this thread reminds me of a couple things that have happened in my life, like driving off with the wallet on the roof, yeah, that was dumb, but I did get it back with everything (minus the $5 cash I had in it, fair enough I thought since it was thrown in the mail - I guess it covered the cost plus a soda to say thanks). But it also makes me thankful that when I have bad luck I have good luck (if that makes sense), people have always helped me out, eventually, when I have been in a jam and its nice to know that there are still some people out there with good hearts.
I still think my funniest experience (at a ski area) was during a new car promotion, and there was this option/pricer machine (kinda looked like an ATM) that printed out information, well after work (around 10:30 PM (area was open til 10) I tried to figure out how to turn the machine on, and low and behold, the keys to the 3 brand new cars dropped into my hand. Roughly $100,000 worth of cars (and yes I did know of a couple chop shops back in MA). Needless to say, I went to the and asked someone to call the guy in charge of Operations (I'll withhold his name), and for him to meet me at the counter, but I would not say why. Shortly after, the head patroller (an infamously ill-tempered patroller - she really is a good patroler, just a bit "short" sometimes) showed up and started questioning me, when the Operations guy showed up, I told him what happened, and handed him the keys, the patroler started flipping out, but mid tirate, the Operations guy cut her off and said he was happy I found em and not someone else, as the insurance policy was in HIS name and even he did not know where the keys were. Got a nice thanks for that one (I was known as a bit of a trouble maker - the head patroler was NOT happy when I started working there) and got the satisfaction of watching a rant get cut short. It was a good day, but I still think about how much money I could have made off that deal, but c'est la vie. It's often harder to do the right thing, but in the end it usually ends up being worth it. (FWIW, over the years I got along with the patroler, and have defended her online as well - hell if I got hurt, she's the one that I would hope would show up.)