Back in 1995, Reader's Digest did a study with a 120 "lost" wallets in 12 communities across the nation and kept track of how many were returned with the $50 cash contents intact. Our awesome city of Seattle ranked #1 back then - with 9 in 10 wallets being returned completely intact. When Reader's Digest interviewed the folks that returned the wallet, here's what they found: some people cited religion or ethics, while others were moved by the baby picture placed in each billfold.
And on a Saturday, November 5, 2011, I lost my wallet while picking up refreshments for my Arry Table Open House Thank You event to thank everyone that had helped me reach my first 100+ "Likes" on my Facebook page. I had picked up some goodies. It was a sunny day in Seattle, and I was content as I strolled my groceries to my car in the parking lot of the QFC in the University Village. I loaded up the groceries into my car. I rolled the cart back to the row of carts by the store. I hopped into my car, turned on my favorite radio station of the season (C89.5), and drove home. Got out of the car in the garage, unloaded groceries over to the elevator, grabbed my home keys... and then realized... OH NO! Where's my wallet!? I then ran back to the car, and searched frantically. I took all the groceries out of the bags. ... Then... it hit me. I HAD LEFT MY WALLET IN THE SHOPPING CART! I have no idea how someone sane does something so absent minded.... but I did. I called the QFC - the lady on the other end of the line ran to the parking lot and searched the carts and parking spaces. NO WALLET! I call my fiance - I'M SO STRESSED AND WORRIED. He works on calming me reminding me of that 1995 Reader's Digest survey about how honest Seattle's citizens are. I get in the car and drive back to the QFC in traffic in hopes of looking for it myself. Twenty minutes into my ride back to the QFC, I get a call. Someone returned my wallet to the customer service desk. Ten minutes later, I am SOOO THANKFUL and am reunited with my wallet. Everything was still there, not a single penny missing.
Yes. I love my Seattle. Yes, still today 16 years later, in Seattle, we believe in honesty as the best policy.