Monday, November 29, 2010

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers?

I want to talk a little bit about this notion of finders keepers, losers weepers.  I received a phone call from my friend's fiance at about 1:30a.m. on Wednesday night.

Apparently, my friend had lost her engagement ring.  Not surprising, she was hysterical and needed someone to calm her down and quite frankly, her fiance just couldn't do it at the moment because he was a little upset himself.  She was sobbing to the point where I thought she was going to have to pass out and have to go to the hospital.  With motherly words, I calmed her down and told her to search in the morning for her prized possession.

Thankfully, after searching the several parking lots and sidewalks she was on, she found her ring with no damage.  What a sigh of relief!  Now, this story could have ended much worse.

Perhaps someone had found that diamond ring and kept it.  I can't even begin to explain to you how upset my friend would have been.  I guess the point of this blog is just to remind you, that when faced with a difficult situation at hand, such as finding a valuable good, think about what you would want others to do.  Would you want someone to keep your engagement ring or return it to the nearest store in hopes that someone tries to reclaim it?

I know in the past I have turned in money I've found in hopes that the person who lost the money would try to retrieve it.  I felt like it was a win-win situation for me.  If I returned the money and someone claimed it, that would mean it went to the rightful owner.  This particular time, it worked in my favor and I ended up being $40 richer because no one tried to pick it up.  I attempted to do the right thing so I didn't even have a guilty conscious about the money either.  See? A win-win situation.

So just remember this the next time you are faced with a decision...what would YOU want someone to do if you lost something?  Finders keepers, losers weepers?

Cost: $0
Time: 5 minutes to return something

~Golden Rule Follower


  1. Guilt-free findings - the best kind!!

  2. let me tell you i have lost things before and there haev been two outcomes. the good ending is where i get my belonging back that was lost and the other is when i have not. this is so hard and its really nice when people do good things for other people.

  3. I am so glad she found it!! I had a resident return a wallet to me that had a hundred dollars in cash inside. It made my heart beam. The resident who lost it was SO grateful.

  4. I'm so glad to hear your resident returned that wallet and the money was STILL there. I bet it is so nice to know you live on a floor with honest girls! :)

  5. It was actually one of my male residents. :)

  6. The day before Thanksgiving I went with my sister to pick up my other sister at the Airport. Needless to say it was busy. As we were waiting, a young woman who had been sitting on a bench stood up, gathered her belongings, and ran to meet her ride. Well, she forgot her Macbook on the bench. Our initial reaction of course was "IDIOT!" but as we watched, and I guess expected one of the other handful of people standing around the bench-or even the person sitting next to her on the bench- to tell her, we were shocked to see not ONE person move! I assure you they saw the Macbook sitting on the bench as it had a bright red cover. My sister jumped out of the car and yelled after her just as she was about to close the door and drive off. The young woman stood there a little embarrassed as she darted back to grab her computer. She thanked my sister and explained how upsetting it would have been to lose her laptop. Not because of the computer itself, but because all her notes to study for finals over Thanksgiving break were on her computer. (Any past or current college student can appreciate that!)

    Cost of saving a college student from failing: $0
    Time spent running through rude and heartless people: 2 seconds (She ran really fast!)

  7. What a great story! That could have been TERRIBLE!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! :)