Credit union experiment sees honest Atlantic Canadians return 'lost' wallets

Atlantic Canadians are a largely honest people, if a lost-wallet experiment is any indication.

The region's credit unions took 12 wallets, loaded with receipts, bus tickets, a credit union debit card and about $100 cash, and left them in public places across the four provinces.

The wallets also contained a phone number to call in the event they were found.

Jennifer Murray, director of brand marketing for the 47 independent credit unions, says nine of the wallets were returned, with all their contents intact.

She says the good Samaritans were allowed to keep the money, while the credit unions also made a donation to a charity of their choice.

Murray says a few of the people decided to use the money from the wallet to "top-up" the charitable donation.