Post # 1
This thread is not meant to pass judgement – I just want honest answers! Please be nice!
My mum, sister and I all went in for my dad’s birthday in March and bought him an iPhone, cover, and belt case. I got a call from my mom today telling me my dad lost his iPhone on the train into the city. I’ve been calling it all afternoon, hoping a Good Samaritan picks it up. Unfortunately, it keeps going to voicemail, so I think everything has been wiped. The sad thing is that it has a ton of pictures of my baby niece on it, and since he’s really technologically illiterate, I don’t think he backed anything up on iCloud.
My question: if you found an iPhone, would you return it? Even before this happened, I would always return it. I think my conscience would take over and make me feel like an asshole. Also, I believe that karma always comes around, and I’d be afraid of what would happen to me in the future. I’d go through the call history and try to figure out someone close to the person to return it.
What about you?
Post # 3
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
- 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
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
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
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
Definitely! I have been on the other end and luckily the man returned it to me. I was so grateful!
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
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
@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
@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
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?