On my first day at Birkbeck I left my £152 Kindle in a lecture room.
I reported it missing and was told I had "no chance" of it being handed in.
To say I was sick and depressed doesn't get close.
At a lecture 2 days later (where the whole group attended) I stood up and announced my loss and told everybody "I'm Alex".
The reasoning was that IF somebody had it, they now knew the owner.
I've just heard. It's turned up!
THAT's a small good thing.