Leaving the toll gate getting on the Ohio Turnpike ....
Lying in the road ......
Camera is around $1700 for the body
Lens is around $700
better check it for incriminating photographs!
Lists for around 1500.oo USD.....
Not too shabby for free .....
I have no clue how to use it .....
Hopefully you will be trying to track the owner. Never knew that each camera has a unique code and a photo posted on the web can be tracked to a specific camera
Good luck in trying to finding the owner
Reminds me of the time I put my iPad on top of the car and then forgot it and drove off. Fortunately it stayed in place for the 40 mile drive home.
Somebody is sure going to be missing that camera. If they registered it for warranty purposes, the company might be able to match the serial number to it's owner.
Find the owner. Being righteous is what lifeís all about.
I use a Nikon, as well. If it was warranty registered, Nikon would have the registered owner information on file. Nikon customer service number is 1-800-645-6689, and their site is www.nikonusa.com if you want to do that. I've gotten a new pdf file for the daughter's camera off the site.
Sure hope you can find the rightful owner.
You obviously have a good camera already and know how to use it (even if it is just a cell phone ?). This would a great opportunity for you to find the owner and return it to show character again and PR for your work...it would be an interesting read for us about "detective work".
Not long ago I picked up a tool bag at the on ramp full of cordless tools that the "cable guy" lost. I called the company and told them he needs them back as that is how he makes his living and he needs them back. He got them back. Last month I picked up an Eastwood framing hammer while pulling into a commercial account at noon...asked the owners who was the contractor that just left for lunch and it was the garage door guy. He got it back.
Free is just a "bait pile" if you don't use "do diligence" and try to return it. I know you will as that is the type of person you are. It might be impossible and if so then your conscience is clear.
Looking forward to hearing the tale of how you found the rightful owner!
Someone is having a very bad day.
If you're not able to find the owner and have to keep it, look for a manual online.
There are people that do the right thing, there are people that do the right thing when someone is watching, and then the minority.........the title says it all, Iím afraid.
Be careful -- if you find the owner they will most likely try to sue you because it is "slightly banged up" due to the fall from their vehicle.
Just hope it has not been reported as stolen so the owner could get insurance to cover its replacement.
Ever the pessimist
Craigslist has a "lost+found" section. What a wonderful thing that would be for the rightful owner to be reunited with their prized possession.
A good idea is to engrave your drivers license number on your camera or other valuable item, or other means of ID such as your phone number.
There is much truth to your post. This is the world we live in Iím afraid!
I have lost many tools at my place of work due to my fault of forgetting them on our fleet of vehicles. You would think the finder would bring them to the Automotive Department and say, hey someone left this in vehicle #....
The answer is, NO.
My apologies on misspelling your last name, Morsher.
My late father in law once dropped his wallet in a parking lot next to his car. When he realized it, he went back outside and saw a man holding it. The man asked him if it was his; he replied in the affirmative, and the man handed it back to him. When Dad opened it, all the cash was gone; about $250. Dad asked about it and the man said: "Oh yes; I took that as my reward for being honest."
I can relate to your story of a found wallet. I stopped at a gas station and found a wallet next to the gas pumps. I looked inside for the owners name and called them and returned the wallet with a large amount of cash inside. The owner opened the wallet and noticed that I didn't touch any of the cash or cards but returned it as found and made a comment to me about the amount of cash inside and that I returned it to them. I said that if I was going to take your money do you think I would have called you and drove over to meet you? I didn't expect a reward and didn't receive one but I didn't like the fact that the owner implied that I was dishonest.
Shame on you for finding that camera! Now you are a criminal for doing that dasterdly deed! You should just take it back and leave it there so you can free of sin! Hang your head in shame Jim! good night from Barcelona, 3 am here. I'm betting Jim will do the right thing.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Dobbins .....
Enjoy your Vacation !
Re; A good idea is to engrave your drivers license number on your camera or other valuable item
NO way! Don't even put them on checks, don't want some malcontent getting my license number, it's bad enough when you find things with S.S. number on them.
Not too long ago, at an intersection in the Houston area, I observed a guy pull out of a gas station with his wallet on top of his car.
The wallet flew off the car and the contents (credit cards, cash, etc) came out of the wallet and scattered all over the intersection. The oblivious driver drove away.
