What Is The Most Honest Thing(s) You Have Ever Done?

I am curious to know What is the most honest thing(s) my fellow OZBargainers' have ever done?

I'll start first with my recent experience: Couple of weeks ago the Coles checkout lady somehow missed that my gift card was declined and still let me go (approx $60 worth of grocery). I was fully confused, so double checked the receipt and it said I paid via Cash! So walked back to the information desk and went through all the hassles and paid the due amount after waiting for approx 20 mins.

Surprisingly this happened to me few times (I wonder why…) and I know I only did what was only right/normal thing to do… I also once returned mobile phone/wallet but that's another story.

Please Note: I have no other intentions but curiosity, as I am sure we 'bargain hunters' might have some negative reputations of finding bargains/deals by any means which might or might not be fully honest. So sharing this might give us temporary inner peace?

Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    • +4 votes

      It'd be hard for me to resist $10k. That being said commbank would have your details and it'd be easy to track you down.

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    Told a group of girls i had lice. No regrets

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    Bought a used car a few years ago. It was manual. The carpet under the clutch had a massive hole. 6 months later, I bought a replacement carpet. While taking taking the centre console and seats off to replace the carpet, I noticed $6 in coins. I still had the previous owners number. I called and asked if he wanted his $6. He was a little shocked. Then laughed and said keep it.

    Same car, reversed into another car while parking. They had a p plate sticking out. I literally just touched the p plate and broke it. Was a neighbours car. I knocked on the door and told them. He laughed so hard and told me to get lost in a nice way.

    Same car again, someone swerved into me from the other direction. I moved, but hit a side mirror of a parked car, which fell off. Not knowing who the owner is, I noticed a real estate agent and asked for a pen and paper. Wrote a note with my number and a few hours later received a call. They said they're a panel beater, so won't cost much to fix, but due to honesty, they didn't want any $$.

    Moral of the story, honesty pays off, but you sometimes get laughed at as the value is low. It's the principle!

  • +5 votes

    A former friend of mine was bragging to a group of us about how she bought 200+ dollars worth of clothes and her card declined but the girl working at the store didn't notice 'so she got the clothes for free.'

    A friend and I went in the next day and paid the store just so the girl who served her didn't get shafted.

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    my daughter had $1000s deposited in her bank my centrelink over several years some years ago. She thought she was entitled to it. But recently the ATO has advised her that it actually is their money, she's going to return it.

    Similar thing happened to my wife when our daughter was young.

    Similar thing happened to me when I finished studying.

    Be wary that anything you get from centrelink may turn out to not be yours and they';ll want it back years later.
    Yeah the honesty is only at the suggestion of the ATO.

    • +2 votes

      Huh? The ATO don't administer welfare, they charge tax on income including welfare.
      It's a pity your family doesn't know how taxes work.

  • +3 votes

    Yesterday an envelope was on the side walk outside my building in a busy CBD. I was walking and noticed a $20 note corner inside the envelope window. Kept walking and upon returning it was still there. Picked it up, gave it to concierge incase someone claimed it, no one claimed it so we're going to use it to grab a couple coffees.

    My first year of uni I spent my savings on a generator for the RFS after one got stolen during the Black Friday bush fire off the back of the truck in katoomba years ago. They needed it to operate their squad at night as it powered lights etc.

    Got in the newspaper for that one

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      That last one is more than honesty… I dream of being so giving… But alas I am not that kind…

  • +4 votes

    I was so distracted texting as I got off the train. Immediately realised id left my MacBook Pro on it. Someone handed it in to the train station. Forever thankful to all kind and honest strangers out there.

  • +4 votes

    I once found $200 on the floor at a park when I was young. Best day of my life bought 2 Nintendo games. The end.

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      Another time on holidays at the beach in QLD, I randomly saw around 10 $50 notes floating in the water. Collected them all and as I swam back, noticed a couple of old Europeans arguing amongst each other as they were looking in the water for their money so I handed it all to them.

