YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima man who dropped off his backpack and computer in the wrong car has been reunited with his belongings.
Robert Rife had been studying with his son at the Starbucks on 56th Avenue on Monday evening when he left to run a quick errand at the grocery store across the parking lot. On the way, he dropped his heavy bag in the back seat of what he thought was his reddish Kia Optima. When he emerged from the store to watch the car drive away, he realized that it must not have been his car.
Tuesday night, he received a call from a woman who had found his business cards in a mysterious black backpack that had appeared in the back seat of the family car. Turns out her sons had also been at the Starbucks that evening, but no one noticed the unclaimed bag until the next day.
Rife said he rushed over to meet them and pick up his backpack. The owners of the other car asked to remain anonymous.
“My faith in humanity is restored,” Rife said.
He added that their car “could not be more identical to our own.”
The most embarrassing part of the whole incident, Rife said, is not that he mixed up the vehicles, but rather that he risked losing all the work he’d done for his master’s degree and important work documents because he had not backed up and secured his files.
Lesson learned: Rife said he backed up everything as soon as he got home Tuesday night.