One of the many advantages of cycling is that you find stuff. Sometimes it’s even good stuff.
I’ve found sunglasses, tools, a very small amount of cash and a few other bits and pieces.
On several occasions I’ve found mobile phones. Most of them smashed beyond usefulness but a few have still worked. I’ve been able to track down their owners and return the phones.
Last week as I was cycling home I spotted something black on the side of the road. I stopped, turned around, went back and picked it up. It was a phone in full working order. I shoved it in my pocket and headed home, intending to check it out and try to find the owner.
As I continued my journey I heard a loud ringing. I pulled over, reached into my pocket and answered the phone, much to the relief of the lady on the other end of the line. It was her daughter’s phone and to cut a long story short we made arrangements for her daughter to drop over and pick up the phone.
Both mother and daughter were extremely appreciative and thanked me profusely.
The odd thing is, that’s not always the case. I’ve returned items such as phones and purses in the past where the owners have been polite but very reserved in their thanks. It doesn’t bother me. I don’t return stuff so that a stranger can tell me how wonderful I am but it does surprise me that they don’t seem more pleased to be reunited with something of value.
What have you lost or found?
Have you lost something and had it returned? Have you found something and tracked down the owner to return it? What was the reaction of the person who owned the item?
I’d be really interested in hearing your stories. Please leave a comment or two in the comments section of this post.
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