So my friend and I go for our morning walk and are trying to decide where to walk when he crosses the road and I follow. There on the fire hydrant is a little 'booklet'. He glances at it and starts to walk by, but I recognize what it is and insist we pick it up. It was a PASSPORT. Opened to the picture/info page and CURRENT till 2018. Oh yes. So I think for a millisecond and decide we have to turn it in somewhere and am trying to figure out the safest place and then remember that our little post office now has a passport office in it.
I made him pick it up because the outside of it is totally CAKED with greasy/dirty/body odor icky stuff. I didn't wanna touch that. Smelled bad too. I figure it belonged to one of the many transients around here. Mostly they are near the park but they walk up and down our street too with their shopping carts and dig in the trash.
So we get to the post office passport room and there is a line of 5 people waiting at the door to see someone at a counter. Prominently posted all over are signs that say "DO NOT enter or attempt to talk to the clerks". So we get in line and wait and wait. Also there is a sign "appointments only, no walk-ins". Ugh. All I want to do it turn in a passport.
So I make my friend stay in the line which is not moving at all and I go to the post office counter next door and thankfully the lady says she can take it for us. So back I go to the other office and get my friend and have to stand in line at the post office to see the lady again. Double ugh. At least we did our good deed for today. Wow.
I can just imagine what would happen if someone else who could care less found that and sold it or used it themselves. It happens around here so much. Tijuana (Mexican boarder town just 5 miles South) has a booming business in fake credentials.
So I feel better that it's in safe hands. I touched that yukky thing with only two fingertips and still feel 'contaminated'. Icky. My friend doesn't worry about stuff like that, but I made him not touch anything in my house until he washed with antiseptic soap.