I forgot my bag on the NJT train!
[tl;dr: an amazing person picked up my bag, noticed the email address on my tablet's lock screen, and returned my bag! Everyone should add their phone and/or email to their lock screens.]
Tonight's commute was unusual but ended well. I rushed from TGIAF and attempted to catch the 5:50PM train to NJ. I missed the train by one minute and had to wait for the 6:18PM.
When the train arrived I settled in; three bottles of whisky against my left leg, my messenger bag behind my feet, and Kindle in hand. I started reading and immediately started feeling sleepy.
I fell asleep. It's extremely rare that I fall asleep, I'm sure the samples of whiskey didn't hurt. I woke up when the train was stopped... one station after my stop. I quickly gathered my kindle, whiskey, and jacket and jumped off the train. The doors closed behind me and I immediately realized my mistake. I rushed to the front of the train, knocking on exit doors as I passed. I reached a ticket agent and quickly explained that I left my bag two cars back. The agent refused to open the doors so I could get back on! It's possible that she couldn't stop the train but I was extremely disappointed.
I was hopeful that the agent would take my bag to the NJT lost-and-found since I told her exactly where I left it. Camera. Tablet. Notebook. Car key. Badge... all of my every day items missing.
Jenna picked me up and we returned home where I moped for about an hour. I started thinking about everything in my bag and what, if anything, could allow someone to identify its owner. My badge and tablet lock screen were the only items with my name or email address on them.
I decided to check my email just-in-case. Amazingly, someone had emailed me about my bag! The person noticed my bag at the last stop and decided to grab it so it wouldn't be stolen or "lost" by NJT. I immediately called him and he drove 20 minutes to my location. He returned my bag and politely declined the reward I offered.
I'm still shocked that the NJT agent left my bag. I am grateful that someone was nice enough to find it, locate me, and then drive it to my location. I'll certainly do their same thing if I'm ever in the that situation.
(I'll likely place an ID card in my bag as well; I would have been out-of-luck if my tablet's battery had died.)