Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-27-2012, 06:55 PM   #21
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North of Montana
Posts: 2,753
It can work both ways. A friend likes to tell a story about being in Las Vegas with another guy (an acquaintance of both of us). The acquaintance loses his wallet in his hotel, gets a message on his phone from another hotel quest saying "I found it, come and get it". Acquaintance who is worried about scam, robbery etc. recruits my much larger friend to go with him, guy hands it to him and they leave (note: not much thanks, no offer of reward etc). On the elevator, acquaintance looks in the wallet and says "I had $840 in here there's only $830 now, I'm going back", friend says "go by yourself".

Some people don't deserve to have things returned.
__________________

__________________
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who can extrapolate conclusions from insufficient data and ..
kumquat is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-27-2012, 08:15 PM   #22
Recycles dryer sheets
2035's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 214
Quote:
Originally Posted by kumquat
Some people don't deserve to have things returned.
Now I remember why I don't like kumquats.
__________________

__________________
2035 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 08:17 PM   #23
Recycles dryer sheets
2035's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 214
I tried to offer her $30 bucks but she wouldn't take it, so I bought her gift card and left it at her house (turns out we live super close).
__________________
2035 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 08:19 PM   #24
Recycles dryer sheets
2035's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 214
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChadR
My wife recently lost her wallet in the parking lot at Disneyland. As soon as she got to the gate she realized it as her annual pass was in the wallet. She immediately rushed back to the car and while she was scanning her path back she was 99% sure she dropped it getting out of the car. The wallet had already been taken at that point. She checked in with the lost and found with Disneyland with no luck... until about 11:45 pm that night when it was turned in and they called to notify her.

Whoever found it kept it from 8:30am until 11:45pm and spent almost $200 in cash (they left a single $1 bill).

My wife was pretty stoked to get her wallet back with ID, credit cards, etc. Was a weird mixed message that someone felt obligated to return the wallet after spending all but $1 of the cash...

My faith in mankind remained unchanged lol.
Did she freeze her credit just in case?
__________________
2035 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 08:54 PM   #25
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,401
Quote:
Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
...acquaintance looks in the wallet and says "I had $840 in here there's only $830 now, I'm going back", friend says "go by yourself"...
Incredible that the acquaintance did not consider the possibility that he originally miscounted, or if a bill had fallen out somehow. Some people are truly "strange".
__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 09:49 PM   #26
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North of Montana
Posts: 2,753
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW-Bound View Post
Incredible that the acquaintance did not consider the possibility that he originally miscounted, or if a bill had fallen out somehow. Some people are truly "strange".
I might know within a $100 or so. Some Normal people, IMHO, don't suggest that a good Samaritan is anything but. That's what I was getting at, that and he wanted his bigger friend to come along.

Others are always right. I guess that's why 2035 doesn't like things that are sweet on the outside but sour on the inside.
__________________
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who can extrapolate conclusions from insufficient data and ..
kumquat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 10:28 PM   #27
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,401
I just remember now an incidence when my son picked up a wallet on the university campus. He immediately called the owner using the info in the wallet. The guy drove right up, picked up his wallet, and insisted that my son accepted something like $40 as the reward. It has been a while, but I thought the wallet had something like $80 in there.

I was there (my son lived at home), and my son kept refusing it. The older guy kept insisting, and my son finally relented when he said "That's OK. Take it. I am loaded!".

Don't you like it when it ends that well?
__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 10:57 PM   #28
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,616
Quote:
Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
Others are always right. I guess that's why 2035 doesn't like things that are sweet on the outside but sour on the inside.
His commentary seems to have been edited (or to have been disappeared for him).

We have a kumquat tree in our back yard. Every year it manages to pump out a couple dozen of the fruit, which my spouse patiently peels and bakes into a yellow cake mix. Nice combination of sweet & sour.
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 12:41 AM   #29
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 2,259
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChadR View Post
My wife recently lost her wallet in the parking lot at Disneyland. As soon as she got to the gate she realized it as her annual pass was in the wallet. She immediately rushed back to the car and while she was scanning her path back she was 99% sure she dropped it getting out of the car. The wallet had already been taken at that point. She checked in with the lost and found with Disneyland with no luck... until about 11:45 pm that night when it was turned in and they called to notify her.

Whoever found it kept it from 8:30am until 11:45pm and spent almost $200 in cash (they left a single $1 bill).

