I found someone's employee badge. Help me get it back to them ASAP!
November 23, 2011 10:07 PM Subscribe
On the way home from work today I found an employee badge that someone appeared to have dropped and lost (it was right next to the bus stop I usually wait at). The badge's owner was nowhere in sight (it was a photo ID) and I don't know anyone who works for the company identified on the badge. What's the best / quickest way to get it back to its owner, especially given tomorrow is a (US) holiday?
posted by aecorwin to Work & Money (21 answers total)
I wasn't initially sure whether I should pick up the badge at all, but after some internal deliberation I figured that leaving it there would just be passing the buck, so to speak (especially as it's been windy and rainy here in the south SF Bay Area recently). So I've got it here now.
I tried calling the company on my cell phone as soon as I found the badge but their office hours were closed for the day. I can certainly try again tomorrow but I am figuring they'll be closed then due to Thanksgiving -- and meanwhile, some poor guy is presumably freaking out somewhere wondering where the heck his badge is.
(It's the kind with the security/keycard entry stripe on it, and I know companies (for obvious reasons) like to keep a tight rein on those.)
I also tried googling the guy's name from the employee badge, but nothing useful turned up -- e.g., six LinkedIn results with the same name, none of which were him based on profession / location.
My own current employers don't use badges, but my previous employer did, so I'm familiar with that type of security / entry ID. Thing is, my previous employer's badges had a note printed on the back with an address, etc., alongside instructions to drop it in the nearest mailbox so it could be returned to the company. I don't see anything like that on this badge, but is it possible there's a similar thing going on? Or would it be obvious if there was, meaning my best bet is just to wait until Mondayish when the company is open for sure again?
...and of course there's still the matter of whether I should keep trying to find some way to contact Badge Owner directly. I don't want to come across as all stalker-y or anything...but I also feel bad thinking of him possibly being all nervous over the holiday weekend about his badge's whereabouts. Thoughts, suggestions, etc. all welcome.