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Unknown Person in Utica Goes Out of Her Way to Help Return a Lost Item

New Sign at the Utica Zoo with 'Brewfest' Lit Up
Photo Credit: James Rondenelli/TSM

There’s nothing that will make you panic faster than realizing you’re missing something, whether it’s your car keys, your phone, an important document, or whatnot. And there’s nothing better than the relief when you find that item.

I got to see firsthand the kindness of a stranger over the weekend. As we all know the big event at the Utica Zoo, Brewfest was this weekend. Obviously, I went. It combines two of my favorite things: The animals at the Utica Zoo and craft beer.

A lot of times, I would take a break from walking all over the zoo and sit down on a bench. Every time I sat down though, I would empty out my pockets (didn’t want to crush anything). You can probably guess what happened from here. I emptied out my pockets which included my phone, and when I got up, I left all my belongings on the bench.

You can imagine the panic that set in. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize right away that my pockets were empty. But when I did?? Oh yeah, I was freaking out! I don’t know about you, but I keep pretty much my life in my phone. Every story idea I get, all my contacts, my online banking, access to all my social media accounts, my email… everything. And the idea of not having my phone honestly terrifies me. It’s sad, but it’s true.

Luckily, my phone was found by a very kind, and very smart woman. She could have easily gone through everything in my phone (because I didn’t have a lock on it), or just ran off with it. Instead, she went out of her way to make sure I got my phone back. She posted on my Facebook Page that she found my phone  and was going to turn it into the Utica Zoo’s gift shop. It doesn’t sound like much, but my friends who saw the post tagged my boyfriend so he would get a notification that my phone was found and where it was going to be at.

Facebook Post on Naomi's Wall From Person Who Found Her Phone
Naomi Lynn/TSM

Not only was I able to get my phone back, but I got to meet the woman who found it. And let’s just say I couldn’t thank her enough. Again, she could have ran off with it, thrown it away, or just left it on the bench for someone else to find, but she didn’t. She could have turned it into the gift shop and I would have never known it was there, but she didn’t. She thought of leaving a Facebook Post, like a trail of breadcrumbs for me to find my lost items, and I have to say, I think that was some really, REALLY smart thinking.

Again, I have to thank this wonderful woman for her great thinking and helping me get my missing items returned. I’m going to try to remember this story if I ever find some ‘misplaced’ items at an event. It’s definitely an act of kindness I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

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