Persuade parents to keep iPod Touch?

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    Ok, so today at school I was in gym class, and my ball goes under the bleachers.

    I go under there, and to my suprise. AN IPOD TOUCH!

    I checked it's contact list.. it was empty, there was no form of contact information in it.

    So, i did what any kid would do. Take it home.


    I asked my mom if i could keep it and she was all like. THAT BELONGS TO SOMEBODY! RAWR.

    She said i need to talk it over my dad.

    How can i persuade them in letting me keep it?

    I tried to find out who's it was, but there was no information.

    And if it goes into the lost and found, some teacher will just pocket it.

    Please, how can i persuade my parents into letting me keep it?
     
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    iParis

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    If you put it in the lost and found, a student will take it.
    Make a deal with your parents.
    Something like, "Ok, I'll go to the office and ask if anybody is missing an iPod touch. I will go back in two week and if they still haven't had anyone come up, can I keep it?"
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    I would make announcements around the school asking if anyone lost their iPod. There obviously has to be some kind of music/notes/apps on it. If the student can correctly name many of the apps and/or music on it or some notes, then it would be somewhat easier to find out whose iPod it is. Or, even just ask for the serial number. The person would have to have the box somewhere, so that would also verify it.

    I wouldn't just give up so easily and say, 'Oh well! I couldn't find the owner. My iPod now!" Imagine if it was your iPod.
     
  4. mzd
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    Sorry, I agree with your parents. RAWR.
    You should turn it into the lost and found. You can leave your name and ask "If no one claims it after a few weeks can I have it?" but really, just imagine it was you who lost it. Depending on the size, that is $200-$400 item and whoever lost it is pretty upset right now I'd imagine. Do the right thing. :)
    And as for a teacher stealing it - a) I know quite a few teachers and for the vast majority, that would not be an issue, and, b) someone else's possible (not even probable) actions do not condone your own.

    sorry to be preachy.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    why are you bumping this? you've been given the best advice, hand it in! as said before, someone could prove this is theirs by saying a few distinctive artists or applications that are on the ipod and it's not yours to keep!
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    finders keepers.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    Put a note in Lost and Found that says you found an Ipod. If anybody can identify it, they can claim it. If nobody can claim it by identifying it after 2 (maybe 4 weeks would be better), tell your parents you did the best you could.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    do you believe in karma?
    do the right thing.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    keep it. i found an iphone with ((weirdest thing)) no numbers. no out going calls. no contacts. nothing on it. i kept it. but i guess that makes me a terrible person. im gonna go eat a live baby cow now.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Do the right thing and put it in the lost in found they're many people (including me) that lose their iPod's and just simply want it back.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    You will be better for finding the owner. They will be VERY happy. And as much as you want to keep it I'm sure you can imagine how much they want it back. If nothing else look at it this way, if you personally get it back to the owner you will be a big hero and all the girls will think your a badass.

    ...I just wanted to add that there are times when you find something and you won't be able to find the owner without an epic quest. $20 on the ground, whatever. This is a very solvable mystery. It probably even belongs to someone you know.
     
  12. macrumors 68040

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    There are also many people that would steal stuff from the lost and found.
     
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    gotta agree with asking at the office and then go back in a week.

    this whole thing about turning it in and then getting it back later does not work. we do that at work: if you find money they put your name on it and you get it if no one claims it.... DOESNT happen.
     
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    teflon

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    That doesn't make it okay for you to steal it. Like another poster said, other's possible wrongdoings do not excuse your own.

    OP, you know what the right thing to do is all along. You don't need to start a thread to know it is wrong to keep other people's valuables. As you're bumping the thread even when excellent advice has already been given, it is evident that you don't want advice, only justification for dishonourable and shameful behaviours. I hope you'll do the right thing and try everything you can to return the iPod to its rightful owner. It really isn't hard. It's not like you found it on the street. Do an announcement, post an ad by the lost and found, inform the office, and the owner will come in no time.
     
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    N3wbie, you know what you should do. So just do the right thing.

    If you are afraid someone will pocket it from lost and found, then just say you found an iPod and then get descriptions and go from there.

    Surely there is some identifying info on the iPod such as music, pics, video, apps, contact info, calendar info, etc.
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    That's the best idea, I think. You've been honest in saying you would like to keep it so you're not worried on behalf of the original owner that it will be stolen from lost and found, you're more worried you would lose your free iPod!

    If you're really concerned that someone will take it from lost and found then simply report the find and explain that you took the item home and it's safe there until someone claims it. As other posters have said, the owner should be able to identify the apps/songs etc and then they can be reunited with their iPod.

    Put yourself in the place of the owner and do the right thing... :)

    Edit - Incidentally, you finding this iPod does seem like an exceptionally coincidental bit of luck based on this:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=635052
     
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    Heh. "Theft forums". I remember that. :p
     
  19. macrumors regular

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    That's what rang the bell... I remembered your "theft forums" comment and went searching!
     
  20. macrumors member

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    I can't give you any advise on what you should do but I will tell you that the person you are is based upon your actions not your intent. What kind of person are you?
     
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    Wise words.
     
  22. macrumors G4

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    You can't just ask "Did anyone loose an iPod" because you will get 50 kids who will say "yes". You say you found one and if they can describe what is inside, the songs or whatever then you will give it back.

    Likley no one will come forward and you can keep it.

    i really thing Apple should allow people to register their iPods and iPhones. Every device aalready has a kind of ID stamped inside. If they were regitered then no one would steal them (because you'd be caught as soon as you connected to the Internet.) and also returning them would be easy
     
  23. macrumors 6502a

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    Just try and give it back. You would want someone to do that to you.
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    OP, you should let everyone know what you did so we can either heap the praise on or have our three minutes hate and then go about our lives. I know I'm at the edge of my seat.

    There's a free app called "if Found" that puts your contact info on the unlock screen. It's a long shot obviously, but it heads off the argument that not a single bit of contact info could be found in the device. It puts it right in front of your face right away. One could laugh it off and say no one would ever return it but I know I would so it's a small step to take to hope someone else would too.

    One cool thing with that app is it creates a photo you can use as wallpaper so really once you use it you can delete the app. It doesn't continue to do anything... unless you want to change the wallpaper of course.
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    Based on that i'd say "obvious troll is obvious", and leave it at that
     
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