Robin Hood and the city of thieves: Nottingham is the most dishonest place in the UK while Plymouth and Liverpool are most truthful
- 52 per cent people from Nottingham said they would not hand in lost items
- Liverpudlians said would try to return lost cash, according to the survey
- The survey was commissioned by insurance company Protect Your Bubble
IF you misplace your wallet or mobile phone in Nottingham, don’t expect to get it back. According to a new survey, people in the city famous for the ‘rob from the rich to give to the poor’ activities of Robin Hood are the least likely in the UK to hand over expensive lost items to their real owners.
Asked what they would do if they found a watch, jewellery, phone, laptop or a wallet stuffed with cash, only 48 per cent of those quizzed admitted they would hand in the possessions to police or seek out the owner.
Leeds was the second most dishonest city, with just 51 per cent saying they would make an effort to return the property. Bristol and Southampton came next on 52 per cent.
Residents in Nottingham are least likely to return or handover lost items to owners. In a survey commissioned by insurance company Protect Your Bubble, 52 per cent of respondents from Nottingham said they would not hand in possessions to police or seek out the owner
In contrast, more than two-thirds of people from Plymouth asserted that they would give the items to police or try to trace the real owners themselves.
The city ranked marginally better than Liverpool, where 66 per cent claimed they would do likewise. Glasgow, Newcastle and Edinburgh each recorded 62 per cent in the poll of 2,000 people.
James Brown, director of insurers Protect Your Bubble, which commissioned the study, said: ‘If there was ever a good place to lose your phone, then it would appear that Plymouth is your best bet.
Plymouth, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle and Edinburgh were found to be the most honest UK city. Polls of 2000 people were taken by Protect Your Bubble
‘Liverpool also deserves high praise for being a city where residents are likely to try to return lost cash.’
They have to contend with the M6 and the complexities of Spaghetti Junction, but motorists in Birmingham are still the most polite in Britain. While more than two-thirds of people from the city admitted in a survey that they often let ‘bad driving habits take over’, the proportion was far smaller than in Manchester (85 per cent).
The biggest irritations on the roads are tailgating, failing to indicate and leaving headlights on full-beam. Dominic Gaynor, of TeamSport Karting, which commissioned the research, said: ‘We’re all guilty of getting a little hot under the collar while driving and it’s interesting to see exactly what it is that’s causing the most irritation.’
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