I hear it all the time – if you lost it on a bus, it’s gone forever. But that’s not always the case.

Translink’s got a lost and found deep in the bowels of the Chinatown/Stadium skytrain station, and in it, thousands upon thousands of lonely cell phones, blackberries gloves, hats, umbrellas, dentures and other such artefacts. I’m not entirely sure how many people know about it, but it’s there.

It was there that I went in search of my phone earlier this week, and miraculously enough, found one that was identical, lost on the same day in roughly the same area. Imagine my excitement when the first name in the phonebook was my sister’s.

Unfortunately for me, the second one was someone named Coral and I don’t know anyone at all by that name.

However, it could have just as easily been my phone. I realize that when you lose something like that your chances of ever seeing it again are pretty low, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a shot.

Their number is (604) 682-7887 and they don’t bite.

2 Comments so far

  1. Patricia (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 8:05 am

    My sporty lunch kit was lost on a bus and it showed up several days later at the Transit Lost & Found. Lots of stuff there doesn’t get claimed. Tip: It can sometimes take a couple of days to get to the office and If it’s not turned in don’t give up, try calling back a few days later. Sometimes things go on a journey and take a little while to show up.

  2. Gregg (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 11:13 am

    Years ago, just before BC Transit became Coast Mountain, I had a temporary job driving one of two mail trucks for them. Half the job was not just picking up and dropping off the mail, but also opening the locked mailbox-like Lost and Found boxes that the employees drop items into and then transporting them to the Main Street Lost and Found. There is an amazing variety and volume of items.

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