This thread is prompted by an event this morning, in which I found a stranger’s ID badge on the street. My first instinct was to just ignore it, but then I thought that she might need it, so I picked it up. It wasn’t hard to track her down, so I called her at her job. I’ll meet her after work to return it to her. (She lives just down the street from me.) I really don’t expect more than a thank you for doing this.
But three times in my past, I’ve found wallets. Again, it really wasn’t hard to track down the owners, and they were all thankful that I was an honest citizen. And they should have been. While there was no cash inside, I found credit cards, photos, and in one case a – green card? – whatever it was, the owner would have had to return to the USSR. That was a fate he really dreaded.
Hey, I can be a good citizen at times. And I don’t ask for anything more than appreciation for doing a good deed. A good deed is its own reward. But I am a little surprised that in no case has the person offered me a little reward. I don’t even know if I’d accept one, but sheesh! Isn’t it standard practice to at least offer a little something?
(In the case of the lost ID, I won’t take cash. I’d settle for hot monkey sex. But will she offer it? Probably not.)
So I ask you – when someone returned your wallet or other valuable item, did you offer a reward? Should you have?