MANCHESTER, N.H. (December 3, 2012)--Police in Manchester, N.H., have been leaving a cash-filled purse and a bag with a DVD player in unattended shopping carts outside stores and they’ve discovered that most holiday shoppers do the right thing.
During the sting, which officers have been running for about a a week, and so far, Manchester police Lt. Maureen Tessier says, most people notice the bag and purse and take steps to return them.
Just two people were arrested after taking the items and putting them in their cars.
Under the law, a person who obtains lost or mislaid property must try to return it.
Asked if officers were surprised that most people have been honest, Tessier replied, "I think we should all have that expectation that everyone's going to do the right thing."