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Switzerland ranked first at civic honesty

So, what we all knew has been officially confirmed...
Switzerland ranked first in the "lost wallet" experiment around the globe

https://science.sciencemag.org/conte...cience.aau8712

https://www.theguardian.com/science/...let-experiment




...apparently even the The Local found out

https://www.thelocal.ch/20190621/swi...study-suggests
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Old 22.06.2019, 11:31
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Re: Switzerland ranked first at civic honesty

I have to admit I had this happen to me just after I came here. I found a wallet on a train with a large number of 100CHF notes in it. I was getting off at Dietikon and handed it in there.

I was later told I could have taken 10% of the money as a finder‘s fee, it never occurred to me to do so.
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Old 22.06.2019, 12:01
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Re: Switzerland ranked first at civic honesty

I left my purse with money and cards in it, phone and sunglasses on a seat in Franz Carl Weber years ago when I had an addled baby-brain.

Obviously when I finally realised my loss I didn‘t have a clue where I‘d left them. On the off-chance I called my phone. The lady at FCW answered and said they‘d been handed in.

All complete, nothing missing. The staff had even plugged my phone into a charger in case the owner called it and it had run out of power. TIS...
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Re: Switzerland ranked first at civic honesty

On the other hand, had my purse stolen in Züri Bahnhof out of my handbag which was over my shoulder. Had saved for months on end for holiday in CH as we were living in Belgium at the time. What is worse, newly purchased ticket from ZHB to Richterswil in same purse. Got on the train and purse with 550.-- [a fortune in those days] and ticket stolen! Kindly passengers gave me 10.00 and 20.00 but never did receive the purse back, despite going to three different police stations.
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On the other hand, had my purse stolen in Züri Bahnhof out of my handbag which was over my shoulder. Had saved for months on end for holiday in CH as we were living in Belgium at the time. What is worse, newly purchased ticket from ZHB to Richterswil in same purse. Got on the train and purse with 550.-- [a fortune in those days] and ticket stolen! Kindly passengers gave me 10.00 and 20.00 but never did receive the purse back, despite going to three different police stations.
Not everything can be found, your purse might just be at the bottom of the river or simply dumped in a trashcan.
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Not everything can be found, your purse might just be at the bottom of the river or simply dumped in a trashcan.

Without doubt you are right. However, this is of no consolation unfortunately
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Re: Switzerland ranked first at civic honesty

I had my wallet stolen in Winterthur about 7 years ago. It had about 10 francs and all my cards. The police found the wallet a few weeks later, no money, obviously.

I think there’s a difference between theft and loss. There are thieves, and you’re not likely to get much returned. But if you drop, or leave your wallet somewhere, you’re more likely to get it back.
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I lost my wallet in Liverpool. It was found and handed in to the police - all intact including cash - by a regular from a drug addicts’ drop-in centre. We made a sizeable donation to the centre.
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Re: Switzerland ranked first at civic honesty

I left my expensive SLR camera on the back of a chair in a busy bazaar in a big city in Pakistan and went wandering off.

An old man chased me and handed it to me. TIP. (This is Pakistan).


I've written this before but as everyone is giving their sweet little anecdotes* about honest people in Switzerland, I'd just like to say that there are honest people in every country.


* I'm told not to use anecdotes on this forum.
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I left my expensive SLR camera on the back of a chair in a busy bazaar in a big city in Pakistan and went wandering off.

An old man chased me and handed it to me. TIP. (This is Pakistan).


I've written this before but as everyone is giving their sweet little anecdotes* about honest people in Switzerland, I'd just like to say that there are honest people in every country.


* I'm told not to use anecdotes on this forum.
Last year in Namibia driving through Henties Bay, we stopped at the Spar and then had a fish and cheap in a local tavern. Two hours later we realized that we lost the bakkie’s key somewhere. We checked our route prior going to the restaurant and luckily someone had found it where we dropped it and left the 4x4’s keys at the counter. Mind you, they steal and hijack cars in South Africa but in this Namibian coastal town people happened to be very honest.

In Switzerland, our teenage family member lost his cellphone somewhere on the bus already twice and he always managed to get it back via honest people and system.
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Re: Switzerland ranked first at civic honesty

This is a bit like top trumps really !!


I lost my wallet, full of Chf 100.-- notes in Liverpool about 20 years ago



Anyway it got handed in by some drug addict and miraculously, the wallet was now full of Chf 200.-- notes.


Not very civic, i was at least expeciting Chf 500 notes
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Re: Switzerland ranked first at civic honesty

I once lost my head. I still haven't found it.
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I once lost my head. I still haven't found it.
That’s what you get for not screwing it on properly.
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That’s what you get for not screwing it on properly.
Maybe it just came with loose screws from the factory?
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