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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Taxi Lost and Found: What Joys Await Us?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM

click to enlarge Who you gonna call?
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Losing precious objects in a taxi has been an old literary device since the days of Holmes and Watson leaving the service revolver in the calash. 

And yet, it does happen -- with great regularity. A few years back, your humble narrator was privileged to be given a virtual peek into the treasures of the BART lost-and-found: prosthetic limbs, porno, pot, and other embarrassing objects not starting with "p."

If any of the above were left in a San Francisco cab, however, it didn't make the official list. Taxi companies unable to return keepsakes mislaid within vehicles to their rightful owners within 90 days turn them over to the Municipal Transportation Agency. As you'd expect, missing limbs and salacious materials tend to find a way of being accounted for. Fortunately for your reading pleasure, other curios do not.

Here are some highlights from the past three months:

  • Cell phone - Apple iPhone 4S White with pink/white case has a shattered screen -screen saver has photo of white poodle puppy;

  • Shawl - orange, wool, shape is more circular;

  • 1 plain white 1" Binder with handwritten legal notes and depositions referencing the city of Richmond and Kaiser Hospital.

  • Orange bag of herbal teas, stress balls inside;

  • T-SHIRT - medium size, Army colors with black logo in the front, along the bottom hem there is a a tag that says "War Commander";

  • Wallet - Black background Spider Man wallet that feels like paper ...;

  • Pink women's wallet - There's a round metal thing on the top ... Contains: credit cards, Montreal Canada driver license, $100 US Dollars, health card, bus card, everything. (italics ours).

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About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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