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Old 07-27-2012   #1
Boulder, Colorado
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A common courtesy

When someone returns your lost gear to you, it is a common courtesy to repay that person with some beer, especially when you ask what kind of beer that person likes, and especially when it's a Werner carbon fiber bent shaft paddle...... Not even a thank you???

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Old 07-27-2012   #2
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I agree it's shitty but I wouldn't complain about it... I try to do the right thing not for the reward.. but if it happens cool.

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Old 07-27-2012   #3
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Old 07-27-2012   #4
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I even pack extra beers when I don't have a shuttle to pay whoever gave me a ride off with... Some people make me wonder.
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Old 07-27-2012   #5
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I think it is especially appropriate when one returns lost gear to a commerial company when their clients have left gear behind, not just lost in the river...hint, hint Aspen Whitewater Rafting. I'll take good river karma too, but it does go nice with beer.
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Old 07-27-2012   #6
Pugetopolis, Washington
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I once gave a guide 40$ cash for finding and returning my Werner bent shaft. Probably too much,in hindsight,but I was so geeked on getting it back,at the time.It was a day old.

A LRG thank you was in order.
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Old 07-27-2012   #7
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last year i recovered a paddle... the owner asked about beer preference, i adamantly (i know, that's a pretty big word for you rafters to understand) insisted that it was just the right thing to do and no beer was necessary.

he still brought over a case of beer.

next weekends camp was more fun all around.
"We should restore the practice of dueling. It might improve manners around here" -Edward Abbey
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Old 07-27-2012   #8
Fraser, Colorado
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I wanted to give you the beer and thank you in person.

I didn't want to leave the beer in the courtyard with no one there so no else would take it.
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Old 07-28-2012   #9
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I wouldn't "expect" anything in return. Sure, it's nice and good Karma, but you should return lost gear to it's rightful owner regardless of the "reward".
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Old 07-28-2012   #10
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Don't lose your shit.

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