Farmer File: Often lost, often found

Don Farmer explains how he sees the GOP Presidential nomination race. The Caxambas Republican Club heard analysis of the Florida Presidential primary Wednesday from Don Farmer, and listened to pitches from two Congressional candidates. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

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Don Farmer explains how he sees the GOP Presidential nomination race. The Caxambas Republican Club heard analysis of the Florida Presidential primary Wednesday from Don Farmer, and listened to pitches from two Congressional candidates. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

I realized Americans must be getting dangerously forgetful when I heard a radio public service announcement urging us to check the car seat so we don't leave the baby behind.

Luckily, most of us do not leave our wee ones in the car. But we've become a nation of inveterate "Oops, where's my iPad" people.

I checked with places where we most often rush off minus our belongings and discovered there's an avalanche of mislaid or left behind stuff out there. Airports, hotels, car rentals, restaurants and movie theaters and banks find the darndest things.

At Centennial Bank on Marco Island, staffers say forgotten items include wallets, purses, cash, car keys, credit cards, groceries and kid stuff, such as toys and dolls. I guess if one is prone to losing cash, there are worse places to misplace it than at a bank.

One attention-getter was an item left at the Marco Movies a while back — a wallet stuffed with $3,500 in cash.

The owner didn't miss it for four days, then rushed to the theater, frantic.

"I just forgot about it until now," he said.

Employees at the Hertz office in the Marco Beach Marriott Hotel say many car renters leave their garage door remotes, radar detectors, cellphones, eye glasses, cosmetics and other high- and low-tech items, even golf clubs. Or maybe a golfer who had a rotten day on the links left his now-despised clubs in the rental car on purpose.

Hertz Manager Mark Feola tries his best to find the owners of items left behind.

"If we find something we call them immediately because the contact information is on the contract. If need be, we will drop off the item at their home or hotel room or otherwise send it to them.

A Hertz official at the Atlanta airport says they find an average of 25 phones and other electronics almost every day and try hard to return them. My wife can give testimony to that.

Hertz sent her iPhone to us. She realized she had left it in the car, when it didn't show up in the Transportation Security Administration tub containing her belt, purse, shoes, cosmetics and other suspicious stuff.

Many super-stressed business travelers leave things behind while enduring those angst-filled gauntlets at TSA security.

A TSA spokesman says items left at checkpoints are held for 30 days. If you left something in the TSA area at Southwest Florida International, phone 239-210-6419.

If you left something at the airport not controlled by TSA or the airlines, it may be kept for 60 days, so phone 239-590-4810.

Don Farmer is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and CNN news anchor. He can be reached at don@donfarmer.com.

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