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31 July 2013 @ 11:43 pm
Yay $20!  
On my way home from work today I stopped at an intersection with an unusually annoying amount of traffic. As I'm waiting for stuff to clear, I look down and see... something about the size of a playing card, but thicker, pink with green polka-dots.

"huh..." thinks I, "that looks like a cell phone case". Upon closer inspection, I thought, "wait, that's a whole cell phone!" I grabbed it and stuffed it in my tank bag and went home.

It turns out it's a nice one, Something something Galaxy something something. 4G on the display, didn't look abused, bright screen with lots of flashy stuff.

Being a fruit guy, not a robot guy (and, 'cuz, you know, not a shithead) I figure I'll call someone in the phone's addressbook and see who answers, that seemed like a pretty good way to find out who owns it so I can get it back to them. As I'm doing that, it rang!

The conversation went something like this:


Who's this?

Who'd you call? I picked up this phone I found on the road and I'd like to get it back to its owner.

Is it pink with green dots?

It surely is!


I'm in Waltham, about two miles from where I picked it up.

Meanwhile there was some verbal fussing in the car, I honestly couldn't tell if "Mom" was in her 40s or 90s, 'cuz the caller sounded like she could be in her teens or 50s.

I gave her my address, which, with the help of magical satellites and Einstein being right about relativity, got her to my house in somewhat longer than expected, but within reason, given she's from New Jersey and not familiar with the area.

She was gushing with thanks that I'd failed to simply sell it on eBay and had to tell me all about how she must have lost it when it fell off the bumper 'cuz she'd put it there when loading her son's (something) and then it fell off when she left the stop sign.

She insisted on giving me $20 for my troubles. I tried to refuse at least twice, maybe three times, then figured it was easier on both of us if I just accepted it.

If you haven't figured it out by now, the (grand)mother was in her 90s, the phone's owner in her 50s. :)
Co-conspirator of Squee: fairymuffyjo on August 1st, 2013 06:04 am (UTC)
Wow! Your good deed of the day, done!! That's fantastic.

And, you know, a free lunch!
Motorcycle Muffinmotomuffin on August 1st, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)

Heh that's awesome. I had to do that a lot when I worked at the soccer place, you may or may not be amazed at how often people just leave their phones in the grass. Occasionally I'd get an angry or suspicious person (if the phone looked like a kid's phone I'd call "mom" or "dad," if adult "home" ), thinking I was trying to pull something over on them. No, I just have your phone it's here, come get it if you want it...

the Artist: pic#119321922illustrator on August 1st, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
ha! you're awesome.