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Comment #2168168 by Ryan Carroll

Ryan Carroll Feb 26th 2014, 10:01 AM #

A year in college I lost my job, had no parents money to fall back on, no income and was fast running out of food.

Found a wallet on the 46A with 600euro in it, I was gonna take it, then I saw the ID of the person who owned it, not only were they a tourist but his job was a truck driver, not someone who could afford to loose 600euro.
I rang his credit card company back in Amsterdam and tracked him down to his hotel, hand delivered the wallet.
I expected a relieved thank you, but when the desk lady rang upstairs he said to her tell him to just leave it there I’ll pick it up later on my way out. I’d never been more disgusted in my life, he didn’t even pass on a thanks.

Luckily Karma was a bit more generious, the very next day UCD (who had charged me 6k in fees for a year I was actually out on leave and due to a technicality it looked like I’d have to pay them to reregister) told me they were dropping the fee bill.
The very next week, I put my laptop down on a seat in the back of the bus and walked off without it.
I was near to tears, all my notes, journal, movie downloads ebooks lost..
I went through a week of worry. Then my sisters mother in law rings me and says she saw an ad in the paper, some teenage girl had found my laptop and her mother put an ad in the paper to find the owner, me.
I went to see the people who had it, they lived in a council estate in a working class area and I would say were not lush with cash, so for them to do what they did was very commendable. I wasn’t going to be like the truck driver, I thanked her 100 times gave her 50euro and it was so satifing to hear her mother say ”see doing the right thing always comes back to you”.

It always comes back, God may or may not exist, but karma does, the universe has it’s own sense of justice.

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    Favourite Jenster
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    Feb 26th 2014, 10:14 AM

    That’s a great story Ryan and I completely agree!

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    Favourite David McCormick
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    Feb 26th 2014, 10:37 AM

    What misery guts gave a “thumbs down” on this story??

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    Favourite Ahippo
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    Feb 26th 2014, 10:37 AM

    Except that Ben Frank is right. Karma is as real as God, works as well as homeopathic medicine and as believable as birds hiding in lakes over winter.

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    Favourite Tennis Leadog
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    Feb 26th 2014, 10:44 AM

    Probably the truck driver.

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    Feb 26th 2014, 10:52 AM

    I found three wallets with plenty of cash and credit cards in them the last couple of years, returned them each time because I could imagine what that person must be going through, its just about empathy really.

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    Feb 26th 2014, 11:10 AM

    I should add I lost my own wallet at Christmas in A&F in dublin one of staff handed it in with every cent intact.

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    Feb 26th 2014, 12:21 PM

    Karma is merely the law of cause and effect.. People think that it’s some mystical justice boomerang – it’s not.. Ask anyone who is Buddhist.

    Correlation isn’t causation – lovely story, but just a series of coincidences that worked out for the best.. Like the guy that tried to drive my friend to suicide being attacked and hospitalised by a stranger – coincidence that looks like what most people mistake for “karma”, but just a coincidence all the same.

    Otherwise all bad people would get their just deserts and all nice people would never have anything bad happen to them.. The world doesn’t work that way, even though it would be great if it did.

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    Feb 26th 2014, 12:39 PM

    Karma does not mean nice people never have anything bad happen to them it means the theory that it all balances out in the end or individual actions are balanced out one way or the other.

    I’ve seen too many such situations in life to not beleive in it, maybe it’s quantum physics maybe it’s just perception but I’m convinced there is balance.

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    Feb 26th 2014, 12:56 PM

    Would be lovely to think that, some sort of cosmic justice system.. The world needs it. But sadly there are horrid people who get everything they want and cause others immeasurable pain, and people who do their best to be good people who end up on the receiving end of the nastiness :(

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    Feb 26th 2014, 1:51 PM

    The ones that would have kept the money and the lap top…..

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    Feb 26th 2014, 2:51 PM

    @ryan, great story. Karma does indeed exist.

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    Feb 26th 2014, 8:54 PM

    Ryan u rock ! X

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