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      gameboy, nes, supernes or n64 and what games.

  • +2 votes

    I've found wallets and phones many times and always either have it to police or authorities.

    The biggest one I can think of though is when I was in the USA in April. I went to withdraw money from an ATM and there was about 500 bucks just sitting in the ATM. I guess the person before me took their card and not the money. I handed it into the branch since it was still open and they were very thankful. They figured out the owner in a couple of minutes and put the money back in their account.

  • -3 votes

    I just now, found $10,000 in an envelope outside a bikie clubhouse.
    Anyone missing this ? Maybe was your umm… rent money ?

  • +2 votes

    Found some incorrectly disposed garbage on the street with address details, so I returned them to the place of origin to give them another chance at doing the right thing, karma done for the week!

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    we went out for a work lunch once and noticed someone left an iphone behind on one of the tables. it had four zero's as the lock code and we dialled the most recent number to tell them of our find. turned out to be someones work phone. they also happened to work for an ice cream company so when they came to our workplace to get their phone, they also gave us a large box of ice creams. score!

    ive also found that the better of in life you are, the less likely you are to keep a lost item. eg: people handing in mac books, cash etc etc its because they dont need them. it could also depend on the demographic of the area. good luck getting a mac book back that you left in a commission housing area.

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      It's a housing commission, not commission housing, you fancipants.

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        It totally is! I'm not sure why I wrote it like that tbh

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          Must have been your adequate education.

          I remember everyone saying they lived at the housing commission, rather than in commission housing, and the latter seems more correct to me nowadays.

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            @ozbjunkie: nope, i say housing comission too. i just dont know why i typed it backwards!

            actually, i figured it out. i did that post at 9:03am, before my morning coffee. im pretty useless without out. even my work colleagues know not to ask the hard questions before my morning coffee.

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      Maybe when it comes to faceless corporations. I think people who have struggled or still are can appreciate what losing large sums of money or a more expensive item may mean. It's not just the annoyance at losing something and having to replace it at great expense, it's not being able to pay rent or replace it or whatever. It's hard to do that to someone when you know how that feels. Some may be able to justify it to themselves though.

  • +1 vote

    Found a wallet on the train with money still in it. Found the guys address - posted it back. I've lost my wallet that many times that its seriously not funny…….never had money taken out and always had it returned

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      Good on ya. I've lost mine twice, one time I never got it back and the other someone dropped it off in a post box and took the cash. Got a call to pick it up in the city over an hour away. (profanity) could've dropped it off to my house only minutes away.

  • +1 vote

    I found a new Iphone on the beach, 3/4 buried in the sand.

    spent a couple hours tracking down the owner and returned the phone, they didn't offer a reward.

    I would of said no anyway but c'mon i just saved you $1000+ all your personal stuff on the phone, its nice to offer something.

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    All the Atm ones confuse me. If you just leave it there the machine sucks it back in.

  • -2 votes

    told a police officer I was travelling at 61km/h in a 60km/h zone. Didn't get a speeding fine.

  • -1 vote

    Honesty is such a lonely word, everyone is so untrue.

  • +2 votes

    I went out for dinner the other night and the bill was $115. They charged my card $15. I was outside and noticed it and went back in and paid the other $100.

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    Found an iPhone on the train, looked up the contacts and called someone on the list to tell them I had their friends phone and to pick it up at my place… they arrived the day after, mother and daughter and they were very happy

  • +2 votes

    Returned countless phones and wallets at large indoor music events. Usually people are very appreciative but sometimes people are SUPER hostile, especially if they see you pick it up as soon as they drop it.

    Before coming out I once had a girlfriend who asked if I could be gay and I just said yes, honest to them and myself.

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    Recently on my bus ride into work, a lady left a bag behind on her seat. Noticing this as I went to take the seat, and thinking I was a being a Good Samaritan, I grabbed the bag and ran off the bus after her, only to have her snatch it out of my hand and give me the most disgusted look. No thank you, no nothing.

