“I write my name and number on just about any object that I might lose,” says New York-based filmmaker Casey Neistat, “and I often add a line, a gentle appeal to the finder’s conscience: ‘Please do the right thing.'”
In a Times’ Op-Doc video, Neistat recapped the madness that ensued when he left all his luggage, including video equipment worth more than $13,000, in the back of a New York City taxi.
Trying to locate the missing items sent Neistat down a bureaucratic rabbit hole that “would drive anyone mad,” he said. Although he did everything he was supposed to. He “called 311, submitted a lost property claim, called the police precincts,” and even saved the driver’s receipt and medallion number. Still none of it mattered if the driver didn’t return his belongings.
Watch the video below to see how things panned out: