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    Default The Gold Coin

    This is a true story.

    We bought a fix-me-upper house about three years ago. It's costing us some serious cash. While doing the renovations we recently found a small brown box shoved to the back of a tall cupboard shelf.

    Inside the box was a gold coin:



    Wonderful, eh? Current value of the coin is about $1000 USD.

    Also inside the box was a receipt from the purchase of the coin and purchaser of the coin was the lady we bought the house from. She's retired and lives in a small assisted living community in our neighborhood. There's no doubt it was hers.

    So, would you keep the coin or return it?

    And why?
    "Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one."
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    "When people see some things as beautiful,
    other things become ugly.
    When people see some things as good,
    other things become bad."
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    Gosh, I guess I'd take it to her. If she didnt want it, or was too senile to understand what it is or what its worth, then I'd keep it. Historically I've usually returned things to people. But not everyone does...

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    I'd return it. Because that's just how I'm wired, I guess.
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    I would return it because she's elderly and is not wealthy, and I know who it belongs to.

    If I found it randomly, or it belonged to someone with three houses and seven cars, it would be mine all mine.

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    I'd return it to the woman because it's hers. Not mine. Is this a trick question?

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    Return it. If she doesn't want it, sell it and give her the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    Return it. If she doesn't want it, sell it and give her the money.
    Why would you do that if she doesn't want it? That's refusing someone's gift. That upsets some people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie Dearest View Post
    Why would you do that if she doesn't want it? That's refusing someone's gift. That upsets some people.
    Because she may not understand what it's worth due to infirmity.

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    I'd return it because it's hers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebbykoo View Post
    Because she may not understand what it's worth due to infirmity.
    Hmm, I think that's condescending.

    I would just tell her flat out what it's worth, and if she still told me to keep it, I'm not going to act like some self-righteous martyr.

    Now, if she was in some terrible situation where she was living in a dump or completely senile, sure I'd force it on her, but not if she's just some normal middle-class elderly lady in a retirement community, I just think that would be condescending and might even offend her.

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