Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.
On Wednesday May 5th, I “lost” my beloved Samsung Mythic cell phone which I only had for three months. “Lost” because I’m absolutely sure someone found it and decided to keep it for themselves since it was not in the place I last had it within an hour and a half timespan. My friends and family called and texted it multiple times and I backtracked and scoured my surroundings. Originally I left Young 198 at 11:35, bought a fowl chicken jalepeño bagel from the CoHo, took a bathroom break in South Hall, and arrived for my next class around 12 in Olson 106. It’s a very localized part of campus:
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Anyways, I found out that calling my phone and hearing it ring didn’t mean that the SIM card was still in place in the phone . It made sense because it still rung on Friday and I doubt my battery would have lasted on its own for 2 days. I have another phone now but still deeply miss that phone especially for its tools – calculator, alarm clock and especially audio recording (reporter necessity for conducting interviews!). So I want to share with you where to go if you happen to lose something of your own:
Lost & Found
1) MU Games Area – downstairs located behind the air hockey tables is an office where they keep anything that is lost in the MU. You can fill out a lost item in a binder at the shoe check out desk.
2) Unitrans – in the basement of South Hall is Unitrans headquarters and anything that was lost in one of their buses ends up here.
3) Police Department – after a while everything from the MUGA lost and found that hasn’t been claimed ends up here and important things like cell phones from Unitrans are sent here too. The police department has a kick ass website where you can see a list of items that were turned in and organized by category (keys, cell phone, jewelry etc.). You can also easily report a lost item. It’s so convenient because you don’t have to constantly go to their building and check if anyone turned in your stuff. I even called them about a found item listed as “samsung att phone” for further description and they are really nice about helping you out. Found items are kept for 90 days and you need a valid identification and a proof of ownership to claim the item. Unclaimed items are eventually auctioned off.
Usually if you left it in a classroom someone leaves it up at the front. Ask around in the building you think you lost it. There are many little unofficial lost and founds everywhere. Call if it’s more efficient than asking in person. A bit more advice here. If you ever lose something on campus I hope you’ll feel more equipped to take action. It was a bit comforting to see the list of other cell phones that were lost and to know that I wasn’t alone. Good luck!