The Internet Was Invented To Reunite Children With Lost Stuffed Animals

The Internet Was Invented To Reunite Children With Lost Stuffed Animals

The invention of the Internet has created some jobs, rendered others obsolete, and changed all of our lives. It has also made things possible that we couldn’t imagine before an interconnected world. Like the little girl who lost her stuffed lion, but found him again…thanks to Twitter. [More]

(Ninja M.)

I Left My Phone At Safeway, Then Things Got Weird

Rachael absent-mindedly left her phone at Safeway, a grocery store chain. Leaving things behind is a normal thing: it happens to everyone, even if you won’t admit it. What isn’t normal is what happened between Rachael and Safeway in the days afterward. She was lucky that no other customers wandered off with her phone, and that the store held on to it for her in their safe. At least, that’s what they said part of the time. [More]

FitBit Wants Device I Found Back, Will Return It To Owner

FitBit Wants Device I Found Back, Will Return It To Owner

We’ve covered the FitBit, a tiny movement tracker that syncs to computers and smartphones, on the site in the past, noting the company’s generous replacement policy. Fitbits have been dunked and lost, and the company still replaced them. But we’ve never heard of anything quite like what David heard back when he turned in a FitBit that he found. [More]

Southwest Airlines Mails Lost Phone, Provides Outstanding Service And Terrible Poetry

With much luv

Jane’s husband left his mobile phone behind on a Southwest Airlines plane. Oh, no! How sad! He had every reason to expect not to see it again, but someone turned it in to Lost and Found. The kind souls at Southwest mailed it back to him, enclosing a poem. We’re not saying that it was a good poem, but it’s certainly a thoughtful one. [More]

Here's $114,000. Have a nice day!

Junk Hauler Finds $114,0000 In Savings Bonds While Smashing Up Hope Chest

Viewers of clutter-gore programs like A&E’s “Hoarders” know that junk haulers are some of our society’s unsung heroes. Emptying homes of crap no one wants is an important job. What people don’t realize, though, is that junk haulers do find the occasional treasure. One Massachusetts hauler recently found $114,000 worth of U.S. savings bonds inside a wooden hope chest that was being broken down for a trip to the dump. He surprised the owner’s daughter with the paper bonds while reality TV cameras just happened to be rolling. [More]

(The Consumerist)

American Airlines Employees Scoop Up My Wallet, Save The Day

Reader HogwartsProfessor has one of the rarest of all consumer stories to share: a positive story about an item left behind on a plane and airline employees. Yes, the problem was entirely her fault, but their staff on the ground were kind and helpful, creating a chain of kindness that reunited H.P. with her wallet and got her on the next plane with no extra fees. [More]

United Passenger Tries To Reunite Lost iPad With Owner, Airline Doesn’t Seem To Care

United Passenger Tries To Reunite Lost iPad With Owner, Airline Doesn’t Seem To Care

If some people found an ownerless iPad on a plane, they would just figure “finders keepers.” But not Consumerist reader Jeffrey, who has tried several times to provide relevant information bout the device’s likely owner to United Airlines, but who just keeps getting the same useless auto-reply. [More]

I Want To Reunite Lost Kindle And Its Owner, But Amazon Won’t Help

I Want To Reunite Lost Kindle And Its Owner, But Amazon Won’t Help

Matt is trying to do a nice thing. The previous occupant of his seat on a plane left a Kindle behind in the seatback pocket. He took it with him, planning to reunite the device with its owner. But that person has a very common name, and Amazon has no interest in being a go-between to help reunite lost Kindles with their owners. [More]

Woman Returns Lost iPhone, Is Rewarded With Beating

Woman Returns Lost iPhone, Is Rewarded With Beating

The 53-year-old woman in Fredericksburg, Va. was trying to perform a good deed. She found an iPhone near a convenience store, and contacted the owner to give it back. They agreed to meet up outside of a restaurant, and the phone’s owner promised a reward. Then things went horribly wrong: according to police, the phone’s owner took the phone back, handed over the reward, then attacked her from behind while she was walking away. [More]

Guy Finds $8K On The Road, Gives It Back To Owner

Guy Finds $8K On The Road, Gives It Back To Owner

If you ever lose a briefcase containing personal documents and $8,000 in cash, you probably won’t see it again. But a man in Tampa got lucky because a virtuous person snagged the case and made sure it found its way back to its owner. [More]

Feds Investigate $600 Million Allegedly Missing At MF Global

Feds Investigate $600 Million Allegedly Missing At MF Global

Federal investigators are attempting to sort out how New York-based derivatives broker MF Global has apparently up and lost $600 million of customers’ money. The FBI, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission are all reportedly investigating, amid accusations that MF Global has broken federal rules for keeping customers’ money separate from the business’s own assets. [More]

Government Finds $6.6 Billion It Thought It Lost In Iraq

Government Finds $6.6 Billion It Thought It Lost In Iraq

In a way, the U.S. government has lifted up the seat cushion it knows as Iraq and dug out the $6.6 billion in pocket change it believed it had misplaced during the early days of the conflict. A new report says the money was never lost, but instead was placed under the control of the Iraqi government, as intended. [More]

Lost Wallet Returned To Man After 40 Years

Lost Wallet Returned To Man After 40 Years

If you lose a wallet and can’t find it for a few decades, that’s usually a sign you won’t see it again. But a 77-year-old former New York Times employee managed to recover a wallet he lost at the paper 40 years ago. [More]

Homeless Vet Returns Cash-Filled Wallet To Owner

Homeless Vet Returns Cash-Filled Wallet To Owner

If you ever lose a wallet stocked with cash but no identification, you can probably forget about ever reuniting with it. But a homeless 49-year-old Navy vet in Boston made the near-impossible happen for the bike messenger who lost the precious cargo. [More]

Microsoft Lost My Xbox, Won't Help Me Get It Back

Microsoft Lost My Xbox, Won't Help Me Get It Back

When N’s Halo 3 Xbox 360 gave up the ghost, he sent it in for repair, but apparently Covenant forces have intervened because now the console is lost and not even the eagle-eyed scouts at Microsoft have been able to track it down. N has been hounding Microsoft since early October but he’s no closer to bringing his Xbox back from the void. [More]

United Doesn't Care That I Lost My iPad Onboard

United Doesn't Care That I Lost My iPad Onboard

Bob was in such a hurry to get off a United flight he left his iPad at his seat, and didn’t realize his mistake until he had crossed the security checkpoint. He tried like hell to rescue his lost tablet, even using the MobileMe function that’s discovered the whereabouts of many a swiped idevice, to no avail. He says United has been less than helpful. [More]

Five Things To Do Before Losing Your Wallet

Five Things To Do Before Losing Your Wallet

Look, it’s going to happen eventually. Whether it’s pickpockets or carelessness, you’re going to lose your wallet. When you do, you’ll be glad you took these five steps to make recovery simple and painless. [More]

Bid On 'Lost' Props So You Can Make A Series Finale Worth Watching

Bid On 'Lost' Props So You Can Make A Series Finale Worth Watching

I, like many people who spent too many hours attempting to solve the 6-season puzzle that was Lost, was more than a tad bit disappointed in the show’s final episode. But now we all have the chance to recreate our own versions of how the finale should have gone — and do it with actual props from the show. [More]