I’ve been going to a pool at a gym for several months now to help my arthritic knees and I use short fins to help my range of motion while in the water. (Not that it matters, but these are the fins.) The gym has been busier than usual, with everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions, and when I finished my laps on Monday, the locker room was quite busy, so I sat my fins on the floor, somewhat under the bench so I could get dressed. Well, I left and forgot them.
No one has turned them in three days later, so they’re gone.
I’ve been considering filing a police report. My rationale is that any reasonable person who finds something out of the ordinary in a place of business should turn it into the office, not just have a “finders keepers” mentality. If they were left in the parking lot, I could possibly understand (but not agree with) the “finders keepers” mentality. They aren’t yours, so leave them alone, or turn them in to the office. How is walking out of the gym with property that doesn’t belong to whomever took the fins any different than walking out of a grocery store with something that doesn’t belong to them?
There’s a part of me that feels conflicted to take the time of an officer to file a report when he/she could be on a “real” call. Yet, the other part of me believes a crime, however minor, has been committed and that it should be reported. Do I think they’ll find whomever did this? No, I don’t, but I also think the gym should be on official alert that there is theft going on in their place of business. There’s also the concern that petty theft tends to be an under-reported crime and that skews factual crime reports. (Please don’t make me search to verify that…I recall reading it in a text book when I was taking a criminology class in college years ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if it still held though.)
So, file a report or not?
Edited to add that I ordered another pair and Amazon will deliver them on Friday, so I can swim again.