  • +5 votes

    Found a wallet in an airport carpark. Took it into the terminal only to find the lost and found was closed and duty manager wasn't answering their phone. Got address from their drivers licence and drove across the city, dropped it in the owners mail box, with all cash intact.

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    Found a DSLR camera in the men's room at a beach in Manly (Sydney). Handed it to the shop owner.

  • +3 votes

    About 10 years ago some company accidentally transferred me around $10,000 into my account. Took me a while to figure out who it was. After a few phone calls I eventually found someone in the company who confirmed it was an error. I transferred the money back to them and they were appreciative. Some days I think back and wished I kept it, haha.

  • +3 votes

    Does this include answering the question to "Do I look fat in this ? "

  • +3 votes

    I drank too much
    I boarded the flight (international)
    I asked to use toilet
    Attendant said too early
    I peed everywhere
    I admitted it
    They gave me a fine.

  • +1 vote

    I once found an android phone which had very low battery.
    The phone had a pin so i couldn't open it to see who it belong to.
    I took it home and connected it to my charger as it was almost out of battery.

    When the kid called me, I got in my car and met him near the train station where he was and handed it back to him.

  • -2 votes

    I was really tempted to make another account on eBay and get another 20% with the coupon that expired on my account off on a Vacuum cleaner but then my conscience won and I settled for the 5% discount on the same account that another code was giving me. I feel much better now!

  • +2 votes

    Sold our house a few years back. When negotiating with the agent we added a clause in to pay him an additional % for anything above our "dream figure'. I know people will find this hard to believe, but agent was really good throughout and we got along really well. We managed about $40K over our "dream price" and were obviously really happy.

    When we received our invoice of charges we noticed that he hadn't taken his additional cut which was around $4K from memory. Agonised on it for a while but did the right thing and honoured the deal we had negotiated.

    Also had an employer once pay me an extra pay cycle after I had left them, which I let them know about.

    To be honest I really think the event that got me into the "do the right thing" frame of mind, was losing my wallet at the mcg once many years ago, and having someone return it in tact the following morning.

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    Picked up an iphone in work pantry few weeks ago while i was staying back one night. Phone was locked but managed to find who it belongs to after skimming the notifications. Sent an email to that person saying the phone is safe with me and i would meet her the next day morning.

    Met her the next day. She said thank you in a cold tone while looking through her phone messages. Couldn't feel she was appreciative at all but i was glad i returned the phone.

    She's the head of a legal department, must be scared af about some confidential messages were leaked from her phone. She also pretend she has never met me when we see each other in pantry.

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    I have once lost my luxury brand card holder with my debit card and driver's license in a bar. A month later I received my lost license in my mail with a note "picked up in street". I presume that the person who posted it didnt have my other card/card holder and used his/her money to post the mail to me. I wanted to say thank you for the act of kindness but I just don't know who.

    • +1 vote

      My friend found a luxury brand card holder, said that I should keep an eye out for a person missing one, he will be able to return the remaining items if confirmation of card numbers, expiry and cvv are provided, just need honesty to help here!!

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    Found an open envelope on the floor while working at Target. Thinking it might be important and worth handing in, I looked in to find a wad of $50 notes. I handed it in, and the owner (I expect very relieved) asked if an envelope had been handed in about 15 minutes later.

    Counting it out in the office, the envelope had $5000 in it.

    The guy actually came to find me after picking it up. He gave me $50 as a thanks, which I graciously accepted without even thinking about it (I didn't expect a reward).

    I thought it was pretty generous at the time. Later I realised he only gave me one percent of the whole lot.

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    Found some keys, only identifiable thing was a Woolies Rewards card. Contacted Woolies Rewards and within a day the owner called me to get them. Got some free stuff from their work as reward (~$1 worth of chocs and stationery). Was very pleased with result.

