My class at a language school in Spain was asked what we would do if we found a wallet.
There were 12 students from eight countries. I was the only New Zealander and the only one who said I’d try to return it to the owner or hand it in to the police. The others asked if that was typical of Kiwis.
I said I thought it was but the reaction to the woman who found $1,700 and handed it to police made me wonder if I was wrong.
Breakfast called her the last Good Samaritan and expressed surprise at the honesty.
But this shouldn’t be news, it should be normal behaviour and I was relieved to hear on Jim Mora’s Afternoon’s yesterday there are plenty of other Good Samaritans and that honesty isn’t unusual.
Whether you abide by the eighth commandment, thou shalt not steal; the golden rule do unto others as you would have them do unto you, variations of which are found in many religions; believe that what goes round, comes round, or that virtue has its own reward, honesty is the best policy.
It’s a sad reflection on other countries that this isn’t normal, but we can be grateful that at least in this little corner of the world taking what isn’t yours or making no attempt to return something you find to its rightful owner, intact and entire, is regarded as wrong.