It’s the last week of school. The Lost & Found pile is epic. The school is begging and pleading for parents to come and go through it all before they donate it to Goodwill or another local charity.
Honestly, you’re not even sure if that blue sweatshirt is your son’s lost property or if maybe it’s another kid’s clothing. It probably won’t even fit anymore, since that last growth spurt.
On the other hand, that brand name sweatshirt over there sure looks good and nobody’s stepped up to claim it.
Have you ever been tempted to help yourself to the Lost and Found?
I’ll confess. I have. So much great stuff and if it’s abandoned property it seems like the old rule of “Finder’s Keepers. Losers Weepers!” might apply.
Even if you wouldn’t take something outright that wasn’t yours, what about a swap? Toss an outgrown sweatshirt back in favor of a “new” one that fits?
I’ve been tempted, I’ll admit it. But I just couldn’t do it!
I’m far too afraid of my kid getting sucker punched on the playground next fall when some bigger kid decides my child “stole” their favorite sweatshirt or baseball cap. Plus there is the ick factor. What if the cap went unclaimed because the kid that lost it had lice? Ew!
Some of my friends and even a few school officials have confessed to me privately that they regularly “shop” the end of year Lost and Found pile. How about you? Fess up!