I you found a cellphone will you return it?

Philippines
February 1, 2010 4:53am CST
Last Christmas my boyfriend accidentally left his phone on a taxi. We all thought that it it would be gone and we were feeling bad already. But then after a few minutes my phone started ringing and it was my boyfriend's number. It was the driver of the taxi and he was just asking for directions where to bring the cellphone. I don't know if it was the holiday fever, but whatever it was we were so glad that it got returned. So if it was you would you return a phone you have found? Let's pretend that's its the latest and coolest model available in the market and the reward you'd get will be $5 at most.
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36 responses
• Philippines
2 Feb 10
I think I'm not picking it. I mean if I saw a cellphone especially if it's so new and the latest one I would be suspicious as to why it's left behind. Maybe it's just a trap or something else. A bomb maybe. Haha. Too many possibilities. So maybe I won't pick it. I'll just leave it and maybe the owner will look for it there. Isn't it nice if all people would do that? I heard Singapore is like that. People there don't pick up things that doesn't belong to them so owners can just look for their things that's left behind at the place they thought they've left it.
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• Philippines
11 Feb 10
To live in Singapore must be great then. I hope other countries are like that too. But if people are satisfied with what they hjave they wouldn't dream of taking other's stuff.
• Philippines
20 Feb 10
Yes I wish all countries are like that too especially Philippines. But I doubt it'll become a reality since Philippines is a poor country and anything valuable people will see everywhere is a very good prospect for source of money.
• Philippines
21 Feb 10
Yes being poor really changes how you view things. It's like everything is up fro grabs and you better learn to accept that fast or you'll end up with nothing. I think hardships take out the innate sense of being giving and forgiving.
@lelin1123 (15639)
• Puerto Rico
7 Feb 10
I would definitely return the phone. Its bad karma if you don't. I always live by "Do onto other as you wish them to do too you". I would want someone to return my cellphone so I would return the one I found, its the right thing to do no matter how expensive or fancy the phone is.
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• Philippines
7 Feb 10
The golden rule seems to be the best rule ever. I really believe that if you do something nice for another person, someone would do the same for you. We do get burned by some but not all of them do that.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
3 Feb 10
I may not be able to return the phone directly to the person, but I would be kind enough to take it to a local retail store that was listed on the phone. Quite often people aren't smart enough to store their personal contact information on the phone so others who know how to use that particular model could look it up. Seeing as how I lock my sim card, I don't eaither. So I'd have no choice but to take it to the carrier and hope the clerks do the right thing and return it to the rightful owners.
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• Philippines
11 Feb 10
that would be the practical thing to do. they do have ways of tracking the owner down even if the sim is locked or the phone is locked, right?
• Philippines
2 Feb 10
Hello abitcus, The reward doesn't really matter matter. mobile phones now are one of the most important medium devices for communication. it doesn't matter how advance it is, of course, they need it badly and i have to return it. just like returning some one elses wallet when they need it most.. reward doesn't matter when you make the person happy.
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• Philippines
11 Feb 10
yes, it really doesn't if there is a reward or not. It makes other people happy and sometimes that is just enough
@kyel_11 (1069)
• Philippines
2 Feb 10
definitely! it's just between right and wrong so i choose to be right. returning someone else phone is the right thing to do since it is not mine after all. i would return it even if there's no reward. i know God sees it and He'll reward me for doing this :)
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• Philippines
11 Feb 10
it's how we are raised, we believe God will reward us.
• Philippines
2 Feb 10
Yes I will return it. I encounter this kind of situation when I was in a jeep and didn't notice that a woman left her phone because I am looking outside. So when I was about to get money to pay my fair I saw a phone and ask the person beside me if it is her phone she answered no. So I take it and I texted some people who are in her contacts and one of them answered and they will tell the person to meet me and get the phone.
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• Philippines
11 Feb 10
And it feels great when you see somebody relieved because they still got their stuff back. It might be just a few minutes, but I treasure that feeling too.
• United States
2 Feb 10
You know as unbelievable as it seems, i doubt it was the "holiday spirit". 3 Years ago I lost my wallet on the bus. I was really worried because I ha just taken out $40 from the bank and had my work permit in the wallet (I used it that same day). I thought someone had stolen the wallet from my bag because I had fallen asleep on the 1hr ride back home, but it turns out I had just dropped it. 3 days later I got a package in the mail. Someone in the bus (a tourist aparently, as the address and letter inside where from a hotel) was kind enough to mail it to me (express delivery, mind you). They payment for the delivery was made with the $40 that where in the wallet. He/she event sent me a receipt. I wrote back to the return address but the person was gone from the hotel. Who ever that was THANK YOU! i got all my stuff back and specially my stress went waaaay down...
• Philippines
2 Feb 10
The person who sent your wallet back must be a truly amazing person. If only everyone could also be the same. Apparently mylotters have the kindest of hearts. Event though this was really just a question that had no wrong answer, everybody will choose to return something they have found by accident. It truly is inspiring. Go mylotters!!!
