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Honesty of People

April 5th, 2015 at 01:03 pm

So I've been selling stuff on Craigslist. I mostly meet people nearby at a parking lot since I live close to a freeway. I sold yesterday 3 things and two of them in the parking lot. Anyway the 3rd item was a Arms Reach Cosleeper and the woman said she was trying to arrange meeting me at 2 pm but I never heard from her.

I heard back at 3:15 she could meet at 4 pm but we were out the door to go swimming at a friend's pool. So I said "I'll leave it outside on my front door step with an envelope written LAL, leave the money in the envelope in my mailbox. Thanks." In case you were wondering it was $50. She said great. I said enjoy.

I figured that either way the item was gone, whether I made my $50 or not. DH felt that people are more honest when people aren't watching. I said we are purging so either way it's out of our home. I polled my friends about half felt I'd get the money and half said I wouldn't.

So what happened? We got home at around 9 pm and the money was in an envelope in our mailbox. Not only did the lady leave me the money, the mailman didn't take the cash. So I guess people are very honest.

Did I think she would? Yes,I certainly would. But I'm also the crazy person whose personally lost my wallet 3x and had it mailed back and given back to me all three time. Twice with the cash inside and once not, but still pretty good.

I feel like good karma is watching. I've returned a wallet of like $500 cash and coupon book at the grocery store. I hope the person got it. I turned it into the customer service desk since it was in a grocery cart. So I didn't personally send it back, and I hope the customer service didn't take it.

Either way it made my day that the lady gave me my money, the mailman didn't take the cash, and I got rid of another item in my purge.

6 Responses to “Honesty of People”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Glad you had a great experience and a good attitude about it too if it had gone without payment. Smile

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    wow, i thought for sure this was going to be a story about the people who didn't pay. I don't think i would trust people to do that.

  3. DeniseNTexas Says:

    I think you have a great perspective. :-)

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Wow, I like your story! There are more honest people around than we think!

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That's lovely news Smile

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    While very aware of the risk of that scenario, I'd expect that most people would be honest.

    This is kind of the irony of it. I see tons of fraud and financial theft in my line of work. Like, if you don't lock your money up in the safe, it will get stolen. Period. (Putting it in very simple terms). BUT... The flip side of the coin is that most people are honest unless they have significant motivation not to be.

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