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Location: Brisbane
Member Since: 9th Apr 2003
Total posts: 3044
Posted:hello all!
havent posted much recently due to work and holidays, but getting my life organised so might drop by a bit more.

anyway, i had an interesting experience a month or so ago... well not really THAT interesting... but anyway..

i was walking to the bus stop after work late one sunny evening, and found a set of keys. car keys - with a big fat 'lexus' logo in tacky fake gold emblazend on the front.

i looked up, and there across the road was a ridiculously expensive looking largish lexus, off gold in colour, with light tan seats.

what to do when i find some keys? hand them to the cops? so i though first i would first surruptitously check to see if the keys matched the car - i didnt want to appear to be breaking in to it, and , the gold edge button on the key ring unlocked the car. i relocked and thought...hmmm...

i ended up wandering up to the near by engineering firm, and the guy said the car was owned by the boss, so i gave him the keys and wandered on my merry way.

several thoughts flittered across my brain at this point.
"that car is probably 7 years after tax salary for me"
"whats would even the point be in stealling it? what would i do with it? i dont know anything about disposal of stolen cars"
"i wonder if the owner had gold teeth to match everything else"
"did i just give the keys to some guy who would steal it anyway?"

after a while of waiting at the bus stop, an older woman with dying blond hair, gold colour blouse, and gold colour shoes trotted across the road to say thanks.
she didnt offer and award - and i didnt ask her for one. all i did say was that she owes a big favour to the 'international favour bank' sometime to some other stranger.

so - what would you do?
steal it?
have a drive around the block for the sheer thrill before handing in the keys?
chuck to the keys down the drain as punishment for be so ridiculously well off?
offer fashion tips suggesting that her fetish for gold coloured objects make her look f*cking pretentious?
leave the keys there for someone else to deal with?
post the keys with the a note with the location of the car to a charity so they can cash it in?
lock the keys in the car?

"Here kitty kitty...." - Schroedinger.

Mr Majestik
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Location: home of the tiney toothy bear
Member Since: 9th Mar 2004
Total posts: 4693
Posted:you probably couldn't have locked the keys in as it was a button car(unless you locked yourself in the car :P)

thats a really tricky one, i think it could also depend on who i was with. i'd prolly just hand them in to someone but it would be very tempting to throw them down the drain

ps. hey dentrassi, go firetwirling that thurs before christmas? bit stormy for me!

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Location: Virginia
Member Since: 27th Nov 2003
Total posts: 103
Posted:Hello, hello, well.....in my opinion, you should try and give the keys back, even if it was a pain for you to find the person. So what if the car was worth more that 7 years salary??....there will always be more people with more money....spending it on crap and being frivilous when, I'm sure that there are more important things than a nice car.....but, I really don't think that that is what should factor into your decision....you should think, "wow, it would really suck if I lost my keys"...so, for that reason alone, you should find the poor sucker and give them back their crappy car and chalk it up to what comes around goes around.

Ps...my boss used to drive a lexus...and let me drive it once or twice(also gold with those gross tan seats), and really....it did suck.

ok....so how about you hide the keys....and leave a note guiding the person to point A, where said person would not find the keys, but find another note...like a scavenger hunt. This way, you've done a good thing, the person will get their keys back, and if you stick around long enough...you, too will be slightly entertained...everyone's happy!!


Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...
Member Since: 1st Sep 2004
Total posts: 2719
Posted:I like Catalyst's Idea. Its nice...


Tao Star
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Location: Bristol
Member Since: 30th May 2003
Total posts: 1662
Posted:i;d give them back. no question.

i might regret it later though...

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Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bristol, UK
Member Since: 19th Dec 2001
Total posts: 3009
Posted:Why regret it? Surely the answer is easy: Give the keys back.
I see absolutely no point or benefit, spiritually or physically for anyone in throwing away the keys; or stealing; or locking the keys in the car.
I like it when people help me out randomly and so really like being able to do the same to other people.

Something similar happened to me once. I found a very nice convertible Mercedes in a car park with the keys in the boot. I locked it and then walked down all the shops in the street asking who owned the car. A curious expression was on the face of the lady who said yes, and got a funnier look when I made her confirm the number plate (maybe she thought it'd just been crashed into off) and then looked completely bewildered and thankful when I handed her her keys and wandered off.

The more people do good stuff to each other the better the world would be.


Still wiggling
Location: Belfast
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2002
Total posts: 5967
Posted:It's always slightly depressing when you do something decent, or the right thing, and people are surprised.

It's as if people expect everyone else to be thieves and robbers and untrustworthy.

Never reinforce that stereotype.

Getting to the other side smile

Posted:Golden Rule! What would you want someone else to do if you lost your keys, and they found them?


old hand
Location: Nottingham UK
Member Since: 27th Jan 2001
Total posts: 950
Posted:Written by: Patrick of Badger Tribe

Golden Rule! What would you want someone else to do if you lost your keys, and they found them?


Are we nearly there yet?


Location: Brisbane
Member Since: 9th Apr 2003
Total posts: 3044
Posted:well, its nice to know noone here is particularly spiteful hug

i only really thought about locking the keys in the car so noone else could steal the car - but at least the owner could see where they were. i may have done that if i couldnt find the owner of the car.

the only thing that really made me think about it, was wondering whether she has or will ever make a fair contribution to the international favour bank in return... oh well, i suppose thats up to her now.

to be honest i dont think i even could have thought about doing something nasty at the time. my natural instinct is to be helpful - only on the 1 hour bus trip home after did my mind begin to wander down more scheming ways.


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Location: London
Member Since: 11th Dec 2004
Total posts: 479
Posted:I think you did the right thing.

Although it sounds like the owner of said vehicle was the kind of arrogant f*** you would expect to see in such a car (well.... judging by that reaction you got)... I would say it's always better to hand it back expensive toys to the children who lost them. Honesty is a better quality than wealth.

(mind you.. I can see how tempting it would be to see how many rpm it han handle before the gasket blows wink )


Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:You did the right thing little chicken.

I know I would be wiggin out if I lost my car keys.

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Sweet talented nutter
Location: Brisbane Oz
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2002
Total posts: 2615
Posted:I've always handed back wallets and such back (so the good cycle returns them when i loose these things).


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Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 11th Jan 2002
Total posts: 2996
Posted:So I'm not getting a lexus for my birthday? wink

It was a day for screaming at inanimate objects.

What this calls for is a special mix of psychology and extreme violence...

Mr Majestik
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Location: home of the tiney toothy bear
Member Since: 9th Mar 2004
Total posts: 4693
Posted:t'would appear not

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