People who have given items for repair to a Cleveland computer store may be able to retrieve their belongings.
The N.C. Department of Justice has started looking for owners of equipment left with Computer Geeks, a four-store chain of computer stores which operated a location in Cleveland.
The Justice Department has filed a deceptive business practice lawsuit against the company and Matt Liles, the Justice Department lawyer in charge of the case makes an important point.
It’s worth the time, when you get a new piece of technology, or something else of value, to take the time to record the serial number, or take a photograph of the item so that it can be identified later.
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In this case, people willingly left their goods with the computer company, but then found it difficult or impossible to retrieve them later. More often, however, items are likely to be stolen from your home or car by someone who purposely targets your possessions.
Regardless of how the items go missing, it can be critical, if the item is ever located, to be able to positively identify the item.
For most of us, the excitement of purchasing a new car, or the latest gadget overtakes our common sense gene and the thought of taking time to protect it is not foremost on our minds. We want to drive that new car or play with the new piece of technology we just got.
For many people their experience with Computer Geeks was a frustrating one. Now that investigators have taken notice and are working to return merchandise to their rightful owners, it would be great if that process were a smooth one.
For those who took the time to jot down a serial number, it will be easier to recover their possession. For those who didn’t take that basic step, the anguish may continue.