How honest is Nottingham? We drop a wallet to find out how many people give it back

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It is everyone’s worst nightmare – leaving your handbag in a shop or your mobile phone accidentally falling out of your pocket.

But we think our fellow Nottinghamians would help us out if we left something behind, and it turns out we were right.

We sent Post reporter Matt Jarram onto the city centre streets on a busy Saturday lunchtime, where he dropped his wallet to see how many would hand it back.

Post reporter Matt Jarram drops his wallet in Nottingham City Centre

Post reporter Matt Jarram drops his wallet in Nottingham City Centre

And the first wallet drop took place just outside Zara in High Street, where a 64-year-old lady dashed to the rescue.

Helen McCarthy, an NHS worker from Mapperley, said: "I thought ‘there is nothing in that wallet’ but I thought I best tell him just in case. It is natural instinct.

"I picked up £10 one day outside a bank and I took it into the bank and handed it in.

"I think everyone is their own person and individual at what they do but I have just been to Florida and the English people are more polite."

Gina Davis was wedding dress shopping with her mum in Hockley when she saw our reporter drop his wallet. She ran after him to ensure he got it back.

The 33-year-old dispensing optician from The Meadows told the Post: "One lady was shouting to get your attention but she was elderly and could not get down to get it so as soon as I saw it I just ran after you.

"If I saw £20 in the street and did not know who had dropped it that’s different, but if I saw the person drop it I would always give it back.

"I think it depends where you are from or who you are if you return it. But it’s about respect and consideration of others."

Her mum June Thomas, 60, from Lincoln, was quick to commend her daughter.

"I brought her up to respect people. You treat others as you hope to be treated yourself," she added.

Three men also came to the rescue of the fallen wallet in three different city spots – but were a bit shy (and busy) to stop and discuss it.

One 86-year-old, Billie Oliver, and her shopping friend gave our reporter a good telling off saying: "You should put it somewhere safer."

We then explained that it was part of an experiment.

The Hucknall resident said: "There is a lot of crime around here so I don’t know if everyone would return it.

"We are just normal people – honest and straightforward and I think 99 percent of people would do the same. I would have chased you."