When you found something that someone lost - Cue Card # 665

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a time when you found something that someone lost.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • who lost it
  • how  you found it

and explain what you did with it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

I am not exactly one of those persons who find the “lost” things of other people randomly, simply because I never really like to pick up anything from any place under the sky unless, of course, it is laying at my own place. And, I had been practising this important “rule” of mine like a religion for as long as I could remember. I even loved “preaching” about my rule to others, only to have it “broken” by myself suddenly, one day.

Even to this date, sometimes I just wish that I didn’t pick up that shopping bag, with a very expensive watch inside it, which was left by a lady sitting just next to me at a restaurant, eating her saucy spaghetti with macaroni and cheese on top.

Of course, I could have just called her from behind when she was “leaving” the food place, but I chose not to, because, I assumed that she was only going to a “washroom” and that she would be soon back to pick her bag. But, she didn’t come back as long as I was present there, eating my food. I could have simply left it as it was, but I informed the restaurant manager. The manager told me that he wouldn’t to be any part of it and that I should have kept the bag with me since I was the first person to see her leaving the bag. I tried to convince the manager otherwise, but it was just a waste of my time and energy as he just wouldn’t “budge” even for a second.

So, anyway, I took the expensive watch in my possession and waited at the restaurant as long as I could, but the lady just never came back. I felt like it was my fault that the lady left her shopping bag since I could have stopped her, but assumed wrongly that she would be back, instead. However, after waiting for an hour, just before the closing of the restaurant, I decided to leave the food place after leaving my phone number and contact address to the manager.

The following day, the first thing I did was to inform the police about the incident, and the police gladly accepted the watch after handing over me a written document. The police assured me that he would call me if he needed any other information. Then I went back to the restaurant from where I picked up the bag to know if she ever contacted them or not. But the response was “no”.  Finally, I just told the manager that I had left the watch at the local police station to be picked up by its rightful owner. After that, I promised to myself that I would never pick up anything from anywhere unless it was mine and only mine.

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