    Contacted owner of lost wallet to return cards by post at my expense, it had been sitting in a garden for a while so I guess they'd already replaced everything. Very blunt, no gratitude or thanks etc and even no confirmation of receiving them. If there was an unused $50 gift card or something I would have felt totally justified in keeping it and later using it to buy a new release game.

    New looking iPhone at gym, called a contact of theirs who came to collect it and offered a 40 or $50 reward. Very surprised and pleased, split it with a friend and it made our day.

    Returned $20 to someone who just left self-serve checkout 1 out of 3 times. Couldn't find the person once and person was already gone another time. No ragrets.

    Found a newish Android phone outside a house near where I visited. Battery was 99% so I figured it was very close to home. Knocked on 2 doors before finding the owner and left it with them for no reward, big thanks though.

    Didn't keep extra money when notes were stuck together, happened every so often at work (splitting the notes in a dumb flashy 'magic trick' was almost worth the $20).

    Avoiding regret-guilt is important to me. Shits gotta be worth a lot or somehow justified before I think about keeping for gain or greed (and accepting some guilt). I enjoyed reading the comments here, keep it real you weirdos!

  • +2 votes

    Not me, but I had a customer come in 2 weeks later to pay for 5 bottles of Pepperjack Shiraz he'd been undercharged for, I asked him politely why he'd came back to pay for it when he could have got away with it. He said it had been playing on his conscience for the 2 weeks and was really stressing him out. I gave him a free bottle of wine for his honesty and trouble.

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    Nothing too crazy - I was waiting to cross a busy street in the middle of the CBD, saw a lady on the other side drop her phone and no one cared to return it (bystander effect?) so I ran a whole block to hand it back to her.

  • +1 vote

    Sold a GPU on Gumtree. Only contact was through Gumtree. Later he msg'd me saying it didn't work. I arranged to meet him in person for a return.

    I thought it might be a scam (giving me back a different unit. Is that honest because I could have just deleted my email alias for Gumtree?
    Or does honest just mean telling the truth?

    In the end he messaged me again and said he got it working lol.

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    I am a little perturbed that some people get into such a snit when the receiver of the good deed does not fall all over themselves with gratitude; this is especially galling when people are upset they haven't received a reward. The concept of the good deed is what you are doing something for someone, not what they are doing for you. People are all different and you don't know if they are mentally ill, or having a really bad day, or feel threatened or anything else that might be affecting them at that time. Whenever I do a good deed I'm more in tune with that it makes me feel happy I did it, rather than getting the grateful thanks of the recipient - in fact I find that sort of gratitude embarrassing and certainly wouldn't take a reward from a private citizen - I might from a corporation.

    I have low blood pressure, which means I have a habit of passing out when I injure myself, e.g. when I've tripped over something in the street and come down hard. When I come to my first reaction is extreme embarrassment, disorientation and pain. I try to indicate to people that I didn't "lose consciousness due to a head injury" but merely passed out from the low blood pressure and I try to be calm and gracious for their assistance, and I am grateful, but I'm sure there are people who would've got their noses out of joint by my reaction. However, some people can be just tools - I passed out on a squash court once, and this guy waiting asked if I was finished with it so he could play - just couldn't believe someone was that callous and selfish.

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      Um, excuse me, have you done passing out? I would like to play now!

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        Yup, it was something like that. Most of the time people are really lovely about trying to help me but I couldn't believe that guy.

        The problem is I'm usually embarrassed I've done something so stupid, and trying to work out if I'm OK, so I might be brushing off the people trying to help me; rather than being suitably thankful.

        it would be nice if there was a way of being able to say thank-you to people after everything has settled down but, by then, they have left. I do hope they feel good about what they have done.

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    Returned a wrongly delivered Galaxy S9, package sitting outside my house and the lazy courier didnt get signature.

    Opened up and delivered it to the right recipient. Could have had free 900 bux right there.

