Sightings From The Top:  Lost and Found on Skyline Bridge

by Terrie Todd

Nicole's heart may not have been broken but her day was made brighter by a small act.

Nicole’s heart may not have been broken but her day was made brighter by a small act.

One morning as I crossed the Tupper Street overpass, I saw what might have been an eye-catching piece of jewelry lying on the sidewalk. Of course, I picked it up. Turned out to be one of those much sought-after plastic name tags with the pin on the back. It was from The Bargain Store and belonged to someone named Nicole, Manager. It appeared to have been through the wash more than once.

On my way home later the same day, I popped into The Bargain Store and returned the name tag. Nicole thanked me. I didn’t inquire whether there was a reward offered for its safe return.

On my walk home, I contemplated what Portage and the world would be like if all lost items were so easy to identify and return to their rightful owners. If they find a cheap trinket, would folks go to the trouble of returning it? Would they be more likely to return an expensive item, knowing it was dearly missed? Or are they more likely to hang onto something of greater value, claiming “Finders, Keepers, Losers, Weepers?”

I choose to believe the “Finders, Keepers” people are in the minority. Most of us love to help people find lost items. Just watch what happens at a beach when someone loses a wedding ring. Or at the office when a co-worker’s contact lens falls to the floor. We all want to have bragging rights to being the one who found it.

And now I can brag about how I heroically brought tremendous relief to a store clerk’s broken heart. Just my theory, mind you. But I’d be keeping a lookout for plastic name tags if I were you.



One Response

  1. Karen Gross

    I found a wallet on a beach once. It only had $2, but it had a drivers license and other ID. The address was just a post office box, but by one of those Divine Coincidences my aunt who was with us happened to know that person, so we returned it. I think it really is a minority who would find something valuable and do nothing to try to find the owner. At least, the majority of people who leave comments on articles like this one say that they would not keep it.


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