cig-mkr: More then likely the letters in the poorer neighborhoods were opened to see if anything of value was in them.Maybe a birthday card with cash in it?
WelldeadLink: Were the letters dropped the same distance from a letter box?Does one group of people no longer recognize a letter or what to do with it?
gwowen: Did this study control for any of these factors?
downstairs: Poorer people have less time to deal with stuff like this. Has little to do with altruism, IMHO.Also, could it be that mail is unconsiously seen as bad in poorer neighborhoods. Think about it. To the poor... the mail means bills they can't pay, collection notices, etc. They may subconsciously see lost mail as a *good* thing.Pure speculation here... but I think all in all this experiment is short-sighted.
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