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a few weeks ago
I lost my wallet which made me sad because it is a pain to get everything replaced
Then I thought, what kind of person doesn't return a wallet
And then I thought I'm a firm believer in the scientific method,
I should test some hypothoses.
So I got 200 identical wallets in order to drop them in each of the 20 cities you see here the goal being not
Only to see which cities were the most and least honest, but to ask
questions of anyone who called in to see if I could pick out some patterns among the honest ones and I wanted to make the
Wallets look as real as possible so in each of them
I put a fake ID with no picture so as not to bias people six American dollars and 200 Filipino dollars
This is a way to make it look like a lot of money when in reality this is only worth 4 bucks
Then I put in an ultrasound picture and on the back we hand wrote a date from four years ago
And then this adorable picture of a puppy I found on reddit. The goal was in addition to the ID and the money I wanted
To make a look like the wallet had sentimental value to the owner.
I was trying to remove any excuse for someone not to return the wallet such as it looked fake
Or it wouldn't be worth hassle
If there was only 2 bucks inside of a blank wallet. So in our case if they didn't return it
It would only be because they weren't being honest. Then we had a fake loyalty card and a random business card
And then critically a card that looked like he came with the wallet
That said if found please call and then we wrote the phone number.
And then because it's impractical for me to actually visit 20 cities
I went on the Instagram page from a YouTube channel to ask for help and right away the response was awesome. Once I'd selected my
20 helpers I sent them instructions and shipped them each 10 wallets and then last Monday all across, North America
operation wallet drop commenced.
I asked them after they dropped the wallets to try and get some secret footage if
Possible and to do that they came up with some pretty clever methods.
I'm actually gonna tuck the wallet underneath my car so I Drive away it stays in the parking lot
Almost immediately calls started pouring in from all of the cities so when people call in we ask them eight
Questions such as if they were religious or not or if there was still money in the wallet when they found it and if so
Of course we told them just keep it. So after three days of collecting data:
Here's what we found for starters and this blew my mind two-thirds of the wallets were returned and of those that were returned
96 percent still had the money inside. The average age of one of the caller's was
36 which is almost exactly the average age of a person in the U.S.
So how old you are it doesn't seem to affect honesty.
There's a pretty big disparity in which cities were the most and least honest
and I'll get to the rankings in just a minute.
But first I wanted to test a
hypothesis that a person without a lot of money in considered poor would be less likely to return the wallet than someone who had a
lot of money. And to do this I looked at publicly available census data and found the zip codes with the highest and lowest
medium income then I instructed my friends helping in each city to randomly drop half the wallets in the high-income area of the city and
then the other half in the low-income area. In each while it was marked with a unique number on the back of this card
so we knew exactly which city and location if somebody called it in. And when we tallied it up:
60 wallets were called in from the high-income areas and
exactly 60 wallets were also returned from the low-income areas which I thought was pretty cool. So a rich person is no more likely to return
A wallet than someone in the lowest income bracket who could probably use the money.
In fact: we had one person calling who is homeless, two people calling who are living in shelters, and a fourth person who is a
panhandler. All four of them had full wallets. Another question
I wanted a test was if women were more honest than men it turns out a majority of the wallets were returned by men but
Think about it that doesn't necessarily mean. They are more honest because maybe the locations they were dropped
There's typically more men like in front of a sports bar or a hardware store so to control for this
I had all my helping friends in each city dropped two of the ten wallets in a men's restroom
And then two in a women's bathroom
This way we could control the gender of the wallet finder once again this came up nearly identical
with 23 wallets returned for men versus
24 for women so gender doesn't seem to play a role in a person's honesty either
And I should mention here one of the questions
We asked the caller's was if they thought the wallet looked fake
Suspicious at all and only a very small minority did so this confirms that for those who didn't call it was likely because they were
Dishonest and not because they thought it wasn't a real person's wallet another thing we tested was small town versus big city
So you notice four of the cities you've probably never heard of before that's because they have populations of around a thousand people
whereas the rest were the largest cities in North America and here we did see a
Significant difference in the small towns the average rate of return was eight wallets whereas in the big cities
It was six
And I think this sort of makes sense to me because small towns tend to foster a sense of community
Where everyone knows everyone versus the anonymity of a big city and now for a rundown of all the cities?
I'll break them into three categories starting with the least honest
We've got Detroit with three wallets returned and New York City with four I was really rooting for Detroit and hoping they would just surprise
Everyone but looks like maybe they're still in the process of their rebuilding efforts then for the middle of the pack at five wallets return
We've got Seattle, Los Angeles Miami Dallas and Edmonton and at six well. It's return
We've got Huntsville, Alabama and New London Connecticut, which is one of our small towns next at seven wallets
We've got San Francisco, Winnipeg and Washington DC
The final category is the Honest Abe cities with Parma, Idaho and Las Vegas at eight wallets
And I should mention for Vegas instead of high-income and low-income we put half on the strip and then half in the suburbs and for
What it's worth all five dropped on the strip were returned and then at a remarkable nine wallets return
We've got two more small cities with Nashua, Idaho and Hill City, South Dakota and then Portland
Oregon Macon Fred and Carrie proud and finally there were two cities with an astounding
100% return rate vote for big cities with Chicago which I didn't see coming
And then Salt Lake City and before he just shot, Salt Lake City up to those gosh darn super nice Mormons
It's like of the eight people wearable the interview only three said they were religious and only one
Attended church in fact about 40% of the people who turn in wallet said they were not religious
And this is close enough to the average for a large city that
it's fair to say that whether or not a person was religious seem to have no outcome on their honesty according to our data and
I should also mention that while our two Canadian cities finished right in the middle of the pack my Canadian friend saw this on his
Facebook page right after dropping his wallets and going the extra mile with a
Blanket Facebook post to find a random wallet owner is just about the most Canadian thing ever
He also dropped ten wallets in Disneyland, and we were hoping to get a large number back
But we only got four calls from individuals
and then too from
Security who were super confused when they had identical wallets turned in at which point they made it very clear
They would not be calling us back if more wallets came in because they hate science so we had a third Disney Line now as
A data point because we just don't know how many got turned into security
So those were the findings
And I'd say from all this I learned two things
The first is that it's a really good idea to put your phone number somewhere in your wall
That's probably one of the reasons we have such a high rate of return also
I found out if you find a wallet you can drop it in any u.s.
Post office box, and then we return it to the address found on the driver's license free of charge
I tested this out and it totally works and the second thing is that in general
People are way more honest than I originally thought having just lost my wallet
I was anticipating a return rate of maybe 20%
so to get two out of every three wallets back blew my mind in one city a
Convenience order loved what we were doing so she kept putting the wallet back in the bathroom received someone would steal it and after six
Times of somebody bringing the wallet back with all of the money inside she gave up trying
Lately it seems like so much of what you see online is meant to stoke
Outrage at some group of people versus ourselves because that's what gets shared and that begins to warp our
Perspectives that the only good people out there are those within our own group
but this cold hard data shows that across any age or gender or
socio-economic background
cross the whole religious spectrum through middle of
America and along the coast there are lots of good people everywhere and not only that but they constitute a majority
these people didn't call it for some reward or
Facebook lights or because they knew someone was watching they did it because it was simply the right thing to do and I think that's
Pretty cool and something worth remembering
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200 dropped wallets- the 20 MOST and LEAST HONEST cities

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