. Sometimes people are carrying too many things at once and things fall. It is what it is but not everyone has the same thoughts on returning things like a wallet. I have found people wallets and returned everyone of them without removing anything from it. It has been from someone missing their pocket/purse to just finding it on the path walk but yet I still decided to return them with what was left in it because for all I know that's all the money that person has.

  112. If I were to find a lost wallet I would give it back to the owner. If it were mine I would hope someone else would do the same. While some may say it is the other persons fault for losing or misplacing it, we all make mistakes. I have found a lost keychain with a wallet attached, and without a single look inside i returned it to the security. Keeping a wallet that is found is stealing.

  113. @alyssa sabatino I totally agree with you. If I were to find a lost wallet, I would give the wallet back to the person who lost it. Returning the wallet to someone is the right thing to do, and maybe you will get a reward out of it. One time, I found someone's wallet, and I gave it back to them. They ended up giving me a little bit of their money because I found their wallet.

  114. @alyssa sabatino I like how you do not hesitate at all. You are so sure to do the right thing, this is very reassuring.

  115. I would return any lost wallet I saw. It doesn’t matter what is in it. It reminds me of a movie scene I watched. In the scene, someone having a bad day returned a wallet to another person. In the wallet was a picture drawn by the man’s daughter. The man almost cried in joy when the wallet was returned. Although it was just a movie scene, It shows that you never know what the emotional connections to any of the lost items are.

  116. @Jonah Smith Posner Totally agree! Also stealing is mean and you don’t want to have to deal with a guilty conscience if you were to take a lost wallet. I feel like there really is no debate here because whatever was in the wallet, the person doesn’t deserve to have there belongings taken. Great comment! Have a good day!

  117. @Evelyn I agree with you that stealing is bad. in my opinion, it all depends on the situation that you are in. for example, I have a real-life situation that I was in where my dad found a wallet with like 300 and returned it to the front desk and later we found out that the front desk took 100 of it for himself. This is why you shouldn’t return it if you’re in a place where you think the front desk or the spot you’re returning it is sketchy. You’re always better off with trying your best to find the owner; and give the wallet straight to him.

  118. Yes, I would return a lost wallet if I had found it because I would consider that many people work hard to make a living and money helps people to fulfill their wants and needs, which I believe should be respected more in today’s society. It always upsets me when I hear that someone has proudly found and taken a wallet without trying to find the owner because it reminds me that that money might have been used to put a roof over someone’s head. When it comes to finding money with no owner on the street, while many others may feel comfortable taking it, personally it bothers me and makes me feel guilty. For instance, one time I had found a small amount of money on the street and could not bear to take it, so I had called a friend over instead. Overall, I think that when it comes to finding valuable objects the finder should be responsible and always do the most important thing, always being honest.

  119. I have never been given the opportunity to return a lost wallet or something along those lines, but I have lost something and had it not be returned. In my school, we are required to have an ID, and I keep mine on a lanyard, and once on the subway, my ID, as well as my transpass, fell out of my lanyard, and it was not returned to me, even though it literally had my full name, a picture of me and my school on it. I had to pay $5 for a new one and I had to pay for my own subway rides for the rest of the week since it was a Monday. From that experience, I learned that people aren’t always willing to help you and that I should be more mindful about my things.

  120. Yes, I would undoubtedly return a lost wallet. This is so, because something as valuable as a wallet is obviously meaningful to the owner, and if I were put in the situation where my wallet was lost, I would undoubtedly be grateful to have it returned to me. Some other factors that would influence my decision is the psychological aspect of stealing a wallet. If I had the decision to keep or steal something that valuable, I would be extreme guilty keeping it. However, if I returned it I would feel that I did something good, which is an extra incentive to do the right thing.

  121. @Luca I agree you should always treat people how you would like to be treated, and wallets can be really sentimental to a person. My wallet was from my grandfather who passed and if I lost it I would really hope someone returned it. My mom once found a wallet. She returned the wallet after she noticed it was full of money. My mom was happy with herself because of her good deeds.

