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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Find My Phone.Com

Well it's been an irritating couple of days.  Yesterday I was at World Market enjoying all the vintage/India/Hippie kind of stuff.  One of my friends was in a frustrating situation and we kept emailing back and forth.  I guess I was distracted when I checked out and I either laid my phone on the counter or left it in the little tote carrier. 


When I got home I walked the dogs.  When I got back I went to check my phone and couldn't find it.  And, of course, I couldn't reach anyone by email (instead of text) to ring my phone so I could see if it was here.  So I jumped in the car and drove back to World Market.  The same girl was at the single check-out counter.  She said she had not seen it.  Hum.  I asked for the manager and he said he had not seen it.  Hum.  

I remembered as I was already driving to back to World Market that I have that find your phone app.  Straining my brain, I remember before I got home that I had plugged my phone into the car charger because it was really low.  In my mind, I did that on the drive back from the first visit to World Market.  When I logged on to the app from my computer it told me my phone had about 10% power and that it was way out on the other side of town. 

I don't know how it could get all the way across town so fast except that somebody was right behind me and grabbed it up from wherever I left it.  Then, before I could delete everything and reset it, the power died and it was off network.  Hiss. 

You can't do anything like delete your personal information, contacts, etc. if the phone is offline.  This morning I had my daughter call the telephone company and take my phone number offline so that even if they charged it, it would be useless - or at least that is the way it is supposed to work until some young hacker figures out a way around that. 

I told myself last night that I was going back to the store this morning and tell the store manager where my phone was and ask if he had an employee who lived in that neighborhood.  I was out for blood last night but this morning I calmed down.  By talking to the manager I ran the risk of getting some young person fired and having his career tarnished for years to come.  I'm not sure the punishment would fit the crime.  I really had for stupid young people to get arrested with the really bad characters. 

I know that I could be helping some young hoodlum further his career but I would rather err on the side of forgiveness since I was the dumb #%$ that lost the phone.  My replacement phone comes Friday.  Thank goodness for insurance.  I, by the way, am the only one in our family plan that has had to use the insurance.  (insert Frowny Face)

The good news is that I backed my phone up the day before.  I wish I could say I did this often but if I do it twice a year I'm proud of myself.  I take most of my pictures these days on my phone so losing all the Grand Girl pictures would have been heartbreaking. 

I'm sure there is a lesson here.  Don't talk while you are shopping.  Don't go shopping at all.  Or put one of those motorcycle chains around my phone and clip it to my pants.  Hahaha. 

Things will get better.... 

11 comments:

  1. You are a sweetheart. Hope your week gets better. xo

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  2. Oooo. There's a find your phone app? How about find your keys? Your credit card that you shove into a random pocket as you fill up the gas tank? Or a reminder of what the heck you walked into the room to get? Come on techies, get busy. There's a big boomer market to tap here.

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    1. I love that. One of the apps on my phone is called Notes. I put all my todos on it because I can't remember from night to morning what I wanted to do the next day. Or, I get to the store and buy all kinds of things I didn't come for and not what I did come for.

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  3. What about asking the store manager to check the security tape? I understand you not wanting to ruin a young person's life, but geesh! Yours is not the only lesson to be learned here.

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    1. I didn't think of that. Great idea. If phones weren't so darn expensive. It used to be men and their toys. Now its me spending a fortune. Oh well. My kids drug me kicking and screaming into the phone store making me update from a tiny fold over phone. Now its my everything.

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    2. Hey Shirley, I just realized I didn't have you on my Bloglovin' feed so I've been missing your posts. I'm going to play catch-up reading your posts. I can tell you though that I was at the DMV in Houston for 6 hours, I think. My picture looks like someone from a Zombie battle.

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  4. So far I have found 4 phones that people have laid down and walked away from. Once in a park but I found the frantic lady and she came running down the hill and she claimed it before I could turn it in. Once in a bathroom where I turned it in to lost and found. Once at a gas station where I turned it in and just today when I was self checking out at Walmart--there was another phone. Think I am a phone magnet. I always turn them in and can only hope the person I give them to is honest. Kind of makes me glad I don't own one. So glad you at least backed yours up.

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    1. Backing up my phone was truly the only thing that kept me from sitting down for a good cry. It seems like when you are out of sorts more negative things are drawn to you. Well, I've had my 3 and I'm ready to move on.

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  5. Well, at least you had insurance! Very wise of you.

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    1. My daughter wisely made the executive decision that we WOULD have insurance on our family plan. Thank goodness my children are old enough to over-rule me!

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  6. OH my that is awful. I did lose my phone for a day. (I found it and it was embarressing) but Verizon turned it off so it couldn't work and that did the trick. When I found it where I last left it, it was dead as well. But I couldn't even turn it on. So hopefully these "hoodlums" will give it back or toss it because they can't use it. I just got insurance on my phone. I hope I never need it but the way it's going I will. So glad you got insurance! They are expensive little devils.

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