Two Umbrella Stories

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Philippines
May 30, 2017 5:01am CST
The last time I had a massage, I borrowed an umbrella from the therapists and promised to return it the next day. However, 10 days passed before I was able to return it, so I bought some ‘puto’ (steamed rice cakes) for them to snack on to make up for any inconvenience. (I've been there several times, so the snack offering is also a token of appreciation.) When we had a garage sale a few weeks back, one customer left behind her automatic folding umbrella, but never came back for it. We don't know who she is or where she lives, or if she was just passing by. If she lives here and regularly passes by our house and knows for sure that she left it here, then she could have just rang the doorbell anytime to ask for her umbrella back. Have you ever had to take a chance to ask for help or borrow anything from a stranger out of extreme need, and was grateful for their trust and assistance? What things have people left behind in your house, or workplace, or business that they never returned to pick up? What did you do with them?
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@louievill (18674)
• Philippines
30 May 17
I never developed the habit of bringing an umbrella, it's "estorbo" or bothersome for me and it's still something to worry about and I feel it limits my freedom of movement. I would just rather make a mad dash in the rain wearing a jacket or rain coat and or find shelter and wait for rain to stop.
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• Philippines
30 May 17
what i find bothersome, and tend to lose, are the long umbrellas, but not the folding ones. when you sit in crowded public transportation next to someone wearing a wet jacket, you get wet, too.
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@marlina (73883)
• Canada
30 May 17
@louievill , I prefer to wear a raincoat than carrying an umbrella.
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@louievill (18674)
• Philippines
30 May 17
@marlina we are on the same boat
@josie_ (7348)
• Philippines
30 May 17
One of my relatives use to have an internet cafe. With the number of umbrellas left behind by customers they could have a garage sale of umbrellas.
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• Philippines
30 May 17
oh, my goodness, that many, huh? hahaha! i guess if they themselves lose an umbrella while they're out, they'll just shrug it off since there's more in the shop. hahaha!
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@josie_ (7348)
• Philippines
30 May 17
@hereandthere _I never had to buy an umbrella during that time. I just drop by my relative's internet shop.
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• Philippines
30 May 17
@josie_ free supply! hahaha!
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@MALUSE (40290)
• Germany
30 May 17
In the town where I live, many shops have umbrellas for customers who're surprised by rain. You pay 5 Euro and can later give the umbrella back in any shop with this service. There you get 5 Euro back.
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• Philippines
30 May 17
what a great setup!
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@MALUSE (40290)
• Germany
30 May 17
@hereandthere Why not suggest this in your town, too?
@marlina (73883)
• Canada
30 May 17
@MALUSE , That's cool!
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@jaboUK (53938)
• United Kingdom
30 May 17
Apparently umbrellas are the most prolific items in lost property offices.
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• Philippines
30 May 17
through the years, the umbrellas i've lost seem to be the long, hooked ones, not the folding ones.
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@responsiveme (16336)
• India
30 May 17
I keep on losing umbrellas ...its become a joke with my colleagues
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• Philippines
30 May 17
oh, so you've developed a reputation as the forgetful one. hee hee. i know people who only buy cheap umbrellas because they know they'll keep losing it.
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
30 May 17
I have lost a couple of umbrellas and at least one pair of sunglasses. I do not even remember well where I left the items.
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• Philippines
31 May 17
even though i live in a sunny country, i never owned a pair of sunglasses. i think with eyeglasses and sunglasses, it's either you accidentally break them, or you lose them, which is both annoying and inconvenient, of course.
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
31 May 17
@hereandthere I never forgot or broke my eyeglasses, but I often misplace my sunglasses.
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• United States
30 May 17
Honestly, I do not ever remember borrowing anything from anyone. Once I was standing in a line and a man shared his umbrella with me in the pouring rain.
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• Philippines
31 May 17
i share my umbrella with others, too.
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• United States
31 May 17
@kepweng (14954)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
8 Nov
its good things that the umberela have No Rental fee??
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• Philippines
8 Nov
when i returned the umbrella i borrowed, the therapist was no longer working there, but i still left it with her former officemates. the customer who left her umbrella never came back so my niece uses it.
@ShifaLk (7483)
• India
6 Jun 17
Yeah sometimes it happens and I try my best to find the persons... once I found a wallet with IDs in it and I found the girl on Facebook with much effort and returned everything she was very happy
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• Philippines
7 Jun 17
when it comes to wallets it's the cards and IDs in it that we really want back the most because it takes time and effort to replace them.
@much2say (39271)
• United States
31 May 17
I never borrow anything from a stranger (my parents were the types to rarely ask for help or to borrow . . . I think that's ingrained in me). When my son was about 4, Grandma gave him an umbrella with Spiderman on it. My son isn't into superheroes, but he just used the umbrella just to use it - and it became well used. One of his friends loved Spiderman and one rainy day we all walked outside of the place we were - and the friend and mother had no umbrella. "Here," my son said. "You can have my umbrella!". I was so proud of him for being so giving . . . but in the end the mother gave us back the umbrella when they got to the car.
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• Philippines
1 Jun 17
so young yet so kind. you're such a great mom.
@acelawrites (10961)
• Philippines
31 May 17
I left my umbrella in a fish stall in the market; good thing the vendor kept it knowing it's mine and I will come back when I buy fish from her again. I was so glad she kept it for me because it was a gift from my niece last Christmas.
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• Philippines
31 May 17
because it has sentimental value
@ilocosboy (34325)
• Philippines
30 May 17
That was a good story of two umbrellas. I believe there's always someone to help us in times of distress
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• Philippines
30 May 17
that's true. i have volunteered to let people share my umbrella while walking or waiting for a ride. do visitors accidentally leave their things at your station?
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• United States
1 Jun 17
I never borrowed an umbrella from a place but just someone at home :)
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@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
31 May 17
It's always an umbrella that people tend to forget. I would gladly lend an umbrella too, if a visitor comes to the house and needs them.
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@JESSY3236 (6537)
• United States
30 May 17
I have borrow a phone before so I could call my great-aunt and the phone company when my phone line was down. My mother has left stuff behind before and I either kept it or gave it away.
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@amnabas (10298)
• Karachi, Pakistan
30 May 17
Well not happened to me.
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@ridingbet (53159)
• Philippines
31 May 17
i would hang the folded umbrella in our garage so the owner can see and get it.
• Philippines
31 May 17
it's still here. i don't think it's safe to hang it by the gate. it will get wet and rusty from the rain, or picked up by passersby.
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@ridingbet (53159)
• Philippines
1 Jun 17
@hereandthere yes, it could be taken by some especially if it is raining hard; the umbrella is already temptation. our garage is not near our gate so i think it is wise to hang it here.
• United States
30 May 17
'twas most kind 'f ya to return such 'long with some treats :) that lady who left hers 't yer place's prolly nary a clue 'tis there. i've 'd many odd thingies left here - pups, horses/tack, wrecked trucks, 'n a loooong list 'f other schtuff. the critters were fer the most part rehomed. the trucks eventually hauled to the salvage yard 'n the funds donated to the children's home. the rest 's sadly still here. 's there a time limit fer some items?? some've been takin' 'p space fer o'er 15 years!