The Things Our Children Will Never Forget – Honesty Story #33

September 19, 2012

We will never know the impact our actions have not only on our children, but on those around us. This comment was posted by one of our readers after reading Midwestern Honor System

While loading my groceries into the car one day a store employee pointed out that I had left my milk on the bottom of the cart.  I immediately realized that I had forgotten to take it off of the cart during check out.  I placed the children back in the cart and returned to the store in to pay for it.  When I came out the employees were so impressed that they gave me  $12.50 in coupons!  At the time, my husband was in school and we were not well off.  The free milk and cereal that I received by using the coupons was appreciated!  The blessings of honesty are real.  My children learned a great lesson that day too!

Sent in by Kristin

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Lost Maui Jim Sunglasses at Music Festival – ImHONEST Story #7

August 29, 2012

It is always the best feeling knowing there are honest people out there willing to go out of their way!

Whew, ImHONEST sure worked out for me. I signed up 3 years ago and put the stickers on several items one of which was my $280.00 Maui Jim sunglasses. I lost them at a music festival this August 2012. Just a few days later I received a notice from ImHONEST.com telling me know my sunglasses had been found and a couple days later I had them in my hands. YES!!  I’m thankful for that!

Sent in by Stephen, WA

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Lost & Found Loved Ones – News Story #8

February 29, 2012

We almost always write these blog posts about honest people returning lost items. Occasionally we introduce you to people who deserve recognition for their remarkable display of doing the right thing in general. Today is the first time we have shared a story about returning the most valuable thing you could ever lose; a loved one.

I came across an article published by an English newspaper agency that reports on events in the Middle East and Africa. This article introduced a solution to one of the world’s leading problems, internationally displaced refugees. A non-for-profit organization called Refugees United is the solution to the problem. In 2008 two brothers, David and Christopher Mikkelsen launched Refugees United with the goal of using the internet to reconnect refugees with their families no matter how far apart they were. The UN’s High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the number of people forcibly displaced globally reached 43.7 million. This number includes people who were displaced because of political unrest, war and violence, and a host of other reasons. These people are referred to as internationally displaced and often end up as refugees in other countries far from their homeland. Loved ones and family members are often separated and divided when these tragic events occur forcing a family to split apart across cities, nations, and continents.

 

How does Refugees United solve this problem? The same way we reunite lost items with their owners, by using technology. When the Mikkelsen brothers founded Refugees United, they knew they needed to reconnect families all over the world. So together with a team of supporters and visionaries they constructed an online forum where refugees Helping Find Lost Peoplecan create a personal profile providing information about themselves that only family members would know and understand. Specially trained representatives visit refugee camps all around the world helping people create safe and valuable profiles, allowing family members to search for their loved ones. By using laptops or even mobile phones in the field, United Refugees workers can update the massive online database with fresh and active profiles giving people a chance of finding the loved ones they need.

Thousands of refugees have been helped and countless families have been reunited because of this service. Not everyone has the opportunity to reunite lost children with their parents from across the globe, but even when you participate in returning a lost item to its owner you’re making the world a better place.

 

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Lost and Found T-Mobile Hotspot Device – ImHONEST Story #6

October 5, 2011

This is great story sent in by the recipient of another person honesty and a little help of the ImHONEST.com Lost & Found Service. It is so encouraging to see how many people are willing to go out of their way to do the right thing.

I have ImHONEST labels on all my portable devices and today it all paid off. While walking between our Garmin International campus buildings today I lost my T-Mobile hotspot device. I rely on this for accessing the internet on my various computers and it caused me to panic and wonder if I would ever find it. Before I had a chance to call our security or various locations I received a call from ImHONEST.com saying someone had called in to report they found it. It would have been an expensive billing nightmare to purchase another device with a 2 year contract and different number.

It was such a relief to get it back within an hour after losing it and not spend a lot of time and money to replace it. Thank you for a great service!

Sent in by Stan

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Midwestern Honor System – Honesty Story #32

September 7, 2011

Back in January of 2007, I wrote one of my first blog posts about honesty in Scandinavia, namely in Finland where I was doing my undergraduate studies. In it I told about how there was a little kiosk with an assortment of snacks at my university. If you wanted something, you simply took it and left the correct amount in a box. You could say it was like an open vending machine that the student body maintained. It was a great idea and really worked well.

This story from my days in Finland came to mind last week when I was visiting my wife’s family in Minnesota. We were talking about how great this time of the year was to stop and pick up corn and other produce along the country roads. My wife then told me about one stand in Loretto, Minnesota, which she thought had the best produce. They also happened to have a very unique payment system. She told me that when someone was not attending the stand, they relied on people’s honesty to pay for what they take. So if you want an ear of corn to grill later that evening, you just take it and leave the money.

It was so great to see that the honesty system still works and that the owners of the stand were willing to give people the opportunity to act on their honesty. Do you have a story about honesty? Please share it with us. We can all benefit from positive and uplifting stories.

(Photo by Dwight Burdette)
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