Monday, November 17, 2014

Lost Items: What Has to be Done?

      Saturday afternoon I went for  15 minute walk in my neighborhood. We've had very cold weather so it was very pleasant to get out even though it was  still chilly.

     Since it was minus 12 C I was moving right along to keep myself warm. I had not warn my glasses because of the cold.

     All of a sudden I noticed cards in the snow in the gutter. Cards that you carry in your wallet. There was a driver's license, master card, health care card, and other various cards one would carry in a wallet. There was no sign of a wallet, just loose cards scattered in the snow. I couldn't read the name on the cards or I might have discovered they belonged to somebody in the block. 

    Now these cards were fairly obvious in the snow. I'm sure I wasn't the first person of the day to walk on the  side walk. Why hadn't these cards been picked up before.? Now what happened that these cards were left in the snow? Had they dropped out of someone's pocket or wallet? Had a wallet been stolen and the cards thrown away so the bad guys wouldn't be caught with the evidence? Should I pick the cards up? What if some one comes racing out of a house and says they are his cards? I didn't have glasses so I couldn't read names on the cards!

    All these questions race through your mind as you make a decision of what you should do.  There are some what ifs that run through your head. Of course, I carefully picked the cards out of the snow and looked to see if anything else was in the area.

    As soon as I got home I got my glasses to look at the name on the cards. It was somebody who was from out of town. I called  the RCMP. Now that's a challenge to get the RCMP these days. The RCMP uses  a call center so you have to wait for someone to answer and they're not RCMP. I finally did talk to someone who was not an officer. They passed the information on to an officer. An hour later an officer showed up at my house to collect the cards. He told me that these items had not been reported as stolen. So the plot thickens.

    When you find evidence many questions arise. Why were the credit cards still with these cards? It's a mystery!

    I have found wallets before and they are completely empty. That makes sense. I've found cards before but the good ones ( credit cards) have been taken.

    I hope the owner gets his cards back and anything else that went missing.

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  1. I wonder if they will let you know how they came to be there.

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    1. I doubt it very much! I would be interested to know though.

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  2. And I hope you get to find out whatever happens.

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    1. I won't. they keep quiet about all of it.

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  3. Nice one Red. I bet the owner, whoever it is, will be relieved.

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    1. I'm sure there will be relief as to lose these things can be costly as well as a headache to renew everything.

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  4. It is a mysterious story. I was surprised to read the RCMP ( Police I suppose?) came to your house to pick the things up. That would never happen here, you have to bring it yourself, they have no time for that.

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    1. They try to get us to take things to the station but I tell them I won't.

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  5. Lots of different plots could arise from this one. on the good side maybe you will get a reward.

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    1. No rewards here. They seem to want to keep everything private.

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  6. I bet you won't ever know! What a mystery!

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    1. You're right. I will never know.

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  7. Good deed of the day Red. I am sure you will receive a thank you. Might be a thought to put your glasses in your case and carry them in your pocket - did you have your phone with you to take a photo of the crime scene - that would have been my first thought. I think it sounds like a stolen wallet or purse and then dumped. You are a good guy Red and it is difficult to get a hold of any emergency people today for it goes through channels before you actually get connected. Whatever happened to the good old days of just calling the local COPS, EH.

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    1. Thank you? Are you kidding! Things seem to be kept very private. Can you believe I don't have a phone? Anyway I hope the guy just lost this and that it wasn't stolen.

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  8. Interesting! I hope they make their way back to the owner! I hope you have a terrific Tuesday sir.

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    1. I'm sure these will get back to the owner. It's probably only half the story

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  9. I hope they get back to their rightful owner. I think you did the right thing.

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    1. The guy will get his stuff back as there were addresses and phone numbers.

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  10. I don't think our officers would call back with answers if they found the owner. Really interesting story there and I cannot think of what happened that would leave these in the ditch. they could not have been there that long or someone else surely would have seen them.

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    1. I'm sure I'll never hear anything about this.

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  11. I wonder if the owner at that point even realized they were missing.

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    1. Well, since it had not been reported stolen, he may not have known.

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  12. A friend of mine had her purse stolen overseas. It was found later with credit cards and passport in tact. The police told her that the theft of money was a much minor offense than just stealing money, that you could get severe sentences for those if you were caught with them. I wonder is that the same in Canada?

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    1. I don't know. I always thought theft was theft.

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  13. Well, that's interesting! I hope they find their way back to the rightful owner.

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    1. They will get back. I hope that's all he lost.

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  14. Whoever they belong to are lucky that you found them. You are just a super nice person! Hope you hear what happened.

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    1. Yes some body may have maxed out the credit card!

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  15. Yes, an interesting mystery. I wonder how long the person went before realizing they were missing.

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  16. I bet the person will write you a than you a note..certainly the RCMP have your name and address in their report. It will be interesting:) Good job Red! :)

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    1. Nope! They don't seem to get this information.

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  17. It would be nice if the person who lost the cards could say thank you but these days with the all privacy hoo haa they probably won't be given your details. A couple of years ago a purse I lost was returned to me but the police would not divulge the any details of who found it. But that person has had many kind thoughts sent their way as I'm sure will be happening to you.

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    1. People don't seem to be given information on who found stuff.

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  18. That was the right thing to do, Red. I wonder if the owner of the cards was in a hurry and pulled something out of a pocket and didn't realize they had fallen out. You did the right thing, even if you never find out why they were there. Maybe you should carry your glasses with you, though. :-)

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  19. It's hard to say what happened to this stuff. Usually I wear my glasses but they fog up so badly when I come in they're a nuisance.

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  20. At least they were found by an honest person Red.

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  21. Oh Red you were honest.Oh that person will be happy. Your right when you are involved with police when you find things. Many times they don't tell the person who found it. The end results.


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  22. Well, it's great you took the time to pick them up, and I'm pleased the RCMP took the time to come to your house and get them!

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