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Lost wallet returned after ten years

A woman from Larvik has had her wallet returned to her in the post nearly ten years after she lost it during a boozy night out on the town.

Lost wallet returned after ten years
The wallet came with a pink sticky note from an anonymous finder begging forgiveness.
 
"Hi. I cleared out my drawers and found this wallet," it read. "Have I sent it to the right person? My son came home with it and I misplaced it in a drawer,  too many years ago. Hope you forgive me:)". 
 
"That's the reason it was so funny," Gro Aske told Ostlands Posten. "I had not seen this it since I lost it in the Horoskopet nightclub many years ago. I reported it at the time, but thought it was gone forever." 
 
She estimates it must have been close to ten years since she lost it.
 
The story brings a new twist to the trust experiment where 10 wallets were randomly "lost" by Readers Digest in 20 world cities to test the honesty of the population. 
 
Famously, all ten of the Oslo wallets were returned, compared to seven in Stockholm, and just two in Lausanne. 
 
No cash had been stolen and all of Aske's cards and photos were untouched.
 
"I found my old bank card from Larvik Bank, which was green at that time, and many old, funny pictures. At that time it was popular to carry around pictures in your wallet. We looked so young and fresh, with many weird hairstyles," she told the paper.
 
"Of course I forgive this person," she added. "It was probably their son that found it and brought it home, only for them to forget it." 
 

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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