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  1. #1
    smb
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    Dec 2009
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    A bad day turns into a great experience

    Last weekend I decided to try a new area. I mapped out 4 parks and got up at 7am for the 20 mile drive. I left in a fog that turned into light, intermittent rain but I was determined and knew that the probability of precipitation was low for the area I was going to.

    For one reason or another, 3 of the 4 parks were non-detectable when I arrived and the weather started to turn.

    The 4th park was next to an elementary school so I parked near their wood chip playground and decided to chance the weather knowing I could run back to my car. I ended up getting caught in a storm and spent about 20 minutes of my hunt taking shelter under the playground equipment. Between the two wood chip playgrounds, I found about $5 in clad, an arcade token, and a cheap earring. Not a failure by my standards but not worth the energy or time.

    The weather started to clear but I only had a little time left before I had to leave so I decided to try the adjacent park's sand playground. It was awful. I kept getting false readings, non-repeatable readings, the digging was tough, and my pinpointer's battery was dying.

    On my way back to my car, I decided to try between the park's parallel bars (always fruitful for me). It wasn't until the last foot of detecting that I got a big, solid reading and found an 8GB iPod Touch under about an inch of sand! It still had battery life and worked perfectly (besides being a little sandy).

    I've always vowed to be dilligent and honest if I find items that are traceable. I've returned a few pet tags and reported a found bird band. The iPod was easy. A little digging and I determined the owner was a 12-year-old girl. I had her phone number and e-mail address but decided to e-mail her father so it wouldn't be 'creepy'. Her parents' contact information was in her address book.

    Today, a week later, I met her father at the park and returned it to him. Although we'd been exchanging e-mail for a few days, he hadn't told her about me finding it. We spoke for a few minutes and I found out that she'd lost it the weekend before I found it and after looking for it they were certain that it was gone forever or destroyed by the rains.

    On my way home my phone rang and it was (completely unexpected) the girl thanking me for finding it. Her father had told her to call me. She was articulate and very appreciative. That felt really good.

    I may not have been able to find the owners for the other valuables I've found (and cashed in) and some of my return experiences have been for people who were suspicious, barely thankful, or wasted my time. Still, I encourage all of you to keep at it and restore a little hope in humanity.

    -SMB


  2. #2
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    Oct 2010
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    nice job. !!!!!!!!!

  3. #3
    us
    Nov 2008
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    Thank you for representing the hobby with class and good ethics. I admire you.


  4. #4
    us
    Dec 2008
    South Korea
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    YOU DID GOOD......because it was the right thing to do. Keep doing good.
    There will always be unappreciative folks......they have to live with themselves.
    But, once in a while, there is a young person, and his/her father, who know how to act
    right, and who know that you didn't have to do what you did.
    You are right......we are all humans, and we have to live in this world together. Ones like
    you make it worthwhile, and fun.
    Can't find it if you're watching tv at home, your machine isn't on, and the head of your detector is pointed up!!

  5. #5
    us
    May 2010
    newport vermont
    whites xlt minelab explorer se pro
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    it leaves a plain old good feeling in you when you can return somthing like the better the silver and gold nice job
    vermont hillbilly

  6. #6
    us
    Somewhere...out there.

    Jan 2011
    Steilacoom, WA
    AT Pro,
    300
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    Thanks for keeping the right perspective.
    Keep Swinging...

  7. #7
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    These are the actions that help lift our hobby up, unlike the people who leave gopher holes and create irate park employees, dragging us down in the process.
    This deserves to be an Honorable Mention. The find could easily been kept but was returned. Certainly there were a few grateful people in the bunch.

  8. #8
    us
    Aug 2008
    Wisconsin
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    The best part of the hobby. Great ethics.

  9. #9
    us
    Mar 2011
    Delaware County, PA
    Ace 250 w/sniper coil, HF pp
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    Wow.... great ethics!
    MDing seems a lot like fishing.... the only bad day is the day you don't go and try!

  10. #10
    us
    Mar 2011
    Perry, GA
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    Awesome. That iPod probably costs around $150.00, I know she was happy to have it back. No good deed goes long long without reward, so keep swinging and something great will dug. But first you may want to stock up on the batteries. HH
    Scot

  11. #11
    us
    Oct 2009
    Chicago Area
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    Good Karma. You did the right thing.

  12. #12
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    Jul 2008
    Henderson, Nv
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    Finding and returning it made my day. Congrats!!
    Just moved to Birmingham from Los Angeles. Arrived here Sept. 2010.

  13. #13
    jp
    Sep 2008
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    that is so awesome.
    your title says it all.
    That little girl will never forget this! way to go!

  14. #14
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    Dec 2010
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    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    Thank you for doing the right thing!!!!

    My 10 year old daughter has the exact same iPod Touch, and it means the world to her. It would be earth shattering if she ever lost it...she worked so hard last summer earning it.

    As I read along, I couldn't help but think of my own daughter and her iPod.

    There are some good, honest people left in the world.

    Thank you for being one of them.


  15. #15
    us
    Jan 2006
    Troy Il.
    ACE 250 and Vibra probe
    63

    Re: A bad day turns into a great experience

    If you ever find anything like that and you know it got wet wrap it in a paper towel and put it in a jar and fill it with rice. The rice will draw out any moisture in the device and it should be good as new. Great job on returning and good hunting in the future.
    ACE 250

 

 
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