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A Fabulous "People Are Good" Story

OK this isn't really a question, but just had to share this story about my recent trip to Europe. I bought a small camera that I wore around my wrist. Twice in the bathroom, I hung it on the hook in the stall. The first time in the L'Orangerie in Paris, it was found by an employee and it was returned to me as soon as I asked for it. Not used to carrying around such a small camera, I did the same thing, forgetting it in a stall in Kloister Andechs in Germany. After asking numerous employees and the restroom attendant if anyone had turned in the camera and asking the owner of the bed and breakfast where we stayed to call for me the next morning to see if anyone had turned it in, I gave up on the camera assuming that I had gotten it back once and my luck had run out.

This was in the middle of July. So today I got an e-mail from my daughter's teacher from last year. Someone in Germany found my camera and went to the trouble to look at the pictures to see if they could determine the owner of the camera. My daughter was wearing a t-shirt in some of the pictures from a safety patrol trip that she took earlier in the summer that was sponsored by our local sheriff. This person contacted the sheriff's department who in turn contacted all of the teachers who are safety patrol sponsors. I am just in awe and very happy that I will soon be getting my camera back! Aren't people Good?

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Hoorary for humanity! Score one for the good guys, Melissa...great story. (:

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Nice story. Many people are good but usually it seems that the bad ones get all the notice.

I'm glad for your happy ending.

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You might want to develop a different strategy for carrying your Camera in future. Even honest people probably wouldn't bother taking the time to do the "detective work" to track down the owner, as happened in this case.

Glad to hear that you'll be getting your Camera back!

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GREAT STORY! That makes me realize I should put my EMAIL ADDRESS on everything - easiest way to be contacted internationally. THANKS

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The first picture on all of my memory cards is of my whiteboard at home. On the board is written my name, international cellphone number, home telephone number, and email address. It is my hope that if I should lose my camera, someone would find me via that information and return it (or at least return the memory card).

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That is a great idea Nancy.
Melissa,, thanks for the post,, most people are good, but I think you hit it really lucky that last time.. and yes,, you should probaly develope a better way of carrying a camera.LOL ( I bet if it was in your purse you wouldn't have forgotten it)

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Nancy, that is the best idea I have heard in a long time!

Thanks for the post.

That is a good story to hear Melissa. Nice to know there are still good people.

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That is a great story Melissa. I also have a "people are good story" from a trip I took to Spain in 2004. We ate dinner one night at the cafe in the Hotel Europe in Madrid. After we paid the check and left, I realised that I had left my reading glasses behind. I returned and asked the waiter, in my mediocre Spanish, if he had seen them. He replied that he had not. I was upset because our trip had only just begun and I can't read a thing without my glasses. Two nights later, we sat on the terrace at the Hotel Europe and had some late night tapas and drinks. We had a different waiter and when we asked for the check, the waiter from the first night brought out a serving tray with our check and my glasses.

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I have to add my little story to this. This past May I was in San Sebastian when I took an evening walk and stopped at an atm downtown. I inserted my atm card and pin. When the screen came up and listed the exchange rate and wanted my approval, I decided to cancell the transaction and pushed the "no" buttons. I regtrieved my card and went on my way. I went a couple hundred yards away when I felt a tap on my shoulder. A lady stopped me and said that a gentleman (her husband)said I forgot something. I turned and saw the gentleman waving a receipt at me, I went back and he then handed me the 300 Euros that the atm spat out even though I had hit the cancel button! Moral of the story is to always wait a bit after retrieving your atm card from an atm. And bless the honest people in life!

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Here's also a tip for those small cameras.

Rather than use the wrist strap they come with, swap it for a neck strap that come with thumb drives. The connection is the same as the wrist strap. Then you can keep the camera conveniently around your neck rather that tie up one of your hands all the time.

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Hi Melissa,

Great story! I'm curious, would it be possible for me to get that persons address and send them a letter or card to thank them for their honesty? Having lived in Germany for five years I came across a lot of German locals who went out of their way to help me. I never forgot their kindness. Just wondering.

All the best, Monte

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Brad - Great tip!! I just took a look at my little flash drive, and that strap would work perfectly on my new camera!! Thanks!

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I too have left things in european toilet stalls, and without fail, have had them returned. Most recently at the Prado museum in Madrid in May, I left my fanny/waist pack hanging behind the stall door. I returned within minutes, but found the pack was gone. As there were many school groups that day, some who certainly were waiting for the stall I left, I figured, maybe my luck would run out? But no, I checked at the lost and found/front desk, and yes, there was my pack, brought by a school child with all intact. The almost same thing happened at a museum in Leipzig, Germany, last November, with the same result of safely returned pack. But maybe I need not to have that pack, as it just gets misplaced. But always returns. Larry from Springfield.