Monday, September 26, 2005

To keep or not to keep?

Was reading this blog entry where the writer found a digital camera in the cab she was in. She surrendered it to the cab driver.

It was a rather admirable thing to do. But if I was in that situation, I would have kept it. Why? Because I have lost my wallet thrice, and I didn't get it back on all three occasions. That it pissed me off. So why should I care about someone who lost their digital camera, especially someone who I don't even know? Of course it works both ways. So if it ever happens to me, I would just accept it and blame my own carelessness, rather than lament the fact that no one was honest enought to return it.

I have to admit that it sounds like (and probably is) a selfish attitude to have. But past experiences have taught me that it is pointless to be nice to everyone. So now I reserve my caring for people who I really care about, people who I feel deserve it.

So what would you do in this situation?

12 comments:

  1. I returned two handphones that were misplaces to their rightful owners. Felt damn good to do so, because one belonged to an old janitor lady and she was so grateful. But sadly I have lost my handphone twice, and noone returned them. So next time I see someone's lost phone, IM KEEPING IT!

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  2. No doubts about it...i would keep it! I lost a digicam whilst i was on board a ship coming back from bintan.Left it in the ship and all the workers on board say they did not find it!!Honesty my ass!Anyway if u gif back to the taxi driver most likely is he'll be keeping it.

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  3. I've recently lost S$60 foolishly but some kind soul made the effort to turn it to the bank and credit back to my account.

    I've started to believe in Paying Forward.

    I'll return.

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  4. Take mem card but return camera. My mem card going haywire liaoz. :)

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  5. return.

    life has a way of working things out for you, in the most unexpected ways.

    You may not get your rewards now, but in the future?

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  6. return.

    life has a way of working things out for you, in the most unexpected ways.

    You may not get your rewards now, but in the future?

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  7. in the past I would have returned it to the driver, but I've become so jaded at this point that I'd probably just keep tit. besides, I'm not stupid. I know that even if you gave it to the cabbie, then HE'D just keep the damn thing!

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  8. A week ago, I lost my phone AND wallet in a span of 2 days. Not only were they both returned to me, they were returned by the nicest of people who were genuinely kind and thoughtful. I am never taking anything after THAT! And the person whose phone I find next, should thank the person who returned me my stuff.

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  9. Well, you could have at least check out the photos in the mem chip.

    :P

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  10. I'd have returned it.

    But only because I already have the camera equivalent of Chitrangada Singh. Mmmm, VERY hot.

    J.A.P.

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  11. I once had an argument with a close friend cos i insisted he tried to find out the owner of a lost hp and retuen it. His reasoning was the same as yours.

    I still go by the "don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you".

    Not being high and mighty. Jus that i hv almost lost my hp twice and the feeling wasn't good

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  12. Jupiter, Devile, Beng, Maria: Well the general consensus is that people who have had their belonging returned to them feel more inclined to return stuff that they found.

    Lancerlord: Ha ok selective eh. Would be hard to explain how you found a camera without its memory card.

    Inex: I don't believe that whole "good begets good" thing. Not anymore.

    Dawn: Cool, I knew you were a keeper.

    Jaywalk: Ha, ya sekali got some kinky stuff eh.

    J: Ha i got no idea who Chitrangada Singh is.

    Smiles: Oh no worries you high and mighty bitch! Kidding! Well I follow that philosophy too, but i already had it done to me 3 times, so now im doing it to other pple u know. But as i said, if i lose it again im not gonna bitch if it isnt returned, that would make me a hypcrite.

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