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?
Time: 5 minutes to return something
~Golden Rule Follower