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Umbrellas hit lost and found at Augusta stores

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The near-daily rain showers this summer have umbrellas popping up as colorfully as a well-watered flower garden. When the sun comes out, though, those cheerful little shelters often get left behind.

A "bubble umbrella" is displayed at Cudos! in Augusta.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
A "bubble umbrella" is displayed at Cudos! in Augusta.

About seven or eight are left each year at Cudos! on Augusta West Parkway, said Manager Paige Norwood.

They are collected in a bucket near the employees’ lockers. Sometimes their owners return to claim
them, but sometimes they don’t.

Norwood said the abandoned umbrellas are used to walk customers or employees to their cars during unexpected downpours.

That’s also what happens to umbrellas left at Bi-Lo on Furys Ferry Road, Manager Tammy Mertins said.

She said her employees found four umbrellas last week, which is about average during a particularly rainy stretch.

Customers leave them in the shopping carts, but sometimes they leave them at the register. A few come back to reclaim them.

“I think they forget where they left them,” she said.

At Bi-Lo, the umbrellas are kept in the store’s lost-and-found for 30 days. They are thrown away after that, Mertins said.

For customers who need to purchase an umbrella, Mertins puts a small display near the door. There are usually about 20 umbrellas on display, and she restocks it every couple of months.

She said employees lose their umbrellas nearly as often as the customers.

“If they come in when it’s raining and they leave when it’s not raining, you can bet they’re going to leave it,” she said.

The abandoned umbrellas run the gamut of quality and price at Bi-Lo, Mertins said, but at Cudos!, they tend to be freebies.

Norwood said the abandoned umbrellas are sometimes promotional items that are given away by large companies, and that people tend not to leave umbrellas that they paid a lot of money for.

For instance, the store sells only Vera Bradley umbrellas that range in price from $30 to $40.

“We’ve never had anybody leave a Vera Bradley one,” she said.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/12/13 - 06:43 am
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Reminds me of old Seinfeld episode

in which Kramer said he never had to buy an umbrella because whenever he needed one, he just took one from those large containers full of them which restaurants helpfully kept near the door.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/12/13 - 07:07 am
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Donated them to The Salvation Army. Greene St. Center.
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Donated them to The Salvation Army. Greene St. Center.

Shortcomment
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Shortcomment 07/12/13 - 07:17 am
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Just wanted to thank to the shopper

coming into Academy Sports in Evans, Wednesday.
He saw our family was waiting for the rain to let up and handed me his umbrella and said just leave it by the door, when I came back with the car for my family.

I did and hope he got it.

Thank you.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/12/13 - 07:28 am
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News

The CSRA is a decent-sized metropolitan area of over 500,000 people. You would think there are news stories impacting people’s lives, livelihoods, and destinies more than umbrellas left in stores.

What important story was left on the cutting room floor to make room for this?

CricketSeranade
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CricketSeranade 07/12/13 - 07:42 am
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None Little Lamb,

This is called a 'filler' and is necessary to fill any empty spaces in the print edition. It's just a bit of human interest fluff. If you don't feel like the Chronicle provides you the information you need, try one of the other on-line new outlets such as wrdw.

EMS4411
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EMS4411 07/12/13 - 08:49 am
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What a Stupid article this is

I agree with you Little Lamb

Itsallnew11
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Itsallnew11 07/12/13 - 09:00 am
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LOL, Little Lamb & EMS4411

you obviously read it since you commented :)

Great Job Lisa <3 you!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/12/13 - 09:27 am
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These are called...

..."human interest" or "feature" stories and liven up otherwise boring pages ("Canada to Hold Referendum").
If you don't like them, don't read them. But don't whine.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/12/13 - 09:30 am
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:-)

You got me there, Itsallnew11.

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Fiat_Lux 07/12/13 - 10:20 am
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Definitely a filler story

This human wasn't interested enough to read anything but the comments.

Seriously, lost and found umbrellas, even as a modest feature story? This one doesn't compare to the Iams Love Tails winner or even the record-breaking sandwich making.

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countyman 07/12/13 - 10:43 am
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MSA vs CSRA

Little Lamb. The population of the CSRA is over 700k, and the population of metro Augusta is 575k.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/12/13 - 10:43 am
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Lisa Kaylor, Staff Writer

Don't remember seeing this name so she might be getting to cut her teeth on a story like this. Encourage her to keep writing on whatever assignment she is given.

Good story Lisa!

noxiousfumes
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noxiousfumes 07/12/13 - 10:47 am
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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Sorry, had a narcolepsy moment.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/12/13 - 11:15 am
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Comments

This story has more comments than the Laney high school building demolition; yet the Laney story sits on the Most Discussed list with distinction and this story languishes.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/12/13 - 02:25 pm
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Weird

This story made the Most Discussed list sometime after 3:00 p.m. and not a single comment had been made since mine at 12:15. You just never can figure out those algorithms.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/15/13 - 07:00 am
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right on right on
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right on right on

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