The Most – and Least – Honest Cities?

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 | Comments Off on The Most – and Least – Honest Cities?

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Reader’s Digest conducted a global, social experiment to find out the relative honesty of several cities. The reporters “lost” 192 wallets in cities around the world. In each, they put a name with a cellphone number, a family photo, coupons, and business cards, plus the equivalent of $50. They “dropped” 12 wallets in each of the 16 cities  selected, leaving them in parks, near shopping malls, and on sidewalks.

The results:

Most honest: Helsinki, Finland. Wallets returned: 11 out of 12.

Mumbai, India. Wallets returned: 9 out of 12.

Budapest, Hungary. Wallets returned: 8 out of 12.

New York City, U.S.A.. Wallets returned: 8 out of 12.

Moscow, Russia. Wallets returned: 7 out of 12.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Wallets returned: 7 out of 12.

Berlin, Germany. Wallets returned: 6 out of 12.

Ljubljana, Slovenia. Wallets returned: 6 out of 12.

London, England. Wallets returned: 5 out of 12.

Warsaw, Poland. Wallets returned: 5 out of 12.

Bucharest, Romania. Wallets returned: 4 out of 12.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wallets returned: 4 out of 12.

Zurich, Switzerland. Wallets returned: 4 out of 12.

Prague, Czech Republic. Wallets returned: 3 out of 12.

Madrid, Spain. Wallets returned: 2 out of 12.

Least honest: Lisbon, Portugal. Wallets returned: 1 out of 12. Oh, and the couple that returned the wallet were visiting from Holland.

Of the 192 wallets dropped, 90 were returned—47 percent. As we looked over our results we found that age is no predictor of whether a person is going to be honest or dishonest; young and old both kept or returned wallets; male and female were unpredictable; and comparative wealth seemed no guarantee of honesty. There are honest and dishonest people everywhere.

Read more: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/most-honest-cities-lost-wallet-test/#ixzz2fy7yGPbi

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