Lost and Found: Digital Camera Edition

Lost and Found: Digital Camera Edition

Jason Yang
Apr 19, 2011

While on vacation yesterday, a missing digital camera had us running around Mexico tracking down cab drivers. What would become of my $300 camera and would photos of me and my family play any sympathy part on the camera's return? Perhaps the finder would prefer a quick buck and sell it, preferring finders keepers over morels and ethics. Wondering about the likelihood of getting back the camera, I came across the website www.ifoundyourcamera.net where people actually posted photos from found cameras in the hopes of someone claiming their missing camera.

At www.ifoundyourcamera.net, orphan pictures are posted along with location and stories detailing where the camera was found. A current listing described a camera that had survived two years in snow at the bottom of a mountain, with photos of its owner standing atop the peak! Listings are from around the world and you can search the site as well as read success stories of reconnected owners and cameras.

Thankfully my own camera turned up in the hotel lost and found where the concierge asked us a few simple questions to confirm it was indeed mine. Whether it was a kind staff member or guest who turned it in, I was extremely grateful not to have to replace my 3 month old camera. Still, it's nice to see sites like www.ifoundyourcamera.net where good people spend the extra effort to help out others.

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