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(Des Moines Register)   College student loses wallet--and then has it returned, with an extra $10 and an inspirational message tucked inside. WHAT SORCERY IS THIS--oh, it's Iowa, the bizarro state   (blogs.desmoinesregister.com) divider line 42
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2013-10-17 12:04:29 AM
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Bizzaro! I love you!
 
2013-10-17 03:46:54 AM
That's pretty sweet. I would have also left a church flyer in the wallet in case he was interested in being saved.
 
2013-10-17 04:00:40 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: That's pretty sweet. I would have also left a church flyer in the wallet in case he was interested in being saved.


Nothing says, "Doing a good deed", like including a sales pitch.
 
2013-10-17 04:02:17 AM
The first unlikely thing she did was stop to investigate and pick it up.
Inside the wallet Diers found: The driver's license and college ID for freshman Wes Monroe. A recent receipt for pricey text books. The high school senior photo of Monroe's girlfriend, Shelby Spencer.
She not only mailed the wallet to the address on the driver's license but composed a thoughtful letter of advice and tucked a $10 bill inside. She even promised that her bible study group of about a dozen worshippers at Cornerstone Church in Ames would pray for him.
She Googled Monroe, scanned his Facebook profile
But she also wondered, "Maybe he'll think I'm just some crazy lady!"


You don't say. There's a super famous criminal case that ended up forming the basis of all US wiretapping/anti-stalking laws, which started in a very similar way.
 
2013-10-17 04:10:09 AM
I don't want people thinking I'm a crazy stalker.

So I always keep the money and mail the person whose wallet I found a letter telling them what I bought with their money... and laughing at their driver's license picture.
 
2013-10-17 04:36:25 AM
Are you a muggle?

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-17 04:57:48 AM
I find wallets all the time (or they find me). Usually I'm in a store or a restaurant (also happened a lot in school), but I've had a few just fall out of pockets or purses as I'm walking past someone. I always return them and never open them. I figure if I look inside, I'll be too tempted to take whatever I find. Dammit all if I don't usually hear something like, "oh thank god, I have $300 cash in there." I should start asking for a finder's fee.
 
2013-10-17 05:23:25 AM
iowans are at least honest and might actually apologize for running into your cow while robbing your anhydrous tank.

not like the nebraskans. no, not like them.
 
2013-10-17 06:45:53 AM
I'd like to think my soul is worth a little more than $10.
 
2013-10-17 06:59:54 AM
The "enjoy A limited number of articles during the next 30 days " message i got was that this site is not going to be visited too often.
 
2013-10-17 07:16:02 AM
I've lived in Michigan, Colorado, NOLA, Vegas, Upstate NY and now Iowa for the last four years. The people in Iowa are so nice it's scary. Like, Stepford nice.

I thought the Mormons I was around in Vegas were the nicest group of folks, but nope, Iowa.
 
2013-10-17 07:16:21 AM
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When I was in high school I delivered papers. I also had this bad habit about losing my wallet. Anywho, I lost my wallet one day, and biked everywhere trying to find it. Long gone. So I went through the hassle of replacing everything and soon forgot about it.

About a year later I was out delivering papers again and one of my creepy customers flagged me over. Since I delivered them the night before they HAD to be on the front porch (was a weekly paper... the Sun Newspaper in Cleveland, for anyone who may remember them). I stood in the foyer and held the screen door open (really pervy looking dude with a smelly house) and he comes out and hands me that wallet. They found it and held onto it for a year... I ended up giving up the route soon after anyway because I graduated and went away for college, but I remember I NEVER stood inside that foyer again. Broke my rules doing that but it was cold out and I figured he was trying to be nice. Who the fark holds on to a kid's wallet that long?

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//oh god what a farking perv
 
2013-10-17 07:18:30 AM
And then this AW does the only reasonable thing -- contacts a blogger to spread word of her good deeds far and wide.

Not at all made up.  Nosiree.
 
2013-10-17 07:22:28 AM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: I've lived in Michigan, Colorado, NOLA, Vegas, Upstate NY and now Iowa for the last four years. The people in Iowa are so nice it's scary. Like, Stepford nice.

I thought the Mormons I was around in Vegas were the nicest group of folks, but nope, Iowa.


I was in Lincoln, Nebraska for a year and was amazed at how nice everybody was.  Not a day went by without a random stranger or two holding open doors, saying "good morning" or asking "how are you".
 
2013-10-17 07:59:54 AM

cajunns: The "enjoy A limited number of articles during the next 30 days " message i got was that this site is not going to be visited too often.


Welcome to the wonderful world of Gannett newspapers.
 
