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Old 10-25-2010, 03:30 PM
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Left my tailgate open today and when I took off from a stoplight at a very busy intersection an orbital buffer and my favorite Craftsman grinder/polisher, tumbled out.

The bed of my truck is covered with a tonneau cover so I did not see this happen. Immediately someone flagged me down and told me what had happened. I U-turned and was back at the intersection in less than a minute. The tools were gone. I pulled into a gas station on the corner and a parts store on the other corner to ask if someone had left the tools there. NOPE!

I feel mad & stupid but I also feel (wishful thinking, I know) like someone could have made an attempt to get the tools back to the owner (me) either by following me or leaving them at one of the places I stopped. I will check later in the week to see if they did leave them there.

How would you have handeled it.
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What is there to handle? - its over - sorry to hear this

You are in good company - I have lost more and more expensive stuff including cash in an equally stupid manner - you are not alone

Carry On
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Heck no, man..you weren't behind you to return the tools to the rightful owner. Not long ago I was servicing a drive-up tellers unit in a bank. Stepped inside and saw the lowlife in passengers side of car lift my test meter off the machine I was working on. I bolted and found them trying to leave the parking lot. Dude says "Hey it was just sitting there"....
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That stinks! But here's a different twist! Nearly 10 years ago a Makita offset drill fell off
a contractors truck while I was strolling my young son. I put the brake on the stroller, ran into the street
grabbed the drill and yelled and waved to get the guys attention! Well, the helper in the passenger seat
turned around and flipped me the bird and they kept on going!

Thanks for the drill!
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If you were back at where they fell out in a couple of minutes, then I'd be upset too. That means that whoever took them, saw them fall out of your truck.
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You should be thankful your carelessness did not cause an accident.




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Does Homeowner's insurance cover that kinda thing? I mean, you musta lost four, five grand worth of Snap-On and Rigid.....

oh wait.....forgive me, lord. that would be wrong.
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? Dont get whats to handle? Someone did make an attempt and flagged you down. What do you want them to do stop in an intersection pick up your stuff and then speed down the road and give them back to you?
Id handle it by going to Lowes and buying new ones
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Originally Posted by signmansez View Post
I U-turned and was back at the intersection in less than a minute. The tools were gone.
First off, sorry for their loss. After that, there's a small chance that anything like what you described could possibly have taken a minute...maybe two or more? That's important because the car/trucks behind you might not have been the ones that found the stuff.

Anyway, if something that could possibly hurt a vehicle or motorcycle is in an intersection, then anybody stopping to remove the obstacle is doing good for traffic flow.

That said, they likely grabbed everything that fell into that area and should have been standing on the sidewalk waiting for you to return.......WAIT!, they were in a truck parked illegally in an intersection...they wouldn't be dumb enuff to be standing with tools asking people, "...do you own these?", and they had no way to know that the owner would be coming back...or how to know that the person claiming the tools was the owner.

Finders Keepers. Sorry for your loss, though.
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Don't feel bad. I was building a tilt-up building in Baltimore several years ago and the soils testing guy was in such a hurry he left the job with the Nuke gauge on his tailgate. When I left the job about 10 minutes later, I saw it sitting in the middle of the road about 1/4 mile away from the job. The case looked to be, and in fact was, undamaged so I picked it up and took it home. I called the guy and told him I had it and he was VERY apologetic and thankful that I found it. In the wrong hands, several of these could be bad news, if you know what I mean.
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"...do you own these?",

um........ya, I mean yes, that's mine. Thanks mister.

Later that day a the pawn shop, I've got this brand new thingy that I'd like a couple of bucks for.

On a brighter note, a friend of mine was driving from Greensboro, NC to Baltimore, MD to take his father-in-law on a cruise of the harbor and other site seeing as a dieing wish. It was he and his wife and the inlaws. Somewhere out in the country, before getting to Virgina, they stopped to get gas. It wasn't until they were in Baltimore that he realized that he had lost his wallet and didn't know where. Three days later, on their way back, he stopped at the same gas station. His wallet and $600 was waiting for him, it had been turned in by a good Samaritan. He had his drivers license in the car and carries no CC's, so they had no way to contact him.
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You could file a report with the police. If the finder does not return it most sates consider that a theft even if they did not see it fall out of you vehicle. This is probably not enough for an insurance claim but if you have another loss this year the combination could be enough to meet your deductible.

If it was me, I'd probably swear a bit. Get a beer and write something on the 'net to get it off my chest...

Good luck!
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All you can do at this point is put a sign up at the intersection.
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The gas station probably has sureillance cameras, ask to see the videos, and see who the lucky recipient of your carelessness is.
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I'd just be glad someone cleared the street and it didn't cause an accident! Chet happens.
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It's not enough of a loss to change my life but it is a couple of hundred dollars I would rather spend on something else, like fishing gear.

I had a long ride back home to think about what I would do. I thought that leaving a card or note with my contact info at one of the businesses at the corner might have covered it.

I think back on all the stuff that I have gone out of my way to remedy and just feel it's one of those ''do unto others'' type of situations.

No worries, I am heading to Lowes tomorrow to ''stimulate'' the economy.
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put an ad in the local paper, LOST TOOLS at ...intersection. and a phone number. he might be looking for you. also look at the FOUND section in the paper. I firmly believe the majority of people are honest and will at least try to do the "right thing".
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I don't know, but hand tools, job sites and transportation of hand tools to and from job sites all means sooner or later you will loose some tools. IMO it's just one of those facts of life. But sorry, I know how much it stings. What sours me more than the cost to replace the tool(s) is the fact that I screwed up and didn't properly protect what I value. ~
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Look on the bright side.....at least you have the perfect excuse to buy new tools.

Theres just nothing like the feeling of opening that brand new box, taking the twist tie off that new power cord..watching the packing material blow across your driveway in the wind.. throwing the chinese instruction manual in the trash can....
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I was entering an ATM and almost got bowled over by a woman in a hurry. she actually left her car running and the door open! I walk up to the machine and it's still on the screen "Would you like another transaction?" so I could have easily made a withdrawal. I answered "no", took her card and tried to catch up with her. I was amazed that she didn't see me as I tried flagging her down while she was pulling out.

Now I'm stuck with someone's card. I was near my mother's house which is in a small town, so I use her local phone book to look up the name and manage to contact the lady. she remembered going to the atm and we arranged for me to give her back her card. She didn't see it as a big deal, and figured that if she forgot the card that the bank would take care of it!

I wish I was behind you instead of behind her.

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