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Old 02-28-07, 08:52 AM   #1
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Found what I think was my 10th wallet/purse this morning. Most of the time it's next to bar parking or the like and more than likely these folks are hammered when they lose it.
Anyway, I get mixed results when I return things. Some people are overjoyed, others treat you like YOU are the one that took it.

This morning I called a number in the purse waking the woman up. I told her where I found it and where I was so come get it. When she arrived at the 7/11 15 minutes later she grabbed it from me and started going through it to make sure everything was still there. So I said, 'Is everything there?'...

YES....................... and she squeals out the lot.

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Old 02-28-07, 09:06 AM   #2
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Some people think that its your fault that they had to come and get their stuff back. Like if you would not had fund it then she would not have had to come get it. I see stupid people every where.

You could always just take it to the cops and let them deal with the stupid people.

Good job by the way. Not every one would give it back or even try.
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Old 02-28-07, 09:08 AM   #3
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I called someone about a purse I had found on the road and it had > $70 in it. They didn't even say thanks when they picked it up.
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Old 02-28-07, 09:12 AM   #4
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I found somebodies mobile in the forest, called them on it, they came to get it back and brought me an 8 pack of beer. Sweet!
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Old 02-28-07, 09:17 AM   #5
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Son lost his cell phone & wallet while commuting. They fell out of a bag on a turn. I called the cell phone number and talked to the guy who found it. We met at a Starbucks. He returned it and refused to take a reward without even looking at it. He said, pay it forward.
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Son lost his cell phone & wallet while commuting. They fell out of a bag on a turn. I called the cell phone number and talked to the guy who found it. We met at a Starbucks. He returned it and refused to take a reward without even looking at it. He said, pay it forward.
That's how life is supposed to work.
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Old 02-28-07, 09:22 AM   #7
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Found what I think was my 10th wallet/purse this morning. Most of the time it's next to bar parking or the like and more than likely these folks are hammered when they lose it.
Anyway, I get mixed results when I return things. Some people are overjoyed, others treat you like YOU are the one that took it.

This morning I called a number in the purse waking the woman up. I told her where I found it and where I was so come get it. When she arrived at the 7/11 15 minutes later she grabbed it from me and started going through it to make sure everything was still there. So I said, 'Is everything there?'...

YES....................... and she squeals out the lot.

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How stupid of her. I might have told her, "you know, I could have kept it!"

I was at the driving range last fall and a family came to the tee boxes near me and they had young kids. One of them ran right in front of their mother to fetch their ball, while she was swinging. I hollered at her to stop. I got a dirty look and that was that. The dad did nothing. I figured the Good Lord put me there, but it wasn't for the parents.

There's a lot of people out there wrapped up into themselves. Fortunately, most people are pretty decent.
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Old 02-28-07, 10:02 AM   #8
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Had that happen to me once or twice, so now I just turn stuff like that into the cops and let them deal with it. It just isn't worth it, people are a@#!#@!#!
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Old 02-28-07, 10:08 AM   #9
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Amazing how rude people can be, especially when you're doing them a favor. Still, most people would be thankful so keep up the good work. Or maybe remove a 10% "burden" fee before returning the wallet/purse.
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Old 02-28-07, 10:27 AM   #10
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Perhaps sometimes folks are just embarassed and find it an uncomforable social situation to meet a stranger to get their very personal belongings back. The 'rudeness' may just be how you read 'awkwardness' especially if you are looking for 'gratefulness'

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Old 02-28-07, 10:30 AM   #11
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Last purse I found was in the middle of the street. Probably had been left on the roof of the car while the driver was opening the door. When I looked in the purse for ID I came across a badge and federal customs agent ID. I returned it directly to the customs agent as I imagine there would have been a $hit$torm of trouble for them if I had turned it over to the police.
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Old 02-28-07, 10:53 AM   #12
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Meh. I dug some lady out of the snow once, with the help of a couple other people. The lady didn't even say thanks as she roared off.
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Old 02-28-07, 11:46 AM   #13
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I've come to the conclusion that it's like someones tag line;

"I used to pray to God for a bicycle. Then I realized the Lord doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for his forgivness!" .

So the last wallet I found, I releived it of ca$h contents (about $40) and rode by the police station. I rode a circle or two, then tossed the wallet onto the windshield of a patrol car. Off I rode.
Yay! Lunch money!!

Funny thing about it though...
A week later I was reading the police log in the local paper. One of the "items of interest" was the good samaritan who left a wallet on a patrol car at the station!! Noting, of course, that that was an "odd" way of returning it. .

