Would You Pass The Honesty Test?

Honest… I Lost My Wallet

You stop to get gas, and you need to go inside to buy…ummm, ok, let’s say cigarettes. On the way in, you notice a wallet laying on the sidewalk.
What would you do?

Someone decided to put it to the test. They dropped a wallet, then filmed 20 people to see what they would do. The results are a bit more than disturbing…only 12 of the 20 turned the wallet in. Has America the Great become America the Dishonest? Say it ain’t so Uncle Sam. Say it ain’t so.

My wife saw this on TV this morning while ironing her clothes. Hopefully, the story will be posted complete with video and if so I will insert the video here for your viewing pleasure.

An Honest Man

It’s obvious that American morals have been falling. I was a bit surprised to see these results though.  One person that turned it in said exactly what I would hope everyone would say… “All I know is that it wasn’t mine.”

Yes, he returned the wallet!!!Dang! Give this man a standing ovation! Please, stand up at your computer, and start clapping. He DESERVES IT! And you know something, I find it sad that I should even find it the least bit necessary to say that. 12 in 20 turned the wallet in, that is 60%. Personally, I think those numbers should be much higher.   This man shouldn’t need someone like me saying “give him a standing ovation.” Honesty is something we should expect from everyone, especially ourselves.

Oh, guess what…when you lose your wallet, you have hopes and expectations that others will be honest. If you lose a wallet with, oh, let’s say… $100 in it, you know you want it back. Ahhhh…. but you also know that the chances are slim to none that you will ever see that wallet again, and if you do, the money won’t be inside. So I say that there is no way I should be saying something like “give this man a standing ovation” for being honest, but in our society today…let’s do it, give him that standing ovation, along with the other 11!

Ok…time for an honest gut check

I don’t expect, or even really want a response, because I know that even dishonest people would look me right in the eye and tell me that they would be honest and turn it in. Those 8 that didn’t turn the wallet in, if we could have talked to them just one week prior to that incident, everyone would have said they would have been honest. So instead of leaving a reply, the next time you are in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eye, and then ask yourself…would I pass the honesty test? That’s right, you can’t lie to yourself.

And some of you will justify it by saying“hey Greg, they wouldn’t give it back to me, so why should I?” And I would say to you, “because it is the right thing to do.” Do you remember what the honest man said above… “All I know is that it wasn’t mine.” I won’t cut you any slack. If you throw that type of justification in my face, you will find that I will call you on it, I’ll tell you to shove it where the “sun don’t shine.” It’s time for America to stand up and be great again. It’s time for a little honesty. It’s time to put Morals back in America again. And hopefully all my readers say AMEN!

Would you return the wallet?

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  1. Lawrence L Wright says:

    Greg,I totally agree with you about honesty,it is STILL the best policy! I can tell you without the shadow of a doubt, that I go by the Biblical way of living and the Bible says ” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”
    If I lost my wallet, I would certainly want it to be returned to me with everything in it, so why would I rob someone of that relief? Greg, we need to get back to Basics, Bible Basics! God bless you! Great post!

  2. Gregory says:

    Lawrence, isn’t it amazing…everyone would agree with you, they would want their wallet returned to them too, but yet, let them find one, and it’s like that little saying we learned in elementary school… “finders keepers, losers weepers.” Perhaps that little saying was the seed that planted wrong thoughts in our minds.

    We need to teach our kids to say “all I know is that it isn’t mine.”

    The Golden Rule got changed somewhere along the way too. It now seems to say “Do unto other BEFORE they do unto me.” Oh how our society has changed in the past 30 years.

  3. Honesty is always the best policy!
    Several years ago, a friend and I found a wallet at a concert.
    It had nearly $900 cash inside. (!!!)
    We debated on the proper way to turn it in, since we didn’t
    even know if the authorities could be trusted, especially with that much cash. We found the drivers license, studied the photo, and looked carefully for the person after the concert, but to no avail.

    We browsed through the wallet and found a card with a number that said “In case of emergency, call…..”
    So, we called. The persons father answered and said we could send the wallet to him. We got money orders for the full amount of the cash (minus the cost of the money orders) and mailed it all to him.
    A few weeks later, I got a nice thank you card in the mail with a $50 check.

    I can’t tell you how great it felt to be able to return the money & entire wallet contents to it’s rightful owner. He actually called me to thank me again. He had made the dreaded phone call to his parents to let them know he had lost his wallet with all of his money and didn’t know how he would get home. (He lived in another state). His dad told him that someone had found the wallet and would be returning it.

    You know what? It never even crossed my mind to keep the wallet or the cash. Money comes and goes. Honesty and integrity are of much greater value.
    I stand with the man who said “All I know is that it wasn’t mine.”

  4. Tina, Oh how I wish there were more people like you in this world. He was very lucky that you found his wallet. If I lost a wallet with cash, I know that the chances of getting it back would be slim to none.

    When I was a child, I wouldn’t have given the acts of an honest person a second thought, it was expected behavior. Today, every time I hear of an act like yours, I want to stand and cheer at the top of my lungs. If you’re on Facebook, let’s connect!

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