Even perfect people leave important things behind sometime.
In October I left behind the wide angle lens for my camcorder. I didn’t notice it was missing until the night before Caveyfest when I was packing. I looked all over the house but didn’t see it. I wasn’t overly concerned, yet. There were only two places it would be if it wasn’t in the house. Magic Kingdom or Wilderness Lodge and the odds were it was left at Wilderness Lodge. No real worry for the moment because we’ll be checking in at WL in the afternoon and Disney’s lost and found holds items for several months at least.
So the morning after we arrived, I asked at the front desk if my lens was in lost and found. The CM told me that it would long ago have been sent to the main lost and found at the TTC. Still no real worry. I’ll be going past there a few times in the car, just have to remember to stop. But we didn’t stop until we were on our way home. And the CM there said that they’re the main lost and found for the parks only. The hotels are each responsible for their own lost and found. Well, I groused in general, but not at the CM because he was right, how could they possibly be the central lost and found for 20 hotels, DTD, and 6 parks? I needed to check there anyway because of the slight possibility I left the lens in my locker on 10/21. So, off we head for DTD for final shopping before the drive south.
Anyway, more looking at home. Still no lens. Today I got off my rump and called the WL’s lost and found. Guess what? My lens is there. The WL is being kind enough to mail it back to me and will arrive next week.
Sure it’s my fault I left it behind. It’s not my fault that the front desk CM I asked was either too lazy or not properly trained to look in lost and found.
Something just occurred to me. When central lost and found told me they didn’t do hotels, why didn’t I just turn around and go back to the WL right then? I don’t know. It never even dawned on me until this very minute. Why didn’t my wife suggest this either? Who knows. I guess our minds were on vacation.
In conclusion, the point of this thread is, each hotel does its own lost and found and if you think you’ve left something behind, you need to follow through directly with that hotel and not central lost and found and not some central switchboard.
PS: This should be the excuse I need to drive up tonight to watch Fantasy In The Sky from the Seven Seas Lagoon. I just don’t feel like spending $50 doing a 6 hour round trip for midnight fireworks and to recover my lens (which I should have gotten back 2 weeks ago and it wouldn’t have cost me or Disney a single penny.). Well I do, but I also know I’m going to be shot somewhere around 3 AM and I’ll still have 40 miles to go before I can stop.:closedeye