“Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”? What would YOU do?

“Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”? What would you do?


“Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”? What would you do?

Here in my hand rests a flash drive- there are many like it, but this one is mine.  It’s a new one- and though 16GB isn’t the ginormous amount of data it once was, this thing will hold a good bit of stuff.  I use Dropbox and fill that bad boy up, too- so I try my best to either use the flash drives as back-ups or to hold things for a short while until I’ve had a chance to upload the stuff elsewhere.

Yesterday, I was on the road and decided to drop in a library to look up some things real quick and keep moving along with my day.  I didn’t have this new 16GB flash drive on me, however- but rather it’s bigger, older brother that’s a 32GB one.

I finished what I was doing and hit the road, but an hour or so later it hit me: I’d left my flash drive at the library.  A wealth of emotions rushed through my head- ranging from panic to irritation with myself to plain ol’ utter confusion and concern over whether I’d see the thing again… and over exactly what I’d be missing if I never saw the thing again.

I called the library and got in touch with a lady there just before closing time.  That in and of itself was a victory- as our libraries here have one central number and you have to wait to get transferred out to an individual branch.  The lady I spoke with had a line of folks in front of her, but put me on hold and said she’d go check the both the “lost and found box” and the computer I’d been working on.

She returned to the phone about 10 agonizing minutes later and told me she’d seen no sign of my flash drive.

Sweet. Nice. Son of a gun. “Who the heck got my flash drive?”, “Are flash drives so expensive that somebody would find mine and keep it like a dang $100 on the ground in a parking lot or something?” and “Surely whomever plucked my flash drive out of that computer knew it wasn’t their’s….right?” were but a few of the questions going through my head. Among others, that is.

So what would you do? Would you turn in a flash drive if you found one? As of now, it seems that either the library lady couldn’t find mine…or that someone else did and bounced home with it. I won’t know for certain until tomorrow- as for some unknown and frustrating reason, our libraries are closed on Fridays.

It’s not very likely that whomever may have found my flash drive thought to themselves “Hmmm… I don’t recall ever buying one of these things, but I guess it could be mine…” or anything- I’m thinking it’s a bit more likely that their thoughts returned to elementary school and the unspoken playground rule known the world over as “Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I’m hoping to get my flash drive back first and foremost- but discovering that someone found it and turned it in might get a little bit of faith in my fellow man back as well.

“Finders-keepers, losers-weepers”? What would you do?


About Dennis Burgess

Dennis B. Burgess Realtor in Orlando, FL ORRA Vice-chairman of Strategic Planning/Secretary ORRA/FR Boards of Directors Empire Network Realty 6000 S. Rio Grande Ave., #104 Orlando, FL 32803 Cell: 205-445-4755 Office: 407-440-3798 bamaburgess@hotmail.com Twitter: @orlrentals Turning vacant into occupied, and "houses" into "homes"
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