2013-10-17 08:10:53 AM

IamKaiserSoze!!!: I've lived in Michigan, Colorado, NOLA, Vegas, Upstate NY and now Iowa for the last four years. The people in Iowa are so nice it's scary. Like, Stepford nice.

I thought the Mormons I was around in Vegas were the nicest group of folks, but nope, Iowa.


Burr: IamKaiserSoze!!!: I've lived in Michigan, Colorado, NOLA, Vegas, Upstate NY and now Iowa for the last four years. The people in Iowa are so nice it's scary. Like, Stepford nice.

I thought the Mormons I was around in Vegas were the nicest group of folks, but nope, Iowa.

I was in Lincoln, Nebraska for a year and was amazed at how nice everybody was.  Not a day went by without a random stranger or two holding open doors, saying "good morning" or asking "how are you".


Yup, that's pretty much every day here in Iowa. Cedar Rapids, to be specific. We even got a movie! We're darn nice. But fark Nebraska with their own corn cob.
 
2013-10-17 08:18:45 AM

Burr: IamKaiserSoze!!!: I've lived in Michigan, Colorado, NOLA, Vegas, Upstate NY and now Iowa for the last four years. The people in Iowa are so nice it's scary. Like, Stepford nice.

I thought the Mormons I was around in Vegas were the nicest group of folks, but nope, Iowa.

I was in Lincoln, Nebraska for a year and was amazed at how nice everybody was.  Not a day went by without a random stranger or two holding open doors, saying "good morning" or asking "how are you".


You mean people don't do that all the time?

I'm an Atlantic Canadian sometimes the door holding gets out of hand around ehre and you end up having to hurry up so you don't make the guy holding the door wait too long because he's holding a door when you are like 30 feet away.
 
2013-10-17 08:18:55 AM

Burr: IamKaiserSoze!!!: I've lived in Michigan, Colorado, NOLA, Vegas, Upstate NY and now Iowa for the last four years. The people in Iowa are so nice it's scary. Like, Stepford nice.

I thought the Mormons I was around in Vegas were the nicest group of folks, but nope, Iowa.

I was in Lincoln, Nebraska for a year and was amazed at how nice everybody was.  Not a day went by without a random stranger or two holding open doors, saying "good morning" or asking "how are you".


I think society as a whole is getting nicer. I've had teen girls hold the door for me. I've noticed a trend at Sheetz where, even when they don't have a queue line set up, people will form a single line even when there are multiple registers open. I'm still waiting for certain people to learn elevator etiquette, but even that has become more infrequent. (When you are waiting for an elevator and the doors open, you step out of the way to let people out before entering.)
 
2013-10-17 08:27:20 AM
My son was mugged last year, and his wallet with drivers license was stolen. Then, a few weeks later, he got a post card in the mail that the Minneapolis Bus Company found his wallet on a bus. So, he went down to claim it. When it was stolen, there wasn't any money in it, but now it had $16, a partially used student bus pass, and a picture of a girl he didn't know.
 
2013-10-17 08:36:36 AM
Iowa: the state that elected the current president
 
2013-10-17 08:39:48 AM

The Gentleman Caller: Yup, that's pretty much every day here in Iowa. Cedar Rapids, to be specific. We even got a movie! We're darn nice. But fark Nebraska with their own corn cob.


Lol. I enjoyed Lincoln while I was there (it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be) but I figured since it is in the same "area" I would share my anecdote.  I was on a 3 week NE/ 1 week home work schedule and would drive out there every time from Ohio so I spent many hours in Iowa (especially the I-80 truck stop) but very few of it was actually interacting with people, usually just stop to get gas and food.  Seemed like nice people based on the limited interactions I had with them.

I should also note that I am from rural Appalachia, where most people are leery of outsiders and paranoid that everybody who isn't a local has a hostile agenda. I am not like that however and strive to be courteous and amicable to strangers.
 
2013-10-17 08:47:29 AM

planes: My son was mugged last year, and his wallet with drivers license was stolen. Then, a few weeks later, he got a post card in the mail that the Minneapolis Bus Company found his wallet on a bus. So, he went down to claim it. When it was stolen, there wasn't any money in it, but now it had $16, a partially used student bus pass, and a picture of a girl he didn't know.


Is she hot?
 
2013-10-17 08:49:39 AM
This is a pretty common occurrence in Iowa. My mom left her purse somehow on the back bumper and started driving around town. It eventually fell and some guy picked it up and started following her around town. After ten minutes, she thought that the guy was stalking her or something so she went to grab her phone and realized she didn't have her purse in the car. At that moment the guy pulled up beside her and just handed her the purse.
 
2013-10-17 09:20:10 AM
I once lost my wallet on RAGBRAI and my cell phone as well and have had them both mailed back to me.


