Would you return a found iPhone?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: If you found an iPhone, would you try to return it?
    Yes! I would feel awful for the person who lost it. : (383 votes)
    97 %
    No, but I would feel terrible for keeping it. : (2 votes)
    1 %
    No. Too bad, so sad. : (9 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1470 posts
    Bumble bee

    Of course I’d return it. 

    The too bad, so sad people should just live a little longer because it’ll probably come back to them.

    Post # 4
    Member
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Yep.  My stepdad found one on a train and easily contacted the owner using information in the phone.  Once in contact with the owner, he mailed it back to the owner.

    Post # 5
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    932 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    yes you should return it.  Most companies are now using what’s is known as the Blacklist, which means the device will be inoperable on any network.

    Post # 6
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    3828 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My hubby and i just found a blackberry bold when we were walking this weekend. We saw “home” calling so picked up and arranged for the owner to pick it up.  

    That was our good deed for the day. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    846 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Yep, I would return it. I’ve actually done it before! When I was in college, a girl in one of my classes (who I had never spoken to before) was sitting in front of me and left her iPhone on her desk. I was busy packing up and taking my sweet time so when I finally was ready to go, I noticed her phone on the desk.

    I looked up to get her attention but she had already gone. So I made a mad dash outside and looked for her. And luckily, I found her! I ran up to her, tapped her on her shoulder and gave her the phone back.

    She was floored and couldn’t believe I had actually returned her phone instead of just keeping it for myself. 

    But it just never occurred to me to keep it for myself. My first reaction was to chase her down to give her the phone back. It’s really sad that some people are just greedy enough to either keep or steal a phone that’s not theirs. 

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Definitely! I have been on the other end and luckily the man returned it to me. I was so grateful!

    Post # 9
    Member
    2851 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I have returned a phone to someone while on vacation before. I called the last person the owner had called and let them know I had their phone. We set up a time to meet and return the phone later that day.

    Post # 10
    Member
    1749 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yes, I would return it. There would probably be more than enough information on the phone to do so, and I absiolutely hate it when people end up losing family pictures when it can be avoided. 

     

    Post # 11
    Member
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m the drunk that left my phone, keys, ID, and all my credit cards in a cab once (I didn’t notice that my purse had opened and toppled).  The next passenger collected my belongings and called me the next day so I could pick it up.  I was shocked and so grateful.

    Post # 12
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    9244 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would definitely return it.  I always do my best to return any lost item I find to the owner, and I’ve found quite a few things – wallets, backpacks, credit cards, etc.  I have never kept anything I’ve found.  If I can’t contact the owner directly, I find the nearest “lost and found” desk (like at the mall or grocery store) and give it to them in hopes someone will come back when they realize they lost it.  I do this because I hope someone would do the same for me. 

    Post # 13
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    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Yes, definitely.  I’ve returned a cell phone, lap top, and passport in the past.  For the passport, I even went as far as finding the person on Facebook and messaging him.  I’ve lost my wallet multiple times and all but one time were they returned to me.  I’ve lost three cell phones, one being an Iphone, and I never saw them again.  Like you, it was the photos and memories saved on my phones I wanted back more than the phone itself.

    Post # 14
    Member
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @mgol25:  I am going to be completely honest: I wouldn’t steal it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to return it either. I’m not going to hold on to someone’s phone, call their contacts, and then drive to return it to them. If it was on my way, I’d return it to a security desk but if I was rushing off the train to get to work, then no. I wouldn’t steal it, I’d leave it.  

    Post # 15
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    9244 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @MrsPanda99:  LOL!  Good for you for being honest. 

    I tell my husband anyone who loses anything in my vicinity is the luckiest person ever because I’ll take the time and trouble, and even go to the ends of the earth, to return it to them.  I’m so weird that way, he laughs at me.  🙂  FWIW, he would leave it, too. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’d absolutely do everything I could to return it.

    I am an Android girl so don’t know everything about iPhones, but I’m almost positive that his pictures should still exist on the cloud — I don’t think that’s something you have to set up.  I know FI was poking around recently and discovered all sorts of pictures (mostly of my cats …. ha!!) that he had deleted over time from his phone, but there they were, in his iStream thing (or whatever it is).  So maybe all hope isn’t lost on the picture front?

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