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    When I was a little kid I was at a market with my family and found a wallet. Had nearly a grand in it and I handed it in to the information centre. Reason it had so much was because it belonged to a stall holder.

    Recently found someones wallet at the local station, so I tried to contact the person on facebook (was a very unique name and listed where he lived on fb). Didn't get through to him so I ended up taking it to the local police. Police officer was very surprised that there was money/cards in it lol.

  • +2 votes

    This was my reaction to someone's honesty.

    A few years ago my work phone fell out of my pocket as I got off my station. I realised it was missing when I got home and called it with my wife's phone. The person who picked it up said he got off 2 stations after and was in his car. I said I could drive to his station to pick it up, but he said that's okay, he'll drive to mine. I drove back to the station and he gave me the phone and I shove a bottle of wine at him (which I grabbed before leaving the house). He was surprised and I said it was a token of my appreciation (would have been a PIA to set up new work phone) and ran back to my car before he could protest.

  • +3 votes

    Once when holidaying in Tassie, we stopped for fuel in a small town on a public holiday (guess it was around christmas). We filled $100ish worth of petrol and when we went to pay, found the servo closed! We looked around, there was no one there, roads were pretty empty too, so couldn't ask anyone if they knew how to contact the owner. We went back to the library/info centre where we had stopped earlier, informed the person there, who after making a few calls, manages to get hold of the owner on the phone. Apparently, someone had forgotten to turn the pumps off on the day they were closed. We put in the money in an envelope for them and left.

  • +1 vote

    I found a wallet with $400 in it, contacted the person on facebook, held it for them for a day then they collected it from my house turned out it was their rent money. They forced me to take $20 but I didn't want the money.

    the reason I did the right thing? I remember an old jerk housemate complaining about losing his wallet after drinking with $200 bucks in it for weeks, then he found another person's wallet took out $40 and thru the wallet/Identification in a trash bin and then was gloating about it to me.

    I remember this jerk every time I find money.

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    • found opal card and rang the lady.
    • found a wallet and called the number on his biz card and returned it.
    • found a wallet on the train and tried to contact him on facebook and no luck. So, I went back to the station I taught he got off at and returned it to the lost and found. I was right, he already reported it missing.
    • found a notebook on the train and messaged the guy to pick it up.
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    back in uni days i bought a book off ebay. i hadnt paid for it yet however i received it in the mail. i still went ahead and paid for it

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    Found a wallet on the street full of cards, from Medicare, health fund, corporate credit card, etc.

    Was inclined to drop it off at their home however the address was a fair way away from where I was.

    Instead, I started searching on LinkedIn their company and name, eventually I found who I believe is the right person. However, they didn't allow for non-connection members to direct message them.

    This is when I tried to work out their corporate email format, and started sending out some emails letting them know that I have their wallet and to contact me to pick it up. There we a few bounce backs but eventually one of my emails were received.

    I got a call from her as soon as she received my email and was very happy to know her wallet was found.

    We met up and gave her the wallet. Following that, I receieved a $50 gift card in my email from her.

    Happy days.

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    Was at the markets and saw a wad of $50s on the ground in front of the stall, approached and stood hiding it from view. Called the vendor over so they could claim it, she had some words with her son about needing to be careful.

    Still ended up paying full price for a bag of onions.

    I don't know how much was there, nor whether it actually belonged to the stall owner or an unfortunate earlier customer.

    Bunnings, corrected being unchanged.

    If I notice, hand back extra change to the cashier. use to work retail and the write up for an underbalanced register is a pain

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    after spending what felt like 35mins (probably 2mins) behind an old lady at an ATM, old lady walked away. out of the machine popped a wad of $50 notes. took money and gave it back to old lady. she didn't even say thanks or anything. wont make that mistake again

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    1. Picked up a new car for my wife, the lady in accounts got us sign everything but forgot to take our deposit of 4k, we realized an hour later so I rang back and paid over phone. Accounts lady was so embarrassed, it was here third week on the job.