@brymel25 (286)
• Philippines
1 Feb 10
The taxi driver who returned your boyfriend's cellphone is indeed a good role model among everyone. It inspires us to be honest and not be easily tempted with material things. If only all of us (especially the politicians) would be this honest, then we would all live peacefully. If i found one, i would not hesitate on returning it to the owner. I'd return it immediately.
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• Philippines
4 Feb 10
oh politicians take without us knowing it so I truly believe that the simpler a man's hopes are, the more honest they are.
@happy2512 (1266)
• Philippines
1 Feb 10
Yes I will because I want that good deed will be done to me by returning the anything that I left accidentally wherein I place my contact numbers.
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• Philippines
4 Feb 10
the golden rule is always my favorite philosophy
@verabear (797)
• Philippines
1 Feb 10
I would like to think that I would do the right thing and return the phone. After all, it would be hard to come up with an excuse for not doing so. After all, one can try to contact the people in the address book. And I hope everyone would do the same. I almost lost my phone last Sunday. I had a coffee break at the Starbucks in our building with another colleague. It was a busy morning for the store as there were customers waiting to see the noontime Sunday show in the studio (my office is located in a TV network's hub). We left the cafe, and maybe 20 or so paces away, comes a young man giving my back my cellphone. I remember him heading to our table while we were walking out. Am I so glad it was him, and that he had a mind to go after me and give it back. If it were someone else in the busy cafe, there's a big possibility that I wouldn't have received my phone back. I regret not chatting with him and asking for his name or offering to buy him coffee. I thanked him though.
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• Philippines
4 Feb 10
It's a good thing that a really good person returned your phone.
@abee1020 (116)
• Philippines
1 Feb 10
yes. I lost my cellphone when I'm eating at wendy's I thought I lost it on a taxi but when I called my number someone answered it. He returned it to me. but that's not the end. I lost the same cellphone again in an ATM machine. I thought it's really gone because there were many people withdrawing that time. But luckily again, the bank's guard kept it and returned it to me. my cellphone is in good model and very tempting. Our security regarding cellphones are not that strict so they can easily keep it for themselves if they wanted to. so who am I for not doing the same right? I will definitely return it as a sign of my gratitude for those individuals who returned my phone.
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• Philippines
2 Feb 10
i think you should. a lot of people had invested money just to buy good phones. although we know it's just good for communication but it's a nice property that we have too bad if it's get loose. so, be careful with your phone or you may not be lucky next time youloose it. have a great day
• India
1 Feb 10
if i had found a phone then i would return it because now the cops can identify us using the imei no: and may block the connection it will make more trouble. so its better to return the phone and have the treat from the owner for returniong the phone?
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• Philippines
4 Feb 10
ever so practical my friend. It would really be something if you get busted because you did not return a phone.
• United States
2 Feb 10
I would find the owner. I found a wallet last year and had to find the owner.Sort of the same thing.
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@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
2 Feb 10
I would return it regardless of how fancy it was or expectations of any reward. It would make my day to do something unexpected and nice for someone. I love the movie, Pay it Forward and maybe the Taxi driver saw it too. It's nice to know that there are still good people in the world, Thanks for sharing this story. It really made me smile during an otherwise bad day!! Take care!!
@ella8967 (31)
• China
2 Feb 10
yes.definetly I think I would return it back,I never take the things that don't belong to me.
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• Philippines
2 Feb 10
I have lost 4 cellphones in 1 year and definitely I know the feeling. So if I found one I would surely give it back even without a reward.
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@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
2 Feb 10
I would return it because I don't want to feel guilty or anything so I would just try to call the contact phone numbers. Hopefully I will be able to call somebody that will be able to return the phone back to the owner. I always love to feel good for doing good deeds.
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@teamrose (1499)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Of course I would return it. That is the right thing to do. The same thing if I found someone's wallet or purse. The person that lost their valuable needs it more than I.
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• United States
2 Feb 10
That happened to me some years ago while i was in college, I found a cell phone in a parking lot, and I called the mother of person, I had to drive a long way to get to the person's place, but it was all worth it, the phone was owned by a guy which was an student like me, he was waiting for a very important call regarding a job that he was applying for, and they supposed to call him to that cell phone, by the time I got to his place I found out that his mother even buy me desert, because they though the cell phone was gone. Since that day I gained a really good friend.
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• Philippines
2 Feb 10
Hi abitcurious, Reward or no reward, the latest and coolest model or the oldest and cheapest, it's not mine, so, I'd return it. When I discovered that I had forgotten to take my cell phone with me, I went back home to get it. Without the cell phone, I felt handicapped like part of me was missing. I assume that others would feel that way, too. The golden rule is what I'd apply in this situation or any situation for that matter. I am sure glad that your boy friends cell was returned. Have a nice day, abitcurious.
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