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Mojo24

Active Member
I seem to be collecting a lot of things left behind by passengers. What do you do with the items left behind?
 

pajala

Well-Known Member
Take them back to the Uber Greenlight Hub. I am over taking phones back to passengers and not getting a reward
 

Mojo24

Active Member
Muppet HQ told me to do the same thing. But I don't want to have to go to Port Melbourne I'm an outer 'burbs kind of ant
 

Who is John Galt?

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This is a recent situation, just before I went travelling where a pax left their 'phone in my car. I had dropped them off at a major hotel in the guts of the city and was on another trip to an inner city suburb, perhaps 15 minutes from where I dropped them. I didn't even realise that the phone had been left in my car and was alerted to it by my next lucky rider. I thought the strange sound was coming from my rider's phone but she indicated the 'lost' phone on the rear floor.

I dropped my current rider off and the 'lost' phone had a message on the screen to call the number of what turned out to be the owner's boyfriend. The text conversation is below, but it is worthwhile mentioning a couple of points. This young couple were staying at the Ibis hotel, a lot more than a couple of steps up from a backpackers hostel. They expected me to return the 'phone for petrol money which would have been insulting at less than $5. They then blew it by indicating some urgency with "my phone have important information and my university code".

I considered this to be ridiculous, so I made an outrageous counter offer. The boyfriend came back doubly quick with an offer of $50. :smile:
This was perhaps equivalent to more than a 10X surge in cash for this 10 minute trip. The boyfriend shook my hand and handed me the $50 note. The girl was so grateful she gave me a hug.

The guy is probably still talking about the 'bargain' he got when he only had to pay $50 for the return of his girlfriend's phone. The last two messages were exchanged after the handover. This was a good transaction and everybody walked away happy.

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Lonesome Hobo

Well-Known Member
This was a good transaction and everybody walked away happy.
WiJG, I seriously need you to be my Item Return agent, please. I've never been able to do that slick bargaining thing.
Even when a young Brisbane Bears rookie left his wallet in my car and I hiked in the next day to drop it off at Melb Uni.
Jeez.
And when you do the night-running, drunkabandoned phones are almost like rear seat accessories. Have all these comments saying what a lovely person I am for returning their phones... but you can't really bank comments can you...?

Sigh.

LH
 
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