Hundreds of IDs, cards, phones, wallets lost at Craven

By Sunday afternoon, the information booth received more than a hundred unclaimed identification cards, dozens of cell phones and a handful of wallets.

Workers surprised at number of wallets returned with money inside

The RCMP said among the items lost and found at the Craven Country Jamboree were numerous driver's licences. (Roxanna Woloshyn/CBC)

The Craven Country Jamboree has come and gone for another year. But before campers pack up their things and say goodbye for good, they may want to stop by the site's information booth where the lost and found is kept.

By Sunday afternoon, workers at the information booth, including Ryan Geni, said they received more than a hundred unclaimed identification cards, dozens of cell phones and a handful of wallets.

"Although people do come out here and lose their dignity, they also do lose some other things like their phones, their keys and their wallets," said Geni.

Geni is most surprised by the people who have returned wallets with money still inside.

Workers at Craven's lost and found booth say they received a breakfast sandwich and a beer for returning a lost phone to its owner. (Roxanna Woloshyn/CBC)

"It sort of restores your faith in humanity, especially out at a festival where there's people having fun and partying and money is an issue. And to see a wallet get returned with $300 or $400 still in the wallet is really impressive," said Geni.

However, Geni says wallets are the least claimed items.

The most commonly lost items at Craven are debit, credit and identification cards.

Geni said they have received about 200 credit and debit cards.

When it comes to returned identification cards, he says about 100 were from Saskatchewan, 30 were from Alberta and about 20 were from British Columbia.

Geni guesses about 90 per cent of the identification cards belong to women. He has a theory about why cards go missing so easily.

"I think because people like to wear really tight short shorts and put a lot of things into the pockets and then they dance and they sit on the ground and they stand up and what not. And they lose their stuff — it's just that simple."

Workers also received more than 30 phones this weekend. Geni has returned more than half to the owners. He said people who are reunited with their lost items are always very grateful.

"They get really excited. We get high fives and hugs. Those are the most common gifts we receive for returning ID's. We did receive a breakfast sandwich and a Pilsner for returning a telephone which was exciting," said Geni.

Geni said the strangest things returned to the lost and found were pocket knives. He says people should leave them at home.

"That would be the last thing you need at a country dance party. There's no hunting around here. You shouldn't have to cut your way out of anything," said Geni.

For those who may have lost something at the festival, the on-site information booth is open until Tuesday afternoon. After that, items can be claimed at the Craven Country Jamboree office in Regina.

Ryan Geni (right) said more than half of the phones turned in to the lost and found booth at Craven were reunited with their owners. (Roxanna Woloshyn/CBC)