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    HONESTY, or, I Lost my Wallet

    You Lost Your Wallet.

    Answer the following question before you read further.

    What are the odds you'll get it back?



    Got your guess?



    USA Section: 200 Wallets Lost

    https://www.thrillist.com/news/natio...st-wallet-test

    These Are the Cities Where You're Most Likely to Get a Lost Wallet Returned
    By JOE MCGAULEY Published On 05/10/2018

    To figure out where people are most honest, You Tuber Mark Rober took 200 wallets, filled them with cash, cards, IDs, and pictures to make them look legit, and enlisted a crew to help drop 10 of them in 20 different cities and small towns around the country.



    To keep it somewhat scientific and account for certain variables like gender and income level, 60 of the wallets were left in restrooms (30 in men's rooms and 30 in women's rooms), half were dropped in high-income areas, and half were dropped in low-income areas. Each wallet also contained a numbered "If Found Please Contact" card with a phone number to keep track of them, if and when someone called to return one. If someone called to return a wallet, they were also asked a series of questions about their age and background.

    So, uh, what happened? Well, amazingly 60% of the wallets were returned, and of those, 96% still had the money inside. However, some cities and towns turned out to be far more honest than others. All 10 wallets dropped in Chicago and Salt LakeCity were returned. On the other end of the spectrum, only three wallets were returned in Detroit, and just four came back in New York City. Here's how the full findings break down.

    10 Wallets Returned: Chicago, Illinois; Salt Lake City, Utah
    9 Wallets Returned: Nashua, Iowa; Hill City, South Dakota; Portland, Oregon
    8 Wallets Returned: Parma, Idaho; Las Vegas
    7 Wallets Returned: San Francisco, California; Winnipeg, Canada; Washington, DC
    6 Wallets Returned: Huntsville, Alabama; New London, Connecticut
    5 Wallets Returned: Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Edmonton, Canada
    4 Wallets Returned: New York, New York
    3 Wallets Returned: Detroit, Michigan



    Worldwide Section: 192 Wallets “Lost”

    https://edition.cnn.com/travel/artic...ies/index.html

    Wallet drop: World's least honest cities
    By Marnie Hunter, CNN • Updated 25th September 2013

    Four continents, 16 cities, 192 "lost" wallets. That's the basic formula for a recent sticky fingers experiment by Reader's Digest.
    Reporters from the magazine dropped wallets in parks, on sidewalks and near shopping malls in international cities from New York to Mumbai and waited to see how people would respond. Each wallet contained the equivalent of $50, a cell phone number, business cards, coupons and a family photo.


    Bottom line? Nearly half -- 47% -- of the wallets were returned.

    Returned Wallets

    Helsinki Finland 11 of 12
    Mumbai, India 9 of 12
    Budapest, Hungary 8 of 12
    New York City, USA 8 of 12
    Moscow, Russia 7 of 12
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands 7 of 12
    Berlin, Germany 6 of 12
    Ljubljana, Slovenia 6 of 12
    London, England 5 of 12
    Warsaw, Poland 5 of 12
    Bucharest, Romania 4 of 12
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4 of 12
    Zurich, Switzerland 4 of 12
    Prague, Czech Republic 3 of 12
    Madrid, Spain 2 of 12
    Lisbon, Portugal 1 of 12


    Well, how close was your guess?

    I was slightly surprised - expecting a one in third chance. "One-in-Two", folk are a bit more honest than I figured.

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    Should have put GPS trackers in them and nailed the bastards.

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    ^^ Kind of a big difference in New York between the two studies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Kind of a big difference in New York between the two studies
    Quite honestly, I've spend a considerable amount of time in the Big Apple, my expectation is that unless they dropped one in a five star hotel or restaurant, none would be returned. Of course, the vast police presence in Manhattans business district and the posh residential enclaves keep the denizens of the seedier side of life away.

    Location, location, location...


    The most surprising was Chicago, spent a good deal of time there, also. Just ain't NO Way all ten were returned unless they lost them under a camera with a couple of cops watching.

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    Wait until tourist numbers drop off and you'll see, quite amazingly, tens of thousands of baht in wallets left in taxis returned. According to the news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    The most surprising was Chicago
    The least surprising...

    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    3 Wallets Returned: Detroit, Michigan

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKkin View Post
    The least surprising...
    Yea, the "ghost" town of Detroit, free housing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    wallets left in taxis returned. According to the news.
    Yup, coincidence, amazing how that works out, just coincidence.

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    20 years ago when I lived in London, I recall travelling across town in a taxi to return a wallet stuffed with cash and cards - the owner couldn't believe that someone would be so honest

    Perhaps different generations have different definitions of honesty ...

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    Don't know much about wallets, never use them any more, but my real life study shows that Thais are bang to rights honest with phones; left mine behind must be at least a dozen times, not just there when I returned but someone usually rushes out to greet me with it.

    Some places I could think of it'd be cloned in ten minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43 View Post
    Perhaps different generations have different definitions of honesty ...
    Don't know if I'd chalk it up to "generational" differences. I'm more inclined to the parental guidance, training and involvement.

    "Teach Your Children Well"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    Don't know much about wallets, never use them any more, but my real life study shows that Thais are bang to rights honest with phones; left mine behind must be at least a dozen times, not just there when I returned but someone usually rushes out to greet me with it.

    Some places I could think of it'd be cloned in ten minutes.
    So where do you keep your money? Assuming you're in Thailand there's no way you can be cash free.

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    Pockets were invented long ago

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    I've never lost my wallet. Ever. Nor mobile phone. Ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    So where do you keep your money? Assuming you're in Thailand there's no way you can be cash free.
    I think it was people of the 13th or 14th c that invented pockets and they've been around ever since, that's the pockets not the people.


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    Pockets don't steal money. People do.

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