    2. Once I returned a $100 bill that a senior citizen dropped. He offered me a beer but when I told him that I do not drink he called me "(profanity) Stupid"

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    Handed in a bag found on train; had passport, important documents and cash.

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    If I spot any deals that are potentially pricing errors on here I report them to the retailer directly. Typically this means that they will realise and pull the deal before any of the products are shipped.

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    God bless you all beautiful people

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      you will find in life people are more inclined to whinge and tell stories about something negative than to report all their good deeds. this goes the same for the news: report all the bad in the world, ignoring the good. this then makes it look all doom and gloom. however as this thread shows, there are plenty of people doing plenty of good. naturally they dont want recognition or thanks.

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    Got paid two weeks pay after finishing my contract on a job. Thought it was a good idea to notify the HR about the extra pay. Yes she thanked me for the honesty and said someone will get back to me with bank account number to transfer the funds. Still waiting for that someone to contact me (its been more than 4 months now) Strangely, this is the second time this has happened to me. The first mob refused to even respond to my email, calls.I am 100% sure its not annual leave because both were contract gigs. I think it will cost them more to fix this error, so they just sweep it under the carpet.

  • +1 vote

    Found a ride-on lawn mover outside of Bunnings, got my HIAB and lifted onto my truck, still can't find the guy who left it there.

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    i once scanned a bag of organic avocados as organic avocados. i thought balloons and confetti were going to rain down on me.

  • +1 vote

    I reckon any real estate agent who attempts to post on this forum instantly bursts into flames

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    at the school fete on the weekend with our kids and my partner sore a girls money drop out of her back pocket which she had just stuffed it into, my partner grabbed it up and ran after her picking up a few other notes as she went along, the girl was sooo happy about the money being returned, she had absolutely no idea she was dropping her notes all over the place, imagine being a young girl at the primary school fete losing most of your money it would be heart breaking. fun day becoming not so fun.. but thankfully back to a fun day..

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    Another one - I work with disadvantaged - either through life or their own choices, from young to old and I was out visiting a client and we were in the carpark as I was leaving and we sore a $50 note in the bushes, he picked it up and offered to share it with me as if I had not of been there we would not have been there to have found it, I just 'no but thankyou, you have it', for an elderly pensioner on age/disability pension the $50 would have helped him a lot that week.

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    Found more than one unlocked phone and called one of the contacts (home, mum, etc) to arrange a time with the person who lost the phone to return it.

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    Stole comics when I was in primary school - I'd say about 10-11 years old. Felt horrible about it after, so snuck them back into the newsagent and bought them the following day.

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    This one is relavent today being cup day and all.

    This was quite a few year ago now, I would have been about 18 years old. Found cash and receipt hanging from ATM machine.

    Handed in at bank counter, counter staff asked if they minded my details being handed to recipient in case he wanted to thank me.

    He turned up at my house to thank me, he had left it there in a rush to get to the TAB and would have lost it anyhow so was extra happy to be getting the money back!

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    Someone transferred $5000 into my ING account.
    I called the bank and made sure that they reversed it.

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    Declared all my income on my tax return.

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    I've found 3 iPhones in the last year and returned them all, to mixed responses.

    When I was about 15 I found a wallet with about $500 cash in it and no ID at a festival, I always wondered it was the right thing to hand it in to lost property with no ID. But the supposed owner came and found me and said thanks. Hopefully it really was theirs.

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    Ordered 1 frozen coke at maccas drive through.
    Lady had 2 in a cup tray to pass to me. Eldest son was in the car.
    Told the maccas lady I only ordered one and took just one off the cup tray.

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    I found $100 note on the ground when I was out and about. No on was around that could have dropped it so I donated it to charity.

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    I once had a Microsoft Surface left at my door by the mail person - over Christmas holidays while we were away, it actually sat there for about a week….. It was for a government agency but I walked it down the road to their office :-)