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    Instant karma's gonna gitcha! And reward ya!

    A few weeks ago a friend and I are riding along, when we both say out loud, "PHOOOOOONE!" because we spotted a nice cellfone in the road! Actually on the side of the road, and we rode on either side of it. It was a really slick Moto picture phone, and we played with it a bit and talked about making prank calls, calling long distance, taking funny pictures, etc but what we really did was call the people whose numbers were stored in it the next day and meet up with them and returned it. No thanks, not even an offer of a free coffee, (we met 'em at a starbucks) so oh well.

    Now, my friend has a bike computer on her bike, and a similar time ago she parked it at an Albertson's (market) and someone apparently took the computer head. Bummer. Well, a couple of nights ago, she parks there again and someone returned the computer! She found it on the bike again when she came back out.

    Now that's karma!

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    That is weird, but cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilHinault
    A few weeks ago a friend and I are riding along, when we both say out loud, "PHOOOOOONE!" because we spotted a nice cellfone in the road! Actually on the side of the road, and we rode on either side of it. It was a really slick Moto picture phone, and we played with it a bit and talked about making prank calls, calling long distance, taking funny pictures, etc but what we really did was call the people whose numbers were stored in it the next day and meet up with them and returned it. No thanks, not even an offer of a free coffee, (we met 'em at a starbucks) so oh well.

    Now, my friend has a bike computer on her bike, and a similar time ago she parked it at an Albertson's (market) and someone apparently took the computer head. Bummer. Well, a couple of nights ago, she parks there again and someone returned the computer! She found it on the bike again when she came back out.

    Now that's karma!
    I guess they realized the computer head would probably be useless unless they had that same mounting hardware and sensor on their bike...

    About the phone, not even a thanks?? Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilHinault
    A few weeks ago a friend and I are riding along, when we both say out loud, "PHOOOOOONE!" because we spotted a nice cellfone in the road! Actually on the side of the road, and we rode on either side of it. It was a really slick Moto picture phone, and we played with it a bit and talked about making prank calls, calling long distance, taking funny pictures, etc but what we really did was call the people whose numbers were stored in it the next day and meet up with them and returned it. No thanks, not even an offer of a free coffee, (we met 'em at a starbucks) so oh well.
    Could be that the cell phone owners first response was something besides the reward that you apparantly were expecting; sort of like your less than saintly first response on finding the cell phone. Maybe the recipient had no visions of a reward to prompt the appropriate response.

    Anyway after considering various alternatives, you did do the right thing, and that SHOULD be enough reward, shouldn't it?

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    Weird about not getting a thanks. I found a phone last summer, it was a bit messed up and had been rained on, the battery was flat. I dried it out, my buddy had a compatible charger, I charged it up, got some phone numbers out of it, found out whos it was and returned it that afternoon after work. I got a lot of thanks, and even though the phone was too messed up to really use anymore, the woman was able to get all of her phone numbers out so she could put them in her new phone.

    This spring I rode up alongside a woman who had just pulled out of the gas station, picked her phone up off her roof, and handed it to her through the open window. That got a thanks and a smile, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    1Could be that the cell phone owners first response was something besides the reward that 2you apparantly were expecting; 3sort of like your less than saintly first response on finding the cell phone. 4Maybe the recipient had no visions of a reward to prompt the appropriate response.

    5Anyway after considering various alternatives, you did do the right thing, and that SHOULD be enough reward, shouldn't it?
    1. yes of course it could be
    2. certainly not apparant to me, certainly not a reward. the op seemed to have felt a bit unappreciated, yes - but apparantly this was due to a lack of a "thank you".
    3. i saw no one claiming to be a saint. if you lost your cell phone, and someone found it on the side of the road and returned it, wouldn't you say thank you? whether it be those exact words or in your own way?
    4. Obviously not, apparently the recipient had no appreciate whatsoever for the actions of the returner. In an exaggerated (but possibly more understandable) hypothetical sitation, how would you feel if you returned someone cell phone in a similar manner as the OP's story, and when you met the owner they said, "Its about damn time you got here, I've been looking for my phone all day, what took you so damn long?"
    Essentially by not even taking the negligable energy to say the word "thanks," the owner is saying that, but either to shy or in too much of a hurry to actually say the words.


    I mean no offense, but you seem to be one of the most assuming/argumentative people on these forums.
    edit: upon second thought, this is just a 'first impression' type thing, i obviously dont have enough experience with these forums to make such a claim.

    You often try to take the 'righteos,' 'high ground' as with your last sentance(5), but it is completely inappropriate.