///Iowa if it was not for out of state migrants we would not have to lock our doors
 
2013-10-17 09:26:27 AM
I lost my wallet once (left it in a cab) and had it personally returned to me at home within the hour, with all cash and cards untouched. The cabbie had gotten my address off my license.

This was in NYC. Midwesterners don't have a monopoly on basic decency, subby.
 
2013-10-17 09:41:49 AM
Corn Dogs!
 
2013-10-17 09:58:04 AM

Devo: Corn Dogs!


BACON WRAPPED CORN DOGS!!!
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2013-10-17 10:08:36 AM
I know this goes against FARK's credo, but there are nice, honest people everywhere.  Problem is, we're usually too wrapped up in our own petty existence to notice them or even consider that they exist.  It's gotten to the point that if someone says, "Please" and "Thank you", or holds open a door for another person, we almost want to punch them in the face so we don't get caught up in whatever angle they're trying to pull over on us.

Most people WANT to be nice to others ... we generally give them very little reason to do so.
 
2013-10-17 10:17:32 AM

Dr. Kefarkian: I know this goes against FARK's credo, but there are nice, honest people everywhere.  Problem is, we're usually too wrapped up in our own petty existence to notice them or even consider that they exist.  It's gotten to the point that if someone says, "Please" and "Thank you", or holds open a door for another person, we almost want to punch them in the face so we don't get caught up in whatever angle they're trying to pull over on us.

Most people WANT to be nice to others ... we generally give them very little reason to do so.


I'd say at least where I live it more like 90% nice and 10% needtobefiredintothesun.  I am a door holding, eye contact making, "nod" of hello kind of person.  At least 9 times out of 10 the person acknowledges the curtesy.  The last 1 out of time vary from not noticing, pretending not to notice, look of haugty derision as it is their RIGHT that you should hold the door and finally people who actually sneer at your for being nice.  I don't let the few assholes ruin it for everyone else.
 
2013-10-17 10:27:55 AM

Fizpez: Dr. Kefarkian: I know this goes against FARK's credo, but there are nice, honest people everywhere.  Problem is, we're usually too wrapped up in our own petty existence to notice them or even consider that they exist.  It's gotten to the point that if someone says, "Please" and "Thank you", or holds open a door for another person, we almost want to punch them in the face so we don't get caught up in whatever angle they're trying to pull over on us.

Most people WANT to be nice to others ... we generally give them very little reason to do so.

I'd say at least where I live it more like 90% nice and 10% needtobefiredintothesun.  I am a door holding, eye contact making, "nod" of hello kind of person.  At least 9 times out of 10 the person acknowledges the curtesy.  The last 1 out of time vary from not noticing, pretending not to notice, look of haugty derision as it is their RIGHT that you should hold the door and finally people who actually sneer at your for being nice.  I don't let the few assholes ruin it for everyone else.


I'm glad I'm not the only one.  Thank you.
 
2013-10-17 10:29:44 AM
Iowan here (since 2006)...yes, people are generally polite and nice here.  Place that can fark itself:  Rhinelander, WI -- I lost my wallet there, and though the police tracked me down by doing a whois on my LLC's name (from Farm Bureau card) and finding my phone number, the wallet (minus the little fold-out thing for an ID), $600 in cash, debit and credit cards, and driver's license were taken.  They left my Iowa CCW permit, voter registration card, library card and a bunch of casino and hotel "frequent flyer" cards.

What sucked is I never carry cash -- I had just sold a rifle, and so I had that wad of cash with me...so pissed.
 
2013-10-17 10:50:41 AM
"Wasn't the first time he'd abandoned his wallet-"


Yet more stooping to the LCD.
 
2013-10-17 11:18:29 AM
I lost my wallet the day I was leaving for a trip.  Thankfully I had a passport so I was able to get on the plane.

The next day a guy contacted me Through Facebook saying that he had found my wallet on the sidewalk and aking me where he should send the wallet.  After some back and forth we settled on sending it to my workplace, where it was on my return - full of cash and credit cards.

It renewed my faith in humanity.

I of course thanked him profusely and offered him a reward, which he refused.

He even emailed me afterwards to make sure I'd gotten the wallet.

At that point we had had so much back and forth that  I e-mailed him "Stop hitting on me."

Apparently that joke didn't go over very well with him as at that point our penpalling stopped dead in its tracks.
 
