shan Posted April 9, 2016 Share Posted April 9, 2016 [begging your pardon if this is better addressed in another thread...] I would like to know your thoughts on a situation in which I find myself at present. I have (had?) a tricky little log-only cache hidden under a bridge- very tricky to retrieve and trickier, in a way, to put back. See, the container was a PET pre-form with a magnetic lid; it was stuck to the bottom of the bridge and the way to get it down (and put it back) was to get a length (about 9-10') of 1 1/2" PVC into which the thing would fit -not snugly, but well enough to let you pull it off (or reattach it to) the understructure. Yes, it's a pain in the rear -but that's kinda the point, I don't mind saying! The cache listing even says that special tools are needed and "don't remove it until you're sure you can put it back", etc. Several folks were up to the challenge, though, and everyone had done a fine job of putting the thing back as it was originally placed. I know this for a positive fact, 'coz I always went to check after each "found it" log. Well, just this week a fellow logs it and I go to check on my cache and... where is it? Not there. Oh, and by the way, the guy never emailed me to say "hey, I didn't put it back where it's supposed to be" or anything like that. So, having done my usual checking in after a "found it" log, and having found nothing there, I contact the guy to say "hey, where's my cache?" and the guy says he put it back "near" where he found it. So I go back and look, closely and carefully and find nothing. The guy says he just threw some rocks at it to get it down (how's that for "special equipment"?!), and says that to replace it, he lobbed it up onto -get this!- about a 3" ledge of an I-beam from about 10' away. Even if he did manage to pull that off (unlikely!), the bridge *can* vibrate a little bit (but, apparently enough) when large trucks pass over. Charitable interpretation is that the thing wasn't put back securely at all, and it went into the drink and is now bound for the Gulf of Mexico. Now: I won't ask if this sort of thing has happened to any of you before (because, construed broadly enough, "this sort of thing" can include all manner of chicanery, most of which I'm sure has happened at one time or another); I'm curious how Geocaching.com/Groundspeak has handled cases like this in the past. I'm plenty steamed about this, but I don't know what to expect of the powers that be -do they sanction abusive cachers like this, or do they just say "meh, get over it, lol"? Quote Link to comment
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