I know that this will get different answers from country to country
and from state to state. At the shop we have a drawer that we call
lost and found. This is where old repairs or items dropped off for
estimate end up. There are maybe 12-14 items in the drawer. Some
items are three to four years old. I was told that there was no
longer a valid contact number or after repeated messages left for a
year no one calls back. Most of the items are not very expensive
($500 or less). I guess why I am asking this question is that a
Vacheron Constantin watch in now in the drawer. It will take $3k to
fix and the customer has never come back in more than a year and I
think the phone number we have is disconnected.
So here is the question. What do you do with these items and does it
legally become our property at some point? Is there a legal process
we have to go through. We are in Florida.