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12/8/13 12:12 P

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I think it depends a lot on where we walk. I walk on roads that are used mostly by other walkers, but not casual walkers. I think you find more things when on busier roads. A couple living in my town walked through store parking lots on their daily walks. They gathered the money and donated it to the local homeless shelter at the end of the year. They usually had a pretty good donation.

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12/7/13 10:40 P

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That's not what I usually have in mind when I think of a shoe tree! Too bad our road doesn't go by that tree when we go through Oregon. Thanks for sharing!

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12/7/13 10:13 P

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I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this but I have just come across a tree of shoes near John Day, Oregon. http://www.komonews.com/news/offbeat/Easte
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Love this topic!

Hubby and I were walking along a road during a vacation in Albuquerque last summer. He found an expensive pair of scissors that looked brand new. Strange find.

I remember reading a sparker's story of collecting pennies as she walked. She brought them home and filled a jar with them. She celebrated her walking success when she had collected $100.

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2/10/13 3:41 P

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This is an interesting thread. One time while walking, in the street near my home I found a pile of change--a few nickels and dimes, but mostly pennies. I picked them all up and when I counted it up, I was 64 cents richer. Another time, I was out walking and it looked like someone lost their groceries. Most of the items were useless as the weather had taken its toll on them, however, there was a sealed bottle of Aunt Jemima syrup. I was pleased with that, as that is my probably my favorite brand of syrup. Plus, it's rather expensive--about $3.70-if you buy when it's not on sale. I took that home, cleaned off the bottle after making sure that it was still sealed and placed it in my cupboardl

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Best find ever was my little gray cat, now 4 years old. She was living in the parking lot of an office building & the cleaning crew supervisor told me she had no owner as she seemed to spend all her time there & they had been feeding her for over a month.

Other finds: a scarf, a couple of umbrellas, a $20 bill, & a pair of gloves.

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Ooooh, I would love to find a money tree! All I found while out hiking on Christmas Eve was a paper, clip, the big kind that holds a number of papers together. Not sure what it was doing out there in the middle of nowhere LOL.

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12/24/12 7:08 P

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I'm walking in your neighborhood next week.

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12/24/12 1:50 P

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There must be a money tree somewhere in my neighborhood! I found a dollar bill today. It was folded in a different way than the 20 I found the other day so I don't think it fell from the same tree.


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12/23/12 10:45 P

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Good for you!!

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Oh how awesome! I've never found that much out walking. What a wonderful gift today.

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12/22/12 5:12 P

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I found a $20 bill on this windy day!
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I found my kitties Lola (my profile pic) and Beannie while out on walks. A friend with MS has started biking for exercise and as a result has now added two more kittens to his little managerie. My sister got her current dog while out walking her now dear departed older dog--the pup just persisted in following her all the way home. She (the pup, that is) was skinny, had mange, an ear infection, appeared to be neglected and abused so they decided to keep her.
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8/12/12 11:43 A

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I know what you mean about the phone - we keep our contacts and so many other things on them, it's not 'just' a phone anymore!

Once in Kauai, we found a cell phone and camera on a rock - it was near a big hotel so I took the items up to the desk to see if anyone had reported them lost. I was thinking that the cell phone, even though damaged by rain, could help to locate the person they belonged to and the camera had a memory card with pictures they might want back - by the location of the items, I was 100% sure whoever owned these items was on vacation and it was obvious by their condition they had only been there for a short time so wanted to return them to the owner before they left the island.

The hotel desk clerk asked to take the items with her to see if they were on the lost list so I handed them over. She came back empty-handed and said they would keep the items for ONE YEAR and if nobody claimed them, I could come back to get them. I was furious and wanted to try to get them back to the owner sooner by taking them to the police station OR going directly to the Verizon store and asking them to find out who they belonged to. I asked to talk with the hotel manager, but didn't get anywhere with him, either. They were NOT going to give me back the items. Period.

One year later, they sent me an email and told me I could 'come to the office' to pick up the items. Still determined to try to locate the original owner, even though it was a year later, I asked if they could mail them to me on the mainland. No, they would not. I offered to pay the postage and 'shipping and handling' - no they wouldn't do it. I asked if our property manager over there could get them on my behalf. No, it would have to be me and only me in person AND I would have to show my ID. Not exactly the ALOHA SPIRIT I was hoping for but obviously I wasn't going to be able to fly over to Kauai to get the items so the hotel told me they would THROW THEM IN THE TRASH if nobody got them within 7 more days. What a waste - even though this happened about 6 years ago, it still burns me up when I think of it because I feel certain I could have found the owner and even if I couldn't, at least I could have given it a try!