I positioned my car to stop traffic and another motorist and I chased the guy's stuff all over the intersection and reassembled the wallet. While this was going on, other drivers were honking and giving me the "one-finger salute". One driver drove around my "barricade", nearly clipped me and ran over some of the contents.
Once I had the reassembled wallet, I sat in a nearby parking lot and went through the contents, looking for contact information for the guy. I couldn't find any. His driver's license said his home was in New York. So...I called the number on the back of one of his credit cards and explained the situation to the customer service rep and asked her to call him, if she had his number and tell him to come back to my location and retrieve his wallet.
The credit card rep called me back and said she was successful in reaching him and that he was headed my way.
After waiting for a half hour, the guy showed up, took his wallet and didn't offer so much as a "thanks". He almost had a look of contempt in his eyes that I had his wallet.
I still shake my head when I think about it.
No good deed will go unpunished.
Reading this thread reminds me of when I found a purse on the side of the road, while walking home from school.
I took it home to my mom and she just looked at the ladies name and address on her drivers license and found her in the phone book. There must have been some money in it before I found it, because my mother ask me many times if I found any money in it. (there wasn't)
The lady came over to our house that day and picked it up. She offered me a dollar reward for finding her purse. I told her no, but she insisted on it. I remember I looked at my mom and she kind of nodded her head, so I took it.
And this was the time when I was picking up pop bottles and taking them to the store for a 1 cent deposit return... WOW was I rich that day.
Its funny how I can remember something from so long ago, but not what I had for breakfast this morning....LOL
Common Courtesy like common sense is not so common!
Don amazing story, You got the wallet, put it back together, contacted the owner and didn't get run over or cause a accident in the process.
All for a ingrate. Like William Hoffer stated.
Mark your worry about drivers licence numbers I'm afraid for some is moot. Depending on the state (Lucky for you Oregon doesn't seem to be one.) Some one only needs your name and birthday and they can run the algorithm and get your Drivers license number in seconds. Now its not 100% like if you changed your name. If any one is curious here is the site I have seen. http://www.highprogrammer.com/cgi-bin/uniqueid/dl_mi
So many are looking for 'the outcome' of this adventure. The fact remains that each of us can look at ourselves in the mirror and ask "What would you do?" We'll have to live with our self regardless of the answer. Some will feel more responsibility than others. Suggestion: Take an objective look from the other guy's viewpoint.... Yeah, we've likely had our own opportunities to be the ungrateful, but thoroughly embarrassed dimwit. "I NEVER make mistakes - Thought I did ONCE, but I was wrong..."
Usually, when I find something dropped in the road, it has already been run over a few times, wasn't worth much to begin with, and had no identifying information to return it anyway. I still have and use a pair a scissors, and an umbrella I got that way. The scissors handle is cracked in a couple directions, but still work nice. The umbrella handle is broken and missing, post bent a little, and one torn loose piece, however it folds up and opens okay. And it rides nicely in whatever car or truck I am using during the winter to be used if a storm lets loose. I have been hauling that broken thing around for 25 years about.
The scissors I picked up after avoiding them myself, because I have had flat tires from similar objects before and didn't want someone else to have that experience.
I also have and use a large screwdriver that I removed from inside my rear tire some years back. The handle is missing, but it works well for a screwdriver to beat with a hammer instead of beating one of my good ones.
Just a little of my twisted humor mixed with recollections.
I have picked up tools out of the road several times over the past 45+ years. My favorite shop hammer was standing up on the center line of the highway one day. I did however leave my favorite ball peen hammer on the running board of our '21 Touring and lost it. Even trade , I guess.
A little off topic but once I was driving down a country road and saw a purse lying in the center of my lane. I stopped the car, got out, walked around the front and as I reached to pick it up it suddenly flew off in the direction of the roadside ditch. Looking up I saw for a moment a kid's face with a big grin on it before he took off running. I have no idea how long he lay there waiting for a victim but at least he caught one.
We had a summer home north of Seattle on a lake. The road from the lake to the main hiway was a dirt narrow road with lots of brush along the sides.
While diving on this road as we were coming up to a stop sign my son in the back seat behind his mother saw a womans purse on the side of the road laying on the brush on the road side.He told his mother look there is a purse reach out and pick it up.
