It’s 10:30 at night at a community gym. No one is around. You walk in, get on the treadmill, and see a black cell phone relatively well-hidden in the black cup-holder of the treadmill. It’s not obvious from afar. But if you get on the treadmill you’ll see it.
The security guard left at 10:00 and won’t be back until tomorrow morning. Even then, the security guard rarely goes into the gym, much less gets on the treadmill and notices a relatively inconspicuous phone. So no giving it to security. You aren’t camping out at the gym overnight, and you leave for work too early to catch security.
The management office is closed and there is no gap between the door and the floor, so no turning the phone into management. Plus, it might get stepped on come tomorrow morning even if there was a gap.
You have to go home by 11:30 to sleep. You wait an hour and it’s 11:30. No one has shown up to claim the phone.
or you could , ya know, just ignore the thing. It ain’t your problem.
“Gee, there’s somebody’s cell phone in my cup holder. If I leave it there, he may come back to get it. Or somebody will turn it in to the manager’s office tomorrow morning. Or somebody could steal it , and re-program the electronics to detonate a bomb. But it’s 11:30 at night, I’m sweating and exhausted from my workout , and I really need to go to bed.”
But me---- I’d do what DesertNomad and Silvorange said. It ain’t too hard.
Last time I found a phone on the tube, I sent a text to the last two numbers in the ‘calls made/received’ log, asking them if they knew how to contact the owner. The owner picked up his phone from my workplace one hour later.
Out of curiosity… do a lot of people not use lock codes on their phone? As nice as it would be to send a text to someone in the address book to let them know you found it, if someone found my SO’s phone they’d be locked out of everything except the “Place an emergency call” button.
Best thing to do is leave it with a gym employee or drop it off at a police station. Also, there’s a good chance the owner has it deactivated by now. If it’s a rather basic inexpensive or older model phone the owner may not be too concerned with it unless he/she has a lot of personal information in it.
Huh. Are emergency contacts an app, or is this native to Android? I’ve seen no such thing on my SO’s phone. Certainly nothing that would display phone numbers on the lock screen. All we get is the button that auto-dials 911.
This is why putting tracker tags from mystufflostandfound.com on all your stuff is such a great idea. They make it easy for someone finding your lost things to contact you immediatly without revealing your personel information.