Yesterday, I was coming out of my local grocery store and I happened to glance down and notice a set of keys that someone had dropped. I picked them up, and then did that thing where you sort of scan the parking lot looking for someone that is fumbling in their pockets or looking lost and pissed off.

Didn’t see that. So I take a closer look at the keys, and I notice that the key chain has a sort of leather thing with a window on it (kind of like you would see on luggage) with a name, address and phone number in it.

And I think to myself: “Cool. Free stuff. And I know just where to go to get it, and won’t have to bother with any of that messy lock picking or cat burglar crap either.” *

*OK, I did turn them in to the manager, but I have to say that I was tempted to call them to suggest that their label would be even more effective if they had just thought to include their Social Security Number and mother’s maiden name. :rolleyes:

Gee, maybe they thought that if they lost their keys, they’d make it easier for, y’know, someone to return them?

Possibly where you live the odds are greater that they’d be picked up by a crook than an honest person, but I don’t know that I’d want to live there if so.

I’ll bet they got their keys back…
Anyway, what are the odds that a criminal will find the keys and actually use them to enter the auto or home? Probably less than a random break in.
If I was a burglar and found the keys, I’d think I was being set up.

Like the time I saw an open glovebox in the car parked next to mine and there was a WAD of cash inside. I couldn’t help but think I was being watched to see if I would try to get in the car or not. I didn’t try, of course.

All I know is that it seems to me that it is just foolish to set up a situation where any random person that you don’t know has the keys to your dwelling and knows where you live. Even more so in any major urban area.

And to be honest, now that I think about it, there are deeper implications here. What does it say about the person that lost their keys that there is even functionality to this? Are they always losing their keys? How many times has this happened? Shouldn’t they take greater care of things?

They could have just put a cell phone number on it and all would be good.

Does your tale speak to their stupidity or to a streak of larceny in your own psyche?

Their stupidity. Thanks for asking. You would have to look very long and hard to find a person more honest and helpful than me.

agreed–this seems the most sensible. No one is going to drive them to your house–but they might call if they found them.