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I'm Here to Help
Last night I found the contents of what must have been a woman's purse scattered under the bushes across the street from where I parked my car. There was a photo ID, a cash card, a cosmetology license, lots of receipts from bank deposits, an old black-and-white family photo, some business cards from Jamaica, and a ton of phone numbers scrawled on little slips of paper. There was also a windbreaker in a matching pouch. It looked like somebody must have parked there and gone through a stolen purse, throwing out everything they couldn't use. Her address, halfway across town, was on her ID, but I couldn't find any phone numbers. There was a business card for a hair salon with her first name on it, but when I called the number nobody there knew who she was. So I called 311 and asked whether a crime had been reported and what to do with all this stuff. The woman told me to take it to the post office and they would mail it back to her. It would be nice if they didn't charge me for it. I'm debating whether to put my contact information in with her stuff. On one hand I don't want to get involved in anything, but on the other hand it was dark when I was picking her things up out of the pile of dead leaves and I may have missed something smaller of sentimental value. I'll probably just throw in a note saying where I found it all so she can come back and look if she wants.

When I finished that, I was crossing the street to my building when a woman in a station wagon stopped me for directions to Bolling Air Force Base on the other side of town. She had a couple of kids in carseats in the back and some messed-up Mapquest directions that had her turning east onto a north-south street and wouldn't have gotten her anywhere near Bolling. So I took the time to tell her how to get downtown and find the highway she needed from there. "This is great ammunition for my campaign to get GPS," she said. I like her style.

Well, let's hope the people who keep track of these things were paying attention last night.
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yokospungeon From: yokospungeon Date: March 19th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are a thoroughly good egg Ms FFF.

I hope the karma boomerangs straight back.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: March 19th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why, thank you, yokes! I hope it does too.

How's the sprout?
yokospungeon From: yokospungeon Date: March 19th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's making me eat lots of cakes and rice puddings the naughty thing.

Heheh!

Not too bad. I still just look like I have been eating for England (which of course I have) rather than being bona fide bumpy.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: March 19th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's terrible. Please let me know if you need any help.
yokospungeon From: yokospungeon Date: March 19th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you have any spare carb based foods laying about, please help the cause in the best way you know how! Two eating for two might even things out a bit. :)
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inkognitoh From: inkognitoh Date: March 19th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm in my time as 'decent citizen' and 'fighter of crime' I have successfully reunited three stolen purses/handbags with their owners. Two of them I used the 'look in the address book under Mum' technique and phoned their mothers. Of course people probably don't carry address books anymore and 'Mum's' number is likely in the valuable mobile phone that wasn't tossed away with the business cards.

Good for you darl, good for you.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: March 19th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, and good for you too, sleuthing in the address book and all that! There's no address book in the pile of things I found, sadly.

I read about the "Mom" technique but it wouldn't work for me because I keep my parents' number under their last name. Anyway I figure a stranger could just as easily use "Mom"'s number for evil as for good.
miketroll From: miketroll Date: March 19th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done! I hope the purse contents lady appreciates your kindness.

antof9 From: antof9 Date: March 19th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
How Good Samaritan of you! And yeah, I like that campaign for a GPS lady too :)
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