Bar lost my ID and credit card. What can I do?

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Bar lost my ID and credit card. What can I do?

I very stupidly left my ID and CC at a bar. I realized the next day and went to pick them up. Even though the bar went to great lengths to tell me how well their system is for this sort of thing, they could not find either. After getting upset and having words with the manager the best I got was to come by another day and check again? Is there anything I can do because I really feel they don’t care.

Asked on December 5, 2016 under Business Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You should cancel your credit card immediately and report the loss to the card issuer: if you don't, you could potentially be held liable for changes someone else makes on your card. You should also begin the process of replacing your ID. The bar is NOT liable for your loss of your card and ID--it is not their fault you left them there. They are not required to help you look for them (and even if they do, that won't help if they were accidently thrown out or someone, like another patron, stole them) and will not be liable or responsible for any loss you suffer: the bar is not obligated to watch out for its patrons and prevent them from losing their ID or credit cards. This is your problem to fix, not their problem.


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