  122. @Luca I agree with you because the wallet contains all their valuable things and if the wallet is lost they would have to create new IDs, cards, and they lost all their money. When you find a lost wallet you should return it not keep it because that is like stealing. This is stealing because the money or the wallet is not yours which means you don’t have possession over it; therefore, this can be considered as stealing. Even if there is more than 100 dollars in the wallet you shouldn’t be greedy and selfish to take it and instead you should find a way to return it back to the person who lost their wallet.

  123. @Luca I would also return the wallet to the proper owner. I have never been in the situation my self, but if I was given the opportunity to give something like a wallet I would. It would be interesting to see if people would do the right thing and return them or, take them for themselves. But seeing the statistics it seems that most people would do the right thing and return the lost item. In my opinion, I wouldn't know anyone who would take a wallet.

  124. If I found a lost wallet I would return it. I don’t care what is in it, I would return it because I know how crappy it feels to lose something important like a wallet. I don’t have a wallet, but I can relate with my bike. In fourth grade I rode my bike to school practically every day. I always locked it on the school bike rack. One day my lock was cut and my bike was stolen, along with my helmet and my saddle bag (containing things to fix a flat). My bike was really important to me, and I felt really bad when it got stolen. So I think that it’s important to return other people’s things no matter what. Even if there’s nothing in it, a lost wallet isn’t yours and if you take it that's stealing.

  125. I would return a lot wallet because if someone found my wallet I would want them to do the same. Specifically if the wallet had important things like credit cards or someone’s ID i would be more inclined to the return it because those items can be difficult to replace. I think keeping a lost wallet is stealing because it doesn’t belong to the person that found it. Overall when people find valuable items such as these I think it’s best to return them because you should consider how distraught you would be if you lost an item like your wallet and how relieving it would be to have it returned.

  126. If I found a wallet on the ground I would return it because it has so much that is valuable to one person. To start, the person who dropped their wallet most likely worked hard for that money, I think most people wouldn’t feel right spending another’s hard earned money. There is also so much more in a wallet like a license, maybe a gym membership and other important things. I think this is a prime example of treating others the way you’d like to be treated, if you dropped your wallet you would want someone to return it to you. I think this whole situation would give guilt if you didn’t return the wallet because it’s using someone else to better yourself.

  127. I would definitely return a lost wallet. I most likely wouldn’t open the wallet unless that was the only information I had on the person who had lost their wallet. I wouldn’t be able to stomach my conscious knowing that I took someone's money and personal belongings. Now I'm not saying I wouldn’t hope for a reward. If offered I would kindly decline to make it seem as if I wasn’t expecting a reward but then expect it.

  128. @Alexander Jacaruso I am so glad you would return the wallet. I am with you, after stealing their money, what if they were using that cash to pay for something vital like medicine from somewhere.

  129. Headline: Pay Day Of course I am going to say the wallet would be returned if I came across one. Nobody wakes up thinking I’m gonna keep that wallet. It is in the moment when the thoughts of where that cash could bring you hit. I cannot recall ever finding a lost wallet. I have lost my own wallet many many times. Somehow it always ends up at the front desk of where I was last. I think there are a lot more good people than bad. I find it interesting how these people are able to make stats and find the chances of a wallet being returned with a certain amount of cash in it.

  130. If there was ever a lost wallet on the ground I would make sure to give it back with every single thing in it and maybe if I felt good that day give them a lollipop. I would do that since it is ethical and my parents thought me well. Ethics is focused in one of my favorite shows named “The Good Place” where in the first season ethics is the main lesson of each episode. That is probably why I know a bit about ethics

  131. Yes, I would return a lost wallet if I had found it because I would consider that many people work hard to make a living and money helps people to fulfill their wants and needs, which I believe should be respected more in today’s society. I have found a lost keychain with a wallet attached, and without a single look inside i returned it to the security. Keeping a wallet that is found is stealing. I wouldn’t take the money inside because I’d be afraid that the person would know they were short a few dollars, and even if they didn’t, I’d still feel guilty. Even for little things, I can feel guilty when I do something that I know is wrong.