My wife was pretty stoked to get her wallet back with ID, credit cards, etc. Was a weird mixed message that someone felt obligated to return the wallet after spending all but $1 of the cash...

My faith in mankind remained unchanged lol.
My guess is some teenager found the wallet, spent the cash, threw away the wallet, and someone else found the wallet and reported it. Maybe half of you faith in mankind be restored?
__________________
tmm99 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 07:21 AM   #30
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 36
My wife found a cell phone in the park one time. When she called the number marked home to let the owner know she had his phone he immediately started yelling at her, demanding to know what she was doing with his phone. She very sweetly told him that if he preferred, she would just put it back where she found it. That calmed him down pretty fast. She let me be the one to return it to him and he was actually extremely grateful.
__________________
Jackson D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 08:15 AM   #31
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Posts: 1,005
Once I lost my purse with ID, credit card and some money at Las Vegas in one of the small casinos on the strip.
When I noticed some buildings down the road and backtraced my way to the place I had probably lost it an employee approached me. He had my picture ID in his hand and was looking out for me. Purse was found by another guest, handed over to staff and everything was still complete...
They even refused to accept a tip or finders fee.

The wallet I lost in Johannesburg, South Africa, returned some months later with my ID and documents via embassy. German money was still inside, but not the local currency. No details of the finder were given. I was sooo grateful for the documents.
__________________
chris2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 08:45 AM   #32
Recycles dryer sheets
Retire2013's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 392
I found a wallet full of cash and credit cards in a bookstore and a cell phone on top of it. I walked around making informal announcement asking if anyone is missing his/her cell phone and wallet. I found the rightful owner of those items within 5 minutes. It was a father and his young son. I did ask him for his name and checked it against the ID in the wallet before turning over the items. They were very happy. The little boy told me "Please don't tell my Mom." I winked and said "Of course not!"
__________________
Retire2013 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2012, 01:44 PM   #33
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 2,259
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jackson D View Post
My wife found a cell phone in the park one time. When she called the number marked home to let the owner know she had his phone he immediately started yelling at her, demanding to know what she was doing with his phone. She very sweetly told him that if he preferred, she would just put it back where she found it. That calmed him down pretty fast. She let me be the one to return it to him and he was actually extremely grateful.
My cell phone slipped out of my pocket while on a ride at a local amusement part and I didn't even know it till I got home. I thought it was a lost cause at that point, but the person who found my phone called the last person I called (my co-worker) and my co-worker asked him to leave the phone at Lost and Found at the park. Hopefully, nobody was yelled at in this process.
__________________
tmm99 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 02:53 PM   #34
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
clifp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 7,450
I have had a lost wallet returned to the hotel. The hotel contacted me several times, unfortunately it was the week that the phone company in hooking up a neighbors modem line got it crossed with my line. So it took several days to get the message and I never got a chance to thank the person who found it.

I also returned a wallet and was offered a small reward but refused it.

I volunteer at Oahu's top snorkeling location Hanauma Bay. At least a couple of times a week, a person loses their wedding ring. (Public service announcement to newly weds and their parents, spending a hour or so snorkeling, even in the relatively warm waters of Hawaii, will cause your fingers to shrink and make it very easy for the new ring to come off.) What is very gratifying is that almost as many wedding rings are turned in each week as lost, and some of those rings are really nice.
__________________
clifp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2012, 03:10 PM   #35
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,401
Quote:
Originally Posted by clifp View Post
I also returned a wallet and was offered a small reward but refused it.
My children were raised to do things like that without expecting any reward. That's why my son kept refusing in the incidence that I recounted above. But he finally accepted when the wallet's owner kept insisting. Perhaps he saw that my son was a young guy who could use some money.

I was actually inside the house, while my son went out to give the wallet back as the guy drove up. When my son went inside and told me the story, he said he accepted because the other guy was very insistent, and used the word "loaded".

I told my son that this guy was so happy to get his wallet back, and wanted to show his appreciation. And my son, by accepting the reward, gave the owner the chance to give thanks. So, I explained to my son that it was quite all-right.

My son said that he felt bad now because the $40 was too much. If my son was quicker, he could have said "No, I cannot take your $40, but will gladly accept $20". I was also surprised that the reward was that much.

If it were me, I would have replied jokingly "But how do you know I am not more loaded than you are?".
__________________

__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:17 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.