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Tamsui cops recover foreign tourist's phone in 20 min.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two Tamsui district police officers were featured in local newspapers yesterday and were praised for aiding French tourists in recovering a cellphone within 20 minutes of it being lost.

Four men and a woman from France had entered the Tamsui District Zhongshan Road police station days before, speaking in simple Mandarin and English to the officers on duty.

With heavy French accents, the tourist soon began talking with Sergeant Huang Chun-shu (黃俊俞) and policeman Li I-hsin (李毅信), both holding elementary level qualifications from the General English Proficiency Test of Taiwan. However, as both parties spoke in their respective accents, it took the group around two to three minutes of English, French, Mandarin and hand gestures before it can be conveyed to the police that one of the tourists had lost his mobile phone.

Bonnaffoux Alexis, owner of the lost phone, told the police that he had dialed his number and spoken to the person on the other end of the line, but as the receiver only spoke Mandarin, the tourists were unable to communicate with the person.

After the police redialed the number, the officers found out that the phone had been left at a Japanese restaurant by the Tamsui MRT station. Li soon retrieved the phone after jumping onto his patrol scooter, and closed the case within 20 minutes.

The police officers had been reported as saying that though they have had experiences with foreigners, it was their first time with French tourists.

The tourists were very friendly, said the officers, and expressed their gratitude in their best attempt at saying “thank you” in Mandarin.

March 26, 2014    kittivudh@
I once lost my mobile in a taxi near Shida. I called my phone but no one picked up the call or even, I think, cut the line. At that point I thought the taxi driver might not be in a righteous state of mind. So I sought assistance form a police station. (I can't remember the station.)

Officers there were very helpful. One of them took the case and checked the CCTV record in the area to search for the taxi ID because I could not remember the taxi's number. They eventually got the plate and located the driver after 2 -3 phone calls.

I was not as lucky as that French tourist for there was no pick up service for me. The policeman only arranged a meeting for us and the taxi driver to pick up my phone, which was fine by me. We met the taxi in Xinyi area and gave him some cash for his time and petrol.

Asian Expat
March 28, 2014    socibot@
The truth is that almost every "lost" item gets found by someone. The problem is getting it back to the owner. If the finder is not able to easily figure out who it belongs to it won't get returned. This is why putting tracker tags from mystufflostandfound.com on all your stuff is such a great idea. They make it easy for someone finding your lost things to return them quickly without having your personal information exposed.
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