  132. If I found someone's lost wallet on the ground I would return it. I would return it because I would think about how much I would need my wallet and I would put myself in their shoes. I would think about what if they needed this for today or something they were heading to do, this would bother me if I kept it and didn’t try returning the wallet or purse. Also, keeping a lost wallet is stealing because you're basically taking someone's money away from them when you have the ability to give it back. If the wallet has a lot of money in it I think you could take some of it for yourself and just ask them, I am sure they would be grateful they got it back. In my opinion if you find cash on the ground and have no way of giving it back I would keep it of course.

  133. If I found a wallet on the ground I would return it because it has so much that is valuable to one person. Specifically if the wallet had important things like credit cards or someone’s ID I would be more inclined to return it because those items can be difficult to replace. If I had the decision to keep or steal something that valuable, I would be extremely guilty keeping it. However, if I returned it I would feel that I did something good, which is an extra incentive to do the right thing. I have found people wallets and returned everyone of them without removing anything from it. It has been from someone missing their pocket/purse to just finding it on the path walk but yet I still decided to return them with what was left in it because for all I know that's all the money that person has.

  134. If I found a lost wallet and it has some form of identification, my first thought would be to keep it. If it is much too hard to return, though, I might have no choice. I have found lost objects and I have returned them. I haven’t ever found a lost wallet, but I don’t think my actions or the majority’s actions can say what human nature itself is like, since all humans aren’t the same. If I lost something with my contact information and I didn’t get it back, I wouldn’t be surprised nor would I be surprised if I did get it back. I don’t think this proves anything about human nature and doesn’t change anything for me.

  135. If I find a wallet no matter the amount of money is in I will try my best to return it myself if that doesn't work turn it into the police.

  136. This article talks about if you found a wallet, would you return it.? If I found a wallet that isn't mine, I would try and find any ID of the person and if I did, I would contact the person to return it. It would be hard if I couldn't find info of the person and I would go to a location where you turn in missing items you found. Or if I take more than 2 days trying to find the person, I would keep the wallet.

  137. I think returning wallet would be the right thing to do, but the temptation of the money would be hard to get past. Everything inside a wallet is very important and all the IDs and credit cards would be very hard to replace so giving them it back would definitely be the right thing to do but I would definitely have the temptation to take the money.

  138. if i was to find a wallet on the ground i would most likely just leave it there. because i don't really care. thing happen and ima just leave it be.

  139. What would I do if I found a walter and the person was not near. most people would not return the wallet as stated in the text.But if it was me who found the alley and the person was not around i would look around in it and see if there was any information that i could use to try and contact the person.

  140. If I ever found a wallet on the ground I would retern it to it's rightful owner or if there was no ID I would tern it into the policeIf I ever found a wallet on the ground I would retern the wallet to it's rightful owner or if there was no ID I would tern the wllet in to the wallet in to the police. I would do this because I don't want to steel money and it is wrong. There are many other ways to get money such as doing chores, and getting a job.

  141. If I came across a missing wallet, I would first look in it to see if the contents are important enough to be missed. Then I would just simply return it because If it were my wallet I would appreciate if someone was kind enough to do so.

  142. I would definitely return a lost wallet. Regardless of money it is the right thing to do. Even an empty wallet, just because it doesn’t have money doesn’t mean it isn’t stealing as you are still taking someone’s property. I’m definitely no saint so who knows what I would actually do until I’m really faced with this decision. Like many others I would like to believe I would do the right thing and avoid the temptation to take however much money is in the wallet. This does make me think that, most people know what the right thing to do is and they assume that that is what they would do. I propose the idea that we all think we are better than we are in hypotheticals and we can never really know how we would react or act until we are faced with the situation.

  143. @Jordan Mozockie I agree. It is important to do the right thing, especially if it involves the well being of others. I know that if I had lost a wallet, I would definitely want it returned to me.

  144. It really depends on the situation. No matter the amount I would definitely choose return instead of being selfish. Their wallet could be everything they have and beyond peoples belief a lot of us wouldn't keep a wallet. Although I would absolutely enjoy having $20-$2,000, the satisfaction of returning it and knowing that they wouldn't be stressed is a reward in itself.

  145. If I found a lost wallet I would give it back or find the person that the wallet belongs to. If none of those work I would turn it into the police. I would return it because everyone works really hard to make money for living and to fulfill people's wants and needs. If you find a wallet and you keep it is considering stealing. If I would of kept a lost wallet it wouldn't feel right for me I would feel really bad and shamed.

