What Happened When This Man ‘Dropped’ His Wallet 50 Times In Public

I like the odds and the message of this clip. Societies couldn’t function if those who did good things didn’t vastly outnumber those who did bad things. It is good that 1 of the 50 kept it, as it is a potent reminder that while most people have good hearts, one needs to remember that not everyone can be trusted. May the one who took it soon learn that the “gain” in taking it is illusory and what remains is pain. I wish an end to their pain, through wisdom obtained via the kindness and forgiveness of others.
With Love,

Kindness Blog

This social experiment showed that (most) people are truly good.

The video above, called “The Honesty Test,” was shot in Opole, Poland, and was posted to YouTube earlier this month. In the video, a man drops his wallet in public 50 times and records how many good Samaritans out there returned it to him.

The Polish at the beginning translates to “Hiya! In this video we’ll check people’s honesty and see who’ll give me my wallet back.” 

Another recent experiment in Norway also showed us inspiring examples of human compassion when several strangers at a bus stop offered their winter coat to a cold little boy.

Source: Huffington Post

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My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and the beauty of kindness and nature.
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6 Responses to What Happened When This Man ‘Dropped’ His Wallet 50 Times In Public

  1. Nice to see most people are honest, but I agree, not all are.

  2. russtowne says:

    Thank you for your comment, Michelle. I’ve found that with myself there is a difference between awareness and focus. I’m often least happy when focus on bad actions of others rather than just being aware that some people do bad things. I believe it is wiser for me to focus on the the good things that the vast majority of people do most of the time. For example, I sometimes focus on the relatively few drivers doing rude things rather than the many who aren’t being rude, or the ones who are being downright polite. When I catch myself focusing on such things, I’ve noticed that my attitude and mood are negative or angry, my driving is more aggressive or rude, my heart rate and blood pressure are elevated, etc. In short, my quality of life and measure of happiness have dramatically decreased. Fortunately, all I have to do is focus on positive things to almost immediately begin to manifest more positive things in my life.

  3. Russ – This reminds me of a time when we were moving across country and had stopped for gas and my husband left his wallet on top of the car when we drove off. I need to blog about the wonderful act of kindness we were shown. Not only were we in a military town known for high crime, the move was for one of my career moves and we’d converted our cash to traveler’s checks (guess that dates us doesn’t it). Long story short, the wallet was returned same day. This was long before iPhones and instant use of internet, etc.

  4. jbw0123 says:

    Thank you. I needed that. The background music was good too.

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