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Posted 11/25/2012 by (Julie) in NSBR Board
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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:34:37 AM
I would have returned it to customer service b/c if I realized I lost my bag at a store, the first place I would have backtracked and looked for it would have been the store, so I would have hoped someone would have turned it in there.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:44:53 AM

Honestly, it disturbs me that so many people do not trust the people behind the customer service desk at your local store.

Apparently, the Peas don't trust anyone if you read this thread. Sometimes the Peas crack me up with their hyperparanoia.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 9:45:40 AM
My 1st reaction would be to stand there & wait, say 15 minutes, to see if the owner came back.

I would also be looking inside the purse for a phone number & a photo of the owner of the purse.

If I saw your address very close to mine, I would probably deliver it to your door because I want to be absolutely sure you get it back ASAP!

In my work, it is not uncommon to find a wallet.
What surprizes me is NO info inside the wallet - ie) emegency contact info.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:06:16 AM
Hi again,based on the info I received from Target and this discussion, I'm going to choose to believe the people were well intentioned and that they really would have returned it. It never would occur to me that people would want do that, however many of the Peas have confirmed they would, so it's not out of the realm. I guess they just didn't realize by doing that after they went shopping that the time of panic was extended.

This was one time I had my phone in my jacket pocket rather than my purse, and I am thankful for that, because I don't have a landline.

I hope they called you right away. I am confused at what you said about the store camera. How did they know who the person was just by the camera?

Security called me as soon as they talked to the people. They asked for the purse back, but also said the people wanted to bring it back to me. I told them, I wanted to come get it. From the way I understood it, Guest Services told Security what corral I had left it at. Security reviewed the tape and saw the people come upon my purse at the corral just a minute after I left it. They were able to see that they quickly looked for my wallet and it appeared they were looking for an address. They said they didn't pull anything out or write anything down. Then they put the purse in their car. Security tracked them down in the store and had the conversation above.

Again, I am thankful I have my purse back and don't have to replace my driver's license and everything else other than my banking stuff. And as a side benefit, I can't spend any money on Cyber Monday as my credit, debit, checks and checking account are in limbo!

I did leave a note on the Target FB page expressing appreciation for Guest Service and Security help as I was impressed they did what they did.

Great discussion!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:20:55 AM
I would not of even thought to open the purse to check for the address. I would of handed it into customer services.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 10:54:45 AM
I would have turned it in. It would never occur to me, to drop it off at your house for you and this idea seems fishy IMO.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 11:45:55 AM
Last week I dropped my debit card in the Ms parking lot and the woman who found it took it and called the credit card company. I hadn't even noticed it was missing yet when my bank called me. I was really glad she did it the way she did, because I don't use that card often and by the time I noticed it was missing I am not sure I would have even known where it was dropped. And of course my bank froze the card and had my number to call me, which Michaels employees would not have.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 11:52:46 AM
First I'd rifle through it and look for cash. Then I'd dig through it to see if there were any other items of value. I might take the credit card and see if I can get some gas or something. I'd then throw the purse into a dumpster. If it's a nice purse (Coach, LV, etc) I'd keep the purse and dump the contents into the dumpster.

I'd look to see if there was info inside that I could call. I'd call and let them know it was at the service desk. I'd turn it in to the desk and let them know I'd called the person.


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Posted: 11/26/2012 12:35:05 PM
You're right, OP, it is completely your fault so there's not much point in dissecting the actions of the honest person who found your purse. You'd surely be complaining if this person had turned in your purse to Target guest services and a Target employee emptied the cards out of it before you picked it up. Then you'd be asking, "Who takes a chance of turning in a lost item to a possible dishonest person when they could easily deliver it to me personally since they have my address?"
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