  146. If I found someone’s wallet on the ground I would try and return it to its owner. The reason I wouldn’t steal that money is because I wouldn’t feel good about myself If I stole someone’s hard earned money. If I ever lost my wallet I would want someone to do the same as me and return my missing wallet to me.

  147. @Aidan Allaway I agree. I would feel very guilty if I stole someone else’s money that they worked for. It wouldn’t be right to take money from someone else just because they lost it. I would hope that someone would try to get my wallet back to me if I were to lose it.

  148. If I found a wallet on the ground a series of different thoughts would run through my brain. Let’s be honest, if the wallet has a lot of money in it then there would be something luring you towards taking the money for the new pair of Gucci shoes you saw in the mall. But, then you would think about what is going through the mind of the person who lost their wallet; how hard must they have worked to earn that money? Sure you could take that money for personal satisfaction, but there would definitely be a sense of guilt associated with every time you see someone without money. That fact is that taking someone’s else money is wrong. You would not want someone to take your lost wallet. That person earned their own money and you should too. If you really want the new pair of shoes, then you should make that money. There are so many people without the basic necessities that keep a human alive. And there are so many people who need money and work hard for it. The right thing to do is to return the wallet, give it to a police station, but don’t live with the guilt of taking something that’s not yours.

  149. @Amina Malik I also think that you should put yourself in that person's shoes and how upset they might be when you come across a situation like this. That greedy part of your brain will always urge you to take the money and buy things you probably don't need. However, the guilt of possibly making someone's life harder just so you can buy a new outfit would hopefully override that urge.

  150. If I saw a lost wallet, just lying on the ground, I personally would not know what to think. I would most likely first grab it and look in it to see how much cash there is. My first reaction would be to pocket the cash and act like nothing happened, but at the same time, I’m thinking about the person who lost their wallet, and also, what if I’m caught? What if the owner discovers their empty wallet, and traces the evidence back to me? Then I’m in a whole lot of problems. If I found a lost wallet, I would have no clue how to react, and possibly, just place it somewhere else, and walk away, going on with my day like there’s no problems. If I decide to take the wallet, I would feel guilt throughout the day, and most likely continuously be checking my back, and that’s why I would leave the wallet the same way I found it.

  151. If I find a wallet on the ground I would absolutely try to make sure that it returns to the owner. You never know when someone could be in a bad financial situation, and sometimes that wallet could have a couple of days' earnings. I would take that wallet, no matter how much money was in it and bring it to a police station to make sure it gets to the owner.

  152. If I found a wallet with cash in the ground,I believe that part of me will want to grab the wallet take the cash and put back the wallet where I found it but the at the same time I would think who is the person who lost this wallet?or what if i lost my wallet and someone took it how would I feel?, So personally I would return the wallet to the rightful owner of the wallet.

  153. @Vanessa I agree with you. I would feel bad if I stole someone's wallet, so I would try to return it. Getting something stolen isn't fun, and no one should have that happen to them.

  154. @Vanessa As a person who has gone through a stollen wallet situation, I find your opinion ( and those of many other people on this article) very reassuring. You wonder how it feels and I have to say its TERRIBLE. I know my conscience would keep me from ever stealing a wallet as many people in the study did.

  155. @Vanessa I agree, If I took someones wallet I would feel very guilty about it. If I found someone's lost wallet I would try to look at the situation from the owner of the wallet's point of view and understand how they felt. I've lost my wallet before so I know the feeling and I would feel obligated to return it.

  156. If I found a wallet on the ground I would try and return it as best as I could. If I couldn't find the person I'd probably just set it down on the ground and hope someone else could help better. Definitely wouldn't take it myself.

  157. Personally if I saw a wallet on the ground my first reaction is to return it to the proper owner. But I know many thoughts would be running through my brain about the possibilities I could use the money for.

