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Returned wallet thank you gift?

So my wallet fell out my pocket as I went looking for change to put in the parking ticket machine at Zurich airport when I dropped mum-in-law off this afternoon. Some very decent person handed it in and I am now reunited.

I have the person's address. Suggestions for a present? Was thinking a voucher for a bottle of wine. Does anyone know where I can get one? Or any better ideas welcome.

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Old 07.02.2012, 20:54
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Re: Returned wallet thank you gift?

That was nice. And it's nice of you to think about a thank you present. But do you know if that person drinks alcohol? If not, maybe a Manor voucher?
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Re: Returned wallet thank you gift?

The traditional reward is 10% of content - but with credit cards it is not so easy to calculate nowadays.

I once received a bouquet of flowers with a bottle of champagne and a Thank You card and thought it was lovely.
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So my wallet fell out my pocket as I went looking for change to put in the parking ticket machine at Zurich airport when I dropped mum-in-law off this afternoon. Some very decent person handed it in and I am now reunited.

I have the person's address. Suggestions for a present? Was thinking a voucher for a bottle of wine. Does anyone know where I can get one? Or any better ideas welcome.

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When I returned a wallet last month, I didn't want any reward beyond the gratitude for having gone out of my way. The ungrateful bastard didn't even bother to say thank you, although i got a few EF greenies as karma.

What you ultimately choose doesn't matter - the gesture of going out of your way to say thank you balances out them going out of their way to hand in the wallet. The gesture, in whatever form, outweighs the choice of gift or price of reward.

I would hand in a wallet no matter whether it contained 10 francs or 10’000. And i would expect the same reward in return - a genuine thank you, nothing more.
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Re: Returned wallet thank you gift?

Job done. Stripey thank you card from Manor sent.

This act has saved me a massive headache - I don't have to cancel/reorder my driver's license, gym membership, bank cards, railpass, coop supercard. I am super appreciative (i've just turned american too!).

Anyway, the finder will be able to buy themselves several bottles or just something nice from Manor!

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Poked money hey...?
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When I returned a wallet last month, I didn't want any reward beyond the gratitude for having gone out of my way. The ungrateful bastard didn't even bother to say thank you, although i got a few EF greenies as karma.

What you ultimately choose doesn't matter - the gesture of going out of your way to say thank you balances out them going out of their way to hand in the wallet. The gesture, in whatever form, outweighs the choice of gift or price of reward.

I would hand in a wallet no matter whether it contained 10 francs or 10’000. And i would expect the same reward in return - a genuine thank you, nothing more.
I saw your earlier thread on this. If you like we can reenact it by me losing my wallet again and you handing it in again. Then i'll wing a manor voucher to you to right one of the many wrongs in this world.
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Re: Returned wallet thank you gift?

My lost wallet was returned. I asked the person how I could reward him. He said no reward was necessary. I asked what his preferred charity was. He told me. Problem solved...
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Re: Returned wallet thank you gift?

I found a new mobile on the train. I looked up the entry for "Mum" and told her that I had found her son's handy. She made him wait for a week, & then we met up for the handover and he gave me a small box of chocolates - which was a nice reward.
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I found a new mobile on the train. I looked up the entry for "Mum" and told her that I had found her son's handy. She made him wait for a week, & then we met up for the handover and he gave me a small box of chocolates - which was a nice reward.
That's hilarious! One good thing about advancing technology is the ease with which parents can punish their kids .
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I found a new mobile on the train. I looked up the entry for "Mum" and told her that I had found her son's handy. She made him wait for a week, & then we met up for the handover and he gave me a small box of chocolates - which was a nice reward.
Good parenting. My experience was not so positive.

I was travelling on the metro and a boy sat next to me (immersed in his computer game) got off, leaving his school bag behind. I didn't notice straight away, but when I did I looked at the little label and phoned the mum's mobile number. We arranged that I would get off the metro at my stop and wait for the mum to collect the bag. So I got off and waited... for considerably longer than she had said. They finally came, took the bag, mum thanked me, boy didn't (computer game more interesting), and then they left.

Now I didn't want a reward, I was just trying to be helpful. In particular, I remembered that when I'd taught in England I was very firm with children who came in minus book bags. They would say 'My mum / dad / grandma / etc. forgot to bring it.' and I would reply it was their book bag and their job to remember it. So I wanted to help the boy out in case he had a strict teacher who would take a similar line! But it would have been nice if he'd dragged himself away long from his computer game to thank me. Or if mum had prompted him to...

I suppose I should see it from his point of view. He probably had homework to do in that bag. If I hadn't called his mum, he wouldn't have had to do his homework... I suppose 'I left it on the metro' is better than 'The dog ate it'!
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Old 08.02.2012, 23:44
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Best gifts are always sexual...lol
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Old 08.02.2012, 23:46
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Re: Returned wallet thank you gift?

My phone dropped out of my bag on the bus on my way home from work in a different city. It's not expensive at all, no one attempted to call my mum dad or partner, although if she looked through the messages it would have been obvious who to call.... so I called it, many many times. About 20 calls later, someone answered who I had to really beg for her to meet up and give it back!

Didn't get to meet her myself as my s-i-l who lives closer went to meet her. I passed on a thank you though, even though I bet she wasn't planning on doing anything with it (I'm not usually cynical, but really... I thought she was going to tell me "tough luck it's gone now").

If you pick up a phone, or anything you think might be of some personal value please at least try to make contact with someone, if not, personally, I think it's better to leave it or to hand it in to a nearby place.

I wouldn't expect any money or gift if I found something, but a thank you would be nice! So I'm sure they'll be super happy with your present!
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I found a phone in th snow in the UK, and phoned mum, no anwer, phoned dad, no answer, and phoned a name that had 3 entries, best friend answered but didn't know home number. Finally the owner phoned it and I arranged for her to pick it up.
I got a thanks, but the screen was broken so I think she was upset.
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Re: Returned wallet thank you gift?

Well, I guess it was not your fault that the screen was broken... she should have been greateful of it. I know countries in where whatever you lose you know you will absolutely never find.
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Re: Returned wallet thank you gift?

I think a small voucher, but most importantly you should write them a personal message saying how great a person they must be for returning it etc. I think that the letter will mean more to them as they are clearly not motivated purely by money or they would have taken your wallet.
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Re: Returned wallet thank you gift?

i received a voucher for 2 for RIFF RAFF cinema.
i loved it.
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