…originals from the copier before leaving the room. On Tuesday, I made copies of our title and security interest filing for our Malibu across the hall. Last night, I opened up the folder to just look at the backs of the documents to confirm what I needed to fill out when we sell the car.
The Security Interest Filing wasn’t there! I panicked. I knew almost immediately that I must have left it in the copier. Over the two days since I made the copies, the following could have happened:
- Someone took the paper, knowing it was important, and is holding it hostage
- Someone found the paper and handed it to the receptionist. The receptionist could either have kept it in a safe spot or shredded it (she doesn’t really have much going on in her life)
- No one used the copier and the document is still in there
I actually felt ill thinking about it, but kept telling myself there was nothing I could do about it until I got into work this morning. But it kept popping up in my head and I had to force it back out. This morning, I rushed into the office, went directly to the copier, opened it up and Voila!, there it was. Whew!
So a little lesson for you. ALWAYS take your originals when you’re done making copies. Or make the copies at home if you have a multi-purpose machine. (I made the copies since I needed to fax the documents, and I didn’t want the fax machine to tear up the originals).