  158. If I found a lost wallet, the first thing I would do is check the ID for any sort of contact information whether that be phone number, address, etc. I would try to call the number if I find one and if they don't answer I would next check to see how much money is inside. If it is a large amount I would go to the owner's address and leave it on their porch or knock on their door and hand it to them. If the amount isn't that significant, I would probably just put it on something so that when someone comes looking for it they can find it easily. I have found a wallet and I went through exactly how I stated above. I have lost my phone at school because it fell out of my pocket and it was returned to the office by another student. That changed my view on other people because of the fact that phones are easy to take and hide but someone still decided to return it to the office. I was quite surprised with the results of the study because I would think that people would need the money to feed their families of just take care of themself. I do agree with Ms. Belluck's statement because lying on taxes is as easy as finding and pocketing a wallet. Except for the fact that you can get more money from lying on a tax return, but also can get in much more trouble. If I can't find the owner of the wallet I would take it to the police station so that the owner could get their wallet back because that may be their rent, or food for the week.

  159. If I found a wallet on the ground I would try and return it as best as I could. If I couldn't find the person I'd probably just set it down on the ground and hope someone else could help better. Definitely wouldn't take it myself.

  160. I have never found a lost wallet before, but I can’t imagine a circumstance in which I would find one and not return it, regardless of the amount of money in it. If there was no money in it whatsoever, then what good is it doing me to keep it? To intentionally withhold a wallet in that situation would just be cruel in my opinion. If there was money in it, I’m sure that I would behave in a similar way to what this study suggests. I try to be a good person, and the guilt of keeping the wallet for myself would eat away at me. Knowing myself, my conscience would be nagging me endlessly, and I would eventually turn it in. Besides, I’d like to hope that if I were to lose my wallet, then somebody would return it to me. In the end, the small or even large monetary gain is just not worth the amount of guilt and awful feeling accompanying it. Honestly, I am not all that surprised by the findings of this study. I think that humans do have a greedy and dishonest nature that pulls on our thoughts and actions often. However, I believe that the majority of us fight against that urge because we truly want to be good people. It makes sense that the larger the amount of money, the larger the “psychological cost” of not turning it in. I think that regardless of some selfish tendencies, humans care about the wellbeing of others, and if not, at least being able to call themselves a good person.

  161. @Olivia (4B), I agree with you, you gotta return the wallet no matter how much money the person has in it. Even if it is hard to return it the reward is relieving their stress.

  162. @Olivia (4B) If I found a lost wallet, my conscience would also force me to give it back. I know that if I decided to keep it that guilt would take over and I would end up turning it in. I hope that if I was ever put in that situation that I would find a way to return it before I got the chance to become guilty, because I know that's the right thing to do. A few months ago, my wallet fell out of my back pocket when I was getting into my car and I didn't realize it until a few hours later when I got an Instagram message from someone who used my name on my permit to find me. She told me she found it outside of her work, and I met her back there the next day to get it back. I was really grateful that she did the right thing and figured out how to return it to me.

  163. If I found a lost wallet I would without a doubt return it. I would hate to be the person who lost that money. I would have sympathy for the person because I know what it feels like to lose money. Luckily, I have never gotten money stolen from me, but my friend has. She accidentally left her wallet in the bathroom of our school, and inside the wallet were gift cards, her ID, and $40. Someone took it and she was devastated. I saw how that affected her, and I would never want that to happen to anyone else. Also, there wasn’t anything that the school could do because it was during a time when you didn't have to sign out to go to the bathroom, so who was in the bathroom during that time could not be tracked. Even if there was a large sum of money I honestly STILL would not take it. That’s just wrong, and I wouldn’t want to suffer karma.

  164. @Thalia It's a terrible feeling to lose your wallet with such valuable things inside. There are not enough people these days willing to give it back regardless of the amount of money. Stealing a wallet is wrong in every way. I also agree when you say that even if there was a great amount of money in it, I still would have to give it back because karma will come back to bite me hard!

  165. If I found a wallet on the ground I would try to find the owner right away by going through it and trying to find a phone number or an address. What I think about is if I lost a wallet, which I have, I would be devastated searching drastically to find it. The feeling of losing your wallet is terrifying. When I lost my wallet I never saw it again and I felt so much guilt for losing it. I put in a lot of work to gain that money from birthdays, chores and helping around the neighborhood. To see it all just disappear really discouraged. My dad, brother and I were out in Chicago for a conference and my dad lost his wallet. We looked everywhere for it but when all hope was lost my dad got a phone call. A person found our wallet and called us. We were so happy to get the wallet back. I just want everyone to have the same feelings we did of being reconnected with our belongings to get rid of their terror. That is why I’m going to try to get their belongings back to them.