Talk about gratitude!
"Rewarded" AND thanked publicly! . . . . .only in Carmel
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Old 02-28-07, 11:59 AM   #14
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Life has taught me-and is still teaching!- that it's not the results that matter, it's the process. Aggro-you did the right thing; the woman's response is hers and hers alone. Do your best, and let go of the results. Of course, we live in a culture that defines success by the exact opposite: do the least that you can and get all sorts of 'great' results.
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Perhaps sometimes folks are just embarassed and find it an uncomforable social situation to meet a stranger to get their very personal belongings back. The 'rudeness' may just be how you read 'awkwardness' especially if you are looking for 'gratefulness'

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Old 02-28-07, 12:04 PM   #16
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Son lost his cell phone & wallet while commuting. They fell out of a bag on a turn. I called the cell phone number and talked to the guy who found it. We met at a Starbucks. He returned it and refused to take a reward without even looking at it. He said, pay it forward.
My wife lost her purse in downtown Heidelberg, Germany with hundreds of dollars, hundreds of D-Marks all kinds of personal ID and credit cards and passport. The person who found it turned it into the Polizei and they called within the hour to return it to us, intact. The finder did not want to be identified to us. Actually not that surprising, given my experiences with the locals after ten years of living in Germany. Still, it was quite a relief and the anonymous finder is a saint in my book.
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Perhaps sometimes folks are just embarassed and find it an uncomforable social situation to meet a stranger to get their very personal belongings back. The 'rudeness' may just be how you read 'awkwardness' especially if you are looking for 'gratefulness'

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I couldn't disagree more. If the person felt awkward about her personal stuff, she wouldn't have rifled through the purse in front of Aggro. She was just rude without so much as a thanks...
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Life has taught me-and is still teaching!- that it's not the results that matter, it's the process. Aggro-you did the right thing; the woman's response is hers and hers alone. Do your best, and let go of the results. Of course, we live in a culture that defines success by the exact opposite: do the least that you can and get all sorts of 'great' results.
+1 its really about how we act ourselves, not how others act or react around us. In the long run, the only control we really have is how we act.
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Found what I think was my 10th wallet/purse this morning. Most of the time it's next to bar parking or the like and more than likely these folks are hammered when they lose it.
Anyway, I get mixed results when I return things. Some people are overjoyed, others treat you like YOU are the one that took it.

This morning I called a number in the purse waking the woman up. I told her where I found it and where I was so come get it. When she arrived at the 7/11 15 minutes later she grabbed it from me and started going through it to make sure everything was still there. So I said, 'Is everything there?'...

YES....................... and she squeals out the lot.

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Next time remove the cash and if they are thankful/greatful return that too. Otherwise the cash can be considered a return service fee. If they want to treat you like they paid you to find and return...you are owed cash money.
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Once dropped my wallet riding.

It beat me home. Someone must have driven with it to my mailbox.

I'll never know who.
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This thread proves the adage, "No good deed goes unpunished!"
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Old 02-28-07, 04:09 PM   #22
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I couldn't disagree more. If the person felt awkward about her personal stuff, she wouldn't have rifled through the purse in front of Aggro. She was just rude without so much as a thanks...
If I cannot find a quick number or address I just run it by the local pd shop NORMALLY. The last time I did one of the officers asked about it and I told them it looked like it belonged to an attorney. Guy said, 'How much money is in it?', other guy said, 'Why didn't you just toss it in the dumpster?'.

Now I know (hope) those guys were joking but felt better making an attempt after that.

In this case the rifling through the purse and the dirty looks were pretty obvious. So was the wad of $ and cc's and cell phone sticking out the top

Why I keep doing it? I turned one into a pd dispatcher after seeing the nicest pictures of some small children it in. The dispatcher found the Grandma who owned it and she said it was some of the only pictures she had of her Grandkids! She was so happy her voice cracked when the dispatcher called me back and patched her through to me, well that is why I still do it Sure put a smile on my face Dispatcher couldn't believe the money was still in it.

Now I wish I woulda tucked a 20 spot in it (by mistake of course) and a note that said buy something for those kids
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From now on, just call the contact info you find. The conversation should go vaguely like this:

Lost: "Hello?"

Found: "Hi. I was riding my bike and found your purse next to The Drunken Clam. I thought you might want it back."

Lost: "Where can I meet you?"

Found: "You don't need to meet me. It's still next to The Drunken Clam. *click*"

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From now on, just call the contact info you find. The conversation should go vaguely like this:

Lost: "Hello?"

Found: "Hi. I was riding my bike and found your purse next to The Drunken Clam. I thought you might want it back."

Lost: "Where can I meet you?"

Found: "You don't need to meet me. It's still next to The Drunken Clam. *click*"


Either that or, "Well, I didn't want anyone to steal it so I have hidden it. The first clue to it's whereabouts is, What sits in a tree, weighs 6 ounces and is very dangerous? *click*"
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I found a purse at the movies a few years ago. Inside I found $400. I couldn't find a number, but I went to the addy on the ID and rang the bell. I recognized the girl who answered from the ID and handed it over. She told me she would not have been able to pay her rent had I not found it and thanked me profusely.

Two weeks later, I left my wallet at a gas station and it was dropped of at the PD with just over $100 bucks inside. I would have felt pretty ****ty if I had kept the money from the purse. A couple days later I told the story to a friend, turns out it was her uncle that found the wallet. She was there when he came home with it wondering where to take it.

A few weeks ago I left my wallet at the library and it was returned without the $20 I had in it. I guess the karma from the purse had expired.
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