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Old 08-08-04, 11:04 PM
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I'm an honest idiot

I lost $50 today. Although technically it wasn't mine.

Sitting in a coffeehouse near the register. I see a $50 bill on the ground. Instinctively I pick it up and show it to the girl at the register, and it gets returned to its owner ... who keeps her money in a small tin box. She had dropped some money there earlier and picked it up except the $50, so it was definitely hers.

But Christ, how do you miss a fifty? I could've picked it up and no one would've been the wiser. I think I deserve it more, too. She was dressed the exact same as her friend. Ugh ... I'm pissed I didn't just take it. I don't even have religious or karmic beliefs. Stupid moral upbringing.
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Good karma is coming your way .
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Kind of like at work if someone asks me "So what do I do with my remaining CDN money? Do you have a tip jar or a charity box or something?"

I point them to the charity box. They always put it there... heh...
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Doing the right thing is doing the right thing. It doesn't have to be about Karma...
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You did the right thing. What I don't like is when people who don't even bother to say a simple "thank you" if you help them out.
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Originally posted by Quake1028
Good karma is coming your way .
No it's not, but you still did the right thing. The right thing shouldn't be predicated by the possibility of a reward.
Old 08-09-04, 12:05 AM
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I found a wallet with a wad of $20s in it and didn't think twice about returning it. I was at Chelsea Piers (driving range in Manhattan) when a guy who was using the tee before me accidentally left his wallet. Luckily I was able to track him down in the parking lot.
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I found a $50 on the ground while waiting for curbside check in at the Vegas airport. I didn't see anybody drop it but I saw a rich-looking woman with her purse partially open so I suppose it could have been hers. At any rate, I had just got my ass kicked gambling over the weekend so I didn't bother to find the rightful owner and kept it.
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Once I lost a $20 at an apartment complex on Halloween while delivering pizza. 2 hours later we close out and I'm $20 short. I remembered where I had slipped and went back... 2 hours later, on Halloween, the $20 was still there!!!

A friend found $100 on the sidewalk outside his store. No sign of who had dropped it. He didn't think twice about keeping it.
Old 08-09-04, 12:27 AM
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Originally posted by Fok
You did the right thing. What I don't like is when people who don't even bother to say a simple "thank you" if you help them out.
She thanked me plenty, offered to buy me something (got a bagel). Doesn't make me feel much better though.
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geez...you should've said, sure, you can thank me over at my place
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honest idiots are the worst. You can understand why a dishonest idiot does these things, but people like you....


You did the right thing.
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If I found a load of money in an envelope marked "Orphan's Xmas Fund", on December 24th, in front of the orphanage, I would probably still keep it. That s.o.b. God owes me. Bwahahaha!
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I found a used condom in the park once and didn't bother to track down the owner.
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I remember I found $10 on the ground walking to pick up some food for our 100 Wing Solute. (100 wings with a variety of sauces, and 4-5 ppl) I figured God was supporting our salute, so I put it towards the meal and gave back the extra money.

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Good job - I would have done the same thing if I knew for sure it was theirs.
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Re: I'm an honest idiot

Originally posted by kenny79
I'm an honest idiot
Well, you're at least half right.
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I guess I don't understand why anyone wouldn't at least TRY to figure out who owns it. You did the right thing of course. I found $50 in the mall last year and stood at the spot where I found it seeing if anyone would come back and look for it. Someone did and I gladly gave them their money (after asking them how much they were looking for).
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I once found $20 on the sidewalk. When I picked it up, the street musician sitting in front of it yelled at me, but I just ran away with it.
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Re: I'm an honest idiot

Originally posted by kenny79
I lost $50 today. Although technically it wasn't mine.

Sitting in a coffeehouse near the register. I see a $50 bill on the ground. Instinctively I pick it up and show it to the girl at the register, and it gets returned to its owner ... who keeps her money in a small tin box. She had dropped some money there earlier and picked it up except the $50, so it was definitely hers.

But Christ, how do you miss a fifty? I could've picked it up and no one would've been the wiser. I think I deserve it more, too. She was dressed the exact same as her friend. Ugh ... I'm pissed I didn't just take it. I don't even have religious or karmic beliefs. Stupid moral upbringing.
You would've been better off keeping it rather than complaining about giving it back. In your heart you wanted to keep it, but a momentary lapse in "judgment" caused you to return it. You didn't mean to do the right thing, you did it by accident.

You did the right thing, and even gave the woman an opportunity to show her appreciation (by buying you a bagel). You made her day as I'm sure she told everyone that day how she lost $50 and some "honest" guy returned it to her.

Knowing that would be worth more to me than the $50... but then again, I view things far differently than most others.
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Re: I'm an honest idiot

Originally posted by kenny79
She was dressed the exact same as her friend.


What does this have to do with anything?
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Originally posted by LurkerDan
Doing the right thing is doing the right thing. It doesn't have to be about Karma...
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I left my wallet at a grocery store when I was about 10. I don't even know why I had a wallet at that age... I think it was just for fun, my dad's old wallet that he gave me to keep my hard earned wages in. Any way...

Went back a few minutes later and the wallet was there, minus the 20 dollar bill I had saved up for so long. Man, that 20 meant a lot to me at that age.

I've never lost my wallet since though. Good lesson to learn early I guess.
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You know those fake credit cards you get in the mail? My wife takes those and leaves them on the sidewalk in front of her shop. The great majority of people bring it into her and say, "Someone dropped this." She thanks them kindly, and puts it back out later.

Her amusement comes from thinking about the bastards who slip it into their pocket and keep going. She likes to imagine their faces when the thief checks out his big payoff, and finds that it's worthless.
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Your wife has some issues.

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