  166. Losing something never feels good, especially if it's important to you. If I found a wallet on the ground, I would find out who it belongs to and attempt to contact them. I haven't lost a wallet, and I can only imagine how bad it would feel to do that. Knowing that a bunch of stuff that belongs to you, like money and credit cards, is now in the hands of any stranger who just picked up your wallet is sort of scary. They could do anything with all your cash, and you may never get it back. I think that most people aren't criminals, and would definitely try to return the wallet, but I also think some people would take cash while doing so.

  167. I have never found a lost wallet before, but if I did I would have returned it back to the owner, especially if it had a lot of money in it. However, some might just take the money for themselves and not return the money. If I was stuck in this situation, I would say to myself, “Taking the money is not worth it, because it is someone else’s earnings.” I wouldn’t know if that person earned it, or worked for it, but it is still theirs in the end. Even though I'll still have thoughts going through the back of my head, I know that returning the money is the right thing to do. It states, “...they are most likely lost wallets containing money”, I completely agree that this is true because if there was a lot of money in the wallet I would’ve returned it to the person because they probably deserved it, and the guilt that I would have to face after I stole it would not be pretty.

  168. The feeling of losing your wallet is like no other. As I have lost mine multiple times, I know exactly the amount of stress and nervousness going through your brain. Through the many experiences in my life, I believe 100 percent that the best thing to do would be to return it to it’s rightful owner. Put yourself in their shoes, imagine having $200 in your wallet and it's gone just like that, without having a clue where it could have gone. The amount of money in the wallet should never have an influence on your decision of taking it or not. Immediately search the wallet for a phone number or email so it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. Be ready for the situation before it occurs.

  169. If I ever found a wallet on the ground, I would most definitely return it to the owner without hesitation. In fact I would be on the phone with the owner before I even considered checking the other folds for cash or credit cards. I have to admit something, I am a naturally remorseful human and the guilt would literally eat me alive, at least before the wallet burned a whole in my jean pockets. I have never stolen anything in my life (with the exception of pennies you found on the ground as a child) and I don’t plan to. My parents taught me right from wrong. Side note - I’m not a religious being, but I do believe in the power of the universe, most specifically karma, and sooner or later the bad karma is bound to find you. And I do not want to take that chance...

  170. If I found a lost wallet I would try my very hardest to return it. If there was an ID that would be helpful because I would know who to give it to. However, if I was in the middle of nowhere and there was no information or nobody to give it to, I may just take it. It’s not stealing because of finders keepers (that applies if I had already tried to find the owner). I have found bills on the street if when it was crowded. One time I asked someone if it was theirs and they said no but the next time they said yes. I realized maybe it wasn’t theirs and it’s probably better to keep it. If I didn’t keep it someone else would and they could use it to buy something bad like narcotics while I would use it for something good like chocolate milk. If someone had pictures of their family or something special to them in the wallet, I would return it. People who walk around with like a billion dollars in cash are weird anyway. Who even uses cash anymore right, it’s all about Bitcoin. (Technically, I use cash because my parents think I will blow through all my money with a debit card.) I would feel guilty if I didn’t return the wallet without doing my best to find the owner because I consider myself a generally good person.

  171. @Lena I agree, try to find the owner and return if possible but if no one is able to be contacted about it then what can you do. Ive also been in the situation of finding money on the street and asking the immediate people around me to see if I could return it to the owner but anyone could have said it was theirs whether it was or not. In those moments its hard picking what to do but if it is an easy task like looking at an ID to see who to return a wallet to then I say just do it.

  172. @Lena I agree, try to find the owner and return if possible but if no one is able to be contacted about it then what can you do. Ive also been in the situation of finding money on the street and asking the immediate people around me to see if I could return it to the owner but anyone could have said it was theirs whether it was or not. In those moments its hard picking what to do but if it is an easy task like looking at an ID to see who to return a wallet to then I say just do it.