What finding ‘lost wallets’ tells us about human nature

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There are times when maintain a certain self-image outweights financial gain.

Karen Bergreen, a comedian living in Manhattan, said she always returns whatever she finds completely intact and unscathed. About 15 years ago, Bergreen was in the back seat of a taxi when she found a well-worn wallet filled with credit cards and about $50 in cash.

Bergreen was a lawyer earlier in her career. Based on the name on the cards and Bergreen’s knowledge of the legal industry, she determined the missing wallet’s owner was a lawyer at a high-powered law firm.

‘You have a feeling of goodness that’s really palpable when you hand the wallet back.

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