The other day I was flipping through radio stations on my way to work when I happened to catch a brief item on American Public Media’s Performance Today on Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York–specifically, the mundane and sometimes unique items that the center’s lost and found department deals with every year.
That got me thinking about how our own Maui Arts & Cultural Center deals with items that concert-goers sometimes leave behind. The MACC’s website had some info about their lost & found policies–”Bank cards will be destroyed after one week (7 days). Other found items will be donated to charity or discarded after 30 days.”–but for stats and details, I simply asked Barbara Trecker, the MACC’s marketing director.
“So far this year we have about 240 items on the list,” she emailed me this morning. “Everything from Bibles to ‘lost soles’ ie slippahs & shoes (individuals & pairs). In 2013 the total was about 300 items.”
Trecker said those items largely consisted of reading glasses, sunglasses, sweaters, shirts and keys. She added that they to source wallets and credit cards and return them as soon as possible.
As far as the most unique item found in MACC lost and found department, Trecker said she couldn’t really say, though she did send along the above photo of a “quirky” item currently found in the box.
Does that belong to you? Do you know the owner? Do you even know what it is? Anyway, if you feel you’ve lost that or something else at the MACC, call 808-242-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy the MACC