She opens the door and reaches down to pick up the purse. As she reached for the purse it moved away, she reaches out again and it moves away from her again. She grabs for the purse and it moved away for a 3rd time. Now she hears a lot of laughing and 2 boys hidden in the brush jumped up and could hardly contain them selves. They had tied a string on to the handle and every time my wife reached they pulled the string. Some bored young boys making their own kind of fun no electronic games or computer needed.
He was an ingrate Jim. But I'd do it again, in a hearbeat.
As for the random everyday tool, laying in the road...my dad always called them "roadkill" and would stop to collect them all the time.
I've adopted his practice and have all kinds of hammers, pliers, sheet metal snips, IR thermometers and so on. I've deduced that it's basically a lot of stuff that roofing and AC crews use and falls off their trucks. If it has ID marks on it, I call the company or just drive by and drop it off, if not, it's mine.
Turning around to pick up a hammer (when I already have 10) when we're on our way to church and all dressed up in our Sunday duds, drives my wife to near insanity, but my old car obsession does that as well.
My favorite was an aluminum 6 foot step ladder laying on I-45 out in the country between Houston and Dallas. The fall from the truck had left it pretty bent up, but I threw it in my truck, took it home and worked it with my sheet metal hammers until it was almost perfect.
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brasscarguy That story is a classic. 90% Good clean fun. Too bad so many kids don't know how to play any more.
I learned a good lesson a few years ago. I lost my wallet in the field while bailing hay. I looked for it but pretty much knew it was probably in one of the many bales. Gave up the search and finally got everything replaced. The next summer one of my hay customers came to buy hay from me and handed me my a very mashed and badly deteriorated wallet. He just happened to find it when he was feeding cows that winter. Everything was still there but nothing was any good. I now leave my wallet in the pickup when I am in the field. LOL
Back in the 80s I was on I-83 passing York, PA in my pick-up. Northbound just past the South Queen Street interchange a Lincoln passed me with the hammer down, a plink sounded as it went by. I later found a Mac 7/16 wrench in my truck bed that evening! York Lincoln / Mercury was located at that interchange.
To you do gooders, Thank You, I once lost my wallet while riding my motorcycle in Utah. I was contacted a few days later in Las Vegas, and was told who had my wallet. I drove back to St George Utah to pick it up complete with cash (after having to re-assemble it from tumbling down the highway). I pulled the cash $200 from it and handed it to the young man, Ron, that found it and told him thanks. He wouldn't take it. He was a mechanic. So I purchased a nice drill index and gave it to him the next time a came through. He did take that and we were both happy. So again Thank You people that take the time to help some one like me. I have been successful several times returning things as well, and never expect a reward.
I lost a camera in the Detroit airport. My name and address were written in ink on the inside of the case. I never got it back. I would have given a significant reward for it back - not because I wanted the camera but because I wanted the chip with the photographs. It was an old point and shoot Nikon that we had already replaced with a D-80. I always take my next-to-top-of-the-line camera on trips just for that reason. If the finder had mailed me the chip I would have told him to keep the camera and would have sent him a $50.
The only thing that beats a wallet on a string is gluing a quarter to the floor of a busy aisle in a factory! I cant tell you how many times we would just laugh until it hurt watching people try to nonchalantly stoop down and try to grab that coin, or trip over it.
25 cents for a whole days entertainment!
I'm a retired telephone repairman. I was servicing pay phones in our area and found a woman's wallet jammed between the bottom of the phone and the shelf below it. Obviously, she stuck it there while making a call and drove off.
I brought the wallet back to our shop and used her driver's license to get the name, looked it up in the phone book and called the house.....forty miles away. She drove over and picked it up about an hour later, giving me a very heartwarming thank you. What she didn't know was that we (the crew) looked at all of her old driver's licenses, going back almost fifteen years. Boy, had that poor gal aged!
Yeah, I know........I'm so ashamed.............
A former boss, who was also a lifetime friend, told me a good true story from his younger days. He lived out in the country along the only road for miles around. He and 3 or 4 other young boys were bored, looking for something fun to do on a summer Saturday afternoon. They caught a BIG blacksnake and put it in a large handbag. Then they put the bag, with the snake inside right on the edge of the right hand side of the road. The first car that passed by was a large Buick 4 door sedan. The car stopped and an occupant jumped out and grabbed the bag and jumped back in the car. He said the Buick 225 , that the driver and passengers probably referred to as a "deuce-and-a quarter", went about 50 yards farther and then all four wheels locked , smoking the tires. Several young men bailed out, screaming and cussing as they ran in all directions. The boys responsible laughed till the cried.
