Everything you wanted to know about sax but were afraid to ask

Brockley Central has attempted to reunite people with cats, snakes and of course, a silver welly. Now it is the turn of the saxophone. Richard emailed us to say:

My 12-year old son left his (or rather, the school's) saxophone at the P4 bus stop in Crofton Park this morning. He remembered on his way to school, and rang his mum, who ran up to the stop, to find a note which read something like "to whoever left their saxophone at this bus stop - contact Catford Bus Garage - they will have it". However, on contacting the garage, they know nothing about it - apparently bus drivers are not allowed to take things back that are not actually left on the bus. So, someone has it, and it seems to me that they are probably honest, if they bothered to write a note.

I wonder could you post this on the blog, in the hope that the person who found it may contact me - my phone number is 07971 294652.

Good luck to Richard and son.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like someone is not getting any more games for his XBox until the Sax is paid for....

Tamsin said...

Would phone with my suggestion but it is a slightly uncivilised hour - you could try communicating through the same medium - notes on the bus stop - in the hope that whoever it is is a regular traveller.
Also go back again to pestering the bus lost property people in case the person who picked it up was ultimately successful in getting them to take it. It is the sort of situation where you get four different fobbing off answers when speaking to three different minor officials. Give details of the bus and the time and the route so the driver can be identified as I would have thought that the person who found the sax would have been more likey to have handed it in to the driver rather than taking it off the bus. (Unless they tried to follow your son off the bus, sax in hand, to find that he had gone beyond catching up or ear-shot.)
Thinking also what I would do in the circumstances of being frustrated by bus garage bureaucracy, is it worth asking the school? If either your son (uniform) or the sax (a label) were identifiabley connected to it the sax could be handed in there.

psyche9 said...

Yes, the leaving notes at Bus Stop is a really good idea.

I would persist with asking the bus garage. Based on an experience my dad had, there can be quite a lot of confusion about whether a lost item was handed in or not. In his case the lost item - admittedly much smaller than a sax - actually was there, though he was twice before told it wasn't.

According to the Tfl website after a couple of days lost property is given to the Tfl lost property unit - they are very helpful and website is
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/contact/871.aspx#Bus

psyche9 said...

Yes, the 'leaving notes at bus stop' is a really good idea, as is trying to identy driver and route.

I would persist with asking the bus garage. Based on an experience my dad had, there can be quite a lot of confusion about whether a lost item was handed in or not. In his case the lost item - admittedly much smaller than a sax - actually was there, though he was twice before told it wasn't.

According to the Tfl website after a couple of days lost property is given to the Tfl lost property unit - they are very helpful and website is
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/contact/871.aspx#Bus

Anonymous said...

Remember though that you're dealing with the public sector, which means

1) The person on the phone might be thick

2) The person who took the sax might be thick

3) The person who's meant to store it might be thick

4) The person who's meant to tell person 1 that they've got it might also be a complete retard

So keep ringing back, even if its 5 minutes later but you get another person, because you might just get the right combination of non-thick people on the above 4 factors and get your sax back. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

exactly psyche9. You can imagine the garage after taking the call. "Shame we didn't have his sax, someone handed this trumpet in yesterday... oh well"

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:00 - you forgot to mention that some posters might be thick - if you have that expectation of anyone - or any group - it is likely that from your experiences it will be confirmed.

Lep Recorn said...

Ummmmmm is it wise to have a mobile phone number so prominently displayed?? Leaving it on a Bus Stop is one thing, on a public blog something else. . . .

Spot on anonymous 10:15

Anonymous said...

What would happen? Someone might... ring you up?

Richard Swan said...

Thanks all for your fabulous suggestions. Hooray, the sax has now been found. Not sure how - my ex had to do some detective work, and I haven't heard the story yet. But many thanks for your interest.

And I'm puzzled as to what the dangers of displaying my phone number on the internet are, given that it's nicely displayed on my website www.cornucopiamusic.co.uk...

Thanks Nick, for posting my panicked query.

Richard

Brockley Nick said...

Cool- if it turns out to have been a call from someone who reads the blog, please let us know!

Anonymous said...

Aha... of Jam Circus fame?

You still doing your Sunday nights?

Anonymous said...

excellent, glad to hear it.

for what it's worth, I once lost a pair of glasses (at the time v trendy glasses and now horrific) on the tube. I went to Baker St on the off chance and msotly because I actually lived near there and found a positive Alladin's cave of myopian treasures. so, it's worth it if you lose yours basically. people do hand them in....

Richard Swan said...

Indeed, I will let you know if 'twas a blogger...

Yes indeed, of Jam Circus fame... Open Mic nights are still happening, first Sunday of every month, 8pm(ish) till 11pm(ish)... the last one was great, had loads of people joining in.

And it was Ben's school saxophone - he normally plays drums at the open mic, but he's recently taken up the sax at Kingsdale School. Nearly put it down again though, if it wasn't for the honesty of this person. Had my faith restored in human nature now.

Lep Recorn said...

. . . just the precaution of making it more difficult for identity theft. It is one more piece of information in the public domain which might be harvested and used to impersonate your identity.

{Not really paranoid - things like this do happen, people are taken for £Ks and the banks deny responsibility!}

drakefell debaser said...

The penny has dropped Richard; I have seen you and your son at Jam Circus, with Ben on the drums and if my memory serves me correctly another youngster on bass? It was last summer I think, very enjoyable.

I must add these events to my calendar so I remember whats on.

JP said...

Pleased you found it, Richard.

Reminds me of the time when I was on the tube and a woman got off. She'd left her purse in the seat next to mine. Chased after her but the doors closed. [Honest.]

She was oblivious... There was about £70 inside, and a Scottish bus ticket, but no name or address details. I handed it in to London Underground. Two weeks later I contacted them to find out if she had retrieved it. Even more surprised when I was informed that LU would keep it if she did not get in touch. She never did.

In that year they kept about £80k of lost money. In cases where ID was found, and it was an international address, those people were 'double losers' and not reuinted with their dosh. (Always hand it in to the police. That way you can donate to the charity of your choice.)

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