The other day, I found a very nice mobile phone laying on the ground in a parking lot in south Akron. I picked it up thinking, "Wow, this is a nice phone!" and I'll admit my first thought was to keep it to use, or sell it. I took the phone to a place where they sell phones where I know the guy who works there...it needed charged up, and I wanted him to tell me what it was worth and etc. I decided that I should do the right thing, and get ahold of the person who lost the phone and tell them I have it, and they can have it back....karma right? The guy at the store agreed with me and said it was a nice thing to do. He looked on the phone after it was charged and found an alternative number for who he assumed owned it, and let me call them using his store telephone. The young lady sounded glad she had located her phone, and we exchanged numbers, and arranged to meet at a local place for me to give it back to her. When she arrived, she didn't even park in a parking spot, and just sat there in front of the place with her emergency flashers on and I had to run out to her truck to meet her. Her boyfriend (I assume) was the person I talked to, and she was on her other cell phone and never got off the phone the whole time I stood there. Her boyfriend said thanx, and he gave me a 5 dollar bill and they took off.
The next day, I get a call back from the girl, and she starts asking me questions like "While you had the phone, was it ever out of your possession?" and I told her just at the store where I took it to charge it up. She then told me that someone had stolen her flash card out of the phone that has 1000's of pictures on it. I said it surely wasn't me who took anything, I was the guy who told her I found her phone....why would I do that? I would have just kept the phone, right? She had already reported the phone stolen, and she started making vague threats about going after who stole her flash-card with the police, and then asked me where the store was and if I would meet her there to talk about the situation the next day... OH BOY!!! Later that night I went with a good friend that to see a couple really good bands that our friends play in, and we kinda tied one on and had a great time!
The next day ...while very hungover, I get a call from them saying they are at the store, and I need to come down there..! I went to the place, and the girl was in the back room watching the store security video, and telling me to just wait for her to finish watching it...and her boyfriend was saying it was either me or "someone" who stole her flash card...and he doesn't want to see it end up on the internet! (there must be some good stuff on that card! lol) I told her I was not going to just sit there and wait for her, I had things to do...and then she said "I'm still watching this video, and I have already caught you in 3 lies, so you just wait!" At this point, I exclaim, "Fuck you guys!" and promptly walk out of the store! I could see it was only going to get much worse from there, as I was getting pretty pissed off and ready to start saying stupid things....which could be used against me later....I was SO outta there!
About a half hour later, a policeman is knocking at my door..(that is ALWAYS FUN!) and I know the guy because he also does security in my apartment building. He says, "Ok...let me hear your take of the story.." I explained the whole story above, and reiterated, "Why would I have even called them, If I was going to steal something out of their phone? Do I look like that much of an idiot?". He asked me few more questions about the scenario, and said I was not in any trouble and left. Now THIS is a fun way to spend a hangover!
I know the dude in the store and I seriously doubt he stole the flash card, because he is a really good guy, and he doesn't seem like that type of a person at all. Also, he let me call her from his store... why would he implicate himself that way? It just does NOT add up! My theory: It seemed that the "boyfriend" was using her phone by the way he acted...and I am guessing that there is some kind of dysfunctional, domestic BS going on...and HE stole the damned flash card, and is trying to blame it on someone else!
The moral of this story, if there is one, is...
Do the right thing...even if the people you are trying to help out don't appreciate it. THAT is when it's hard to do the right thing! I have learned that the things that come easy....usually lead me into trouble. The right things to do usually are a total pain in the ASS, and it seems that if you just get them over with, they were not quite such a pain in the ass ..once done. The golden rule..."Do onto others as you wish to be done to you" ...I have found I like myself a lot better when I follow this rule. At least I know I'm at least TRYING to not be just another one of "those assholes" out there walking around in the world!