    " No thanks, not even an offer of a free coffee, (we met 'em at a starbucks) so oh well. "
    -lilHinault

    It sounded like at least a thanks was expected, but the OP was suprised when the owner of the returned item didn't say thank you or anything (obviously used coffee since they met at a starkbucks). Also the OP didn't appear to be complaining, rather just sharing a story which he expected to turn out differently (at least a thanks).

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    Never heard of someone returning stolen cycle computer. Thats just plain weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toThinkistoBe
    You often try to take the 'righteos,' 'high ground' as with your last sentance(5), but it is completely inappropriate.
    Doing, recommending or commending the right thing and/or taking the high ground is completely inappropriate? Hmm, that would explain a lot of the posts on the forum.

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    Sorry, let me reword. Your use of it is inappropriate. (+arrogant, +presumptious)

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Ridley
    Weird about not getting a thanks. I found a phone last summer, it was a bit messed up and had been rained on, the battery was flat. I dried it out, my buddy had a compatible charger, I charged it up, got some phone numbers out of it, found out whos it was and returned it that afternoon after work. I got a lot of thanks, and even though the phone was too messed up to really use anymore, the woman was able to get all of her phone numbers out so she could put them in her new phone.

    This spring I rode up alongside a woman who had just pulled out of the gas station, picked her phone up off her roof, and handed it to her through the open window. That got a thanks and a smile, as well.
    The OP was not clear. Given previous postings, it is possible that thanks was given verbally and that was not considered by OP as showing enough gratitude. Perhaps not, and the recipient was deficient in good manners.

    The recipient didn't owe the good samaritan anything besides a thank you. Anyhow the OP will just have to buy her own coffee and have to settle for the reward of feeling good about doing a good deed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toThinkistoBe
    Sorry, let me reword. Your use of it is inappropriate. (+arrogant, +presumptious)
    WHAT is inappropriate (+arrogant, +presumptious)?

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    I understand completely what you're talking about and where you're coming from, i just dont think that the OP is doing/acting how you're thinking they are. I believe you are jumping to conclusions without adequate reason.

    "Given previous postings, it is possible that thanks was given verbally and that was not considered by OP as showing enough gratitude."
    -I-Like-To-Bike

    If this is the case I apologize; however, I do not believe that there is ample reason for you to 'preach' to the OP based soley on this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    WHAT is inappropriate (+arrogant, +presumptious)?
    that was a case of me thinking of something after i submitted the reply and adding it in without changing the structure of the original post.

    sorry bout that, anyway

    "Your use of it is inappropriate. (+arrogant, +presumptious)" = "Your use of it is inappropriate, arrogant, and presumptious."

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    OK:

    (1) We didn't make any long distance, prank, etc calls on the fone, no funny pics, we talked about doing that stuff but didn't do it.

    (2) The owners of the fone had plenty of time to contemplate a nice thanks, since they had to drive over etc., but there was not even a verbal thank you, only an "ok" in a flat tone.

    (3) The fact that the owner's boyfriend had a string of kukui nuts around his neck, signifying he's from Hawaii in all probability, explains that - Hawaii's the most cutthroat, nasty, dog-eat-dog place I've seen. That's been done to death elsewhere.

    (4) I've never heard of anyone returning a bike computer either!! That's just plain WEIRD albeit in a good way!

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    You may now continue your nicely developing flame war, I'll step back out now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilHinault
    You may now continue your nicely developing flame war, I'll step back out now.
    Not what I intended, sorry for 'crapping' on your thread. Back to topic!

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    everyone gets a little dissapointed when they don't get a thanks. remember the last time you waved someone through an intersection (bike or car), and no friendly hand wave

    on my daily commute i led a guy's dog back a mile to him from a busy street to his house (thankfully he had tags). i'll a got was a "dang he's always getting out"

    oh well - i still was happy for the dog and the greater good

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    the reward is in seeing the smile on another persons face.

    anyways, lilHinault, I hope this "not getting a thank you" doesn't stop you from doing other good deads, as there are other people that will be thankful

    I thinks you should have did a huge fake *COUGH* and then said your welcome...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metieval
    I thinks you should have did a huge fake *COUGH* and then said your welcome...
    definetly! save that idea for next time

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    Actually it was my friend who was all for returning it, I'd probably just have kept it and used it for a cheap easy to carry camera. So it's only proper that my friend got her bike computer returned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilHinault
    Actually it was my friend who was all for returning it, I'd probably just have kept it and used it for a cheap easy to carry camera. So it's only proper that my friend got her bike computer returned.
    And it is ironic that you are the one looking for the reward.

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