My mom's phone went missing the other day while we were out and about. Sucked. But we did what we could to try and find it and then headed to the cell phone store to get a replacement. Mom had the old phone disconnected and off we went with her new toy. C'est la vie.
A few hours later I received a call on my cell phone from a number I didn't recognize. Normally I do not answer such calls, but something beckoned me to take this call. On the other end of the line was a gentleman claiming to have found a blackberry. I said "wonderful, shall we meet so we can get it back?". "No", He told me. "what is the reward?
Shocked. I told him there wasn't a reward we just wanted the phone back. He then told me "he wasted his time and his day finding this phone" and demanded a reward. He was heading into a belligerent context so I just hung up the phone. Asshole.
It bothered me. I found it quite unsettling that another person could find a lost item, such as a cell phone, that we all know is an important item to its owner in this day an age, and be such a disgusting human being about it. Calling the rightful owner and demanding a reward. I don't know about you but I was raised that you treat others with respect. You treat others as you yourself would like to be treated. And if there is a reward you graciously accept or decline, you NEVER demand compensation for helping someone else. In the great scheme of things, the reward itself is helping out a fellow person.
But then what am I to expect in a society that finds paying for a fake kidnapping to be an acceptable form of pastime or a acceptable gift for those who are just too hard to buy for.