'How honest do you think people are?' poll discussion

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Money Saving Polls
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Money Saving Polls
Poll started 02 August 2011
please vote here before discussing

How honest do you think people are?

Do you think people are generally honest, do you trust 'the populus' – and do views change with age? Take the following scenario.

Ten minutes after leaving a busy train station you realise your purse/wallet fell out on a bench. You go back, which of the following scenarios do you think most likely?

I am under 25yrs old

It'll still be there, money intact
It'll be there, without the cash
It will have been handed in
Someone will have taken it

I am 26-40yrs old

It'll still be there, money intact
It'll be there, without the money
It will have been handed in
Someone will have taken it

I am 41-60yrs old

It'll still be there, money intact
It'll be there, without the money
It will have been handed in
Someone will have taken it

I am 61+yrs old

It'll still be there, money intact
It'll be there, without the money
It will have been handed in
Someone will have taken it

Please vote here, or click 'post reply' to discuss below. Thanks :)

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  • Bella56Bella56 Forumite
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    Based on DH's experience of doing just this....it will have been handed in :T
    Debts 2004: £6000..............................................Aug 2007: £0!!!!
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Forumite
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    Last time I 'lost' my wallet, I was 16 and it was taken from the back of my rucksack. Back before mobile phones, I kept a little printed list of my friends and families phone numbers.

    Somehow, the thief realised he knew someone on my list and posted it through his front door.. so I got it back about 3 days after it was stolen. The money was gone but all my cards were still there. Odd form of honesty, but I appreciated getting the wallet and cards back.

    These days, i think i'd say "the cash would be gone, but it'll be handed in" - (26-40 category)
  • skylightskylight Forumite
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    Baseing my answer on having several purses lost/stolen that would seriously bias my opinion. On the other hand, I have handed in (intact!) more handbags/purses/wallets than I have lost, so that balances it all out!
  • I'd like to see a poll on what you would do if you found a purse? I have found three in the past couple of years and each time I've handed them in. However, I am cynical and would presume that if I lost mine it would be gone.
  • Maggie_BobMaggie_Bob Forumite
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    It would depend where you lost it too I guess.

    I once dropped my purse in Glasgow on a flying (literally) new year visit, and had to beg EasyJet to let me fly back without ID.

    2 days after getting home I had a phonecall from Glasgow Police - someone had found my purse and handed it to them - with everything (including the money) still there. The police posted it back to me :j
    In a better financial position than ever before (thank you MSE!). Moved back to Scotland and now trying to keep debt-free!
  • ScarletBeaScarletBea Forumite
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    I can't believe most people say that someone would have taken it... that's really an awful view to have of the world...
    Being brave is going after your dreams head on
  • DrZoopsDrZoops Forumite
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    Like ScarletBea, I am surprised by how pessimistic most people are. I have twice lost a wallet and on both occasions it was handed in to a nearby police station complete with cards and cash.
  • I think that it may depend on where you lost your purse. In smaller towns and villages people seem to be more honest.
  • tco03tco03 Forumite
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    Chances of getting it back would be slim to none. Money is tight and ones mans loss is anothers gain.
  • ulleswaterulleswater Forumite
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    Can 25 year olds vote?
    :money: Matched betting total 2016 £455 :beer:
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