We did place a note on the rock in case the owner went back to look for them - we also reported the 'find' to the local police but obviously the owner never connected back with their camera and cell phone. Too bad!


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I can see why the pool told you to keep the money. It's very hard to identify who lost it. However if it was a large sum of money or someone appeared to be looking for it I would turn it in too. The candy bars definitely though because those can be put back in the machine to be sold. Sometimes it's hard to find the owner of something you find. I have a friend who always finds things walking through town, like car keys, a camera, and lots of other things at different times. Some things he's been able to find the owner for and sometimes never did find out. One time, a long time ago, a friend of my son's who was a kid at the time, found an envelope with a few hundred dollars in it. His dad made him turn it into the police station which was a good example. Many people would have kept it. I think your idea of leaving books behind for others to pick up and read is a very nice one.
I always have a habit of correcting a clerk when they give me too much change, no matter how much or how little it is. It's a habit and I do it before I even think about it. I guess my mother taught me well LOL!
However when out hiking or walking in some areas it's really hard to find who might have lost something. If it's something valuable I watch ads in the newspaper to see if anyone has a Lost notice, or if there is a notice posted at a trailhead or something you can find the owner. But some things, especially items of not much value, are so much harder to find who owns.
Last summer I lost a cell phone at a trailhead to a trail that had not a large amount of people but several people coming and going. I realized I had left it on the top of the car when I was putting stuff in and drove off and left it there when I was about 15 minutes away. I backtracked and looked along the road and in the parking lot and watched the paper but never did find what happened to it. Some things I wouldn't care so much about, but I really would have liked to have that phone back.

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8/11/12 6:56 P

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I have a long commute to work and often find books and magazines on the train. I often leave a book on the train when I've finished it in the hope someone else picks it up and enjoys reading it!
Once found a £10 or £20 note (forgotten which) at the bottom of my gym's swimming pool. Went to hand it in at reception and was told to keep it!
Can be far too honest for my own good. As a child I still remember feeding money into a chocolate bar machine outside a movie theatre. The machine wasn't working properly and it started spewing out dozens of chocolate bars. I scooped them all up then handed them all in. The staff were amazed at my honesty (stupidity?!)

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Great stories here. I have never found more than $1 and I have to think of what else I've found when walking that has been cute or useful but my mind is blank at the moment. However I know I've found things before and will have to dig it out of my memory bank!

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This is a great thread - thanks for starting it!! And emoticon on finding the $50 bill emoticon

You reminded me of something that happened many, many years ago when my adult son was still a baby. I was soooooo poor it was horrible - never enough food, no money left over for recreation or self-indulgence, etc. I had taken my son out in his stroller not long after a rainstorm and was all depressed over our poverty because I was worried about it all the time. Something caught in the wheel of the stroller but I didn't pay much attention until it sort-of worked its way into the works and made the wheel stick. Well, guess what it was??? A $50 bill - and this was long enough ago that we could eat for a month on that kind of money so I was absolutely thrilled and have felt like it was 'sent by an angel' because what are the odds of something like that ever happening?

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8/6/12 5:16 P

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Once I found a $10.00 bill.

Since I walk so much on trails though, I usually find gloves, hats, and wind breakers from cross country skiers after they have thawed out.
One time I found a set of Bear Bells.... those have been useful!

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8/6/12 2:48 P

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I don't find much as I usually walk in neighborhoods. An occasional glove, etc.

A couple I know walk through parking lots on their walks daily and find a lot of change. At the end of the year, they donate it to the local homeless shelter. It is a great gift and costs them nothing but a little energy.

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My favorite find was the book Christine by Stephen King. It was just laying in the middle of the road! I found that book when I was 12, just before I moved overseas. I enjoyed reading before that, but Christine turned me into a CRAZY reader, and a lifelong Stephen King fan! Although 12 years old was a long time ago (25 years, OMG!), I still have that exact book, even though I have moved on to E-books for my reading, and I intend on keeping it forever and ever!!

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I found a $50 bill while out walking today. It was in a grassy area near the side of the road.

In the past I've saved furniture from the trash. And there was the day I found a very nice set of professional colored pencils at an office park. Another time I found a wallet with identification and store cards (no credit cards or cash) --- I turned that into the police department.

What have you found when on your travels outside moving along our virtual highway?

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