Iíve seen people find cameras an post the pictures on a Facebook page seen here
Back in my USAF days we'd bring in T-39's from the flight line into the "phase docks." I knew just where to thump on the rear belly area to see if any tools were hidden under a shelf inside the plane. (There would be a distinct "rattele.") I got some nice tools from there, and I don't feel guilty one bit, because we all knew that whoever "lost" the tool would NEVER EVER admit it was theirs!
Back in my mechanic days, I was working for a local Ford dealer. It was owned by two brothers, but their father was likely the source of the money and was a regular presence there. The old man had quite a reputation for being a penny pincher. Some of my co-workers epoxyed 3 penny's to the floor in the middle of the service lane. The old man came through a couple of days later and saw them. He tried to pick them up and of course they did not budge. It really pissed him off and he demanded someone come out there and scrape them up off the floor while he waited. They did and the old man pocketed the 3 cents. I know the old man was cheap, but he wouldn't have gone to the trouble for 3 cents, but after having been 'had', he had to exercise his authority.
We have not heard from FJ on the subject of returning the camera to the rightful owner in a week so, I believe that says it all.....
That's FUNNY, So all us old guys need be sure and laugh.
I witnessed the purse-on-a-string gag as a child. Just west of Cadillac Michigan, Dad spotted it. He pulled over and gave the kids some of his best fishing line, and told him he could see the string they had been using.
Willis, I will not make the assumption that FJ will not try to find the camera's rightful owner. I prefer to believe that people will try to do the right thing.
I'm confused. Is this Facebook or the MTFCA forum?
In the late 60's my father worked for the Washington State Dept. of Transportation doing road maintenance and repair. One of the men on the crew was always quick to be the first to grab a tool, purse or what ever along the road. His aggressiveness caused friction with the fellow workers. One day they were repairing guardrail adjacent a deep ravine with a lot of large fill rock when he suddenly jumped over the guardrail and scrabbled down the boulders and retrieved a purse holding it up for all to see. He then opened it and found a paper on which was written "Ha-ha Verne you have been had". Verne then threw the purse as far as he could and did not talk to the rest of the crew for several days.
My dad was very proud of the fact that the planted purse had done its job.
James, he should have filled the purse with excrement.
Ed, he doubtless deserved that, but I'm reminded of the old saying, "You can't stir a bucket of sh** without getting some on you."
And it don't STINK till You stir it.
I once would stop to pick up tools, etc, laying "abandoned" on roadways. I stopped. Too many cops in MN with flashing lights on their cars are being run into by non attentive drivers. Cell phones weren't a problem when I started to drive.
On a visit to the Northeast a few months ago ....
I gifted the camera to a deserving friend.
Hopes are this Gentle Man will put it to good use
and perhaps post some images here on the forum.
On the counter of our Subaru Service center we had a advertising mat to write invoices on. I tore a corner of a $10.00 bill off and taped it under the edge of the mat so the number 10 was exposed. Then we drew a line along 2 sides of the mat. Each morning before we opened we moved that mat against the 2 straight lines.
By the afternoon the mat had always been moved several inches as customers tried to slide the $10.00 bill from under the mat. We would keep an eye out for who would try and get the 10 spot. As a study in human nature it was almost divided equally between men and women.
WOW, a nice gift you got by a random person. Enjoy it.
When I was younger & lived closer to Phoenix I found a wallet & an open pack of cigarettes in the road outside of a small water park. The thought of keeping it never crossed my mind. I looked in the wallet..about 30 dollars & a young guys drivers license. I found him listed & called him. He came out & picked it up. He was shocked because the money was still in there. I was glad that I had found him, the kid looked like $30.00 was more than he made a week. I did smoke a couple of his cigarettes though as I was out!
Willis Jenkins & Tim Morsher both have very keen insight! ALL cameras like that have a serial number, it would have taken almost NO effort to find the owner with an email or phone call to the company. The title of the thread definitely says it all.