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Sat May 1, 2021, 02:41 AM

(almost) HORROR STORY! I LOST my very expensive android phone!!!...

I LOST my very expensive android phone, which is critical to my work, as I work remotely for all of my clients.

Not to mention my own personal shit on the phone.

I went to my local Whole Foods store for some stuff, including a couple of fairly large items, so I decided to use a shopping cart.

This particular shopping cart, I had never seen before.

It was all black in color, with the the optional fold-out small child seat option, which now includes an obvious rectangular cellphone containment area, which I put my black-colored-protective-encased phone in.

Needless to say, I left my thousand dollar android phone in the shopping cart, and drove home.

After about FOUR HOURS I figured out I did not have the phone, and drove back to the store.

The very first employee I saw was the guy who found the phone, and put in a locked drawer at the Customer Service desk.

He told me this has been happening, I'm not the first.

He immediately returned the phone to me, and total disaster was averted!!!

I am so HAPPY NOW!!!

BUT I WILL NEVER AGAIN PUT MY PHONE IN THE SHOPPING CART PHONE SPACE!!!

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Reply (almost) HORROR STORY! I LOST my very expensive android phone!!!... (Original post)
GReedDiamond May 1 OP
sprinkleeninow May 1 #1
GReedDiamond May 1 #2
sprinkleeninow May 1 #3
wyn borkins May 1 #4
GReedDiamond May 1 #9
wyn borkins May 1 #10
CountMyVote4Reality May 1 #5
GReedDiamond May 1 #7
murielm99 May 1 #6
GReedDiamond May 1 #8
left-of-center2012 May 1 #11
GReedDiamond May 1 #13
C Moon May 1 #12
GReedDiamond May 1 #14
C Moon May 2 #22
Demovictory9 May 1 #15
GReedDiamond May 1 #16
Duppers May 1 #17
GReedDiamond May 2 #18
csziggy May 2 #19
GReedDiamond May 2 #20
csziggy May 2 #21

Response to GReedDiamond (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 02:49 AM

1. Sez don't do dat phone thingy ever again! 😘 Your averted loss story gave me palpitations. Hoo boy.

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #1)

Sat May 1, 2021, 02:56 AM

2. I called the store, nobody answered the phone, not even a recorded message...

...which was somewhat aggravating...so I drove over there, and I am so happy now, I am almost TOO happy!

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Response to GReedDiamond (Reply #2)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:01 AM

3. I am sooo happy for you. Being TOO happy is good! 💓

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Response to GReedDiamond (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:31 AM

4. Cell Phone Carrying Lanyard (Over-The-Neck Strap)

I don't have one of these, but it appears quite useful.

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Response to wyn borkins (Reply #4)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:50 AM

9. Thanks, I think I'll get one of those!! NT

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Response to GReedDiamond (Reply #9)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:59 AM

10. Over-The-Shoulder Style

You may also wish to consider an over-the-shoulder style as well. This item is not specifically designed for a cell phone, but it gives you the sense of how it might be utilized along with that other item I suggested.

Edit To Add: I just noticed that the cell phone 'neck-strap' item actually does have a reinforced lanyard holder device which would easily adapt to the over-the-shoulder item (herewith). Now these two items (together) would make you appear as cool as "Christian Wolff (The Accountant)".

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Response to GReedDiamond (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:35 AM

5. What a relief. In fact, that is high joy!

I am so thrilled for (and with) you. Thank you for sharing.
Life should always be this good.

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Response to CountMyVote4Reality (Reply #5)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:40 AM

7. Yes. The loss of this phone would have been a disaster...

...for me, at least.

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Response to GReedDiamond (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:39 AM

6. I am so glad you got it back.

I have had to return to stores to retrieve things I have left in shopping carts. It has always turned out okay. But I have never left anything as valuable as your phone!

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #6)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:47 AM

8. Thanks, murielm99! nt

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Response to GReedDiamond (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 04:19 AM

11. Lesson to everyone

Don't set your phone down anywhere. And use a password so no one else can access your data.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #11)

Sat May 1, 2021, 04:30 AM

13. Yes. That's why I posted this, these shopping cart phone receptacles should be avoided...

...the weird thing is, I had earlier in the day been considering the finger print security method for unlocking the phone, but to do that, if there is a screen protector, it must be removed, so I didn't do it.

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Response to GReedDiamond (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 04:26 AM

12. A few months ago, I (unknown to me) dropped my phone getting out of my car going into a store.

I didn't notice until after I was driving away from the store.
After going back to the store, I rushed home to check my "Find My iPhone" feature on my iPad.
My phone had been shut off. Whoever found it, shut it down so it couldn't be discovered.
I set up to have it erased. The erase would happen once they turned it back on.

And they did turn it back on: about 2 hours later, I got a message that someone was trying to guess the passcode.
Then I got a message that the phone was now erased.

If you have an iPhone, be sure to set it up with the Find My iPhone feature.
I never thought that would happen to me, but it sure was a life-saver.

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Response to C Moon (Reply #12)

Sat May 1, 2021, 04:35 AM

14. WOW! That totally sucks!!!

So, you never got the phone back, but all of your personal data was deleted, so the thief couldn't access it?

I guess that's better than nothing?

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Response to GReedDiamond (Reply #14)

Sun May 2, 2021, 04:43 PM

22. Exactly.

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Response to GReedDiamond (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 05:04 AM

15. "BUT I WILL NEVER AGAIN PUT MY PHONE IN THE SHOPPING CART PHONE SPACE!!!"

Glad you got your phone back. the dramatic retelling made me laugh

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #15)

Sat May 1, 2021, 05:05 AM

16. Thanks, I hope I made my point!!! - nt

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Response to GReedDiamond (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 05:54 AM

17. That guy deserved a reward!

Don't ya think?


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Response to Duppers (Reply #17)

Sun May 2, 2021, 02:43 AM

18. He actually told me, "it's part of my job...

...this has happened before" to paraphrase.

Plus, I don't walk around with cash.

He just did his job.

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Response to GReedDiamond (Original post)

Sun May 2, 2021, 02:23 PM

19. At least you got your phone back!

My husband lost his in the middle of Northern Scotland - he says he dropped it into the Loch we were next to, but I know he had it after we got away from the shore. He bought it for the trip, brand new with not trade in so he paid full price.

We stopped at a Tesco and picked up a cheap burner phone that was Tesco service locked. That sufficed until we got back to the US. We gave the cell phone to our cabin attendant on the cruise ship. They use Tesco cells for on ship contact via WiFi so the attendant could make some use of it.

My husband also lost a credit card in Scotland, but it was not used by the time we reported it. I dropped my wallet at a bird sanctuary in Yorkshire, but it was found by one of the volunteers and they contacted me via email. We lost a day on our trip since we had to drive back four hours to pick it up, then four hours in the direction we were going, and the additional four hours to get to where we planned to spend the night.

Then my laptop insisted on doing a Windows update - abroad in a hotel with iffy WiFi. Bricked my computer for which I had a US only warranty. I ended up buying a cheap laptop as a replacement. Getting back all our contacts and passwords was the hardest part.

Maybe we're getting too old to travel on our own, though I don't like the idea of tours.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #19)

Sun May 2, 2021, 02:34 PM

20. Yes, I was extremely happy about that...

...but I'm sorry to hear about you and your husband's losses.

Anyway, I will never place my phone in the shopping cart phone receptacle again, that's for sure!

And if I ever go overseas somewhere, I'll get a cheap, temporary phone just for the trip.

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Response to GReedDiamond (Reply #20)

Sun May 2, 2021, 02:42 PM

21. That's what we should have done - the cheap phone to start with

Instead we bought a SIM card for his existing phone. Which for many parts of the beginning of the trip was useless. Who'd have thought that cell reception in the mountains of Northern Scotland was mostly crap?

I'd bought a tablet and a UK SIM card for it so I could use Google Maps for navigation. IT mostly worked great but a few times in Scotland, we lost reception and had to rely on the basic maps to find our way - that also happened in Wales and on the Cornish Peninsula. We did find a cool old toll road when we missed a turn in Porlock, Somerset County. We went up - here is the down route:



The section of the beginning, through the fields was absolutely crammed with pheasants. We had to slow down and even stop so we didn't hit them. My biggest regret is that we didn't buy a dash cam and record all of our travels.

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