Too much info given out.......

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Realty Suburban

Today I decided to get off the treadmill and go outside to enjoy a beautiful Kansas City morning.  While walking through one of Johnson County's beautiful parks I found a set of keys.  A house key, a mailbox key, an electronic office key, a Chevy key, a Honda key, and two local stores keychain shopper cards.  After asking some people in the park if these were their keys, and not finding the owner, I took the keys home.  

 

Back at home my husband, David, called one of the numbers found on the keychain shopper card to see if they could be of any help....and help they were.  They provided David with the shopper card owner's name, address, and phone number.  My how helpful.  As we sat there basking in the glow of our excellent CSI skills the thought hit me...they gave us all that information about the person that we have the keys to their house, cars, and mailbox!!!  OMG!! 

 

I suppose if there is a moral to this story it would be to put an address other than your home (I use my office address) on the application for shopper cards.  That way if your keys are ever lost they may be returned to you without someone having all your personal information.

  Lost Keys 

Comments (4)

Michele Van Detti
CJR - Gilbert, AZ
Wow, that's really scary.  I hope that was just one telephone operator without any common sense instead of that being common practice.  I'm going to start using my office address, too, or make a deal with a friend to use each others addresses.
Sep 08, 2006 03:58 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
The store's policy should've been to take down your name and phone number and then for them to contact the shopper to let them know.  Having a home alarm system (as well as parking the cars in the garage) would be helpful in case someone with bad intentions found the keys.  If I were these people, I'd be calling the manager of the store your husband called and giving them H**L over the fact that the info was provided to you.
Sep 08, 2006 04:05 AM
Roberta Murphy
San Diego Previews Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes
Excellent suggestion!  Thanks for a very helpful post.
Sep 08, 2006 04:28 AM
Tyler Wedel
THIRD TENNESSEE REALTY - Monterey, TN
That is a good thought about using your office address for things of that nature
Sep 08, 2006 04:58 AM