My question involves personal property located in the State of: Washington
Hey I really would appreciate any help I can get with this problem I'm facing right now. Like most people needing help here, I'm not exactly happy with what's going on concerning lost property of mine, so please forgive me if I freak out.
Last Thursday I misplaced my cell phone at my local gym (LA Fitness...which I'm disgusted with. I'm almost positive they've stolen my iPod as well.)
An employee picked it up, and secured it into the electronics lost and found safe they have there. When I called 2 days later, the employee working told me he could hear my cell phone ringing, and advised me he could hear it in the safe as I called it, so I'm positive it's my phone.
The person working, told me the key holder for the safe wasn't there, and MIGHT be there the next day. I went in to the gym IN PERSON the next day, and sure enough, nobody had access to the safe.
At this point, they've been holding my extremely important personal property, with appointments/phone numbers/business on it for 4 days, and I've attempted to get it back twice now.
In my opinion, that seems illegal. They've basically stolen from me. I know it seems silly, but this phone is nearly $300, and I continue to pay the bill on it, and I depend on it for work and ALL of my phone numbers. Nobody is able to reach me either.
Is this indeed illegal? I don't see how they can hold personal property and refuse to return it simply because they have management issues.
I'm going to attempt to get it again tomorrow, and if that doesn't work, I can't help but get into an argument with them. I'd like to have facts under my belt, and hear from some of the experts here in case I can warn them I'll be taking legal action.