My question involves personal property located in the State of: CA
I recently went to a tanning salon where I left my necklace behind. After leaving the salon, I called the next day and was told by the employee that she had found my necklace in the bed and would hold it for me. She had me describe it, and she said "yep that's the one! I'll have it here for you next time you come in". Well, about a week went by and when I went back into the salon to tan and get my necklace, the same employee was working. She scoured the drawer that she claimed to have put the sealed envelope with my necklace in but alas, was not able to find it. She asked me multiple times if i had come to pick it up, which obviously I hadn't, and said she would talk to the owner to see if it was misplaced. Later that afternoon, she called me to let me know that they lost the necklace, and that they would pay me for it and how awful she felt. I said ok, and let her know the necklace was not cheap - it was around $300. I told her i'd be in the next week to get more info from the owner. Well, I went in the next week. The same woman was there. When I inquired, she said "are you sure you didn't pick up the necklace?I could have sworn you did. (even though the tanning record shows I haven't tanned since it was lost). She also stated "I talked to the owner and he wasn't happy about this. he thinks this is your fault that you left it and we aren't responsible."
Then why was I told i would be paid? Is there a bailment formed here, where, since they found the necklace, they should have been held responsible for its safe-keeping? Or what about the fact that this woman told me they would pay me for it? *I brought in a picture and the employee verified that it was in fact the necklace she found and that she put it in the drawer. I asked if another employee could have stolen it, which obviously they denied. Do I have any recourse here?
also- the salon closes at 7pm and is located 30 min from my home. I was not able to pick up my necklace any sooner.