SPINOFF: Do you keep stuff you find?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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8518 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Not really, but then again I only ever find things at work and then I literally have to turn them in. Normally if I find money, I’ll keep it in my drawer for the rest of the shift to see if anyone comes back looking for it, and if not then I put it in my charity jar. We’ve got about 5 phones sitting on the computer desk at work that we’ve found in the store and nobody ever came to claim. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve kept money I found on the street, but the most was $20.  How do you return money?  If it was a stack of like 10k or something I would take it to the police, I wouldn’t want it to come back and bite me in the ass for keeping it.

I’ve never found anything else valuable.  But it only takes a few minutes to post a found add online etc so I would make the effort.

Last year when I was working emergency at my internship, I tried really hard to find the owner of a stray Yorkie that was dropped off.  The phone number on the chip had been disconnected.  I went looking on Craigslist for lost dog adds and called one for a Yorkie because there was no picture or much info at all (like male/female) but they had already found their dog.  We were slow so I sent my students with the dog to the address registered to the chip but the owner didn’t live there anymore, just a very confused man!  That is why you always keep your pet’s id tags/microchip up to date!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m the same way. I keep anything and everything I find, unless of course I saw the person drop it I’ll return it. Finders keepers! I don’t think that makes me a bad person

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

It really depends on what it is.  I tend to keep what others would consider junk (old watch parts, fabric scraps, etc) for crafting.  Actual already-made items (bracelet, headband, etc) no.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

No. If I find something, I do my best to return it. In the case of something not really returnable, like cash, we put it in a “karma fund” and wait for an opportinity to present itself and pay it forward. For example, I found 10 bucks on campus one day. No way to tell whose it is and I did look around for someone looking. I didn’t find whose it was. I kept it waiting for the right time to give it away. My car skidded on some black ice the next day and I bottomed out in a ditch. It was a good 40 below. A nice guy who just happened to have a big truck and a tow rope stopped to get me out. I have him the 10$ and extreme thanks and told him about our “karma money” tradition. I do this no matter how much I find. The money isn’t mine. I’m going to use it in a positive way where I can. Nothing I find belongs to me. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  Depends. Where do you find stuff like the pullover and headband? I keep small amounts of money, like $20 (the most I’ve ever found) but mostly I feel guilty so I put it in a charity box or give it to a non-drug-addicted looking homeless person. I’m not sure if I would keep a big amount of money or not if it was just lying in the street because I’m not really sure where I would turn a stack of cash into. I would never keep something like a lost phone or a diamond ring. If it’s an object that clearly belongs to someone and they’re obviously going to want it back then I try to help the object back to its owner. I don’t think I could keep something like a necklace because even if it didn’t look expensive I worry about the sentimental value someone might have for it. I’m not about to keep a necklace I sort of like or a pretty diamond ring because it was free, while someone might be in tears over the necklace their dead mother bought them or teir beloved engagement ring. If I lost something I would hope someone could turn it in for me. 

ETA: I’m talking about if I find money on the subway or somewhere else where there is no way to return it. If I’m at work or a bar or whatever I will always turn in cash or keep a hold of it in case someone comes looking for it. 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t keep anything that someone has worn or used because other people’s germs weird me out, lol. Small amount of cash on the ground, that I’d probably keep.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

No. Can’t remember ever finding anything worth keeping. I have a friend who found $700 right outside the bank. She says she kept it because she couldn’t go back in there and say “hey, this probably belongs to somebody who was just here”….

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

No, I wouldn’t keep “found” items. I don’t think “finders keepers” exists outside of kindergarten. I’d feel incredibly uncomfortable knowing that the item wasn’t mine, that I didn’t know where it had been, and that I didn’t know if someone was looking for it. You never know the history behind an item — that headband could have been some little girl’s favorite, and her family may have come back to the apple orchard to look for it.

But I *especially* wouldn’t keep something of value, like a phone or an engagement ring or other piece of jewelry, without trying my best to get it back to the person it belonged to. Jewelry especially is incredibly sentimental, and I know I’d want to get mine back if it was somehow lost.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I have found cash and several gift cards that I have kept, but I think it would depend on what it is. I’ve kept little trinkets I’ve found, like a hello kitty ring or something like that. I also have a pair of ray-ban wayfarers that I found in a park and kept. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Depends what it is and where I find it. If its valuable jewelry, keys, wallet, etc I’ll turn it into the store. If its obviously not valuable I usually just leave it. I found a $20 bill on the floor in the mall once – not in a store, just the open part of the mall. I kept it. I thought it was unlikely that someone would go to the mall lost and found for that. The lost and found employee would probably just end up keeping it themselves.

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve only kept a few found things. DH & I own a retail store & if something has been sitting in the lost & found for over 6 mos I’ll consider taking it, but only if it’s something with relatively little value. So far that’s only been sunglasses & a trinket necklace with a petrified stone pendant. Otherwise I’d try to get it back to the owner. 

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