2013-10-17 11:31:33 AM
Roughly 10 years ago, I found a wallet in the parking lot of a grocery store I frequented when I was living on Long Island. It was one of those Cordura types that closes with velcro. Inside there was 68 dollars, no cards of any type, no drivers license, just an id card that probably came with the wallet, that was filled out with a name and address. I figured this belonged to some kid who worked in the grocery store, who did everything in cash. I took 2 dollars and paid for a shipper envelope and postage and mailed it back to the person with a note saying, " Today was your lucky day. You're welcome ". Yes, the 66 dollars we're still inside the wallet!!! No, I didn't have a return address on the envelope. I figured it was my good deed for the decade.
Sad part is, if this happened now, I'd pocket the money without a second thought. You hit hard times and you're a parent, your lofty morals take a hit..
 
2013-10-17 11:37:12 AM

Anastacya: When I was in high school I delivered papers. I also had this bad habit about losing my wallet. Anywho, I lost my wallet one day, and biked everywhere trying to find it. Long gone. So I went through the hassle of replacing everything


Was that Carebear fan club membership card hard to get a replacement for?

About a year later I was out delivering papers again and one of my creepy customers flagged me over. Since I delivered them the night before they HAD to be on the front porch (was a weekly paper... the Sun Newspaper in Cleveland, for anyone who may remember them). I stood in the foyer and held the screen door open

Wait, wut?
 
2013-10-17 11:50:54 AM

trappedspirit: Anastacya: When I was in high school I delivered papers. I also had this bad habit about losing my wallet. Anywho, I lost my wallet one day, and biked everywhere trying to find it. Long gone. So I went through the hassle of replacing everything

Was that Carebear fan club membership card hard to get a replacement for?

About a year later I was out delivering papers again and one of my creepy customers flagged me over. Since I delivered them the night before they HAD to be on the front porch (was a weekly paper... the Sun Newspaper in Cleveland, for anyone who may remember them). I stood in the foyer and held the screen door open

Wait, wut?


I lost my ATM card, learner's permit, and a few other things that sucked to replace, such as my insurance cards. Second part was bad phrasing on my end. I meant the papers were delivered the night before they had to be there. I got them on Wednesday evenings; they were to be placed at the customer's houses by Thursday morning. I had the option of getting them there on Wednesday night or Thursday, whichever was easier for me. I usually did Wednesdays.
 
2013-10-17 11:58:39 AM

brap: I lost my wallet the day I was leaving for a trip.  Thankfully I had a passport so I was able to get on the plane.

The next day a guy contacted me Through Facebook saying that he had found my wallet on the sidewalk and aking me where he should send the wallet.  After some back and forth we settled on sending it to my workplace, where it was on my return - full of cash and credit cards.

It renewed my faith in humanity.

I of course thanked him profusely and offered him a reward, which he refused.

He even emailed me afterwards to make sure I'd gotten the wallet.

At that point we had had so much back and forth that  I e-mailed him "Stop hitting on me."

Apparently that joke didn't go over very well with him as at that point our penpalling stopped dead in its tracks.


LOL
 
2013-10-17 12:10:53 PM
Did anyone here lose a wallet with $500 inside?

I found the wallet (not the $500 though)
 
2013-10-17 03:45:36 PM
I'm a magnet for lost wallets/purses as well. Makes sense though, I clearly spent too much time as a little kid wishing for super powers.

Let me explain. When you're young you don't think so much about how great it would be to have the powers, you spend more brain cells thinking about what it would be like to help people, how great that would make you feel.

Then as an adult, in some small way, the universe responds by giving you a lession. Sadly, my lession moved past the "I get it" phase and has been on the way too much work plateau for more than a decade. Maybe its me, maybe I'm still holding onto the whole inscrutable morals part. I figure I start taking stuff from the wallets/purses and maybe they'll stop showing up so often.
 
2013-10-17 04:32:26 PM
csb A couple of weeks after I moved into my university apartment, a greeting card arrived addressed the the previous tenant. I opened it because I figured it was just a birthday car and not worth forwarding and it had a a Target gift card for $100. So I sent it back to the return address with a note that I opened it by mistake but wanted to lt them know that this person no longer lives here. I never heard back from them. /csb
 
2013-10-17 05:17:45 PM
I would've replaced whatever denomination bills were there with the same amount in ones and included the business card of a strip club, but that's just me.
 
2013-10-18 08:32:59 AM

Petroleum Oligarch: csb A couple of weeks after I moved into my university apartment, a greeting card arrived addressed the the previous tenant. I opened it because I figured it was just a birthday car and not worth forwarding and it had a a Target gift card for $100. So I sent it back to the return address with a note that I opened it by mistake but wanted to lt them know that this person no longer lives here. I never heard back from them. /csb


1)Go to target
2)buy a shredder with the gift card
3)shred the evidence!

I figure the bad karma of keeping the card would be balanced out by the fact that you purchased nothing more exciting than a shredder.
 
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